Sunday, October 10, 2010

Yusuf Sayigh

Rosemary Sayigh did series of interviews with her late husband, Yusuf Sayigh, and published them as memoirs.  This is a very interesting story and Yusuf fought in the 1948 war and witnessed all the key posts of the Arab-Israeli conflict.  His account of Antun Sa`adah is most revealing (critical but fair, unlike either fawning accounts or hostile accounts), and his account of `Arafat's deception and autocratic style is probably the best I have read. He is the first to put in print the story that Arafat may have been behind the "accident" that killed Khalid Al-Yashruti for personal reasons.