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About Omar Al-Qattan

Omar Al-Qattan is British-Palestinian filmmaker.

Articles by Omar Al-Qattan

This week’s front page editor

Clare Sambrook

Clare Sambrook, investigative journalist, co-edits Shine a Light.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The secret visitations of memory

Palestinians’ modern experience is defined by exile from, remembrance of and longing for homeland. What has been lost, what can be recovered from the catastrophe of 1948 and the wars and dislocations since? Omar Al-Qattan weaves the threads of personal and national memory into a compelling reflection.

On going home

‘Return’ is a Palestinian dream, a compulsion, a wound. Is it also a curse? In retrieving the vision of a single, inclusive, secular, democratic state for Palestinians and Israelis, Omar al-Qattan argues that his people need to make a different return. It will not be to land irretrievably lost, but to the best of their own history, that they make the best of the future now available to them and their neighbours alike.

Eighteen hours in Ben Gurion airport

The detention and deportation by Israeli authorities of a British filmmaker of Palestinian origin is a lesson not just in the vicious political realities of the Middle East, but in a failure of courage by the British government.

Diary of an art competition (under occupation)

When a country and its people are not free, how do its artists respond?

Protest, the Intifada and anti-Semitism: the confusions of moralism

When pacifism and radical Islam join in protest to empathise with Palestinian resistance against Israel, plurality is intrinsic to the enterprise. But moral objection to violent or racist elements among the protestors needs to respect its overall character and rationale. In the great London march, this was not religion, but politics.

Whose Frankenstein?

In the West, the critical distance between citizens and the state has disappeared. This is nowhere truer than in Israel. We must reclaim it urgently.

Disneyland Islam

The struggle of the self-defined pure Islam that launched the assaults on America is itself a product of contradictory modernity. A recognition of its evasion of this reality leads beyond the fantasy it offers, says Omar al-Qattan.
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