Millions of lives depend on it.
Yacoub Odeh, a Palestinian who fled from Lifta, west Jerusalem in 1948, shows film-maker Mat Heywood around his deserted home village, now under threat from Israeli plans to build a luxury resort. Click here to…
1979 speech by Vice President Mondale: International responses to refugee crises from Nazi Europe to the Vietnam War
In this speech to a U.N. conference in 1979, U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale cites the Evian conference’s refugee decisions in making a case for expanding immigration quotas for refugees from Southeast Asia. This helps…
In May 1948, the 13th battalion conquered Beit She’an (Bisan), one of the 17 largest Arab towns in Palestine. In fact, it was not a conquest, but rather occupation in the wake of surrender. In his book, Zamir writes that the battalion commander, Avraham Yoffe, convinced the mayor of the town to surrender, after promising that nothing bad would happen to him or his 7,000 residents.
Historian Benny Morris, who opened the Pandora’s box of Zionism, has found a new way to deal with the demons he unleashed. He justifies the expulsion of the Arabs in 1948, bemoans the fact that…
Israel’s new diplomatic campaign to draw attention to the forgotten plight of Jews from Arab countries is an attempt to use historical injustices to justify current injustices. It is also a lost opportunity.
In a sea change from traditional diplomatic policy, the Foreign Ministry has decided to put the issue of Jewish refugees who ﬂed or were forced to leave Arab countries after 1948 at the top of its agenda, demanding ﬁnancial compensation for both Jewish and Palestinian refugees and blaming the Arab League for causing the entire problem in the ﬁrst place.
At bottom, the question my Harper’s piece tries to answer is deceptively simple and by no means relevant to the Palestinian right of return alone. It is this: how can a democratic state, a commonwealth of free citizens, be reconciled with the right of citizens, collectively, to sustain national distinction?
Recent work by authors Bernard Avishai and Gershom Gorenberg reflect the inability of liberal Zionist champions to engage in an honest debate about the core issues of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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