The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project

October 10, 2014
Contested Land, Contested Memory with Author Jo Roberts

Cover for Contested Land, Contested Memory

Israel’s Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe
By Jo Roberts

Friday, October 10
JO ROBERTS will be reading from her critically acclaimed book
Rainbow Bookstore Co-operative
426 W. Gilman St, Madison
7:00 pm [Map]

NOMINATED for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2014

1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle toward the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress. Sixty years later, the memory of trauma has shaped both peoples’ collective understanding of who they are.

After a war, the victors write history. How was the story of the exiled Palestinians erased – from textbooks, maps, even the land? How do Jewish and Palestinian Israelis now engage with the histories of the Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe”) and the Holocaust, and how do these echo through the political and physical landscapes of their country?

Vividly narrated, with extensive original interview material, Contested Land, Contested Memory examines how these tangled histories of suffering inform Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli lives today, and frame Israel’s possibilities for peace.