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 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 21st Century Palestine and Israel.

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  1. The stage is set: Conflicting claims of Palestinians and Israelis to the Holy Land and the origins of Zionist immigration
  2. After the Ottomans: Sykes-Picot and the emergence of Arab, Syrian and Palestinian nationalism
  3. Aliya: The evolution of Zionism, Jewish immigration, and early impacts on indigenous Palestinians
  4. The Balfour Declaration of 1917 and the British Mandate of 1923
  5. The 1929 Riots
  6. The Arab Revolt and the General Strike, 1936-1939
  7. The Peel Commission and Plans for Partition
  8. Never Again: The Holocaust and the origins of Modern Israel
  9. U.N. Resolution 181 and the Civil War, 1945-1947
  10. The Deir Yassin Massacre – a triggering action of the Palestinian Al-Nakba, 1948
  11. Al-Nakba and the Israeli War of Independence, 1948
  12. Refugee issue of the 1950’s: denial of Palestinians’ right to return
  13. The Fedayeen and the establishment of Fatah and, later, the PLO
  14. The 1956 Sinai War / the Tripartite Aggression
  15. The massacre in Kafr Qasim
  16. The renewed Palestinian National Movement
  17. The 1967 War and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza
  18. "Black September", 1970
  19. The failure of all peace initiatives, 1968-1972
  20. The 1973 War
  21. Peace with Egypt, 1977
  22. Explosive calm: setting the stage for Palestinian resistance, 1967-1987
  23. The war in Lebanon and the Sabra and Shatilla massacres, 1982
  24. Madrid and the path to Oslo, 1991-1993
  25. The end of the Intifada and Oslo, 1993-2000
  26. Camp David, 2000: Barak, Arafat and Clinton
  27. The Second Intifada, September 2000
  28. The Quartet and Road Map, 2002
  29. The end of the Second Intifada, the death of Arafat, and disengagement from Gaza
  30. The aftermath and impact of the Second Intifada (2002-2004) on Palestinians and Israelis
  31. Withdrawal from Gaza, elections in the West Bank and Gaza, and Sharon’s stroke and coma
  32. Israel, the U.S., and attempts to join Hamas to the Palestinian government
  33. Hamas, the PA, and elections in Israel, 2006-2007
  34. The war in Lebanon, 2006
  35. Rockets from Gaza and the Israeli response, 2006-2008
  36. The war in Gaza, 2008-2009
  37. Effects of the conflict in Israel
  38. The Goldstone Report, 2009
  39. Blockade of Gaza and the Flotilla, 2006-2010

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