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Freethinkers Book Club
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
By Rashid Khalidi
Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Host: Karen C.
In The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine, Rashid Khalidi presents a comprehensive account of the Jewish settlers’ conquest of Palestine. Khalidi, one of today’s most influential historians of the Middle East, uses facts and documentation with personal stories, observations by diplomats and journalists, and his own experiences in negotiating among Palestinian factions and the Israelis to offer a new view of this conflict.
The author carefully constructs the case that the Palestine – Israeli conflict was always a settler colonial conquest by European Zionist, aided by Britain, and the later by the United States. While mainstream Zionism proclaimed early on that the two communities in Palestine could live together, this ignored the fact that native populations will resist colonialists and the Palestinians were no different.
Khalidi offers a robust critique of Jewish-Israeli policies, the lack of genuine support from Arab leaders for the Palestinian cause, and the shortcomings of the Palestinians themselves—including initial resistance failures, political myopia, and corruption. By dissecting the conflict into six periods beginning in 1917, Khalidi provides comprehensive contextual information, shedding light on a conflict that persists to the present day.
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