History of the Israel / Palestine Conflict - perspectives...
Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
Ella Habiba Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies and Women's Studies at CUNY. A writer, orator and activist, she is the author of Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989) and the co-author (with Robert Stam) of Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (Routledge 1994). Shohat co-edited Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Reflections (University of Minnesota Press, 1997) and is the editor of Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age, (MIT Press/The New Museum, 2000). She writes often for such journals as Social Text and the Journal for Palestine Studies. … more about the author W hen issues of racial and colonial discourse are discussed in the U.S., people of Middle Eastern and North African origin are often excluded.
Follow Us From the Editors Tadween Publishing Blog is here!
2000 Camp David
Review One of the best illustrations of contemporary scholars' fascination with the concept of memory as a concept closer to experience, a more human, subjective, and politically subversive notion than History." --Critique of Anthropology "In this fascinating ethnographic account, John Collins shows how Palestinians remember, re-shape, and reinvent in their popular imagination the first Inti-fada, or uprising, of 1987-1993." --Middle East Journal "The book will be of interest not only to scholars of the Middle East, but also to those interested in nationalism, discourse analysis, social movements and oral history." --Advance News "Theoretically sharp and well written, Occupied by Memory propels the scholarship on Palestinians and perpetual states of violence in new and promising directions.
Ilan Pappe's book traces the history of Palestine from the Ottomans in the nineteenth century, through the British Mandate, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent wars and conflicts which have dominated this troubled region. The second edition of Pappe's book has been updated to include the dramatic events of the 1990s and the early twenty-first century. These years, which began with a sense of optimism, as the Oslo peace accord was being negotiated, culminated in the second intifada and the increase of militancy on both sides. Pappe explains the reasons for the failure of Oslo and the two-state solution, and reflects upon life thereafter as the Palestinians and Israelis battle it out under the shadow of the wall of separation. As in the first edition, it is the men, women and children of Palestine who are at the centre of Pappe's narrative.
Very few in the West can honestly claim to have been able to appraise the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an objective point of view that takes into account nothing but the facts. In all fairness, until quite recently, it has been tricky to find complete information that was not deformed and manipulated by heavy ideological filters. Surprisingly, that same claim can be made for many who live in the heart of the land itself, neighbours to an “enemy” who has a destiny that is entwined, but without an idea of who this “enemy” is and what motivations drive him. Our beliefs and any actions we might take regarding the conflict are influenced by the version of the story that was made available to us, often without our being aware of how simple it is to distort facts, and usually out of good faith, we in the West have accepted almost entirely the veracity of the version that is dominant in our society.
I always struggle to know where to point people who just want a basic background on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I have reams and reams of books, websites, articles and such I can point them to, but they're either too complex, too over-simplified, too specialized, too de-personalized, assume too much knowledge, or otherwise don't really do the "101" job of explaining things with the right balance of providing sufficient information while not overwhelming. Well, I think I finally found a good one.
“The Zionist Story”, an independent documentary released in February 2009, written, edited, produced and directed by “Berek Joselewicz” (Ronen Berelovich), presents: … not just the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but also the core reason for it: the Zionist ideology, its goals (past and present) and its firm grip not only on Israeli society, but also, increasingly, on the perception of Middle East issues in Western democracies. These concepts have already been demonstrated in the excellent ‘Ocupation 101′ documentary made by Abdallah Omeish and Sufyan Omeish , but in my documentary I approach the subject from the perspective of an Israeli, ex-reserve soldier and someone who has spent his entire life in the shadow of Zionism.
Watch this short, historically accurate animated introduction to Israel-Palestine 101: To stay informed, sign up for JVP e-news and action alerts, in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter .
Now The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand. It’s been a bestseller in Israel, and that’s very interesting because it undermines the blood and soil aspects of Zionism and also the Christian Zionism that is so rife in the United States.
Palestinians around the world are marking the anniversary of the Nakba , the catastrophe that occurred when the state of Israel was established in 1948. The scale of the devastation was overwhelming: four in five Palestinian villages inside the borders of the new state were ethnically cleansed, an act of mass dispossession accompanied by atrocities. Around 95 per cent of new Jewish communities built between 1948-1953 were established on the land of expelled, denationalised Palestinians.
The real challenge facing the Muslim world today is how to stop violent protesters from becoming the face of the religion.
The Partition of Palestine
The 1948 War
In Comrades and Enemies Zachary Lockman explores the mutually formative interactions between the Arab and Jewish working classes, labor movements, and worker-oriented political parties in Palestine just before and during the period of British colonial rule. Unlike most of the historical and sociological literature on Palestine in this period, Comrades and Enemies avoids treating the Arab and Jewish communities as if they developed independently of each other. Instead of focusing on politics, diplomacy, or military history, Lockman draws on detailed archival research in both Arabic and Hebrew, and on interviews with activists, to delve into the country's social, economic, and cultural history, showing how Arab and Jewish societies in Palestine helped to shape each other in significant ways.
Zachary Lockman Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History Harvard University, Ph. D., 1983 Office Address: Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 50 Washington Square South, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10012 Email: email@example.com Phone: (212) 998-8884 Fax: (212) 995-4689 Areas of Research/Interest Modern Middle Eastern history. Bio: My main research and teaching field is the socioeconomic, cultural and political history of the modern Middle East, particularly the Mashriq.
Israel in Lebanon: The Report of the International Commission by Sean MacBride Ithaca, 282 pp, £4.50, March 1984, ISBN 0 903729 96 2 Sabra et Chatila: Enquête sur un Massacre by Amnon Kapeliouk Seuil, 117 pp, ISBN 0 00 000097 3 Final Conflict: The War in the Lebanon by John Bulloch Century, 238 pp, £9.95, April 1983, ISBN 0 7126 0171 6 Lebanon: The Fractured Country by David Gilmour Robertson, 209 pp, £9.95, June 1983, ISBN 0 85520 679 9 The Tragedy of Lebanon: Christian Warlords, Israeli Adventures and American Bunglers by Jonathan Randal Chatto, 320 pp, £9.50, October 1983, ISBN 0 7011 2755 4 God cried by Tony Clifton and Catherine Leroy Quartet, 141 pp, £15.00, June 1983, ISBN 0 7043 2375 3 Beirut: Frontline Story by Salim Nassib , Caroline Tisdall and Chris Steele-Perkins Pluto, 160 pp, £3.95, March 1983, ISBN 0 86104 397 9 The Fateful Triangle: Israel, the United States and the Palestinians by Noam Chomsky Pluto, 481 pp, £6.95, October 1983, ISBN 0 86104 741 9
Palestine under the British mandate
Historians of the conflict