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The Zionist Left: Settler Colonial Practices and the Representation of the Palestinian Nakba in Northern Palestine

NYAS - Anthropology Lecture Series
November 30, 2015

Based on a meticulous examination of archival material documenting the process of Zionist land accumulation and the expulsions of Palestinians from 1936 to mid-1950s, I argue that the 1948 Nakba was neither the beginning nor the end of a process of settler-colonial expropriation. Instead, I claim that the mid-1930s signaled intensified efforts to expel Palestinian sharecroppers, a practice which culminated in the Nakba. In particular, I will discuss the case of a thickly populated closed frontier of Marj Iban ‘Amer (Jezreel Valley) region located in Northern Palestine. In this context the Zionist settlers utilized forceful practices, perpetrated in this region by the Ha-Shomer Ha-Tza’ir movement, self-described as a socialist and bi-national movement, to vacate the lands of its Palestinian inhabitants. I will also explore how the politics of remembering by members of Ha-Shomer Ha-Tzair kibbutzim reconstructed memories of the pre-1948 colonization practices and their role in the Nakba.

This event will take place at the Wenner-Gren Foundation offices at 470 Park Avenue South (betw. 31st and 32nd Streets). A dinner and wine reception (free to students) will precede the talk at 6pm, with the lecture beginning promptly at 7pm.

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Discussant Avram Bornstein (John Jay College), Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, and Brian Boyd, NYAS Anthropology Section Co-Chair.