This book discusses the circumstances of the Palestinian people who had remained in their land after its occupation in 1948, and who had become Israeli citizens. It brings to light the fact that these were overlooked to the extent that, to many Palestinians and Arabs they have become “The Forgotten Palestinians.” While the Israelis consider them “the fifth column” or “the absent present,” they are actually “the present which was made absent.”
The author defines the demographic,religious,educational, economic and other conditions of the 1948 Palestinians. He explores their suffering due to the Israeli policy of racial discrimination perpetrated against them, in all its forms, means and objectives. He also studies the different aspects of the Judaization process of their land, including the Judaization of names and of the population through Jewish immigration, the settlements and by not acknowledging the existence of the Arab villages in the Negev, in addition to other measures.
Furthermore, the book explores the map of the political parties and movements established by the 1948 Palestinians during the past few decades, discussing their political and practical role in the Israeli political, economic and social reality.
The author brings to the reader’s attention, the suffering of the 1948 Palestinians during the post-Oslo era, of dual marginalization; one within the Israeli society and the other in the hierarchy of priorities of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority.
Hence, these Palestinians have to endure the burden of a double struggle. One to enhance their conditions inside Israel, and the other to find for themselves a position among the Palestinian hierarchy of priorities, to reach a solution to their circumstances, in a way that lets this solution be interwoven with the comprehensive solution of the Palestinian issue.
Moreover, the book tries to present a futuristic vision in light of the changes in the Israeli society and the alterations in the Israeli political system. The author explores a number of probable scenarios and likely solutions for the conditions of the 1948 Palestinians in connection with the Israeli reality on the one hand and the developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict on the other.
This edition is published by Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations (Beirut).