Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Voices of the Middle East and North Africa – February 11, 2004

History Professor Beshara Dumani of U.C. Berkeley will
be in conversation with Professor Ilan Pappe, an
Israeli historian teaching at Haifa University, about
his new book A History of Modern Palestine: One Land,
Two People
. It begins with the
Ottomans in the early 1800s and traces a path through
the arrival of the early Zionists at the end of that
century, through the British mandate at the beginning
of the twentieth century, the establishment of the
state of Israel in 1948, and the subsequent wars and
conflicts which culminated in the intifadas of 1987
and 2000. While these events provide the background to
the narrative and explain the construction of Zionist
and Palestinian nationalism, at centre stage are those
who lived through these times, men, women and
children, Jews and Arabs. It is a story of
coexistence, as well as oppression, occupation, and
exile. Ilan Pappe is well-known as a revisionist
historian of Israel. For more information on Bishara
Doumani and Ilan pappe, please visit:



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