What is the most correct, current term for Palestine?
February 22, 2014 7:25 AM Subscribe
I have a student who is writing a thesis in which she mentions Palestine. Recently, one of her readers expressed surprise that she was using the term as she did. In the following context, what is the most correct and least offensive term for her to use, and what precisely is at stake with each term?
posted by pretentious illiterate to Education (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
She uses the word in two ways: once, to describe a visit that a group of writers took to the region, and once to describe a person's country of origin. Her reader (another undergrad) described that decision as "controversial." I don't feel I know enough about what's at stake here to give good advice.
The term that occurred to me as a replacement was "Palestinian territories," which seems a little more precise, but I don't know if it has a political valence that is escaping me. She offered "occupied territories" as a replacement, which struck me as an even more charged term. Since this is not the focus of her thesis, and we don't know who her readers will be, I would like her to use the word that is least likely to upset people on either side of the debate.
So, the question is twofold:
1. What word would you suggest?
2. What precise set of implications come along with each term (Occupied territories, Palestinian territories, Palestine, etc.?)
I know this is a touchy topic, so thanks in advance for sticking to the question.