The Israel/Palestine Question

    • Title: The Israel/Palestine Question
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappe (Editor)
    • Publisher: Routledge
    • Year: 1999
    • ISBN-10: 0415169488
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415169486
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 292
    • Size / Format: 2,1 mb / pdf
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Description: This study assimilates diverse interpretations of the origins of the Middle East conflict with emphasis on the fight for Palestine and its religious and political roots. Drawing largely on scholarly debates in Israel since 1980, which have become known as “historical revisionism”, the collection presents developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict’s historiography and a critical reassessment of Israel’s past.

Few fields can claim to be more energized than the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict. For decades after the founding of Israel, scholars associated with the fledgling state wrote works that defended its every aspect. For example, such historians claimed that Arab states encouraged Palestinians to evacuate the contested areas in 1948. Thus, in these versions, the Arabs caused the refugee problem. This volume focuses on the tremendous outpouring of recent studies that reinterpret the history of this struggle by depicting the Palestinians’ perspective in a far more supportive light. Arguing that they have consulted the archives much more carefully, these scholars have shown, among many other findings, that efforts at solidarity among Arab and Israeli workers went awry because of limits on both sides. Likewise, the 1948 exodus relates significantly to Israeli policy.
Throughout this work, responsibility is more equally shared, and the Palestinians receive more direct attention. Indeed, this volume collects a series of essays with which any serious student of the period will have to grapple before making conclusions.


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