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The first four chapters of IsraelPalestine by Alan Dowty shown newlight for me on various aspects of the Israeli Palestinian conflict Iwas born in Israel and grew up there nearly until the age of twelveEven though since then Ive spent over 9 years in California I believemuch of my conception of the conflict at least before the beginning ofthis class was shaped mostly by those years in which I lived in IsraelIn Israel that history is taught in every grade and exists in everychildrens book while in the US although its often discussed itsnot ever taught This is why at the beginning of this quarter myknowledge of the history of this conflict was mostly the result of myearly education in Israel The book IsraelPalestine has beenparticularly interesting to me because it discussed the history of theconflict in a unique way He describes it in a way thats practical forunderstanding the situation explaining not only what happened but thesignificance of events and their impact and relationship to otherevents the general status of the conflicts progress and the twopeoples involved I find that Dowty also describes it in a way that isvery objective Neither side is preferred or rather both are as Dowtygives attention to the feelings thoughts and reactions on both sidesThese characteristics of the way Dowty writes are what has made thisbook especially enlightening for me Two distinct topics have beenespecially interesting - the pre-1948 Palestine and the Zionist activityin that period and the palestinian perspective on the pre-1948 years aswell as 1948 war and the 1967 war I had never known for instance thatthe War of Independence was called by the Palestinians an-Naqba thedisaster I had never known that the same UN resolution that calledfor the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine also called for thecreation of a Palestinian state I had never known of the extent of therefugee problem That is the extent to which the issue itself isunresolved My understanding of
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