Hisham Sharabi



  • Professor at Georgetown University
  • Advocates a Palestinian “armed struggle” to end “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza…”
  • Says that Israel “understands only the language of oppression and force. It strives for absolute superiority.”

Hisham Sharabi is Professor Emeritus and the Umar Al-Mukhtar Professor of Arab Culture at Georgetown University. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1953, and has been the editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies since 1971, chairman of the Jerusalem Fund/Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine since 1977, and chairman of the Arab American Cultural Foundation since 1979. He has written or edited numerous books, including Images of the Past (1993); Theory, Politics, and the Arab World (1990); Introduction to the Study of Arab Society (1990); The Next Arab Decade (1988); and Neopatriarchy: A Theory of Distorted Change in Arab Society (1988). 

Sharabi writes about the importance of ending “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, restor[ing] Arab and Muslim Jerusalem, dismantle[ing] the Jewish settlements, and establish[ing] an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel.” He believes that the crusade to bring about this type of Palestinian state “would claim the right to all legitimate forms of struggle, from non-violent forms of resistance to classical forms of armed struggle. From a political point of view, however, non-violent struggle is probably the more effective one in the long run. Yet, if the present conditions of [Israeli] repression and humiliation continue, wide-scale violence could prove to be the more likely option. Opting for national struggle is bound to enhance uncontrollable individual acts of self-sacrifice, the ultimate power of the powerless.” According to Sharabi, Israel “understands only the language of oppression and force. It strives for absolute superiority.”

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