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Freethinkers Book Club: Part 2, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • https://meet.google.com/beh-azmo-wcw

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Freethinkers Book Club

Part 2

The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

By Rashid Khalidi

Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Host: Karen C.


Due to interest in the topic, we were only able to cover the first half of the book in the March session.  For April, we will briefly review the first part of the book and then pickup at the 1967 war and continue through the rest of the book.  Please participate, even if you missed Part 1. 


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 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.

We hope you will join us for this discussion. You are also welcomed if you have not read the book, but please take a look at one or more of these resources.

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