Hamastan (2003)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Feb 2 18:12:45 UTC 2006

At 12:45 PM -0500 2/2/06, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>WOTY 2006? Should be in the running at least -- more than 600 hits on
>Google News Search over the past few weeks. Here are some earlier

I don't know.  The intended parse isn't transparent from the
orthography--it looks too much like a land that would violate both
the laws of Kashruth and those of Halal.


>Midstream, Feb./Mar. 2003
>"Anatomy of an Illusion: The Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution"
>by Eric L. Rozenman
>Yet, an America that assures one ally, Turkey, that it will not permit
>an independent Kurdistan to arise from the ruins of a post-Saddam Iraq
>and that sent troops half-way around the world to root out
>Afghanistan's Taliban and their Al Qaeda guests, would endanger a
>second ally, Israel, with creation of an Arafatia or Hamastan.
>(Posted Mar. 1, 2003: <http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=15995>)
>Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2004, p. 5 (Nexis)
>The establishment of a Hamas controlled state on its own border - call
>it Hamastan - with all the encouragement it would give to MoslemMuslim
>extremists in Egypt, is not something Mubarak wants to see.
>Jerusalem Post, Sep. 1, 2004, p. 5 (Nexis)
>[interview with EU representative Marc Otte]
>You don't want Hamastan at your door, we don't want instability, Egypt
>doesn't want the Muslim Brotherhood.
>Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Issue Brief, Nov. 8, 2004
>Would a Gaza "Hamas-stan" become another al-Qaeda sanctuary in the future?
>Newsweek, Sep. 5, 2005
>[interview with Hamas cofounder Mahmoud Zahar]
>PERAINO: Some Israeli officials warn that after the withdrawal, Gaza
>will become "Hamastan."
>ZAHAR: It should be Hamastan. Why not? We are not corrupt. We are
>serving the poorer classes. We are defending our land. It should be
>--Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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