Presidential Forced Migrations in Comparative Context

AHA Session 109
Friday, January 8, 2016: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Grand Ballroom D (Hilton Atlanta, Second Floor)
Anita Shapira, University of Tel Aviv
The Flight of North African and Middle Eastern Jews to Israel
Daniel J. Schroeter, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
1948: Palestinian Narratives and the Missing Archive
Salim Tamari, Institute for Palestine Studies
Population Exchange after World War II
Eric D. Weitz, City College of New York

Session Abstract

The question of forced migrations lies at the heart of many of the bloodiest modern histories, including the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.  Yet studies of forced migrations are typically treated as singular cases, rather than through comparison.  This panel places the Palestinian-Israeli case in broader context through a discussion of four case studies: the Greek-Turkish “population exchange” following the Great War; displaced persons following the Second World War; the expulsion and flight of Palestinians during the 1948 War; and the mass flight of Iraqi Jews to Israel in the early 1950s.  Underlying questions of this panel include: how do we define “forced migration”? What is the relationship between force and fear? Must a “forced migration” be the result of a conscious plan on the part of the evictors? What political ends have forced migrations served?

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