A Common Historical Narrative

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Israel and Palestine:

A Common Historical Narrative


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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 Mattar.

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.

A Common Historical Narrative, Table of Contents

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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  1. Claims of Palestinians and Israelis to the Holy Land
  2. Early Jewish immigration, the birth of Zionism, and impacts on the indigenous population
  3. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the British Mandate of 1923
  4. The Hebron and Safad Massacres, 1929
  5. The Arab Revolt and the General Strike, 1936-1939
  6. The Peel Commission and Plans for Partition
  7. Never Again: The Holocaust and the origins of Modern Israel
  8. U.N. Resolution 181 and the Civil War, 1945-1947
  9. The Deir Yassin Massacre – a triggering action of the Palestinian Al-Nakba, 1948
  10. Al-Nakba and the Israeli War of Independence, 1948
  11. Refugee issue of the 1950’s: denial of Palestinians’ right to return
  12. The 1967 War and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
  13. The failure of all peace initiatives, 1968-1972
  14. The 1973 War
  15. Peace with Egypt, 1977
  16. Explosive calm: setting the stage for Palestinian resistance, 1967-1987
  17. War in Lebanon and the Sabra and Shatilla massacres, 1982
  18. Madrid and the path to Oslo, 1991-1993
  19. The end of the Intifada and Oslo, 1993-2000
  20. Camp David, 2000: Barak, Arafat and Clinton
  21. The Second Intifada, September, 2000
  22. The Quartet and Road Map, 2002
  23. The end of the Second Intifada, the death of Arafat, and disengagement from Gaza
  24. The aftermath and impact of the Second Intifada (2002-2004) on Palestinians and Israelis
  25. Withdrawal from Gaza, elections in the West Bank and Gaza, and Sharon’s stroke and coma
  26. Israel, the U.S., and attempts to join Hamas to the Palestinian Government
  27. Hamas, the PA, and elections in Israel, 2006-2007
  28. The War in Lebanon, 2006
  29. Rockets from Gaza and the Israeli response, 2006-2008
  30. The War in Gaza, 2008-2009
  31. Health problems in Gaza
  32. Effects of the conflict in Israel
  33. The Goldstone Report, 2009
  34. Blockade of Gaza and the Flotilla, 2006-2010
  35. One State or two States?

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