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Nationalism, colonial intervention and catastrophe’s aftermath 

This talk will delve into the roots of the Palestine/Israel conflict; its origins, development and clash of national claims. It will trace the main stations, from Herzl’s Der Judenstaat (1886), through the British Mandate (1922–45), up until the 1993 Israel/PLO Oslo agreement. It will highlight the development of Palestinian national demands and the emergence and failure of "two-statism" in the late 1930s and 1947. It will trace the impact of the 1948 Nakba and Gaza’s unique role in leading the Palestinians out of the post-Nakba "national concussion" and the beginnings of the contemporary national movement led by Yasser Arafat. 

Dr. Ahmad Samih Khalidi is an associate fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Geneva, and senior fellow at the Institute of Palestine Studies. He served as advisor to the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid/Washington peace talks and as senior advisor on security in the 1993 PLO-Israeli talks.

Organized by Departments of History, Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Anthropology/Sociology. Sponsored by campus organizations Amherst College for Palestine, Amherst College Jews for Ceasefire Now, Amherst College Muslim Student Association and Amherst College MRC, as well as the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and Office of the President.

The talk is free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. Food will be catered.

Contact Info

Jessie Berlingo
(413) 542-5841
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