By Efrat Ben-Ze'ev

The battle of 1948 in Palestine is a clash whose background has been written basically from the nationwide viewpoint. This publication asks what occurs whilst narratives of conflict come up out of non-public tales of these who have been concerned, tales which are nonetheless unfolding. Efrat Ben-Ze'ev, an Israeli anthropologist, examines the stories of these who participated and have been stricken by the occasions of 1948, and the way those occasions were mythologized through the years. it is a three-way dialog among Palestinian villagers, Jewish-Israeli veterans, and British policemen who have been stationed in Palestine at the eve of the warfare. each one has his or her tale to inform. around the years, those witnesses relived their previous in deepest inside relations circles and tightly knit teams, via gatherings and pilgrimages to websites of villages and battles, or via naming and storytelling. hardly ever have their tales been published to an interloper. As Dr. Ben-Ze'ev discovers, those small-scale truths, which have been accrued from humans on the nightfall in their lives and formerly overshadowed by means of nationalized histories, shed new mild at the Palestinian-Israeli clash, because it was once then and because it has develop into.

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In a nutshell, this is a rough outline of the 1948 war, during and after which multiple narratives – political, military, scholarly, polemical, poetic, personal, familial- emerged. I will now point to some of the seminal interpretive works on the 1948 war and the ways they have shaped and reshaped views of that period. Historiography: terms and trends The Arabic term Nakba, meaning the catastrophe of 1948, came into usage immediately after the war of 1948, in the writing of Constantine Zurayq, who published a book entitled “The meaning of the disaster” in that very year.

However, two years later, in response to the Arab rejection of partition and the ongoing revolt, the Mandate government issued a “white paper” in which it abandoned the partition plan and further limited Jewish immigration to Palestine and acquisition of land. In 18 Remembering Palestine in 1948 1937, due to Hajj Amin al-Husseini’s involvement in the revolt, the British deposed him as Mufti and declared the Arab Higher Committee illegal. Al-Husseini fled Palestine and found refuge and support initially in different Arab states, and later in Nazi Germany.

Different silences are revealed now, sixty years on. The women of the Palmach are also voicing certain old–new matters now, and these are considered in Chapter 8. The public portrayal of Palmach women tends to emphasize an egalitarian ethos of male–female comradeship and female salience in Introduction 11 combatant roles. However, this is not the way these women perceive themselves. In the interviews they describe their secondary role when compared to that of the men, and their exclusion – both during 1948 and in the years that followed.

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