Not a lost cause: Preserving Palestinian history with a new website

Published February 10th, 2017 - 07:36 GMT
A historic photo from a Palestinian protest shows signs that read: "This land is ours: No to Zionist settlements; Yes to the PLO." (File photo)
A historic photo from a Palestinian protest shows signs that read: "This land is ours: No to Zionist settlements; Yes to the PLO." (File photo)

A new, free online resource makes teaching the history of the Palestinian national liberation movement much easier, The Times of Higher Education reported.

The new web platform, "Teaching Contemporary Palestinian Political History," is the result of a five year research project funded by the British Academy and is hosted by the University of Oxford's department of politics and international relations. 

Building on collaboration between Oxfords and Arab scholars at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Birzeit University in Ramallah, and the Lebanese University in Beirut, it was also guided by institutions specializing in anti-colonial movements, including the Museum of the Cuban Revolution, the Institute for Historical Research in Havana and the South Africa Democracy and Education Trust.

Available in both Arabic and English, the website brings together more than 80 oral history interviews with Palestinians who describe their experience or participation in the resistance movement. The interviews range from the Nakba in 1948 to the 1982 Siege of Beirut. 

The website also sheds fresh light on other aspects of the revolution, including grassroots movements, trade unions, and women's associations.


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