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Contested Land, Contested Memory: Israel's Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe

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Nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2014

1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle toward the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress. Sixty years later, the memory of trauma has shaped both peoples' collective understanding of who they are.

After a war, the victors write history. How was the story of the exiled
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 17th 2013 by Dundurn (first published January 1st 2013)
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An-liang
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book does something all too rarely done in the polarized debate on Israel and Palestine: it seeks to deepen understanding, rather than attack and defend entrenched positions.

The author looks at the experiences of both Jewish and Palestinian Israelis through the lens of traumatic collective memory. That may sound academic, but this is not an academic book – its analysis is intelligent and well-researched, but it’s very readable, jargon-free, and chock full of fascinating interviews with
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Linda
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an outstanding book on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. By examining events from the vantage point of both groups' collective memories of historical trauma, Roberts provides an analysis of unusual depth.
Meg Salter
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully written book has deepened my understanding of the deep sources of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and without offering trite answers, offers the possibility of reconciliation through truth telling and mutual acknowledgement. Jo Roberts brings the 'long view' including much that I didn't know about the founding of the state of Israel, the shifting people's and dynamics in 1930's Palestine and of course the millennial discriminations suffered by European Jewry. She weaves ...more
Julie Gray
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Contested Land is about more than the Nakba; it's about the sociology of Israelis, Palestinians and of the long, horrible reach of the Holocaust and of other genocides and human tragedies. I read this book just after I returned from Bosnia, where I traversed a fractured landscape riven with competing narratives and mass graves. Two completely different scenarios and yet the commonality of just what collective and individual memories are passed on and why was striking to me. Truth. ...more
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