Excerpts from the 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. 

The chapters below in the Table of Contents illustrate the scope of the Narrative, from its origins in the 19th Century to the unfolding events of 21st Century Palestine and Israel.

Note: Although the first edition of Israel and Palestine: A Common Historical Narrative has been published, the document undergoes continuous refinement through ongoing stylistic and scholarly review. Text on this page may be changed from time to time as a result of this process.

Israel and Palestine:

A Common Historical Narrative

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 - The stage is set: Conflicting claims of Palestinians and Israelis to the Holy Land and the origins of Zionist immigration

Chapter 2 - After the Ottomans: Sykes-Picot and the emergence of Arab, Syrian and Palestinian nationalism

Chapter 3 - Aliya: The evolution of Zionism, Jewish immigration, and early impacts on indigenous Palestinians

Chapter 4 - The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the British Mandate of 1923

Chapter 5 -Early Skirmishes, 1920-1921

Chapter 6 - The 1929 Riots

Chapter 7 - The Arab Revolt and the General Strike, 1936-1939

Chapter 8 - The Peel Commission and Plans for Partition

Chapter 9 - Never Again: The Holocaust and the origins of Modern Israel

Chapter 10 - U.N. Resolution 181 and the Civil War

Chapter 11 - The Deir Yassin Massacre:  A triggering action of the Palestinian Al-Nakba, 1948

Chapter 12 - Al-Nakba and the Israeli War of Independence, 1948

Chapter 13 - The post-war influx of Jewish Immigration

Chapter 14 - Refugee issue of the 1950’s: denial of Palestinians’ right to return

Chapter 15 - The Palestinian Fedayeen

Chapter 16 - The 1956 Sinai War / the Tripartite Aggression

Chapter 17 - The massacre in Kafr Qasim

Chapter 18 - The renewed Palestinian National Movement

Chapter 19 - The 1967 War and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza

Chapter 20 - "Black September", 1970

Chapter 21 - Failed peace initiatives, 1968-1972

Chapter 22 - The 1973 War

Chapter 23 - Peace with Egypt, 1977

Chapter 24 - The war in Lebanon and the Sabra & Shatila massacres, 1982

Chapter 25 - Explosive calm: Setting the stage for Palestinian resistance, 1967-1987

Chapter 26 - The First Intifada, 1987-1993

Chapter 27 - Madrid and the path to Oslo, 1993-2000

Chapter 28 - After the First Intifada and Oslo, 1993-2000

Chapter 29 - Camp David, 2000: Barak, Arafat and Clinton

Chapter 30 - The Second Intifada and "Defensive Shield" Operation, 2000-2002

Chapter 31 - The Quartet and Road Map, 2002-2003

Chapter 32 - Arafat under siege, Arafat's death, separation barriers, and plans for disengagement from Gaza, 2002-2004

Chapter 33 - The aftermath and impact of the Second Intifada on Palestinians and Israelis

Chapter 34 - Withdrawal from Gaza, Sharon’s stroke and coma, and elections in the West Bank and Gaza, 2005-2006

Chapter 35 - Hamas, Fatah, and economic sanctions by Israel, the U.S., and the European Union, 2006-2007

Chapter 36 - Elections in Israel, Hezbollah, and the war in Lebanon, 2006

Chapter 37 - Rockets from Gaza and the Israeli response, 2006-2008

Chapter 38 - The war in Gaza, 2008-2009

Chapter 39 - Effects of the war in Gaza in Israel

Chapter 40 - The Goldstone Report, 2009

Chapter 41 - Blockade of Gaza and the Flotilla, 2006-2010


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