Left-wing Purists Are Evading the Truth About the Nakba

Who started the 1948 war? What was the Jewish community in Palestine supposed to do? What if the outcome had been different? Thanks to identity politics this essential discussion is at a dead end

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Palestinian fighters led by Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini in 1948.
Palestinian fighters led by Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini in 1948.Credit: Israel Netach, Palmach Archive
Uri Misgav
Uri Misgav

Israel is a binational state on both sides of the Green Line. Two peoples live here. Anyone who ignores that basic fact is cruel, stupid and blind – or willfully blind. Anyone who doesn’t ignore reality but still chooses for their own reasons to bypass the keystone, the great taboo, the elephant in the room, is doomed to fail in achieving a more optimistic horizon, and in the meantime will be surprised anew each time the demons and ghosts of the past awaken for yet another round of violence, loathing and misunderstanding.

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