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A common Israeli-Palestinian identity did once exist

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Published: 14 June 2016

Last updated: 4 March 2024

The brief moment in history when a common Israeli-Palestinian identity existed – Nir Hasson – Haaretz 02.04.16
Terror, enmity and fear were not always dominant in the Jewish-Arab narrative, maintains Middle East expert Prof. Menachem KIein, author of ‘Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron’. He explains who brought about the erosion of those fraternal relations but also, despite everything, offers a glimmer of optimism. ‘We are not a Western villa in the Middle Eastern jungle, we are part of the Eastern Basin of the Mediterranean, like Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Alexandria… In contrast to the prevailing notion that they [the Arabs] always hated us, that it was like this from the beginning and will always be this way, it’s not so – and that’s cause for much optimism.’

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