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Does Sabeel recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli state?
Yes, Sabeel recognizes the national aspirations of both Israeli and Palestinians. Sabeel believes that the stories of both peoples, specifically the history of the founding of the state of Israel and the Nakba that accompanied it, must be re-examined, reclaimed and honored by both sides in the fullness of truth.
The official history of Israel, particularly since the 1948 war, has often falsified Israel's history to legitimize its occupation of the land and the displacement of the Palestinians. In recent decades there has been a remarkable development of revisionist history of Israel by Israeli Jews, such as Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 and Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. This revisionist history confirms what the Palestinians have always known from their own experience from 1948. The purpose of this critical history written by both Israeli Jews and Palestinians is not to demonize Israel, but to recognize the injustice that have been done to Palestinians in the creation and maintenance of the state of Israel in order to create more just relations between these two peoples.