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Israel and Palestine:
A Common Historical Narrative
©2015, The Israel Palestine Project
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The Israel Palestine Project, as well as many leaders in Israel and Palestine, assert that the source of the conflict since 1882 lies in the disparate narratives developed over time which inform the thinking and actions taken by both sides. There has never before been a common historical narrative written and distributed to both Israelis and Palestinians. This unprecedented accomplishment of writing and distribution will serve as a crucial tool for the transformation of the source of the conflict.
A unique collaboration of five people from England, Germany, and the United States served as a support team, facilitating a dialogue among Palestinians and Israelis to create the core of the common historical narrative. A primary development team has now assembled, expanded, and edited the core narrative segments into a finished document suitable for publication and distribution.
The narrative created by the team has been approved with minor changes by prominent Israeli historian Moshe Ma’oz, and Palestinian historian, Dr. Philip Matar.
In addition, TIPP’s vision has the support of many prestigious leaders from around the world including Rabbi Michael Lerner, co-chair of Tikkun; Cornell West of Princeton University; Marshall Rosenberg, founder of Non-Violent Communication; Mubarak Awad, founder of Non-Violence International; and Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex University. Click HERE for a complete list of Endorsers and Advisers.
Table of Contents
The following list is the Table of Contents of A Common Historical Narrative. This list illustrates the scope of the Narrative, from its origins in the 19th Century to the unfolding events of the present day.
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- Claims of Palestinians and Israelis to the Holy Land
- Early Jewish immigration, the birth of Zionism, and impacts on the indigenous population
- The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the British Mandate of 1923
- The Hebron and Safad Massacres, 1929
- The Arab Revolt and the General Strike, 1936-1939
- The Peel Commission and Plans for Partition
- Never Again: The Holocaust and the origins of Modern Israel
- U.N. Resolution 181 and the Civil War, 1945-1947
- The Deir Yassin Massacre – a triggering action of the Palestinian Al-Nakba, 1948
- Al-Nakba and the Israeli War of Independence, 1948
- Refugee issue of the 1950’s: denial of Palestinians’ right to return
- The 1967 War and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
- The failure of all peace initiatives, 1968-1972
- The 1973 War
- Peace with Egypt, 1977
- Explosive calm: setting the stage for Palestinian resistance, 1967-1987
- War in Lebanon and the Sabra and Shatilla massacres, 1982
- Madrid and the path to Oslo, 1991-1993
- The end of the Intifada and Oslo, 1993-2000
- Camp David, 2000: Barak, Arafat and Clinton
- The Second Intifada, September, 2000
- The Quartet and Road Map, 2002
- The end of the Second Intifada, the death of Arafat, and disengagement from Gaza
- The aftermath and impact of the Second Intifada (2002-2004) on Palestinians and Israelis
- Withdrawal from Gaza, elections in the West Bank and Gaza, and Sharon’s stroke and coma
- Israel, the U.S., and attempts to join Hamas to the Palestinian Government
- Hamas, the PA, and elections in Israel, 2006-2007
- The War in Lebanon, 2006
- Rockets from Gaza and the Israeli response, 2006-2008
- The War in Gaza, 2008-2009
- Health problems in Gaza
- Effects of the conflict in Israel
- The Goldstone Report, 2009
- Blockade of Gaza and the Flotilla, 2006-2010
- One State or two States?
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