Webinar Recording — Shared Paths, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism

19 April 2016

On Sunday April 17, 2016 NIF hosted an online webinar with Dr. Hussein Ibish and Dr. David Myers.

In order to understand Jewish national history it is imperative that we understand Palestinian national history and its entwined nature. This two-hour online course will provide historical knowledge, nuance, empathy and the critical distance necessary for meaningful discussion.

Shared Paths, Divergent Courses: Zionism and Palestinian Nationalism will provide deeper discussions and information on Israel in order to create the rich dialogue that will help us better understand the contemporary context.

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Hussein Ibish
Dr. Hussein Ibish
Hussein Ibish is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is a columnist for The National (UAE) and Now Media, and a contributing writer for The International New York Times. His most recent book is What’s Wrong with the One-State Agenda? Why Ending the Occupation and Peace with Israel is Still the Palestinian National Goal (ATFP, 2009).Prior to joining the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Ibish worked for the Daily Star (Beirut), the American Task Force on Palestine, the Hala Salaam Maksoud Foundation for Arab-American Leadership, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

David N. Myers
Dr. David Myers
David N. Myers received his A.B. from Yale College in 1982, and undertook graduate studies at Tel-Aviv and Harvard Universities before completing his doctorate at Columbia in 1991. Myers is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Professor of Jewish History at UCLA. For ten years, Myers served as Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He has authored or edited eleven books, including Re-inventing the Jewish Past (Oxford, 1995), and Between Jew and Arab: The Lost Voice of Simon Rawidowicz (Brandeis, 2008). He is an instructor for the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and writes frequently on matters of contemporary Jewish concern.


  1. Thank you for this wonderful presentation. I only have 3 critiques to make. First of all this discussion refuses to allow me to post under a user name even though I’ve changed my user name and reset my password many times, it still insists on using my real name. I think that may be why you don’t have many comments posted here. I’ve never run across this problem anywhere. But I think my comments are important so I am going to make them anyway. Dr. Meyer rightly pointed to the settlements as being one of the obstacles towards a resolution of the conflict but I thought at the same time he should have mentioned that terror was also an obstacle. It is one of the things that has prevented many Israelis who are not sympathetic to the settlers from taking a stronger stance against them. Rightly or wrongly they fear giving up territory will enable more terrorism against them. Secondly in discussing the origins of zionism I don’t think enough attention was paid to the disintegration of empires in europe and the rise of various european nationalisms where Jews were not considered to be a member of these various national groups and thus in Europe when others were getting self determination, the Jews were not. Zionism or Jewish Nationalism was not only due to what happened in Russia and the disintegration of the ottoman empire.

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