In 2000, a group of Israeli and Palestinian teachers gathered to address
what to many people seemed an unbridgeable gulf between the two
societies. Struck by how different the standard Israeli and Palestinian
textbook histories of the same events were from one another, they began
to explore how to “disarm” the teaching of the history of the Middle
East in Israeli and Palestinian classrooms.
The result is a riveting “dual narrative” of Israeli and Palestinian history. Side by Side
comprises the history of two peoples, in separate narratives set
literally side-by-side, so that readers can track each against the
other, noting both where they differ as well as where they correspond.
The unique and fascinating presentation has been translated into English
and is now available to American audiences for the first time.
An eye-opening—and inspiring—new approach to thinking about one of the world’s most deeply entrenched conflicts, Side by Side is a breakthrough book that will spark a new public discussion about the bridge to peace in the Middle East.