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Jonathan Marc Gribetz
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 7/31/2017

Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO's Research on Judaism and Israel

Research and writing leading to publication of a book on Palestinian research into Zionism and the role of that research in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In mid-September 1982, just as they invaded West Beirut, Israeli forces raided a high-rise in the Lebanese capital. Though the building belonged to the Palestine Liberation Organization, the targets inside were neither militants nor weapons. The Israeli soldiers were there to capture a library—a library that was filled with books about Jews, Zionism, and Israel. Reading Herzl in Beirut, the monograph I am writing, is a book about that library, the institution that collected it (the PLO Research Center), the researchers who used it, the scholarship they produced in it, and, ultimately, the impact of the knowledge produced there on the course of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How did learning about the enemy inform Palestinian politics and the acceptance of a two-state solution? With an NEH Summer Stipend, I will travel to Beirut and Jerusalem to gain access to archives, libraries, and the many scholars of the PLO, Palestinian intellectual history, and the conflict based there.