Ramallah: The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) has recently published “ Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict” by Hellil Cohen, translated by Saleem Salameh.
Through memory and historiography, in a manner both associative and highly calculated, Cohen traces the horrific events of 1929., He extends his geographic and chronological reach and uses a non-linear reconstruction of events to call for a thorough reconsideration of cause and effect. Sifting through Arab and Hebrew sources—many rarely, if ever, examined before—Cohen reflects on the attitudes and perceptions of Jews and Arabs who experienced the events and, most significantly, on the
memories they bequeathed to later generations. The result is a multifaceted and revealing examination of a formative series of episodes that will intrigue historians, political scientists, and others interested in understanding the essence—and the very beginning—of what has been an intractable conflict..