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[HUJ, Rothberg] Anti-Israel activist Efrat Ben Ze'ev sheds "new light" on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict at UC Davis
Efrat Ben Zeev: "Ihope to break down false dichotomies between a global category called
the Palestinian Arabs and another called the Israeli Jews."


Rothberg International School -The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
Graduate Studies
BEN-ZE'EV Efrat (Enlarge)

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Social Silence and War: Testimonies of 1948 Jewish-Israeli Palmach Veterans
03/08/11 12:00

Dr. Efrat Ben- Ze'ev
Anthropologist, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel
Author ofRemembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives(Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Andrews Conference Room (2203 Social Sciences and Humanities Bldg)
Co-sponsored by Middle East/ South Asian Studies
A light lunch will be provided.

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About the Book

The war of 1948 in Palestine is a conflict whose history has been written primarily from the national point of view. This book asks what happens to these narratives when they arise out of the personal stories of those who were involved, stories that are still unfolding. Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, an Israeli anthropologist, examines the memories of those who participated and were affected by the events of 1948, and how these events have been mythologized over time. This is a three-way conversation between Palestinian villagers, Jewish-Israeli veterans, and British policemen who were stationed in Palestine on the eve of the war. Each has his or her story to tell. Across the years, these witnesses relived their past in private within family circles and tightly knit groups, through gatherings and pilgrimages to sites of villages and battles, or through naming and storytelling. Rarely have their stories been revealed to an outsider. As Dr. Ben-Ze'ev discovers, these small-scale truths, which were collected from people at the dusk of their lives and previously overshadowed by nationalized histories, shed new light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as it was then and as it has become.


Zoon In - Palestinian Refugees of 1948, Rememberances
Edited by Sami Adwan, Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, Menachem Klein, Ihab Saloul, Tamir Sorek and Mahmoud Yazbak. The book is the outcome of a unique project in which Palestinian and Israeli students were asked to express their view over a series of historical photos from 1948 before knowing what was "really" in the pictures.

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Zoom in. Palestinian Refugees of 1948, Remembrances (English-Hebrew)

12 april 2011

Sami Adwan, Efrat Ben- Zeev, Menachem Klein,Ihab Saloul,Tamir Sorek, Mahmoud Yazbak

Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation Series, 2 (History of International Relations Library, 20)

Republic of Letters Publishing, 2011

In Zoom In, Israeli and Palestinian authors collectively explore the contrasting perspectives on memory and remembrance through an innovative approach. Palestinian and Israeli university students are presented with a catalogue of period photographs from 1948 and then asked to provide their personal impressions. These individual reactions are then analyzed by the scholars, providing a multi-perspective commentary and analysis that underscores the urgent need for building greater understanding for the common history of this region.

This is a masterful eye-opener to a human tragedy. The project described and commented on in this book reveals the utter confusion of identity that exists among Israels youth between self-image and self-knowledge, where bare nakba Palestinian pictures evoke different types of self-denials, including, significantly, the identification of some of those images as ones of Jewish suffering at the hands of the Nazis. Anyone wishing to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must learn the paradoxical lessons contained in this volume.
Sari Nusseibeh, Professor of Philosophy, President, al-Quds University

It is a major achievement to have brought together these conflicting and conflicted voices within the pages of a single book. Photographs of Palestinian refugees in 1948 elicit responses on the part of a new generation of Israelis and Palestinians that testify to the difficulties of coming to terms imaginatively and morally with an historical injustice that is still ongoing. For all who need to know that memory both informs and blinds, and that without recognition of the sufferings of others there is no forgetting, this book is a must.
Professor Ann Rigney, Utrecht University



hebrew version

If we do not act today,
this is how the Battir landscape
will look like tomorrow.

On Friday, July 8 th 2005, we, T'aayush activists in cooperation with The Campus Will Not Stay Silent, participated in a tour of the picturesque village of Battir, south west of Jerusalem.

The separation fence, projected to be built soon on the village lands, will demolish the terraces landscape, the springs, and the irrigation channels unique to this region and will bring about the destruction of the main source of earning for the village inhabitants who are eking out a living from a thousand-year-old traditional agriculture. To the tour were also invited members of environmental organizations and all those concerned with the preservation of the Judean mountain landscape; they were guided by villagers who outlined the harsh human consequences of constructing the barrier on their lands.

For many of the participants this was a first and thought-provoking encounter with peaceful Palestinians whose only wish is to be allowed to continue to cultivate their lands in honor, but who are about to lose their lands and childhood landscapes with the construction of the separation wall in the next weeks. The sorrow and anger and the feeling of helplessness of the village inhabitants left a strong impression on the tour participants and we hope that at least some of them will join us in our efforts to struggle against the construction of the fence in this village and its neighbors.

picture by Sahar Vard

picture by Peter Lehahn

At the end of the tour a small group of Ta'ayush activists hung posters along the railway so that also the train passengers who enjoy the picturesque landscape of Battir may know that all this is going to be replaced by a concrete wall which will hide behind it aching inhabitants, frustrated and embittered that this should be their wages for long years of self-restraint and strict observation of good neighborly relations.

Unfortunately, on Saturday, the very next day after the tour, the army entered the village, instructing the merchants to close the shops and throwing tear-gas grenades, refusing to give the inhabitants any explanation. Since this was the first such event for a long time, it would appear that its real purpose was to signalize to the inhabitants that even a non-violent and minimal gesture of protest such as the Friday tour is not allowed to them.

>For information on additional activity against the fence in the Bethlehem area please contact:

picture by Natasha

>More Picturesby Sahar Vardi/ byPeter Lehahn/ byNatasha
>More On Batir
>Gush Etzion Enclave
>Battir report by Tamar and Efrat
>Zafrir Rinat's article in Haaretz

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