Iphrat Goshen and His Wife Miriam Move Intosaid’s Home in Hallisa
This epilogue presents a reading of the novella Return to Haifa (1970), written by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani while exiled in Beirut. The work deals with an encounter between Said and Safiyya, former residents of the Hallisa neighborhood in Haifa, and the Holocaust survivor Miriam Goshen from Europe, who was housed in their former home. Kanafani’s story entwines the destiny of the Palestinian refugees with that of the Jewish refugees. The dialogue that develops between them serves as “the first time the Palestinian and the Jew meet each other, not on the battlefield but in an ordinary room, where each of them puts forth his point of view and discusses it with the other.” The chapter explains how Kanafani’s description of Said’s former home is a manifestation of the insoluble tension between the Palestinian yearning for the static and the rapid process of transformation of the country’s appearance.
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