Every month, IPS presents an event or theme related to the history of Palestine by highlighting a selection of relevant JPS articles. Free online access to these articles will be available for a limited period of time.
Palestinian Citizens of Israel There’s an old folktale told by Palestinians. In 1948, during the shock and panic of the war, a Palestinian mother grabs a pillow thinking it’s her child. She flees and has not yet returned. The child is left behind and stays on the land. “We are the child,” Palestinians from the Galilee, Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, Lydda, the Negev, Nazareth, and Umm al-Fahm, and on and on, proclaim. For the Palestinians of Israel, the 1947-49 war – the Nakba (Catastrophe) – transformed the community from a national majority into a marginalized minority
Egypt and the Palestinians Writing in the Journal of Palestine Studies , Sabri Jiryis remarked on Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s journey to Jerusalem: “For half a century since the meeting between the Emir Faisal, son of Sherif Hussein of Mecca, and the Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann in June, 1918, no Arab leader had publicly met with any Zionist or Israel official. Here, now, was the president of the largest Arab country visiting Israel . . . it is clear that the Middle East in particular and the Arab world in general have entered a new era when developments
Israel and the U.S. Congress The present battle by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to scuttle the 14 July Iran nuclear agreement may prove to mark a pivotal moment in the history of the organization and its status as vanguard of the so-called “Israel lobby.” AIPAC is fully mobilized against the American president, and its success or defeat may very well determine its future clout on Capitol Hill. The organization has reportedly poured over $20 million into television advertising  against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Acton and dedicated
Gaza & Operation Protective Edge – One Year Later Three Israelis boys trekking home in the West Bank are reported missing and presumed dead by Israeli security forces and the prime minister. A recording of a distressed telephone call made by one of the boys reveals sounds of gun shots followed by the pained cries of the three boys. Their blood is found in the car of the suspected Palestinians behind the kidnapping and murder. An 18-day hunt for the boys’ bodies is officially described as a rescue mission as the political leadership and IDF general staff
Southern Lebanon, An Arena of Contestation “Pity the Nation,” British journalist Robert Fisk titled his account of the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War. Colleague and fellow Englishman David Hirst chose “Beware of Small States” for his own survey of the nation he defined as the “battlefield of the Middle East.” The unfamiliar reader glancing at such titles may reasonably surmise that the nation’s contemporary history has been dominated by conflict and devastation. Even though the Lebanese Civil War officially ended more than two decades ago, the small nation,