Shared Histories

Manuel Hassassian, Benjamin Pogrund, Paul Scham

04/03/2007 4:30 pm

There is no single history of the development of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there are always two narratives. The most prominent example is the event Palestinians mourn as their Nakba – their catastrophic dispersion in 1948 – and which Israelis and Jews around the world celebrate as Israel’s victorious War of Independence.

Two conferences of Israeli and Palestinian historians and a book, Shared Histories, have examined these differing perceptions. Three prominent participants in these conferences discussed different aspects of the dual historical narratives and considered how they might be utilized to lead to peace, rather than further conflict.

Manuel Hassassian

Manuel Hassassian is the former Rector and Professor of Political Science at Bethlehem University and currently the Palestinian Ambassador in London.

Benjamin Pogrund

Benjamin Pogrund is a journalist and director of the Yakar Center for Social Concern, Jerusalem.

Paul Scham

Paul Scham, formerly a lawyer is currently a Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C.

Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is Professor Emeritus and Pears Senior Research Fellow at SOAS, the first UK Professor of Israel Studies. He has written seven books including The Rise of the Israeli Right and Israel and the European Left.