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Ben-Josef Hirsch on the New History in Israel

Abstract: In the last round of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks at the Taba Conference (January 2001), Israeli negotiators went where no Israeli officials went before: they considered the right of return of Palestinian refugees, and a quasi-statement that acknowledges the Palestinian tragedy and Israel’s share of historical responsibility. This paper argues that at least in part this shift in the negotiations’ framework can be traced back to the public debate instigated by the work of Israeli New Historians.

Michal Ben-Josef Hirsch (2007), “From Taboo to the Negotiable: The Israeli New Historians and the Changing Representation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem,” Perspectives on Politics 5, 3:241-258. Available here.

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