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Contested Land, Contested Memory : Israel's Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe
by Jo Roberts


Overview - 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize -- Nonfiction Runner Up

The complex histories and memories of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis today frame Israel's future possibilities for peace.

1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle toward the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress.
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Overview
2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize -- Nonfiction Runner Up

The complex histories and memories of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis today frame Israel's future possibilities for peace.

1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle toward the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress. Sixty years later, the memory of trauma has shaped both peoples' collective understanding of who they are.

After a war, the victors write history. How was the story of the exiled Palestinians erased - from textbooks, maps, even the land? How do Jewish and Palestinian Israelis now engage with the histories of the Palestinian Nakba ("Catastrophe") and the Holocaust, and how do these echo through the political and physical landscapes of their country?

Vividly narrated, with extensive original interview material, Contested Land, Contested Memory examines how these tangled histories of suffering inform Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli lives today, and frame Israel's possibilities for peace.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781459710115
  • ISBN-10: 1459710118
  • Publisher: Dundurn Group
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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Books > History > Middle East - Israel & Palestine
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

As centuries of brutal oppression in Europe culminated in the Holocaust, Zionism offered Jews a homeland to call their own, the one land where they could be safe. Reality fell short of hopeful theory; open warfare began in 1948 as Arab and Jew struggled for control of what was to one Palestine and the other Israel; Israel prevailed but with a substantial Palestinian minority. As journalist Roberts documents, the result is a land shared by two peoples whose interests are largely incompatible, irreconcilable nations that cannot agree on the facts of history and certainly not on their interpretation. Sixty-five years have done nothing to reconcile the two groups, and, in fact, there is little evidence of widespread desire for peaceful coexistence on either side. The Israelis methodically do their best to erase the presence and history of the Palestinians, while the Palestinians, seemingly favored by simple demographic extrapolation, respond with violence. Roberts does a masterful job of presenting all perspectives in their proper context. While a minority seem willing to try to reconcile, this work offers little hope that they will be successful; the future appears to hold only continued struggle, mass ethnic cleansing or worse, willful annihilation of one side by the other. Agent: Bill Hanna, Acacia House. (Sept.)

 
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