Palestinian Conflict Narrative

Choose 2-4 historical events that you see as “chosen trauma” events for Palestinian Arabs, and explain the meaning and impact of these chosen traumas as crucial components of Palestinian Arab collective memory/ethos of conflict/national identity. How are these events evoked in Palestinian culture – such as the poem “Identity Card” by Mahmoud Darwish – or political discourse? How do they impact Palestinian perceptions of Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process? Cite examples from the readings and/or from current events. (Reading option: Alan Dowty Palestine Israeli conflict)