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Palestine—A contested site

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Palestine was awarded to Britain as a Mandate and was positioned under the operation of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British Government in 1917. Palestine is indeed a contested site. Visions, other voices have developed over time, and they have been critical to the status quo of the Arab - Jewish discourse. The most apparent discourse is represented by the 'new historians'; they are Israeli academicians, writers and journalists reflecting on the narrative of their past. The 'new historians' also agree that the main aim of the Zionist State has been to offer the Jews living in the Diaspora a safe and exclusive home. The key impetus of the above discourses is that histories of Arab Palestinians and Jewish Israelis are laden with myths and counter myths. There are competing claims to the collective memory which are constructed around the struggle between Palestinians and Israeli narratives.

Keywords: contested site; Israel; Mandate; new historians; Palestine



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