Walid Khalidi
Walid Khalidi is an Oxford University-educated Palestinian
Palestinian people
The Palestinian people, also referred to as Palestinians or Palestinian Arabs , are an Arabic-speaking people with origins in Palestine. Despite various wars and exoduses, roughly one third of the world's Palestinian population continues to reside in the area encompassing the West Bank, the Gaza...

 historian who has written extensively on the Palestinian exodus. He is General Secretary and co-founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies
Institute for Palestine Studies
The Institute for Palestine Studies is the oldest independent non-profit, public service, research institute in the Arab world, was established and incorporated in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1963 and has since served as a model for other such institutes in the region...

, established in Beirut
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 in December 1963 as an independent research and publishing center focusing on the Palestine
Palestine is a conventional name, among others, used to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands....

 problem and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Khalidi's first teaching post was at Oxford
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, a position he resigned in 1956 in protest at the British invasion of Suez
Suez Crisis
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. He was Professor of Political Studies at the American University of Beirut
American University of Beirut
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 until 1982 and thereafter a research fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs
Harvard University
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. He has also taught at Princeton University
Princeton University
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Khalidi was co-founder of the Royal Scientific Society of Amman
Royal Scientific Society
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. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Khalidi graduated with a B.A. from the University of London
University of London
-20th century:Shortly after 6 Burlington Gardens was vacated, the University went through a period of rapid expansion. Bedford College, Royal Holloway and the London School of Economics all joined in 1900, Regent's Park College, which had affiliated in 1841 became an official divinity school of the...

 in 1945, then studied at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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, gaining an M.Litt. in 1951. Under his guidance the Institute of Palestine Studies produced a long series of monographs in English and Arabic and several important translations of Hebrew texts into Arabic: 'The History of the Haganah
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', Ben Gurion
Ben Gurion
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 and Shertok's diaries—texts that still await translation into English. He has also produced ground-breaking work on the fall of Haifa
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 and Deir Yassin
Deir Yassin
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. His best known works are Before their diaspora, a photographic essay on Palestinian society prior to 1948 and All that remains, the encyclopedic collection of village histories which he edited.

Position on the Palestine question

Khalidi's stated position on the Palestine question is for a two-state solution [direct quote needed].

From "Foreign Affairs":
A Palestinian state in the occupied territories within the 1967 frontiers in peaceful coexistence alongside Israel is the only conceptual candidate for a historical compromise of this century-old conflict. Without it the conflict will remain an open-ended one.

Khalidi is a Palestinian representative to the Joint Palestinian-Jordanian delegation to the Middle East peace talks. He holds no office in the PLO or any of its bodies.


At the Palestinian Heritage Foundation's 15th-Anniversary banquet, Khalidi was presented with an award for his commitment to the Palestinian cause, the Arab-American community, and the Arab nation.

Published works

  • (1959) Why Did the Palestinians Leave? Middle East Forum, 24, 21-24, (July 1959). Reprinted as 'Why Did the Palestinians Leave Revisited', 2005, Journal of Palestine Studies, XXXIV, No. 2, 42-54.
  • (1959) The Fall of Haifa. Middle East Forum, 35, 22-32, (December 1959).
  • (1961) Plan Dalet: The Zionist Master Plan for the Conquest of Palestine. Middle East Forum, 37(9), 22-28, (November 1961).
  • (1974) Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Annotated Bibliography. Institute for Palestine Studies.
  • (1978) Thinking the unthinkable: A sovereign Palestinian State. Foreign Affairs, 56(4), 695-713.
  • (1981) Regiopolitics: Toward a U.S. Policy on the Palestine Problem. Foreign Affairs.
  • (1983) Conflict and Violence in Lebanon: Confrontation in the Middle East. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0674160754
  • (1984) Before Their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876-1948. Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0887281443
  • (1985) A Palestinian Perspective on the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Journal of Palestine Studies, 14(4) (Summer, 1985), pp. 35-48.
  • (1987) From Haven to Conquest: Readings in Zionism and the Palestine Problem until 1948.. Institute of Palestine Studies, Washington DC.
  • (1988) Toward Peace in the Holy Land. Foreign Affairs
  • (1989) At a Critical Juncture: The United States and the Palestinian People. Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.
  • (1991) The Gulf Crisis: Origins and Consequences. Journal of Palestine Studies, 20(2) (Winter, 1991), pp. 5-28.
  • (1992) All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0887282245
  • (1992) Palestine Reborn. I. B. Tauris. ISBN 1850435634
  • (1993) Benny Morris and before Their Diaspora. Journal of Palestine Studies, 22(3) (Spring, 1993), pp. 106-119.
  • (1993) The Jewish-Ottoman Land Company: Herzl's Blueprint for the Colonization of Palestine. Journal of Palestine Studies, 22(2) (Winter, 1993), pp. 30-47.
  • (1996) Islam, the West and Jerusalem. Center for Contemporary Arab Studies & Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University.
  • (1996) Revisiting the UNGA Partition Resolution. Journal of Palestine Studies, 27(1) (Autumn, 1997), pp. 5-21.
  • (1998) Khamsuna 'aman a'la taqsim Filastin. Fifty years since the Partition of Palestine (1947 - 1997), Dar al-Nahar, Beirut. (Arabic).
  • (1998) Selected Documents on the 1948 Palestine War. Journal of Palestine Studies. 27(3), 79.
  • (1999) Dayr Yasin: al-Jum'a, 9/4/1948. Dayr Yasin: Friday, 9 April 1948. Institute for Palestine Studies. Beirut. (Arabic).
  • (2000) The Ownership of the U.S. Embassy Site in Jerusalem. Institute for Palestine Studies. ISBN 0887282776
  • (2005) On Albert Hourani, the Arab Office, and the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry 1946, Journal of Palestine Studies 35, no.1 (autumn 2005): 60-79

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