|A One-Sided anti-Israel Propaganda course by Baruch Kimmerling, Hebrew University, Department of Sociology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Palestine had enormous impact on the historical and social development of both
people. The local Arab society (that later defined themselves as Palestinians) and that
fragment of the Jewish people that immigrated to Zion and felt as homecoming after
2,000 years of exile both had strong sense of belongings to the land and regarded it as
their exclusive land. Both felt existentially threaten by the political aims and desires
of the other people. Retrospectively, the relations between both people appear to be
an inevitable zero-sum total conflict, of “either we or they”. However, the dynamics
of the relations was much more complex, and the aim of this course is to examine in a
systematic way the major developments and impacts of the Jewish-Palestinian
conflict within some comparative and theoretical context (free from ideological bias).
The course presentation will not be chronological, but thematic and will be conducted
using the dialogic technique, namely the students will be required as homework to
prepare professional contrasting texts dealing with specific issue and to discuses them
critically in the classroom.
Calvin Goldscheider, C
Greenwood Press. 2002.
The encounter between the Jewish immigrant-settler society and native Arabs ofultures in Conflict: The Arab-Israeli Conflict. Westport:
1. A Comparative Theoretical Framework
The Jewish-Zionist/Palestinian relations are inundated by all directly and indirectly
involved parties by immense emotions, stereotypes and propagandistic materials,
many times wrapped by authoritative-academic covers. It is also guarded by strong
vested interests. In order to avoid as much as possible such pitfalls, it is essential to
analyze this issue within a comparative theoretical framework, such were the various
relations between the local and immigrant people in North and South Americas, North
and South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Neither of these case studies are
similar with the Zionist nation building process in Palestine and Israel and the localnative
peoples responses to them, however it should be very instructive and
challenging to examine our case study from this perspective.
Baruch Kimmerling, "A Model for Analysis of Reciprocal Relations Between the
Jewish and Arab Communities in Mandatory Palestine,"
Nos. 3/4, 1983, pp. 45-68.
Ian S. Lustick,
Plural Societies, Vol.14.Unsettled States: Britain and Ireland and Algeria, Israel and West. London: Cornell University Press, 1993, pp. 26-56.
2. A Historical Background I:
The pogroms of 1881 in East European triggered a major Jewish wave of emigration,
but only a small portion of it saw the Holy Land as their target of destination, mainly
religious sentiments. This was the first encounter between Jewish immigrants and the
local Arab population under the rule of the Ottoman Muslim Empire. Despite the nonpolitical
character of this, retrospectively counted as the first wave of immigration, it
aroused several of basic characters of the relations between these two xenophobic and
exclusivist communities during their formative period.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1991, pp. 67-120.
Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999.
1700-1900. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995, pp. 1-8, 21-52.
:Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabl Nablus,
3. Land and Demography – Two Resources in the Game
1983, pp. 66-90.
the Late Ottoman Period and Mandate
Palestine Royal Commission:
250, 279-307, 1937.
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4. Creation of Two Rival National Movements
Baruch Kimmerling, “Process of Formation of Palestinian Collective Identities: The
Ottoman and Colonial Periods,”
Middle Eastern Studies, April 2000, 36, 2, pp. 48-81.The Zionist ideology, Hanover, N. H.: Brandies University Press,
:, Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern NationalNew York: Columbia University Press, 1997. Chapters 2-3.
5. A Historical Background II:
Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994, pp. 269-398.
A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Bloomington and
6. The Politicide of the Palestinian People and the Establishment of the Israeli
Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal,
The Palestinian People: A History.
Cambridge. MA: Harvard University Press, 2003, Chapter Five.
Military in Israel.
The Invention and Decline of Israeliness: State, Culture andLos Angeles and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001,A Refugee-Camps Society and the Revival of the Palestinian Nationalism
Books, 1984, pp. 10-25.
, Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries. London: Zed
The Palestinian Liberation Organization: People, Power andNew York: Cambridge University Press, 1984, pp.21-35.
:Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997, pp. 71-94..
1967-2002: Occupation as a Social System
Naseer H. Aruri,
Sara M. Roy,
Washington DC: Institute for Palestinian Studies, 1995.
Activism of Palestinian Families in A Refugee Camp
Press, 2004 (forthcoming), Chapters 2-3.
Occupation, Israel Over Palestine. Zeed Books, 1984.The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development.Confronting the Occupation: Work, Education and Political. Stanford: Stanford UniversityThe Blooming and the Deterioration of the Jewish-Israeli Society
Baruch Kimmerling, "Making Conflict a Routine: The Cumulative Effects of the
Arab-Jewish Conflict Upon Israeli Society,"
3, 1983, pp. 13-45.
University Press , 1997, Chapter 12.
Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 6, No., Palestinian Citizens in an Ethnic Jewish State. New Haven: Yale
The Interrupted System: Israeli Civilians in War and Routine. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Books, 1985, Chapter Two.
An Attempt of Reconciliation: Oslo Agreements and their Failure
Arieh Stav (ed.)
Zmora-Bitan Publishers for the Ariel Center for Policy Research, 2001 (Selected
Baruch Kimmerling, “The Power-Oriented Settlement: Bargaining between Israelis
and Palestinians,” in
Israel and a Palestinian State: A Zero Sum Game? Tel Aviv:The PLO and Israel: From The Road to the Oslo Agreement andM. Ma’oz and A. Sela (eds.). New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997, pp. 223-