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January 8, 2015 5:05 pm

Joan Peters, TV Producer and Acclaimed Author on Arab-Israeli Conflict, Dies at 76

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Joan Peters, the author of "From Time Immemorial," died on Jan. 6. Photo: Amazon.

JNS.org – Joan Peters, a former CBS news producer and a renowned author on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict, died Jan. 6 at age 76.

Peters was best known for her 1984 book on pre-state Israel, From Time Immemorial, in which she argued that a large fraction of the Arabs of British Mandatory Palestine were not indigenous to the land, but rather arrived through waves of immigration from the 19th century onwards.

At the time of its publication, Peters’s book drew widespread acclaim and sparked a lengthy debate on the demographics of pre-1948 Israel that continues until this day.

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“Joan was a force of nature, passionately devoted to Israel and the Jewish people,” Andrea Levin, executive director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), told JNS.org. “Her landmark book, From Time Immemorial, upended conventional wisdom about the Palestinian Arabs, documenting the fact that many were new arrivals—not ancient inhabitants—attracted by British and Zionist economic development during the Palestine Mandate.”

“[Peters] was a beloved friend and we were enormously proud to count her a member of CAMERA’s Chicago Advisory Board,” added Levin.

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  • blackrose

    Sorry to learn of her death. An intellectual. Her book needs to be republished and a copy sent to Obama, the US Congress,taught in US colleges & universities, and copies distributed at all BDS meetings.

    • deb

      Yes, I bought her book back in ’85, and have been rereading i for the past month…thinking this book should be redistributed and she go on a book tour! So, so sad to hear she passed. I actually just googled her name with the intent to follow up with this idea – maybe CAMERA can arrange something like this in her memory…
      What a time for her to pass, as we all watch what is taking place in France….may her contributions to truth be revealed for the good…may her memory live on through her good works for humanit…

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