Palestinians: The Making of a People

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The conflict between Israelis and Palestines cannot be resolved unless there is some agreement about its origins. This book traces the history of the Palestinians from the Ottoman Empire to the present and argues that anti-Zionism fused the Palestinians into a nation, and nationality and hostility have long been inextricably linked. The book traces the fortunes of the people of Palestine during the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the trauma of World War I, the transfer to British authority, the growth in Jewish immigration and finally the creation of the Jewish National State. It was in response to these violent upheavals and threats that the Palestinians, once a disparate group of peasant farmers began to develop a strong national consciousness. That consciousness was born out of anti-Zionism and thus made acceptance of the Jewish presence a denial of Palestinian nationhood. However, the authors sense that a new generation of Palestinian leader may be more willing to come to terms with Israel.

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Baruch Kimmerling was George S. Wise Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Toronto.

Joel S. Migdal is Robert F. Philip Professor of International Studies, University of Washington.

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The authors argue that the Israelis have failed to grasp the extent to which their own society has been shaped by its ongoing encounter with the Palestinians. In this compact, sobering, informative history of the Palestinians ("a people at the center of one of the most volatile conflicts of our time"), Kimmerling and Migdal assess the impact of Turkish, British and Israeli rule over the indigenous population, focusing primarily on the last 60 years. This period includes the Great Arab Revolt of the 1930s, the scattering of the Palestinian community in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, the Six-Day War in 1967 (when the majority of Palestinians came under Israeli control), the Intifada ("shaking off") that began in 1987, and the international discrediting of the PLO leadership for backing Saddam Hussein during the Gulf war. The authors conclude that Palestinian self-determination will be realized only with the assent of a secure Israel, and that Israeli acceptance throughout the Middle East will need Palestinian approval. Kimmerling is an associate professor of sociology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem; Migdal chairs the international studies program at the University of Washington.
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