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Vol. 5 No. 2 , 1998
Focus on 1948-1998: A Tale of Two Peoples
Editorial
Is it possible for a Palestinian and an Israeli to write a joint editorial on the 1948-1998 span of their conflictive history? On what is for Israelis a joyful celebration of fifty years of independence, but for Palestinians recalls the memory of a homeland lost and their having become a people of refugees?
It is not easy, but it is possible, provided one believes - as we do in this journal - that with the Oslo agreements signed by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, in September 1993, a fresh start was made by the two peoples. A fresh start does not mean forgetting past mistakes and wrongs, nor the present imbalance between Palestinians and Israelis: for while Israelis have realized their national aspirations, Palestinians are still deprived of most of their land in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, without which national self-determination and statehood will remain empty words. Furthermore, the problem of the Palestine refugees of 1948 and their claim to the right of return r
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Table of Contents
    Culture, Literature and the Arts
  1. The Nakba and Palestinian Painting ( )
    Documenting Palestinian art starts with the Nakba.
    By Victor Cygielman Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  2. A Present for the Holiday ( )
    A short story
    By Ghassan Kanafani Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  3. In the Deserts of Exile ( )
    A Poem
    By Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  4. The Bells - A Ballad ( )

    By Saul Tchernichovsky Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  5. Three Poems ( )

    By Yehuda Amichai Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  6. The Nakba and Palestinian Painting ( )
    Documenting Palestinian art starts with the Nakba.
    By Suleiman Mansur Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  7. Sheikh Hassan Al-Labadi ( )
    The strange life and death of a man who embodied the collective Palestinian memory.
    By Nazmi Ju’beh Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  8. Focus
  9. Israel’s Declaration of Independence: Squaring the Circle ( )
    Among the contradicitons in the Declaration of Independence is that between a “Jewish state” and a “democratic state.
    By Uri Avnery Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  10. After Fifty Years ( )
    National freedom provides opportunities, but no guarantee, for a life of human dignity.
    By Boas Evron Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  11. Fifty Years after 1948: A Universal Jubilee? ( )
    After fifty years, the Palestinians must move from mourning to restitution for the wrongs done to them.
    By Rashid Khalidi Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  12. Deir Yassin: My Memories ( )

    By Najat Hirbawi Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  13. The Making of T’kuma ( )
    The response to the 50th anniversary TV series shows that Israeli society has a more mature view of its past.
    By Yigal Eilam Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  14. Beginning a Long March ( )
    Memories of childhood in Safad, exile and the long march ahead.
    By Mahmoud Abbas Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  15. From a Diary of Fateful Years ( )

    By Hanna Abu-Hanna Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  16. Revival of the Hebrew Language ( )

    By Avigdor Ben-Asher Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  17. Economics
  18. Current Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Trade ( )
    Trade arrangements between the three parties, the EU and the USA.
    By Hanspeter Tshaeni Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  19. Book Review
  20. The Politics of Palestinian Defeat ( )
    After Oslo: New Realities, Old Problems. Edited by George Giacaman and Dag Jørund Lønning, reviewed by Ibrahim Abu Lughod. A book aiming to provide a more profound understanding of the Palestinian reality after Oslo.
    By Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  21. Viewpoint
  22. Peace Requires New Thinking ( )
    A peaceful solution founded on Jewish sources and compromise.
    By Yitzhak Frankenthal Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  23. Roundtable
  24. 1948-1998 in the Eyes of Two Peoples ( )
    A special Palestine-Israel Journal roundtable discussion with Yael Dayan, Ibrahim Dakkak, Mordechai Bar-On, Nazmi Ju’beh, Danny Rubinstein and Khaled Abu Aker.
    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  25. Documents
  26. The 418 Destroyed Villages of Palestine ( )

    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  27. Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel ( )
    May 14, 1948
    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  28. Declaration of Palestinian Independence ( )
    November 15, 1988
    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  29. Chronology of Events
  30. January 1, 1998 to April 1, 1998 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  31. Editorial
  32. The Need for a Fresh Start ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad and Victor Cygielman Vol. 5 No. 2 1998
  33. Letters to the Editors
  34. Internationalizing Jerusalem ( )

    Vol. 5 No. 2 1998


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