William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty & CES Seminar Co-Chair, Harvard University; President, American Academy for Jewish Research
April 8, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Goldman Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
At the beginning of the 21st century, a group of Israeli and Palestinian historians and teachers join forces to write an Israeli-Palestinian textbook. The project was inspired by European models of post-conflict history education and was supported and financed by a European Union grant. It resulted in the creation of a history textbook in Arabic and Hebrew, where Israeli and Palestinian historical narratives appeared side-by-side on the same page.
The project showed much promise of success. The book won many international prizes and was translated into multiple languages, including English, German, French, and Swedish. However, Israel and Palestine both banned the book.
Eyal Naveh will reflect on his experience as a contributor to this Israeli-Palestinian history textbook. He will give an overview of the project's goals and process and discuss the consequences of such an endeavor, while the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains.