On the Never-Ending Mourning of Palestinians
The story of The Cat, the Two Mice and the Cheese might have originally appeared in the Panchatantra, the acclaimed collection of Indian fables, a variation of which has appeared in numerous transnational celebrated fable collections, including the Greek Aesop’s Fables, the Persian Kaleela wa Dumna and the French LeRoman de Renart.
The tales in these fable collections, though they seem to be written for children, are more apropos for adults. The brevity and conciseness of the texts, plotlines, narratives, and settings are subordinated to a singular dictum which is often posed in the form of a moral question. And the vast assortment of animals, in a vast range of character types, are merely human mouthpieces whose persona range from the noble, the moral, the upright and the trustworthy to the conniving, immoral, deceptive, disingenuously deviant and maliciously deceitful.
Halaby, Raouf J. Professor Emeritus, "On the Never-Ending Mourning of Palestinians" (2014). Articles. 23.