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ACROSS THE WALL a book by Ilan Pappé and Jamil Hilal with Udi Adiv, Dan Rabinowitz, Moshe Zuckermann, Oren Yiftachel, Lev Grinberg & Uri Davis


                         ACROSS THE WALL

Towards a Shared View of Israeli-Palestinian History
Ilan Pappé and Jamil Hilal 

 Library of Modern Middle East Studies
Availability: Not Yet Published
From I. B. Tauris
Pub date: Apr 2010
440 pages
$95.00 - Hardcover (1-84885-345-9)


Across the Wall arose from a unique collaboration between scholars from Israel and the Palestinian territories, seeking to arrive at a shared framework for studying the history of this troubled land. Ilan Pappé and Jamil Hilal, top academics in Israel and Palestine respectively, bring historians from both sides of the wall together for dialogue on history, identity, and the meaning of the conflict.  In the volume, they argue persuasively for the concept of a 'bridging narrative', a historiographical discourse which can accommodate seemingly incompatible national meta-narratives. Proceeding from this innovative theoretical framework, Across the Wall then goes on to offer critical examinations of some of the most contested issues in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the 1948 Nakba, the 1967 war, the occupation, and the formation of the PLO. The result is a radical new take on the history of Israel/Palestine which transcends the biases inherent in both countries’ national narratives and points towards a new model for the historiography of conflicts. 

Author Bio

Jamil Hilal is a sociologist at Birzeit University and a senior research fellow at the Palestinian Institution for the Study of Democracy in Ramallah. He previously served as lecturer at the University of Durham, and was a research fellow at Oxford University. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Poverty Commission and a major contributor to its 1998 National Poverty Report. Hilal has been a member of the Palestinian National Council since 1983.

Ilan Pappé is currently a Chair in the Department of History at the University of Exeter, and the author of various books, including The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (I.B.Tauris).

Table of contents

Palisad: Palestinian and Israeli academics in dialoge -- Jamil Hilal and Ilan Pappe
* Politics and Identity -- Ehud Adiv
* Oriental Othering and National Identit -- Dan Rabinowitz
* The Shoah on Trial -- Moshe Zuckermann
* Jerusalem 1948: The Phantom City -- Salim Tamari
* Dis/Solving the Palestinian Refugee Problem -- Nur Mashala
* Fear, Victimhood, Self and Other -- Ilan Pappé
* Reflections on Contemporary Palestinian History -- Jamil Hilal
* Palestinian Nationalism -- Issam Nahar
* Gender, Nakba and Nation -- Rema Hammami
* ‘Ethnocracy’ -- Oren Yiftachel
* Democracy and the the Experience of National Liberation -- Musa Budeiri
* The Derailment of Peace -- Lev Grinberg
* Naming the Colonizer in Geographical Palestine -- Uri Davis
* One-state Palestine: Past, Present and Future -- Ilan Pappé





[Ex-U of Haifa, now Exeter U, UK] Ilan Pappe in "The One Democratic State Group" - Gaza is committed to the struggle for Palestinian rights



Call for Support  

The One Democratic State Group -Gaza

"The One Democratic State Group is committed to the struggle for Palestinian rights. These rights will never be realized outside the framework of a unitary state with equality for all its citizens. For too long this aim has been a vision. It is time to make it happen, and the ODSG is at the forefront of that effort. They deserve our full support."~ Ghada Karmi

In this time of despair and ever-growing violence that threatens to destroy the Palestinian people, it is most refreshing to hear about a humanist and genuine initiative to find a just solution for the Palestine question. It is most amazing that it grew on the killing fields of Gaza, which bore the brunt of the Israeli criminal policies.  It carries with it a hope that despite the various Nakbas the Palestinian people have gone through, there is still a valid possibility for Jews and Palestinians to share the land on the basis of equal and human rights. This is the only way forward and it is in particular the people of Gaza who can show us the way forward.~ Ilan Pape

 "At a moment when ever more people are recognizing the futility at again attempting to partition Palestine/Israel, and the failure of the 'two-state solution,' there is an urgent need for a new vision to bring about decolonization, equality and justice. The One Democratic State Group is at the forefront of thinking, advocacy and action to bring about such a new vision from within Palestine. Their important and courageous work inspires real hope and deserves all our support."~ Ali Abunimah

 Please circulate widely 

The ODSG, One Democratic State Group, is a Palestinian non-violent popular resistance group based in Gaza. We are Palestinian activists, from various backgrounds, who have come together to further peace with justice in the Middle East. We believe that the One State Solution is the only viable option that guarantees comprehensive peace in the Middle East. We believe that justice and peace can be achieved in the context of a single Democratic State that would include and benefit equally all current residents of historic Palestine--after the return of Palestinian refugees--irrespective of race, ethnicity or religion. We pledge to work actively towards this end.

 We are also active in the Palestine-initiated campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. These measures, similar to those applied to South Africa during the apartheid era, are necessary to bring an end to Israel's genocidal policies towards Palestinians both within Israel and throughout the Occupied Territories. We believe that these non-violent measures should be maintained until Apartheid Israel recognizes the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and the establishment of a democratic state on Mandatory Palestine; a state for all of its citizens.

 As we are not an NGO, all our funding comes from our own pockets. As our movement is now rapidly growing it is becoming more difficult to financially sustain our projects and hire greatly needed staff. Due to lack of funds we have been forced to freeze some of our projects.

 Our current projects include the following:

 1.      Organizing for the Gaza Freedom March (31 December 2009). We are represented on the March Steering Committee.

2.      Collecting video testimonies of refugees who survived the 1948 Nakba for an oral history project that will be posted at Palestine Remembered.

3.      Working on the "Right to Read" Campaign in partnership with the Free Gaza Movement. Challenging the siege by shipping books by sea for Gaza university students.

4.      Producing a documentary, Forbidden Dreams, and copying thousands of a Palestinian- South African CD, Amandla Intifada.

5.      The  promotion of the one state solution and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli Apartheid by:

Ÿ         Networking to strengthen connections among people and groups in Gaza and with solidarity activists around the world.

Ÿ         Running BDS workshops across the Gaza Strip.

Ÿ         Organizing video conferences with activists, intellectuals and students based in the Arab World, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the US.

Ÿ         Conducting media advocacy and writing articles in Arabic and English.

 In order to keep ODSG productively running, we are in need of your generous support and donations. We invite you to visit our website, http://www.odsg. org/co/ and join us in our work to in an act of people to people solidarity, and anti-apartheid activism for peace with justice.

 You can make a donation via paypal through our website. If you are in the United States and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, contact us at http://odsg. org/co/index. php/contact- us.html

 onedemocraticstateg roup@gmail. com

 Through your help we will be able to make our vision a reality and thereby ensure that our children and grandchildren may live together in more just and equal world.

The One Democratic State Group

Gaza, Palestine


A DRIVE TO SAVE LIFTA petition signed by Ilan Pappe and Yonatan Mendel, Dr David A Wesley, Tzvia Shapira, Dr. Julia Chaitin, Noga Kadman

Dr David A Wesley is a professor at the University of Tel Aviv,
Dr. Julia Chaitin teaches at the Social Work dept., Ben. Gurion University
Noga Kadman studies at the Department of Peace and Development Research at Goteborg University in Sweden
Dr. Tzvia Shapira teaches at Oranim College
Yonatan Mendel is completing a PhD on Israeli security and the Arabic language, at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge


The petition

Lifta, a most picturesque Palestinian village, lies on the slopes of West Jerusalem below the highway linking it to Tel-Aviv. It has been abandoned since the invading Hagana underground forces backed by the Stern Gang drove the last of its Palestinian inhabitants in 1948 during the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

It was the one single event which changed the nature of the place and the whole region. Although dozens of houses were destroyed, many of them still remain poised on the landscape.

Lifta is considered by many as a rare and fine example of Palestinian rural architecture with narrow streets aligned with the slopes of the mountains around it. Its cubist forms are a wonderful manifestation of the mastery of the Palestinian stone masons who were the indigenous owners and builders of these houses.

Today Lifta is more or less a ghost town suspended in space and remains deserted despite the fact that most of its original Palestinian inhabitants live in the surrounding communities. The Israeli authorities refuse to allow them to return.

Now the Jerusalem Municipality has produced plans to turn Lifta into a luxurious and exclusive Jewish development – reinventing its history in the process.

The Plan, numbered 6036, was designed by two architectural offices: G. Kartas – S. Grueg and S. Ahronson, as part of the “local space planning of Jerusalem”. The plan was submitted on June 28, 2004, and according to its title refers to “The Spring of National”. The plan, submitted to the Jerusalem Municipality Planning Committee in 2004, was approved by a regional committee.

In 2005, objections to the Plan were raised by several groups, including Bimkom (alternative center for Israeli planning) and the representatives of the regional committee of the organization and construction for the Al Quds-Jerusalem area.

Main Issues:

• The original Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta, their memories of the village, their exile and longing to return to Lifta are not mentioned, or even considered by the Municipality Master Plan.

• Lifta captures the moment of destruction of Palestinian life in 1948. Its 3,000 original inhabitants fled – mostly to East Jerusalem and to the Ramallah area. However, unlike many of the 530 Palestinian villages and towns conquered and bulldozed during the war of 1947/48, a few of Lifta’s houses remain almost intact, yet deserted and declared ‘officially’ resettled.

• These set of circumstances have placed Lifta in a unique position: its original inhabitants are still around, living in the OPT and the Chicago area with a desire that the injustices done in 1948 be acknowledged and repaired.

• In Israel, renovation projects are frequently used to build a national narrative, ignoring the deep contradictions between planning and human rights that inevitably arise out of such initiatives.

• With Lifta, we have a place where a new national transformation results in the erasure of another’ people’s memory as evidenced in the new Masterplan.

• Lifta is a tangible embodiment of the larger context of events in the region during 1947/48. Lifta can be a vital place for contemplating and understanding the concept of historical continuity.

• Lifta’s heritage is a story of a multicultural society, embracing a strong sense of an ethnically and religiously diverse community of Muslims, Jews and Christians which encapsulated a healthy civil equality amongst its inhabitants and the neighbouring communities. If Lifta were to be rejuvenated with due care to preserving its memory, it could offer a unique opportunity for the start of a new dialogue towards a conciliatory outcome.

Petition’s Aim:

This petition aims to save Lifta through the World Monuments Fund , amongst others, and to draw attention to this site which has been threatened by neglect, vandalism and forced occupation by extremist settlers.


67 Ilan Pappe timely and crucial petition!

113 yonatan mendel

365 Noga Kadman Israelis for saving Lifta

454 Dr. Julia Chaitin There has been too much destruction. Leave this village so that it can serve as a remembrance of the past and as a multi-cultural community for the present and future

532 Tzvia Shapira

978 Dr David A Wesley


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