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THE DIFFICULT PATH OF A REVISIONIST HISTORIAN: BENNY MORRIS AND THE 1948 PALESTINIAN EXODUS

RAFI NETS-ZEHNGUT,

PH.D, LLB

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY, ISRAEL

 

 

 

ABSTRACT

This article describes the path taken by Israeli revisionist historian, Benny Morris, from the early 1980s to 2004, in his research on the major historical event of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the 1948 Palestinian exodus. Methodologically, the article uses mostly primary sources such as interviews with Morris, journalists, scholars, 1948 War veterans, and members of state institutions, as well as printed materials such as newspaper articles, textbooks and NGO publications — in addition to secondary sources in the form of relevant studies. The article describes, inter alia, the obstacles Morris encountered in acquiring funds for his research and in getting it published, the attitude toward his findings among Israeli-Jews, Palestinians, and the international community, controversies he took part in, as well as his impact on the Israeli attitudes toward the exodus and the approach of Palestinian scholars towards their history.  

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