Panel Discussion: From Conflicting Narratives to Peace and Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine

On 4 March, The Hague Institute, The Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation and Leiden University hosted Professor Motti Golani, Chair of the International Israel Studies Program of Tel Aviv University, and Dr. Adel Manna, Senior Research Fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, who presented their joint IHJR-publication on peace and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine.

In the Israel and Palestine conflict, history is only rarely used for its potentially transformative role in the peace process. To strengthen the powerful role the study of historical narratives may play in conflict resolution, and to reflect on the contribution played by professional historians and educators the organizers have selected two eminent scholars to discuss their research on the 1948 War, a crucial historical moment for Palestinians and Israelis.

During the event, Professor Motti Golani, Chair of the International Israel Studies Program of Tel Aviv University and Dr. Adel Manna, Senior Research Fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute presented their joint IHJR-publication “Two Sides of the Coin: Independence and Nakba 1948 – Two Narratives of the 1948 and its Outcome”. Professor André Gerrits, chair of the International Studies Program at Leiden University moderated the debate. Ambassador Nikola Dimitrov, Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute, provided an introduction.

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