Honor, Shame, and the ‘Emotional Nakba’

Paul Scham responds to a recent article by Richard Landes in Tablet

Why the Arab World Is Lost in an Emotional Nakba, and How We Keep It There

By ignoring the honor-shame dynamic in Arab political culture, is the West keeping itself from making headway toward peace?

In 2000, a Newspaper Headline Opened a Wound in Israeli Society. It Still Hasn’t Healed.

The fight over alleged war crimes from 1948 is a window into the kaleidoscopic nature of history and memory in Israeli culture

The iNakba, a New Political App, Is a Terrible Idea

Available next week on your iPhone, it only deepens the divide between Israelis and Palestinians over the meaning of land

J Street Attendees Show Support For Right Of Return

Also applaud Fatah representative’s call for “full recognition of the Nakba”

Can $5 Billion Holocaust Litigation Show the Way to Palestinian Reparations?

With Sec. John Kerry re-engaging in Middle East peace negotiations, the thorny issue of cash for refugees returns to the fore

Peace Needn’t Depend on Common Facts

An argument for moving away from talk of Israeli and Palestinian ‘rights’

Martyrologies

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish created a poetry of martyrdom for his people—and a political coup for the idea of the nakba

Forget 9/11

Or, if you must, celebrate it on 5/2

Foundation Myths

Stifling debate on the Nakba—the Arabic word for catastrophe and how Palestinians refer to Israel’s founding—prevents a free and open discussion of the historical record

Sundown: Reform Jews Bring Home the Bacon

Plus, exit Mitchell, stage irrelevant, and more

Strikes

This week in Israel: A bomb in Jerusalem returns terrorism to the capital, rockets in the Negev could prompt Cast Lead 2, a former president goes to jail, social workers demonstrate for higher wages, and more

Daybreak: Gaza Escalating

Plus, Syria continues to crack down, and more in the news

Sundown: Michelle Obama Selects a Menorah

Plus, the freeze is temporary, watch the Swiss, and more

Israeli History Textbook Pulled

Previously approved text said Palestinians see expulsion as ‘ethnic cleansing’

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