by Eitan Bronstein Aparicio and Eleonore Merza Bronstein - £25.00 Nomad Publishing (2023)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781914325069 | ISBN 10: 1914325060
In 1948 three-quarters of a million Palestinians were expelled from their land and and some 615 villages were destroyed in order to establish the state of Israel. This is known as the Nakba (“catastrophe” in Arabic). It is it is something which was, for a long time, not discussed in Israel. And it took 15 years of political debate to place discussion of this subject at the centre of Israeli acknowledgment of the Palestinian situation. This was, essentially, the front line of a battle against an established colonial narrative which started at the end of the 19th century and which continues to this day.
This important book explores the experience of Eitan Bronstein, a leading voice for political change in Israel. How did this young Israeli kibbutznik, once a left-wing Zionist, become a radical anti-Zionist? This account draws together a moving personal story with the unrolling of an epic section of history. It highlights how Israelis see the Nakba and explores their responses to Palestinian insistence on the right of return. In essence, it is a window on Israeli society itself. What emerges is the hope that a new generation of Israelis will free themselves from a collective colonial identity and will conceive of a way of cohabiting on this land legitimately, in a way that will be fair for all.
(Price & availability last checked: July 2023)