Israel and Palestine: A Common Historical Narrative
The Israel Palestine Project is fundraising to support final production, translation, design and print expenses. The book is being published by Israel Academic Press in English, Arabic and Hebrew. Click here to donate
Click here to read the Table of Contents and several chapters of A Common Historical Narrative.
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 will serve as a crucial tool for the transformation of the source of the conflict.
Participants of this project, a unique collaboration between diverse members, including participants on both sides of a war, worked to create a common historical narrative, one in which both peoples could be represented and honored.
The narrative created by the team has been approved by prominent Israeli historian Moshe Ma’oz (Professor Emeritus of Middle East History and Islam at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, where the book is being published) and Palestinian historian Dr. Philip Mattar (Director of the Palestinian Research Center in Washington, DC).
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.
The original texts were developed in dialogue between a Major in the Israeli Army and a Palestinian journalist, who have approved the final work. It has taken almost two decades for the book's academic research and editing, and now it's at the publisher.
The authors, editors and I express our profound gratitude to all participants for the generosity of time and spirit that it has taken to complete this often painstaking process, to bring noted historians and active participants in the conflict to arrive to agree on this groundbreaking common narrative. From here, we can together build a lasting peace for all of our grandchildren.
--- Jack Berriault, Executive Director, The Israel Palestine Project
On behalf of The Israel Palestine Project, thank you for your invaluable support