Said - Dead at 67

Edward Said Dies; U.S. Scholar Was Leading Voice for Palestinians

September 25, 2003


NEW YORK (AP) -- Edward W. Said, a Columbia University

professor and leading spokesman in the United States for

the Palestinian cause, has died, his editor at Knopf

publishers said Thursday. He was 67.

Said had suffered from leukemia for years and died at a New

York hospital late Wednesday, editor Shelley Wanger said.

Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, then part of

British-ruled Palestine, but he spent most of his adult

life in the United States. He wrote passionately about the

Palestinian cause but also on a variety of other subjects,

from English literature, his academic specialty, to music

and culture.

When it came to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Said was

consistently critical of Israel for what he regarded as

mistreatment of the Palestinians.

He wrote two years ago after visits to Jerusalem and the

West Bank that Israel's "efforts toward exclusivity and

xenophobia toward the Arabs" had actually strengthened

Palestinian determination.

"Palestine and Palestinians remain, despite Israel's

concerted efforts from the beginning either to get rid of

them or to circumscribe them so much as to make them

ineffective," Said wrote in the English-language Al-Ahram

Weekly, published in Cairo.

In 2000, he prompted a controversy when he threw a rock

toward an Israeli guardhouse on the Lebanese border.

Columbia University did not censure him, saying that the

stone was directed at no one, no law was broken and that

his actions were protected by principles of academic


Said moved to the United States as a student. He received a

bachelor's degree from Princeton in 1957 and a master's and

Ph.D. from Harvard, in 1960 and 1964.

Most of his academic career was spent as a professor at

Columbia University in New York, but he also was a visiting

professor at such leading institutions as Yale, Harvard and

Johns Hopkins.

His books include "The Question of Palestine" in 1979 and

"After the Last Sky" in 1986.

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