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Tuesday, July 22, 2003

The battle over language

HonestReporting's homepage sports a great quote from Diana Buttu, legal advisor to the PLO: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is "a battle over language sometimes more than over anything else."

In this same vein, Daniel Pipes' weblog has mention of one of France's main telephone companies, Bouygues Telecom, posting long distance rates for calling the country of "Palestine." There's even a map. Check it out.

It hasn't been that long since I first noticed instances of referring to "Palestine" as a country, and look at how entrenched it's become. If times were different, I could easily move off to the tangent of studying this linguistic phenomenon, just out of pure wonder and curiosity. But as it is (see Monday Morning Musings below), there is much more urgent work to be done.