By Efrat Ben-Ze'ev
The battle of 1948 in Palestine is a clash whose heritage has been written basically from the nationwide perspective. This booklet asks what occurs while narratives of warfare come up out of private 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 laid low with 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 battle. each one has his or her tale to inform. around the years, those witnesses relived their earlier in deepest inside of family members 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 intruder. As Dr. Ben-Ze'ev discovers, those small-scale truths, which have been accumulated 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 used to be then and because it has turn into.
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