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Coffins on Our Shoulders: The Experience of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

  • 1118 International Affairs Building, Columbia University (map)

A brown bag discussion and book talk with Dan Rabinowitz and Khawla Abu-Baker

"Coffins on Our Shoulders" provides an original analysis of the Arab-Israeli conflict, combining the unique perspectives of Israeli Jews and the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Written jointly by an Israeli anthropologist and a Palestinian family therapist, the book merges the personal and the political as it explores the various stages of the conflict, from the 1920s to the present. The authors weave family history into a sophisticated multidisciplinary analysis of the political drama that continues to unfold in the Middle East. Offering an authoritative inquiry into the traumatic events of October 2000, when thirteen Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli police during political demonstrations, the book culminates with a radical blueprint for reform.

"A fascinating work. Rabinowitz and Abu-Baker succeed not only in challenging many basic assumptions and stereotypes about the victims of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but also in undermining much of the public discourse on the Palestinian minority inside Israel"
– Salim Tamari, Director, The Institute of Jerusalem Studies

Dan Rabinowitz is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University and Khawla Abu-Baker is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Behavioral Science at Emek Yizrael College.