Contested Land, Contested Memory

Contested Land, Contested Memory

Israel's Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe

Paperback - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781459710115
Characteristics: 302 pages : maps ; 23 cm.


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Mar 12, 2015

As a source of information for understanding the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian land, this was very helpful. I cannot evaluate its accuracy because I was not well informed on the history, but this, above all, portrays the very complicated situation that threatens peaceful coexistence of the two ethnic groups.


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