|Published online: May 7, 2014||$US5.00|
The contested histories of Israelis and Palestinians have inflicted similar traumas at the hands of one another. Narratives from both “sides” constitute a kind of Moebius strip of shared themes, motifs, and experiences, which seldom offers a bridging narrative that both groups would recognize. This paper combines the narratives of two authors, Elias Khoury and S. Yizhar, into one story told from alternating points of view. This interwoven story provides richer depth and texture to each experience, a more flawed humanity, which might serve as a precondition to peace.
|Keywords:||Peacemaking, Storytelling, Narratives, Israelis, Palestinians, Trauma, memory, mirroring, identity|
The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.39-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 256.515KB)).
Professor of English, Department of English, Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA