Israelis and Palestinians: Contested Narratives

Dajani Daoudi, Mohammed S.; Barakat, Zeina M.
June 2013
Israel Studies;Summer2013, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p53
Academic Journal
The article discusses the role of contested historical narratives in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Particular focus is given to Arab and Israeli narratives surrounding Jerusalem and the Israel-Arab War of 1948-1949. According to the authors, it is important for each party to understand and appreciate the other's narrative in order for conflict resolution to occur. It is suggested that while the Palestinian narrative depicts the creation of Israel as an imperialist act, the Israeli narrative depicts it as an act of national self-determination and the fulfillment of a key Jewish religious belief. Other topics include terminology, peacemaking, and collective memory.


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