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Editorial Board

Adnan Abdelrazek

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Daniel Bar-Tal

Walid Salem

Galia Golan

Gershon Baskin

Hind Khoury

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Moshe Maoz

Munther Dajani

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Lucy Nusseibah

Meir Margalit

Menachem Klein

Ali Abu Shahla

Ilan Baruch

Hanna Siniora

Yehudit Oppenheimer

Mossi Raz

Susie Becher

Frances Raday

1948: Sixty Years After
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Table of Contents


  • Nakba and Independence
          Two Sides of the Same Coin
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

  • 1948 – Looking Backward, Looking Forward
         by Hillel Schenker

  • Commemorating the Nakba
         Concurrence on the narrative of 1948 is a starting point towards genuine peace.
         by Ahmad Qurei‘

  • Evaluating the 60 Years: The Half-Full and Half-Empty Glass
         Despite its gains, Israel faces political, economic, diplomatic and societal failures.
         by Daniel Bar-Tal

  • Sixty Years into the Nakba: The Hopelessness of the Times?
         The trajectory of the Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories since 1948 to date.
         by Bernard Sabella

  • The Evolution of Israeli Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
          Israeli positions have undergone a possibly irreversible evolution.
         by Galia Golan

  • A Difficult Settlement
         Only a just settlement to the conflict will gain legitimacy on the popular level.
         by Azmi Bishara

  • The United States and Israel at 60 Years
         Pro-Israeli sentiment in the U.S. intensified with the second intifada and 9/11.
         by Robert David Johnson

  • Sixty Years of Israel and the Nakba: A Tale of Siamese Twins!
         The Palestinians in Israel must not remain second-class citizens.
         by Issam Makhoul

  • Solving a 60-Year-Old Conflict
          A culture of peace on both sides can be conducive to the resolution of the conflict.
         by Ibrahim Bisharat

  • Image of the Enemy: 1948-2008
         The image of the other in Israeli society has had its ups and downs.
         by Hillel Schenker

  • Palestinian Contemporary Political Performance: A Bitter Harvest
          External and internal factors must be considered in assessing the Palestinian performance.
         by Walid Salem

  • 1948
         We cannot achieve peace without establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
         by Uri Avnery

  • The Discrimination against Palestinian Refugees Living in Lebanon
         Among all the Palestinian refugees, those in Lebanon have the worst conditions.
         by Jennifer Ibrahim

  • Jerusalem: 1948-2008
         Palestinian Jerusalemites: A slow process of displacement, a permanent refugee behavior.
         by Riman Barakat

  • 1948 – A Memoir
         For a Canaanite who fought for liberation, Israel’s independence is a broken dream.
         by Boas Evron

  • Some Personal Recollections: Sixty Years since 1948
         Early memories of a Palestinian Jerusalemite refugee in East Jerusalem.
         by Bernard Sabella

  • We Must Negotiate until the Last Minute
         interview with Rafiq Husseini

  • 1948: Independence and the Nakba
         Mustafa Abu Sway, Haim Baram, Lucy Nusseibeh and Sarah Ozacky-Lazar. Moderators: Benjamin Pogrund, Robert Terpstra.

  • The Israel Lobby
         The lobby’s power in U.S. politics limits serious debate on U.S. Middle East policy.
         by Stephen Walt

  • The U.S. Should Act as an Honest Broker
         U.S. support for Israeli policies in the territories has served neither country’s interests.
         by John J. Mearsheimer

  • Syria and Israel in a World of Changing Concepts
         A Syrian-Israeli peace may call for an innovative redefinition of time-honored concepts such as sovereignty.
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

  • The U.S. Has Been Absent without Leave in the Middle East for Seven Years
         A two-state deal brokered by the Quartet, not the U.S., must precede a confederation.
         by Michael Dukakis

  • The Last Chance Saloon
         We must seize the opportunity to establish two viable states before it is too late.
         by Tony Klug

  • A Unilateral Declaration of Independence
         Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence could be an example to follow.
         by Ahmad Majdalani

  • What If There Is No Agreement by the End of This Year?
         Only painful decisions on both sides can lead to peace by the end of the year.
         by Estephan Salameh

  • The Two-State Solution: Old Standby, Perhaps, but Imperative
         The alternative to the two-state solution is not one state, but rather no solution.
         by Paul Scham

  • The Next 60 Years for Palestine
         One should look at the root causes of the Palestinian situation, not only the symptoms.
         by Mazin Qumsiyeh

  • Israel’s Peace Offensive
         Peace with Syria would change regional dynamics and prevent a clash with Iran.
         by Alon Ben-Meir

    Book Review
  • 1948: The First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris
         by Paul Scham

  • The Hidden Treasure of the Palestinian Economy: The Economic Implications of Refugee Compensation
         Refugee compensation could bring rapid development and stability to the future state.
         by Izhak Schnell

  • Dialogue with Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel Laureate for Literature
          "The Beginning of Finding Solutions Is That Both Sides Have to Talk to One Another"

  • Palestinian Culture before the Nakba
         There was a vibrant cultural life in Palestine before the Nakba.
         by Ibrahim Nasrallah

  • Return to Haifa Confronts Holocaust Victims with Palestinian Refugees
         by Etty Diamant

  • Returning to Haifa
         Excerpts from the novella by the prominent Palestinian novelist.
         by Ghassan Kanafani

  • The “Citizens’ Letter” to the Government of Israel, May 2008

    Chronology of Events
  • January 1, 2008 to July 1, 2008
          Compiled by Najat Hirbawi

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