Across the Wall: Narratives of Israeli-Palestinian History

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Across the Wall arose from a unique collaboration between scholars from Israel and the Palestinian territories, seeking to arrive at a shared framework for studying the history of this troubled land. Ilan Papp? and Jamil Hilal, top academics in Israel and Palestine respectively, bring historians from both sides of the wall together for dialogue on history, identity, and the meaning of the conflict. In the volume, they argue persuasively for the concept of a 'bridging narrative', a historiographical discourse ...

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Overview

Across the Wall arose from a unique collaboration between scholars from Israel and the Palestinian territories, seeking to arrive at a shared framework for studying the history of this troubled land. Ilan Pappé and Jamil Hilal, top academics in Israel and Palestine respectively, bring historians from both sides of the wall together for dialogue on history, identity, and the meaning of the conflict. In the volume, they argue persuasively for the concept of a 'bridging narrative', a historiographical discourse which can accommodate seemingly incompatible national meta-narratives. Proceeding from this innovative theoretical framework, Across the Wall then goes on to offer critical examinations of some of the most contested issues in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the 1948 Nakba, the 1967 war, the occupation, and the formation of the PLO. The result is a radical new take on the history of Israel/Palestine which transcends the biases inherent in both countries’ national narratives and points towards a new model for the historiography of conflicts.

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Jamil Hilal is a sociologist at Birzeit University and a senior research fellow at the Palestinian Institution for the Study of Democracy in Ramallah. He previously served as lecturer at the University of Durham, and was a research fellow at Oxford University. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Poverty Commission and a major contributor to its 1998 National Poverty Report. Hilal has been a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1983.

Ilan Pappé is currently a Chair in the Department of History at the University of Exeter, and the author of various books, including The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (I.B.Tauris).

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Table of Contents

Palisad: Palestinian and Israeli Academics in Dialogue Ilan Pappe Pappe, Ilan 1

Politics and Identity: A Critical Analysis of Israeli Historiography and Political Thought Ehud Adiv Adiv, Ehud 19

Oriental Othering and National Identity: A Review of Early Israeli Anthropological Studies of Palestinians Dan Rabinowitz Rabinowitz, Dan 45

The Shoah on Trial: Aspects of the Holocaust in Israeli Political Culture Moshe Zuckermann Zuckermann, Moshe 75

Jerusalem 1948: The Phantom City Salim Tamari Tamari, Salim 87

áDis/Solving' the Palestinian Refugee Problem: Israeli áResettlement' Plans in the First Decade of the State (1948-1958) Nur Masalha Masalha, Nur 107

Fear, Victimhood, Self and Other: On the Road to Reconciliation Ilan Pappe Pappe, Ilan 155

Reflections on Contemporary Palestinian History Jamil Hilal Hilal, Jamil 177

Palestinian Nationalism: The Difficulties of Narrating an Ambivalent Identity Issam Nassar Nassar, Issam 217

Gender, Nakba and Nation: Palestinian Women's Presence and Absence in the Narration of 1948 Memories Rema Hammami Hammami, Rema 235

áEthnocracy': The Politics of Judaizing Israel/Palestine Oren Yiftachel Yiftachel, Oren 269

Democracy... and the Experience of National Liberation: The Palestinian Case Musa Budeiri Budeiri, Musa 307

The Derailment of Peace: Rabin's Assassination, Democracy and Post-Conflict Agendas Lev Grinberg Grinberg, Lev 355

Naming the Colonizer in Geographical Palestine: Conceptual and Political Double Binds and their Possible Solution Uri Davis Davis, Uri 393

One-State Palestine: Past, Present and Future Ilan Pappe Pappe, Ilan 409

After Gaza Ilan Pappe Pappe, Ilan 437

List of Contributors 445

Index 451

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