Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities – Second Edition

  • Title: Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: Patterns, Problems, Possibilities
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Laura Zittrain Eisenberg (Author), Neil Caplan (Author)
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Year: 2010
  • Edition: 2nd
  • ISBN-10: 0253222125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253222121
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 452
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Description: Thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace examines the history of recurrent efforts to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict and identifies a pattern of negative negotiating behaviors that seem to repeatedly derail efforts to achieve peace. In a lively and accessible style, Laura Zittrain Eisenberg and Neil Caplan examine eight case studies of recent Arab-Israeli diplomatic encounters, from the Egyptian-Israeli peace of 1979 to the beginning of the Obama administration, in light of the historical record. By measuring contemporary diplomatic episodes against the pattern of counterproductive negotiating habits, this book makes possible a coherent comparison of over sixty years of Arab-Israeli negotiations and gives readers a framework with which to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of peace-making attempts, past, present, and future.

Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

  • Title: Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Joel Kovel (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2007
  • ISBN-10: 074532570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745325705
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
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Description: “Joel Kovel has given us an impressive and important book … He writes beautifully, even poetically, not just on Zionism’s sordid history, but on its ideology, its ethics, and even on the terrible ecological devastation in Israel itself, where every river is polluted, some to lethal levels. And he writes with courage and hope.”
Socialism and Democracy

“This detailed description of what a single secular state could look like is fascinatingly useful.”
Socialist Review

“An impressive, important book. … I think that if persons following the current discussion and concerned about the problems of Jews and Zionism and Isreal and the Middle-East, even world peace, could have but one book on the subject on their shelf, it should be this one.”
Media Lens

“This book is absolutely fundamental for those who reject the unfortunate confusion between Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel – a confusion which is the basis for systematic manipulation by the imperialist power system. It convincingly argues in favour of a single secular state for Israelis and Palestinians as the only democratic solution for the region.”
— Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum

“Joel Kovel’s uncompromising criticism of Zionism is rooted in a very deep feeling of empathy and solidarity with his fellow-Jews caught in the death-trap of the Zionist adventure. The way out Kovel is suggesting – a bi-national Israeli-Palestinian state – may be challenged, but definitely not ignored.”
— Michel Warschawski, former director of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem

Channels of Resistance in Lebanon: Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media

  • Title: Channels of Resistance in Lebanon: Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Zahera Harb (Author)
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1848851200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848851207
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 256
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Description: On May 25, 2000 Israeli occupation forces withdrew from South Lebanon after 22 years of occupation. The Lebanese media’s role in achieving liberation over this period is significant, through campaigns conducted to unify the Lebanese people against their foreign occupier and in support of the Lebanese resistance in South Lebanon. This book investigates the culture and performance of Lebanese journalism in this setting. Channels of Resistance in Lebanon is a story about journalism told by a journalist who is also using  tools of scholarship and research to narrate her story and the story of her fellow journalists. Zahera Harb is also presenting here an alternative interpretation of propaganda under conditions of foreign occupation and the struggle against that occupation. She identifies the characteristics of “liberation propaganda” through the coverage and experience of the two Lebanese TV stations Tele Liban and Al Manar within the historical, cultural, organizational and religious contexts in which they operated, and how these elements shaped their professional practice and their news values.

Dispatches from Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process

  • Title: Dispatches from Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Graham Usher (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 1999
  • ISBN-10: 0745313426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745313429
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
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Description: The 1994 Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians were hailed as the start of a process that would bring about resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Five years later, Oslo must be judged a failure. For the Arab and Islamic world, Israel remains what it was at the outset of Oslo — a pariah state illegally occupying Arab lands.Gaza-based journalist Graham Usher witnessed many of the pivotal events of the peace process, and his insightful new book gives voice to the people of Palestine. In addition to presenting the views of ordinary individuals on the street, the book includes interviews with many of the leading commentators and figures from Palestinian Hamas and Fatah, Lebanese Hezballah, and Shas (the Sephardic Jews within Israel). Among the key figures interviewed are Azmi Bishara (Arab activist/Israeli citizen running for President), Yossi Beilin (former Israeli Labour Cabinet member) Aryeh Deri (Shas), Marwan Barghouti (Fatah), and Ibrahim Ghoshah (Hamas). The collection also contains longer, analytical pieces that describe the rise of Hamas in the occupied territories; the growing authoritarianism of Yassar Arafat’s Palestinian Authority; the politics of Hezballah in Lebanon; and the causes behind the nihilistic violence of the Gamaa Islamiyya in Egypt. Dispatches from Palestine offers the contemporary history of a process that has irreversibly changed the nature of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict — and one whose failure is bound to leave its mark on the region and the world in the future.

Culture and Customs of the Palestinians

  • Title: Culture and Customs of the Palestinians
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Samih K. Farsoun (Author)
  • Publisher: Greenwood
  • Year: 2004
  • ISBN-10: 0313320519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313320514
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 192
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Description: The Palestinians have been at the center of Middle Eastern and world history for nearly a century. The core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict are still the ones that emerged in 1948, after what Palestinians term al-Nakba, the destruction of historical Palestine and the dispossession and expulsion of its people. At the center of this vortex of politics, diplomacy, oppression, resistance, and struggle are the Palestinians. The Palestinians are an ancient Arab people, with both Islamic and Christian adherents, and their traditional culture and present way of life under difficult conditions are greatly illuminated for students and general readers.

A clear historical overview of Palestine, the diaspora, and the conflict is provided, and the history colors the rest of the narrative, addressing crucial aspects of Palestinian society. Palestinians struggle to retain their traditions. Their modern social structure, values, social customs, and life, including education, in villages, refugee camps, and cities are covered. The importance of extended family and women’s roles in a continuing patriarchy are also addressed. The famed Palestinian embroidery and typical food dishes are celebrated. Chapters on modern literature and the arts and cinema stress the artistic focus on the conflict with Israel. A helpful timeline, copious bibliography, and glossary round out the coverage.

Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest

  • Title: Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Hamid Dabashi (Author)
  • Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0674049454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674049451
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 448
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Description: For a Western world anxious to understand Islam and, in particular, Shi’ism, this book arrives with urgently needed information and critical analysis. Hamid Dabashi exposes the soul of Shi’ism as a religion of protest—successful only when in a warring position, and losing its legitimacy when in power.

Dabashi makes his case through a detailed discussion of the Shi’i doctrinal foundations, a panoramic view of its historical unfolding, a varied investigation into its visual and performing arts, and finally a focus on the three major sites of its contemporary contestations: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. In these states, Shi’ism seems to have ceased to be a sect within the larger context of Islam and has instead emerged to claim global political attention. Here we see Shi’ism in its combative mode—reminiscent of its traumatic birth in early Islamic history. Hezbollah in Lebanon claims Shi’ism, as do the militant insurgents in Iraq, the ruling Ayatollahs in Iran, and the masses of youthful demonstrators rebelling against their reign. All declare their active loyalties to a religion of protest that has defined them and their ancestry for almost fourteen hundred years.

Shi’sm: A Religion of Protest attends to the explosive conflicts in the Middle East with an abiding attention to historical facts, cultural forces, religious convictions, literary and artistic nuances, and metaphysical details. This timely book offers readers a bravely intelligent history of a world religion.

Islam, Muslims and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict

  • Title: Islam, Muslims and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Arshad Khan (Author)
  • Publisher: Algora Publishing
  • Year: 2003
  • ISBN-10: 0875862438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875862439
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 269
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Description: Islam, Muslims and America gives a sound introduction to the history of Islam’s experiences with the West, and the principles of Islamic teachings; and in that context identifies and discusses the reasons for Muslim-West alienation. It highlights both the disconnect between true Islamic beliefs and extremist actions, and the failure of Americans to seek the root causes of the current anti-American trend.

My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle

  • Title: My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Shafiq Al-hout (Author), Jean Said Makdisi (Editor), Martin Asser (Editor), Hader Al-Hout (Translator), Laila Othman (Translator)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0745328849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328843
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
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Description: This is the inside story of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), from its beginnings in 1964 to the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993. For over three decades, the main goal of the PLO was to achieve a just peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to build a democratic state in Palestine for all its citizens. Shafiq Al-Hout, a high ranking PLO official until his resignation in 1993, provides previously unavailable details on the key events in its history such as its recognition by the UN and the Oslo peace negotiations. Taking us right to the heart of the decision making processes, this book explains the personalities and internal politics that shaped the PLO’s actions and the Palestinian experience of the twentieth century. Although he was an insider, Al-Hout’s book does not shy from analyzing and criticizing decisions and individuals, including Yasser Arafat. This book is an essential piece of history that sheds new light on the significance of the PLO in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide, Second Edition

  • Title: Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Khaled Hroub (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2010
  • Edition: 2nd
  • ISBN-10: 0745329721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745329727
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
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Description: This beginner’s guide to Hamas has been fully revised and updated. It now covers all the major events since the January 2006 elections, including the conflict with Fatah and Israel’s brutal offensive in Gaza at the end of 2008. Explaining the reasons for Hamas’s popularity, leading Al-Jazeera journalist and Cambridge academic Khaled Hroub provides the key facts that are so often missing from conventional news reports. It’s a one-stop guide that gives a clear overview of Hamas’s history, key beliefs, and its political agenda. This unique book provides a refreshing perspective that gets to the heart of Hamas.

Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and Construction of Identity

  • Title: Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and Construction of Identity
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Miriyam Aouragh (Author)
  • Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 1848853645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848853645
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
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Description: For Palestine’s diaspora and exiled communities, the internet has become an important medium for the formation of Palestinian national and transnational identity. Miriyam Aouragh looks at the internet as both a space and an instrument for linking Palestinian diasporas in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon. She closely examines the uses and limits of internet technology under conditions of war, along with the ways in which virtual participation enables the generation of new ideals for political reconciliation and self-determination. Through the internet, participants reconstruct a virtual ‘Palestinian homeland’, gain a space for recovering the past, for overcoming issues of mobility, and for generating social change. This book provides a new angle on those affected by the Israeli-Palestine conflict, and furthers understanding about the connection between electronic media, politics and national identity more widely.

A Guide to Documents on the Arab-Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: 1897-2008

  • Title: A Guide to Documents on the Arab-Palestinian/Israeli Conflict: 1897-2008
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): M. Cherif Bassiouni (Author, Editor), Shlomo Ben Ami (Author, Editor)
  • Publisher: Brill
  • Year: 2009
  • ISBN-10: 9004175342
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004175341
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 324
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Description: A Guide to Documents on the Arab-Palestinian/Israeli Conflicts: 1897-2008, is a comprehensive non-partisan compilation designed to provide relevant legal and historical source material pertaining to this conflict. Each document is summarized for the reader s benefit. The compilation contains all United Nations Resolutions and Reports, Treaties and Agreements, as well as historic documents that are difficult to obtain. To put the conflict into perspective, a chronology of events is provided, followed by an objective analysis of the historical background, including discussion of the various phases of the conflict, strategic considerations, and an analysis of the prospects for peace. The 690 documents summarized with official citations are the most extensive compilation covering the period from 1897 through 2008, including some key texts on Jerusalem dating back to earlier times. The documents are organized according to the conflict s major topic areas with introductory notes for each part and section.M. Cherif Bassiouni and Shlomo Ben Ami have had a long history of involvement in the peace process. Their combined expertise and personal experiences add a unique dimension to this book that will provide anyone interested in the conflict with a distinct easy-to-use comprehensive compilation of relevant documents.

Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean

  • Title: Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Basem L. Ra’ad (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2010
  • ISBN-10: 074532830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328300
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 244
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Description: For thousands of years, Palestine and the East Mediterranean have been subject to constant colonial interference which has denied the indigenous population an independent, authentic historical narrative. Basem L. Ra’ad uncovers this history and begins the process of reconnecting it to contemporary peoples. Perceptions of the region have been influenced by the operation of “Western civilization” and by many other inherited cultural-religious preconceptions. The region itself has been disenfranchised and prevented from developing its own comprehensive cultural history. Ra’ad’s findings are an important step towards reconstructing an alternative history, one which dispels many of the myths and traps relating to religions, languages, peoples and sites. This highly original work is an essential text for students of Middle Eastern history, politics and culture.

Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

  • Title: Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sara Roy (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2006
  • ISBN-10: 0745322344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745322346
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 408
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Description: This book is the culmination of 20 years of research, fieldwork and analysis on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the impact of Israeli occupation. Discussion of Israeli policy toward Palestinians is often regarded as a taboo subject, with the result that few people — especially in the U.S. — understand the origins and consequences of the conflict. Roy’s book provides an indispensable context for understanding why the situation remains so intractable. The focus of Roy’s work is the Gaza Strip, an area that remains consistently neglected and misunderstood despite its political centrality. Drawing on more than two thousand interviews and extensive first-hand experience, Roy chronicles the impact of Israeli occupation in Palestine over nearly a generation. Exploring the devastating consequences of socio-economic and political decline, this is a unique and powerful account of the reality of life in the West Bank and Gaza. Written by one of the world’s foremost scholars of the region, it offers an unrivalled breadth of scholarship and insight.

From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950

 

  • Title: From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ariella Azoulay (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0745331696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745331690
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
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Description: The present photobook uses a new approach to the explanation of the Palestine/Israel conflict. By reading over more than 200 photographs, Ariella Azoulay recounts the four crucial years that determine the history of this conflict till today. She analyses the photos as historical documents and presents them in a way to write and interpret history anew. With this presentation she created a civil archive “which makes it possible to view the catastrophe they recorded”. Years of research made it clear “that the occupation is part of the Israeli political regime, and that reconstructing its schema should start in 1948”. Indirectly, this statement repudiates the argument put forward by the Zionist left that Israel went wrong after it occupied the rest of Palestine in the June war of 1967. This photobook proves through pictures that the cause of the conflict is based on the forceful expulsion of the indigenous owners of the Land of Palestine by the Zionist forces.

Ariella Azoulay teaches political philosophy and visual studies. She directs the Photo-Lexic project at the Minerva Humanities Centre at Tel Aviv University. She has written several books; her latest “Civil Imagination: Political Ontology of Photography” was just published. In 2002, she won the Infinity Award for Writing, presented by the International Center of Photography for excellence in the field of photography.

This book traces the constituent violence carried out by the Zionist military and political leadership. The transformation of Palestine into the State of Israel was not achieved during an unavoidable war between the two peoples, “but by the exercise of systematic and planned violence to create a clear Jewish majority that would correspond to and justify the formation of a Jewish state and the Jewification of the state organs. This violence was called the `War of Liberation`.” The author makes clear that the term “War of Liberation” is a misnomer. Why did the Zionists wanted to `”liberate” a territory from the British, the Palestinians or the Arab states? The terminology “liberation” or “independence” implies a decolonization project, liberation from a foreign power, in a manner that camouflaged the colonization of Palestine by the State of Israel, the author writes. None of these reasons existed in Palestine.

In seven chapters, the photos show a process of the newly established state that destroyed Palestinian society by killing, dividing, expropriating, expelling and preventing those expelled from returning. In order to pretend a democratic façade, the Israelis had to transform the catastrophe imposed on the Palestinians into a non-catastrophe, into what Azoulay calls the “catastrophe from their point of view” – “their”, of course, referring to the Palestinians. The author sets the Zionist narrative, beginning with the dream of return to Zion and ending with the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab one, which situates the Nakba as the constitutive event of Palestinian existence and identity, aside. Instead of sticking to the drawing line between Jews and Arabs, Azoulay tries to understand its institutionalization as a central ruling principle of the Jewish state. She presents the catastrophe from a civil perspective and does not present it as an outcome of war that preceded “the creation of the Israeli regime, but as a component and as a product of that regime”.

The photos show that expulsion of the population and the destruction of their homes was done in an organized and well-planned manner. The Zionist myth that all happened in the cause of war lies beside the truth. From its inception, the Israeli government eliminated every possibility of civil life, according to the author. The government did everything that the civil disaster which occurred in Palestine appeared as a “natural phenomenon” or a “necessary evil”. To the detriment of Zionist mythology, the photos tell a different story. Perhaps this photobook is more convincing than thousands of history books because it allows the readers to visually participate in the great injustice that was inflicted upon the Palestinian people by a movement that views itself as a “liberation movement” for Jews but was in fact just a mere colonial one for the Palestinians. This extraordinary set of photographs reawakens not only the disappearance of a country but also the invisibility of its real inhabitants. Impressive!

 

On Liberty

  • Title: On Liberty
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): John Stuart Mill (Author)
  • Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
  • Year: 2011
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 140
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Description: No one can be a great thinker who does not recognise, that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think. -John Stuart Mill, in On Liberty Often mentioned in the same breath with the Communist Manifesto, On Liberty-perhaps the greatest work from British political philosopher John Stuart Mill-is one of the most profound and most hotly debated works of the 19th century. Is it a classic plea for human freedom and intellectual development… or is it factually wrong and morally offensive? English philosopher and politician JOHN STUART MILL (1806-1873) was one of the foremost figure of Western intellectual thought in the late 19th century. He served as an administrator in the East Indian Company from 1823 to 1858, and as a member of parliament from 1865 to 1868.

In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria

    • Title: In the Lion’s Den: An Eyewitness Account of Washington’s Battle with Syria
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Andrew Tabler (Author)
    • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1569768439
    • ISBN-13: 978-1569768433
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 288
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: This is an important US propaganda’s point of view that shows like journalism is used like a weapon versus american readers because it reports false news about “enemies” of USA.

The book captures Tabler’s behind-the-scenes experiences as well as the story of Syria itself and Washington’s attempts to craft a “New Middle East.” Tabler’s critique of U.S. foreign policy is reported but the author has too western prejudices about Mddle East and he is too politically conditioned to have a clear vision of the situation of Syria today.

Tabler’s current employer is the neoconservative Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy think tank.

The Eye of the Mirror

    • Title: The Eye of the Mirror
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Liana Badr (Author), Samira Kawar (Author), Fadia Faqir (Editor)
    • Publisher: Garnet Publishing
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 1859642012
    • ISBN-13: 978-1859642016
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 266
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Description: The Arab Women Writers series presents the best of contemporary fiction from the Middle East; its Series Editor Dr. Fadia Faqir was awarded the Women in Publishing 1995 New Venture Award.

Taken from the quiet sanctuary of a convent school, where she works as a maid, Aisha is thrown back into the chaotic world of her parent’s home in the Tal Ezza’tar refugee camp when the Lebanese civil war begins. From then on she is caught up in a series of tragedies, including the continuous bombardment of the camp by the Phalangists and the subsequent invasion and massacres within the settlement. Set within one of the most bloody conflicts of modern times, this heart-wrenching story shows how women’s experience of war is particularly cruel, as they confront the dilemma of bringing a new life into a war-zone.

Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation: Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

    • Title: Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation: Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Asa Winstanley (Editor), Frank Barat (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745331602
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745331607
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a people’s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on Vietnam that was set up by Bertrand Russell in the 1960s. This book contains a selection of the most vital evidence and testimonies presented at the London session. Examining the involvement of corporations in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, the tribunal of 2010 generated widespread media coverage. The book identifies companies and corporations participating in such illegality and possibilities for legal action against them are discussed. Released to coincide with the South Africa session at the end of 2011, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation is a vital resource to lawyers, journalists, and activists hoping to take informed action against Israeli war crimes and occupation.

As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. — Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement It is vitally important to pursue the complicity of any corporations which aid or abet human rights violations in any country in the world. The Russell Tribunal is to be commended for calling to account those who share responsibility for the continuing devastation of Gaza. — Julie Christie, actress, activist and patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign This excellent book presents compelling evidence of corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of international law. — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate Like the landmark Russell Tribunal on Vietnam, this examination of the forces that maintain the epic injustice in Palestine is timely and critically necessary. — John Pilger The Russell Tribunal on Palestine’ brings together vital documentation for understanding how big business supports illegal Israeli practices. A very important book. — Ghada Karmi This Tribunal surely helps prevent the crime of silence in the pressing case of Palestine. — Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation This book is a searing indictment of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It is a weapon for those who are compelled by human decency to mobilise solidarity in order to overcome one of the greatest injustices of modern times. It speaks out against the crime of silence – one of Bertrand Russell’s immortal injunctions! — Ronnie Kasrils, writer, activist, former South African government minister This report from the Russell Tribunal is essential reading. Many of the corporations that trade with Israel have manifestos and Human Rights commitments that, they claim, inform their business decisions. The Tribunal tests these claims and finds them wanting. We hope the shareholders and customers of these companies, whether individuals or institutions, will look at the conclusions of the Tribunal and demand that integrity replaces unprincipled greed. — Ken Loach The apartheid wall means business and profit for many. The apartheid state is made up of tens of thousands of little corporate decisions that hold the structure in place. Every flower reaching our supermarkets from occupied territory, every nut and every bolt for each illegal settlement, every drill bit piercing the aquifer, plays its part. The Russell Tribunal unpicks the tangled but systematic corporate collusion that cements it all together. Walls have a history of tumblin’ down. — Paul Laverty, screenwriter

Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace

    • Title: Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Janet M. Powers (Author)
    • Publisher: Praeger
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 027599001X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0275990015
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 184
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Description: Blossoms on the Olive Tree is an American woman’s account of work that Israeli and Palestinian women are doing to educate themselves and their societies about militarization, human rights, women’s rights, and the democratic process. The book highlights women on both sides of the political divide who reach out to each other, engage in bi-national dialogue, and challenge ongoing violence.

Blossoms on the Olive Tree is an American woman’s account of work that Israeli and Palestinian women are doing to educate themselves and their societies about militarization, human rights, women’s rights, and the democratic process. The book highlights women on both sides of the political divide who reach out to each other, engage in bi-national dialogue, and challenge ongoing violence. Despite severe societal restraints in carving out political space for themselves, women in both societies have devised creative opportunities. Powers documents the women’s working committees attached to Palestinian political parties and the creativity of Israeli women striving to civil-ize their society. Ironically, it is their marginalization that offers women space to engage in their peace-building efforts. The book ends with a clarion call for the implementation of UN Resolution 1325, which requires the presences of women at the highest levels of peace negotiations. Women, with their commitment to reconciliation and healing, bring a significant vision to the enterprise of peace-building, and Powers suggests that it’s high time they be taken seriously.

In the course of researching this book, Powers stayed in Jewish homes, Muslim homes, and Christian homes, observing women going about their daily tasks. She shared Shabbat dinners and Christmas dinners, Muslim family celebrations, herbal tea and Arab coffee, benefiting from extraordinary hospitality, and learning that Israeli and Palestinian are more alike than they are different. Like women everywhere, Jewish and Arab women care deeply for their children, put up with anger and abuse from their husbands, and try to negotiate a path between societal expectations and personal convictions. Virtually all of them yearn to live in peace, to raise their families without fear, and to enjoy the small pleasures of life without anxiety for the future. These are their stories, and they impart a measure of humanity to the occupation, the Separation Wall, and living with the fear of suicide bombings that is difficult to glean from nightly news reports. Most important, these remarkable women are succeeding in changing from within the way in which their own societies think about themselves.

Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    • Title: Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): John Strawson (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745323235
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745323237
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 264
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Description: Law lies at the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jews sought a national home by “Public Law” while Palestinians reject the project as illegal. Britain, the League of Nations and the United Nations all mobilised international law to justify their interventions. After the 1967 war, Israel organised an occupation with excessive legalism that most of the world viewed, in fact, as illegal.

Partitioning Palestine focuses on three key moments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: the League of Nations Mandate, the United Nations partition plan and the Oslo agreements. None of these documents are neutral but, rather, encode a variety of meanings. The book traces the way in which these legal narratives have both shaped national identity and sharpened the conflict.

In this pioneering text, John Strawson argues that a committed attachment to the belief in legal justice has hampered the search for a settlement. Law, far from offering conflict resolution, has reinforced the trenches from which Palestinians and Israelis confront one another.

Low-intensity Conflict in the Third World

    • Title: Low-intensity Conflict in the Third World
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Lewis B Ware (Author), Stephen Blank (Contributor), Lawrence E Grinter (Contributor), Jerome W Klingaman (Contributor), Thomas P Ofcansky (Contributor), Bynu, E Weathers (Contributor)
    • Publisher: Air University Press
    • Year: 1988
    • ISBN-10: 1585660221
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 193
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Description: The study of low-intensity conflict (LIC) has been beset by problems of definition. This manuscript represents five studies by members of the Political-Military Affairs Division of the Air Force. Each study views the persistence with the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. These studies analyze LIC environments in Central Asia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa. For each region, history, politics, economics, and ideological currents are emphasized so as to illustrate best the wide variety of LIC phenomena that affect the societies under scrutiny. A final study puts into the perspective of a long-term strategy the implications each contribution draws for U.S. policies. Air University Press. United States Air Force.

Thinking Palestine

    • Title: Thinking Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ronit Lentin (Editor)
    • Publisher: Zed Books
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 1842779060
    • ISBN-13: 978-1842779064
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 256
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Description: This book brings together an inter-disciplinary group of Palestinian, Israeli, American, British and Irish scholars who theorize “the question of Palestine.” Critically committed to supporting the Palestinian quest for self determination, they present new theoretical ways of thinking about Palestine. These include the “Palestinization” of ethnic and racial conflicts, the theorization of Palestine as camp, ghetto and prison, the tourist/activist gaze, the role of gendered resistance, the centrality of the memory of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) to the contemporary understanding of the conflict, and the historic roots of the contemporary discourse on Palestine.

Voices from the Camps: A People’s History of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, 2006

    • Title: Voices from the Camps: A People’s History of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, 2006
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nabil Marshood (Author)
    • Publisher: University Press of America
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0761850473
    • ISBN-13: 978-0761850472
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 144
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Description: As debate continues about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its root causes simmer, Palestinian refugees have become increasingly invisible. Voices from the Camps is about their humanity. This sociological study explores refugee camps in Jordan, where refugees share their plight and narrative of the Nakbeh (Catastrophe) of 1948. They also share their pain, conflicting identities, and aspirations. This book conveys the humanity of the poor, stateless, and invisible, by examining the impacts of displacement, dispossession, and refugee status upon refugees and their descendents as they struggle for survival both as individuals and as a community. This book does not propose solutions; rather, it highlights the human side of the Palestinian trauma and the urgent need for a just solution.

Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity

    • Title: Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): John Parry (Author)
    • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 047205077X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0472050772
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 329
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Description: Prohibiting torture will not end it. In Understanding Torture, John T. Parry explains that torture is already a normal part of the state coercive apparatus. Torture is about dominating the victim for a variety of purposes, including public order; control of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; and— critically—domination for the sake of domination. Seen in this way, Abu Ghraib sits on a continuum with contemporary police violence in U.S. cities; violent repression of racial minorities throughout U.S. history; and the exercise of power in a variety of political, social, and interpersonal contacts. Creating a separate category for an intentionally narrow set of practices labeled and banned as torture, Parry argues, serves to normalize and legitimate the remaining practices that are “not torture.” Consequently, we must question the hope that law can play an important role in regulating state violence.

No one who reads this book can fail to understand the centrality of torture in modern law, politics, and governance.

Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

    • Title: Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Abeer Baker (Editor), Anat Matar (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745330215
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745330211
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 288
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Description: Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel’s security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners’ actions and their desire for liberty. By highlighting the various images of Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar chart their changing fortunes. Essays written by prisoners, ex-prisoners, Human rights defenders, lawyers and academic researchers analyze the political nature of imprisonment and Israeli attitudes towards Palestinian prisoners. These contributions deal with the prisoners’ status within Palestinian society, the conditions of their imprisonment and various legal procedures used by the Israeli military courts in order to criminalize and de-politicize them. Also addressed are Israel’s breaches of international treaties in its treatment of the Palestinian prisoners, practices of torture and solitary confinement, exchange deals and prospects for release.  This is a unique intervention within Middle East studies that will inspire those working in human rights, international law and the peace process.

Securing Peace: State-building and Development in Post-conflict Countries

    • Title: Securing Peace: State-building and Development in Post-conflict Countries
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Richard Kozul-Wright (Editor), Piergiuseppe Fortunato (Editor)
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1849665400
    • ISBN-13: 978-1849665407
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 256
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Description: This book studies the processes which lead to explosion of civil strife and tries to spell out the policy options available to address the challenges faced by post-conflict economies. It calls for a more integrated policy approach which can gradually repair trust in public institutions as it addresses the vulnerabilities and grievances that helped start the process.

Usually, such societies do not have the luxury of meeting the goals of security, reconciliation and development in a measured or sequenced manner: to avoid an immediate return to violence they must begin the recovery process on all fronts simultaneously.

Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation

    • Title: Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta (Author), Ursula Franklin (Foreword), Ghassan Andoni (Contributor), Jeff Halper (Contributor), Jonathan Kuttab (Contributor), Starhawk (Contributor)
    • Publisher: Ithaca Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0863723802
    • ISBN-13: 978-0863723803
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 553
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Description: Refusing to be Enemies – now in paperback – presents the voices of more than 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, with the vast majority being either Palestinian or Israeli. They reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives. The book considers the obstacles encountered by nonviolent organizations and includes examples of effective nonviolent campaigns. Additionally, it explores ways in which a more effective nonviolent movement may be built. In their own words, activists share their hopes and visions for the future and discuss the internal and external changes needed for their organizations – and the nonviolent movement as a whole – to successfully pursue their goal of a just peace in the region. A Foreword on the definition and nature of nonviolence is written by Canadian author Ursula Franklin. Additionally, the book is rounded out by analytic essays by activists Ghassan Andoni (Palestinian), Jeff Halper (Israeli), Jonathan Kuttab (a Palestinian activist lawyer with international experience) and Starhawk (an “international” of Jewish background).

Our Way to Fight: Israeli and Palestinian Activists for Peace

    • Title: Our Way to Fight: Israeli and Palestinian Activists for Peace
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Michael Riordon (Author)
    • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1569767785
    • ISBN-13: 978-1569767788
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 253
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Description: The news coming out of the Israel-Palestine conflict remains grim. The region remains a symbol of instability fueled by violence and hatred.

In Our Way to Fight, journalist and author Michael Riordon offers a different perspective, exploring the conflict through local Israeli and Palestinian peace activists who break all stereotypes. Riordon travels to thousand-year-old olive groves, besieged villages, refugee camps, checkpoints, and barracks, talking with people on both sides of the Wall who fight violence and war through creative resistance. He uncovers the crises that stirred them to act, the risks they face in working for peace, and the small victories that sustain them.

In the face of deepening conflict, Our Way to Fight is a portrait of courageous grassroots action that provides hope for a livable future and inspiration to peace activists in all nations.

Islamic Capital Markets: Products and Strategies

    • Title: Islamic Capital Markets: Products and Strategies
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Kabir Hassan (Author), Michael Mahlknecht (Author)
    • Publisher: Wiley
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0470689579
    • ISBN-13: 978-0470689578
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 482
    • Size / Format: 11,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Islamic Finance has experienced rapid growth in recent years, showing significant innovation and sophistication, and producing a broad range of investment products which are not limited to the complete replication of conventional fixed-income instruments, derivatives and fund structures. Islamic Finance represents an elemental departure from traditional interest-based and speculative practices, relying instead on real economic transactions, such as trade, investment based on profit sharing, and other solidary ways of doing business, and aims to incorporate Islamic principles, such as social justice, ecology and kindness, to create investment products and financial markets which are both ethical and sustainable.

Products created according to Islamic principles have shown a low correlation to other market segments and are relatively independent even from market turbulences like the subprime crisis. Therefore, they have become increasingly popular with secular Muslims and non-Muslim investors, as highly useful alternative investments for the diversification of portfolios.

In Islamic Capital Markets: Products and Strategies, international experts on Islamic Finance and Sharia’a Law focus on the most imminent issues surrounding the evolution of Islamic capital markets and the development of Sharia’a-compliant products. The book is separated into four parts, covering:

  • General concepts and legal issues, including Rahn concepts in Saudi Arabia, the Sharia’a process in product development and the integration of social responsibility in financial communities;
  • Global Islamic capital market trends, such as the evolution of Takaful products and the past, present and future of Islamic derivatives;
  • National and regional experiences, from the world’s largest Islamic financial market, Malaysia, to Islamic finance in other countries, including Germany, France and the US;
  • Learning from Islamic finance after the global financial crisis; analysis of the risks and strengths of Islamic capital markets compared to the conventional system, financial engineering from an Islamic perspective, Sharia’a-compliant equity investments and Islamic microfinance.

Islamic Capital Markets: Products and Strategies is the complete investors’ guide to Islamic finance.

More Bad News from Israel

    • Title: More Bad News from Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Greg Philo (Author), Mike Berry (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • Edition: Reprint
    • ISBN-10: 0745329780
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329789
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 486
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Description: Building on rigorous research by the world-renowned Glasgow University Media Group, More Bad News From Israel examines media coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East and the impact it has on public opinion. The book brings together senior journalists and ordinary viewers to examine how audiences understand the news and how their views are shaped by media reporting. In the largest study ever undertaken in this area, the authors focus on television news. They illustrate major differences in the way Israelis and Palestinians are represented, including how casualties are shown and the presentation of the motives and rationales of both sides. They combine this with extensive audience research involving hundreds of participants from the USA, Britain and Germany. It shows extraordinary differences in levels of knowledge and understanding, especially amongst young people from these countries. Covering recent developments, including the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, this authoritative and up-to-date study will be an invaluable tool for journalists, activists and students and researchers of media studies.

Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, Trauma, and Memory

    • Title: Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, Trauma, and Memory
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nurith Gertz (Author), George Khleifi (Author)
    • Publisher: Indiana University Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0253351952
    • ISBN-13: 978-0253351951
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 233
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Description: Although in recent years the entire world has been increasingly concerned with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there are few truly reliable sources of information about Palestinian society and culture. One of the best sources for understanding Palestinian culture is the cinema, which has strived to delineate Palestinian history and to portray the daily lives of Palestinian men, women, and children. Here, an Israeli and a Palestinian scholar, in a rare and welcome collaboration, follow the development of Palestinian cinema, commenting on its response to political and social transformations. They reveal that the more that social, political, and economic conditions have worsened and chaos and pain prevail, the more Palestinian cinema has engaged with the national struggle.

Books about Palestine and Middle East

 

Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States

    • Title: Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Trita Parsi (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0300143117
    • ISBN-13: 978-0300143119
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 384
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Description: In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region.

Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that America’s hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry.

Parsi’s behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Iran’s prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Iran’s plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle East’s recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In today’s belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.

 

My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century

    • Title: My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Adina Hoffman (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0300141505
    • ISBN-13: 978-0300141504
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 464
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Description: Beautifully written, and composed with a novelist’s eye for detail,this booktells the story of an exceptional man and the culture from which he emerged.

 Taha Muhammad Ali was born in 1931 in the Galilee village of Saffuriyya and was forced to flee during the war in 1948. He traveled on foot to Lebanon and returned a year later to find his village destroyed. An autodidact, he has since run a souvenir shop in Nazareth, at the same time evolving into what National Book Critics Circle Award–winner Eliot Weinberger has dubbed “perhaps the most accessible and delightful poet alive today.”

As it places Muhammad Ali’s life in the context of the lives of his predecessors and peers, My Happiness offers a sweeping depiction of a charged and fateful epoch. It is a work that Arabic scholar Michael Sells describes as “among the five ‘must read’ books on the Israel-Palestine tragedy.” In an era when talk of the “Clash of Civilizations” dominates, this biography offers something else entirely: a view of the people and culture of the Middle East that is rich, nuanced, and, above all else, deeply human.


My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story

    • Title: My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ramzy Baroud (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745328822
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328829
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 227
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Description: The frontline in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza is constantly reported as a place of violence and terror. Ramzy Baroud’s memoir explores the daily lives of the people in that turbulent region: the complex human beings — revolutionaries, mothers and fathers, lovers, and comedians — who make Gaza so much more than just a disputed territory. At the heart of Baroud’s tale is the story of his father who, driven out of his village to a refugee camp, took up arms to fight the occupation while trying to raise a family.

“Ramzy Baroud’s sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril. Few are spared his perceptive eye, and only the morally callous will fail to respond to his pleas to look into the mirror honestly, to question comforting beliefs that protect us from facing our elementary responsibilities, and to act to remedy the terrible misery and injustice that he exposes to our view, as we surely can.”  — Noam Chomsky

Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel

    • Title: Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict Among Palestinians in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Magid Shihade (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0815632568
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632566
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description:  On April 11, 1981, two neighboring Palestinian Arab towns competed in a soccer match. Kafr Yassif had a predominantly Christian population, and Julis was a predominantly Druze town. When a fight broke out between fans, the violence quickly escalated, leaving a teenager from each town dead. In the days that followed the game, a group from Julis retaliated with attacks on the residents of Kafr Yassif. Shihade experienced that soccer match and the ensuing violence firsthand, leaving him plagued by questions about why the Israeli authorities did not do more to stop the violence and what led to the conflict between these two neighboring Arab towns.

Drawing on interviews, council archives, and media reports, Shihade explores the incident and subsequent attack on Kafr Yassif in the context of prevailing theories of ethnic and communal conflict. He also discusses the policies of the Israeli state toward its Arab citizens. Countering Orientalist emphases on Arab and Islamic cultures as inherently unruly and sectarian, Shihade challenges existing theories of communal violence, highlighting the significance of colonialism’s legacy, modernity, and state structures. In addition, he breaks new ground by documenting and analyzing the use of a traditional Arab conflict resolution method, sulha, which has received little sustained attention from scholars in the West.

Shihade opens the toolkits of anthropology, history, political science, and studies of ethnic and communal conflict with the goals of exposing the impact of state policies on minority groups and encouraging humane remedial principles regarding states and society.

Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives

    • Title: Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nadje Sadig Al-Ali (Editor), Nicola Pratt (Editor)
    • Publisher: Zed Books
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 1848131852
    • ISBN-13: 978-1848131859
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 294
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: “Women and War in the Middle East” provides a critical examination of the relationship between gender and transnationalism in the context of war, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East. Critically examining the ways in which the actions of various local and transnational groups – including women’s movements, diaspora communities, national governments, non-governmental actors and multilateral bodies – interact to both intentionally and inadvertantly shape the experiences of women in conflict situations, and determine the possibilities for women’s participation in peace-building and (post)-conflict reconstruction, as well as the longer-term prospects for peace and security. The volume pays particular attention to the ways in which gender roles, relations and identities are constructed, negotiated and employed within transnational social and political fields in the conflict and post-conflict situations, and their particular consequences for women. Contributions focus on the two countries with the longest experiences of war and conflict in the Middle East, and which have been subject to the most prominent international interventions of recent years – that is, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Issues addressed by contributors include the impact of gender mainstreaming measures by international agencies and NGOs upon the ability of women to participate in peace-building and post-conflict resolution; the consequences for gender relations and identities of the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq; and, how transnational feminist movements can most effectively support peace building and women’s rights in the region. Based entirely on original empirical research, “Women and War in the Middle East” brings together some of the foremost scholars in the areas of feminist international relations, feminist international political economy, anthropology, sociology, history and Middle East studies.

Militant Women of a Fragile Nation

    • Title: Militant Women of a Fragile Nation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Malek Abisaab (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815632126
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632122
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 335
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Description: In Militant Women of a Fragile Nation, Malek Abisaab takes a gendered approach to labor conflicts, anticolonial struggles, and citizenship in modern Lebanon. The author traces the conditions and experiences of women workers at the French Tobacco Monopoly. Challenging the prevailing assumptions about culturally inscribed roles for Middle Eastern women, the book highlights traditions of public activism and militancy among rural women that are in turn adapted to the spaces of the factory. Women employed distinct strategies involving kinship, sectarian, gender, and class ties to enhance their work conditions and social benefits. Drawing on extensive ethnographic data, the author convincingly argues that the condition of women can only be explained by exploring the shifting relationship between culture, societal arrangements, and economic settings. Abisaab’s richly detailed work illuminates the impact of class and gender in the transformation of modern Lebanon.

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights In Palestinian Territories

    • Title: Gender Equality and Women’s Rights In Palestinian Territories
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sophie RICHTER-DEVROE (Author)
    • Publisher: European Parliament
    • Year: 2011
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 22
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Description: This note gives an overview of women’s rights and gender equality in Palestine. It introduces the main actors, and then provides information on women’s status in the economic, educational, health, political, legal and cultural domain. It finds that, although advances have been made, women activists need to continue and be supported in their struggle against dual oppression from Israeli occupation and patriarchal control, if women’s rights and gender equality are to be secured in Palestine.

Labour Markets Performance and Migration Flows in Arab Mediterranean Countries: Determinants and Effects Volume 3 National Background Papers Mashreq (Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria)

    • Title: Labour Markets Performance and Migration Flows in Arab Mediterranean Countries: Determinants and Effects Volume 3 National Background Papers Mashreq (Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria)
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jackline Wahba (Author), Mustafa Khawaja (Author), Mohammad Omari (Author), Ibrahim Saif (Author), Thoraya El-Rayyes (Author), Jad Chaaban (Author), Samir Aita (Author), Philippe Fargues (Editor), Iván Martín (Editor).
    • Publisher: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies – European Union
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-13: 978-9279159862
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 255
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Description: The objectives of the Study are two-fold:

  • to analyze the key labour market determinants of migration flows from selected Arab Mediterranean Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and the Occupied Palestinian Territories), with a particular emphasis on demographic pressures, wage differentials and relative income disparities with the EU, employment policies, labour market flexibility and unemployment rates; this analysis includes the impact of migration on Arab Mediterranean Countries (AMCs) labour markets;
  • to propose a series of specific recommendations to improve the design of EU’s migration policies towards AMCs and policy options available to them for the management of mismatches between labour supply and demand.

The Social, Economic, Political and Geo-Strategic Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    • Title: The Social, Economic, Political and Geo-Strategic Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Michelle PACE (Author)
    • Publisher: European Union
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-13: 978-9282337943
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 19
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Description: The Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is an exceptional case study in that the Palestinians inhabit an occupied territory and the project of state-building is still in the making1. One cannot appreciate the extent of the dire situation in the OPT without bearing this in mind. Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, Palestinians have undergone massively destabilising and profound uncertainties about their political identities.2 The Palestinian dilemma goes back to 1945 when Zionist leaders initiated a campaign for a homeland of their own, demanding all of historic Palestine. Ignoring Arab protests, Washington and Moscow backed a UN resolution calling for Palestine to be divided between Palestinians and Israelis. A war ensured between Israeli and Arab forces (the Arab League threw its support behind the Palestinian resistance). As a nation-in-the-making, Palestine was erased from the map and Israel was created. Many Palestinians were forced out of their homes to make way for the new state of Israel. The six-day war of 1967 drove another wave of Palestinian refugees from their land. These lost lands of Palestine fuelled Palestinian nationalism.3 The Palestinian struggle against the occupation has been considered as a key explanatory factor behind the emergence of the Islamistsecularist dialectic in the Occupied Territory.4 The two most significant political factions in the Palestinian arena are Fatah (meaning ‘Opening’ or ‘Conquest’ and a reverse acronym from the Arabic name Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini, literally: Palestinian National Liberation Movement), a secular movement and Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, meaning ‘zeal’), the Islamic Resistance Movement.

Towards a More Comprehensive, Strategic and Cost-effective EU Foreign Policy: The Role of National Parliaments and the European Parliament

    • Title: Towards a More Comprehensive, Strategic and Cost-effective EU Foreign Policy: The Role of National Parliaments and the European Parliament
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Julie SMITH (Author), Ariella HUFF (Author) and Geoffrey EDWARDS (Author) with additional assistance from Katrin BUCHMANN and Salvatore FINAMORE.
    • Publisher: European Union
    • Year: 2012
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 102
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Description: This study explores the powers of the EP and six selected national parliaments (the British, Danish, French, Irish, Italian and Polish) in setting, amending and scrutinising budgets. It then considers European engagement in three conflict regions – Libya, Palestine and Afghanistan – assessing how the selected parliaments have overseen various aspects of foreign policy, including finance for core activities and responses to sudden crises, and considers whether there are possible synergies between national and European budgets in foreign policy broadly defined.

Key Concepts in International Relations

    • Title: Key Concepts in International Relations
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Thomas Diez (Author), Ingvild Bode (Author), Aleksandra Fernandes da Costa (Author)
    • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1412928478
    • ISBN-13: 978-1412928472
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 280
    • Size / Format: 3,3 mb / pdf
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Description: International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates. Also explanation of term terrorism.

Suicide Bombings

    • Title: Suicide Bombings
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Riaz Hassan (Author)
    • Publisher: Routledge
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0415588863
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415588867
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 128
    • Size / Format: 1,4 mb / pdf
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Description: Suicide Bombings is a Routledge Shortcuts version of Riaz Hassan’s longer book Life as a Weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings (Routledge, 2011), a study of suicide bombing around the world. Prof Hassan came to this topic via the study of suicide and therefore, provides a different perspective on terror attacks than most other authors. The book provides very detailed information on the rate and type of suicide bombings from 1981 to 2006. According to Prof Hassan, suicide bombings are nothing new to history but have taken a new turn in the modern era as a weapon of political frustration. He examines the history of suicide bombing over the last three decades and explains the reasons, not only why people resort to this type of attack, but also why individuals agree to participate. Prof Hassan provides us with an explanation that does not rely on religion or psychosis but quite rational motivations based on groups of individuals being driven into what they see as a position of last resort. This is a thorough analysis of the field and I highly recommend it. I think it is a book that should be read widely and can change the nature of political debate on this issue.

Loom: A Novel

    • Title: Loom: A Novel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Thérèse Soukar Chehade (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0815609825
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815609827
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 168
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Description: As a blizzard blankets the northeast United States, burying residents and shutting down airports, the Farrah family eagerly awaits the arrival of Eva, a cousin visiting from Lebanon after a long separation from the family. Over the course of several days, while Eva is stranded in New York City, Chehade s nuanced story unfolds in the reminiscences and anxieties of each family member.

Emilie, the matriarch of this Lebanese American family, lives in a world of voluntary silence. Barely able to read and write in English and refusing to speak for the last several years, she immerses herself in her garden and leaves elaborately cooked meals anonymously for her solitary neighbor. Emilie s oldest daughter Josephine, middle aged and still living with her mother and married brother, struggles to regain the independence and confidence she had as a young girl in Lebanon. Young Marie, stifled by her conservative family, is determined to study at Berkeley and to leave behind her immigrant identity. All three are drawn to their mysterious neighbor, nicknamed Loom, whose loneliness and isolation mirror their own and kindle within each woman a desire to make a connection. When Emilie takes off during the blizzard in the direction of Loom s house and the rest of the family follows in her pursuit, their act is both an escape and a reaching out. Beautifully written and teeming with vivid portraits, Chehade s novel is both heartfelt and wise.

Palestine Our Route Humanitarian Aid Our Load” Flotilla Campaign Summary Report

    • Title: Palestine Our Route Humanitarian Aid Our Load” Flotilla Campaign Summary Report
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Yasin Onat (Author)
    • Publisher: Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH)
    • Year: 2010
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 42
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Description: While Israel continues to distort the truth and extend disinformation, this report provides information about the purpose and content of the flotilla that set out for humanitarian purposes, the Israeli attack it was subjected to, the way in which the attack took place and the losses that came as a direct result of the attack.

UN Report on Mavi Marmara: In the wake of the Gaza attacks that lasted between December 2008 and January 2009 Israeli officials stated they were not allowing humanitarian materials into Gaza. Based on this, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation applied to Israeli authorities to let the foundation take humanitarian aid to Gaza by land and sea in January 2009. However, the authorities did not respond to the application although it was renewed several times in the same year. Upon deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which has been active in Palestine for years, launched “Set out for Palestine” initiative in January 2010 to break the embargo and bring aid to the people of Gaza. The objective after the accomplishment of the land convoy that included hundreds of vehicles was to break the Gaza blockade from sea with an aid flotilla of nine ships.

Crimes Committed in Israeli Attack: The UN report stated that evidence clearly showed Israel had committed the crimes listed in article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The crimes stated in the Geneva Convention and that were perpetrated by Israel are as follows:

    * Willful killing,

* Torture,

* Inhuman treatment,

* Willfully causing suffering to health,

* Causing serious injury.

The report also said Israel repeatedly violated its obligations under international human rights law as per the following articles:

* Right to life (article 6, ICCPR / International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)

* Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 7, ICCPR; CAT/ Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)

* Right to liberty and security of the person and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention (article 9, ICCPR)

* right of detainees to be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person (article 10, ICCPR)

* Freedom of expression (article 19, ICCPR)

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Justice Beyond the Hague: Supporting the Prosecution of International Crimes in National Courts

    • Title: Justice Beyond the Hague: Supporting the Prosecution of International Crimes in National Courts
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): David A. Kaye (Author)
    • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 087609440X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0876094402
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 48
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Description: The past two decades have been marked by an era of international court building. Established in response to war crimes, genocide, and other mass atrocities, a series of hybrid criminal courts, temporary tribunals, and the International Criminal Court have come to dominate the terrain of international criminal justice. But such institutions are equipped only to deal with the most senior perpetrators of atrocity crimes; the vast majority of perpetrators enjoy impunity.

Atop a shifting international justice landscape, Beyond the Hague urges U.S. leadership in advancing accountability through domestic and regional justice mechanisms. This Council Special Report lays forth an effective U.S. strategy that would integrate three components: the array of actors that influence international justice; the tools that can be leveraged to support domestic accountability; and the coordination, resources, and diplomacy necessary for launching an agenda that achieves international justice goals via national-level means.

Israel’s Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine

    • Title: Israel’s Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Uri Avnery (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745328237
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328232
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
    • Size / Format: 0,7 mb / pdf
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Description: Uri Avnery is one of the best-known peace activists in Israel and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement. He has been involved in, and written about, all major events in Israel’s history since its creation in 1948, and was the first Israeli to meet Yasser Arafat. This is a carefully selected collection of his articles from the last 10 years. Additionally, he has written a rigorous introduction that shows how peace can be achieved. Avnery offers a unique perspective on the Middle-East conflict, drawing on his enormous experience of advocating Palestinian rights from within the system as a member of parliament and from outside as a peace activist. Written with passion and wit, his articles reveal and analyse the ‘facts on the ground’, always pointing out opportunities for reconciliation between the two sides and exposing those who exacerbate the conflict. This book is a must-read for everyone who wants peace in the Middle East.

Israel’s Dead Soul

    • Title: Israel’s Dead Soul
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Steven Salaita (Author)
    • Publisher: Temple University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1439906386
    • ISBN-13: 978-1439906385
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 176
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Description: In his courageous book, Israel’s Dead Soul, Steven Salaita explores the failures of Zionism as a political and ethical discourse. He argues that endowing nation-states with souls is a dangerous phenomenon because it privileges institutions and corporations rather than human beings. Asserting that Zionism has been normalizedorendered “benign” as an ideology of “multicultural conviviality”oSalaita critiques the idea that Zionism, as an exceptional ideology, leads to a lack of critical awareness of the effects of the Israeli occupation in Palestinian territory and to an unquestioning acceptance of Israel as an ethnocentric state. Salaita’s analysis targets the Anti-Defamation League, films such as Munich and Waltz with Bashir, intellectuals including Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson, gay rights activists, and other public figures who mourn the decline of Israel’s “soul.” His pointed account shows how liberal notions of Zionism are harmful to various movements for justice.

Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn

    • Title: Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Amira El-Zein (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815632002
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632009
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 215
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Description: Beliefs regarding the jinn are deeply integrated into Muslim culture, and have a constant presence in legends, myths, poetry, and literature. In this work, Amira El-Zein examines the fields of law, theology, and folklore, and clearly places the status of the jinn in the metaphysical and cosmological economy of Islam.

Inventing the Holy Land: American Protestant Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1865-1941

    • Title: Inventing the Holy Land: American Protestant Pilgrimage to Palestine, 1865-1941
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Stephanie Stidham Rogers (Author)
    • Publisher: Lexington Books
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0739148427
    • ISBN-13: 978-0739148426
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 174
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Description: This book presents a historical study of the phenomenon of Holy Land tourism among American Protestants during the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. During this period, overseas travel was newly available to the Protestant middle class due to the invention and steady popularization of steamship travel. Protestants “at home” in America consumed vast quantities of printed literature via the popular medium of Holy Land pilgrimage narratives. A new mental geography resulted, in which Americans forged a fresh awareness of the Middle East and began to focus millennial hopes upon the political and social concept of a Jewish remnant of the last days in a Protestant theological and historical framework. Protestant support for Zionism was born.
What surfaces from the study of hundreds of pilgrimage narratives from this period is the emergence of Palestine as an iconic place for American Protestants. Through pilgrimage narratives, American Protestant’s understanding of Palestinians, biblical authority, the power of the Protestant press, the historicity of the Christian faith, an millennial expectations were formed as the meaning of the Holy Land was constructed. Findings from the pilgrimage narratives also indicate the importance of Palestine among Protestants as a “fifth gospel written in stone.” The pilgrim’s eastward gaze drew a distant biblical past into sharper focus and fueled the fires of premillenialism, a movement that would leave an enduring stamp upon American religion and politics.

Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians Since 1967

    • Title: Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians Since 1967
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rory Miller (Author)
    • Publisher: Hurst & Co.
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1849041164
    • ISBN-13: 978-1849041164
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: Since that fateful week of war in June 1967, when Israel’s speedy military victory over the Arab states redrew the map of the Middle East, Europe, at least in terms of its influence in this crucial region, has been a cause looking for an opportunity (to borrow Henry Kissinger’s classic description of Russian foreign policy). Europe’s ongoing attempt to assert itself as a key player in the Middle East conflict has come to nought and it has failed to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table. For the most part it has not even been able to arrive at a united and coherent view regarding how to act vis a vis this conflict. Even when it has overcome this obstacle it has rarely succeeded in turning this united position into effective action. Though successive generations of European leaders have shared Joschka Fischer’s belief that ‘solving the Middle East and developing a real vision of peace is the major, major challenge for Europe’, nowhere has the contrast between rhetoric and action been more obvious than in its attempts to meet this challenge. Inglorious Disarray tells the story of Europe’s evolving, albeit stilted and often frustrating, involvement in the Israel-Palestine conflict over the last half century. It doing so it sets out how Europe’s role has affected its relationship with Israelis, Palestinians and the wider Arab world, not to mention Europe’s Muslim population, and how it has influenced Europe’s political development in the decades since it became an economic powerhouse.

The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2012

    • Title: The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2012
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): World Bank (Author)
    • Publisher: World Bank Publications
    • Year: 2012
    • ISBN-10: 0821389963
    • ISBN-13: 978-0821389966
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 252
    • Size / Format: 1,6 mb / pdf
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Description: This Little Data Book presents tables for over 213 economies showing the most recent national data on key indicators of information and communications technology (ICT), including access, quality, affordability, efficiency,sustainability, and applications.

The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2012

    • Title: The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2012
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): World Bank (Author)
    • Publisher: World Bank Publications
    • Year: 2012
    • ISBN-10: 0821389955
    • ISBN-13: 978-0821389959
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 248
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: One of a series of pocket-sized books that provide a quick reference to development data on different topics, ‘The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2012’ provides data for more than 20 key indicators on the business environment and private sector development in a single page for each of the World Bank member countries and other economies with populations of more than 30,000. These more than 200 country pages are supplemented by aggregate data for regional and income groupings.

Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans

    • Title: Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Alison Owings (Author)
    • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0813549655
    • ISBN-13: 978-0813549651
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 392
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Description: In Indian Voices, Alison Owings takes readers on a fresh journey across America, east to west, north to south, and around again. Owings’s most recent oral history–engagingly written in a style that entertains and informs–documents what Native Americans say about themselves, their daily lives, and the world around them.

Young and old from many tribal nations speak with candor, insight, and (unknown to many non-Natives) humor about what it is like to be a Native American in the twenty-first century. Through intimate interviews many also express their thoughts about the sometimes staggeringly ignorant, if often well-meaning, non-Natives they encounter–some who do not realize Native Americans still exist, much less that they speak English, have cell phones, use the Internet, and might attend powwows and power lunches.

Indian Voices, an inspiring and important contribution to the literature about the original Americans, will make every reader rethink the past–and present–of the United States.

Civilization Before Greece and Rome

    • Title: Civilization Before Greece and Rome
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): H. W. F. Saggs (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 1989
    • ISBN-10: 0300044402
    • ISBN-13: 978-0300044409
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 322
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Description: For many centuries it was accepted that civilization began with the Greeks and Romans. During the last two hundred years, however, archaeological discoveries in Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Syria, Anatolia, Iran, and the Indus Valley have revealed that rich cultures existed in these regions some two thousand years before the Greco-Roman era. In this fascinating work, H.W.F Saggs presents a wide-ranging survey of the more notable achievements of these societies, showing how much the ancient peoples of the Near and Middle East have influenced the patterns of our daily lives. Saggs discussesthe the invention of writing, tracing it from the earliest pictograms (designed for account-keeping) to the Phoenician alphabet, the source of the Greek and all European alphabets. He investigates teh curricula, teaching methods, and values of the schools from which scribes graduated. Analyzing the provisions of some of the law codes, he illustrates the operation of international law and the international trade that it made possible. Saggs highlights the creative ways that these ancient peoples used their natural resources, describing the vast works in stone created by the Egyptians, the development of technology in bronze and iron, and the introduction of useful plants into regions outside their natural habitat.  In chapters on mathematics, astronomy, and medicine, he offers interesting explanations about how modern calculations of time derive from the ancient world, how the Egyptians practiced scientific surgery, and how the Babylonians used algebra. The book concludes with a discussion of ancient religion, showing its evolution from the most primitive forms toward monotheism.

Hizbullah’s Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto

    • Title: Hizbullah’s Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Joseph Alagha (Author)
    • Publisher: Pallas Publications – Amsterdam University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 9085550378
    • ISBN-13: 978-9085550372
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: Despite the controversial reputation of Hizbullah in the West, and the significant role this powerful Islamist organization plays in Lebanese politics, there are few reliable, published English translations of the party’s primary documents. With this extensive work, Joseph Alagha seeks to remedy this problem and rectify the distortions and misrepresentations that have resulted from inaccurate translations.

Through privileged access to the party, Alagha was able to compile and meticulously translate a host of original primary documents, from the party’s 1985 Open Letter; through its eight clandestine conclaves from 1989 to 2009; to all of its election programs from 1992 to 2010, as well as all of the agreements, understandings, and pacts the party has ratified over the years; ending with the 2009 Political Manifesto. This firsthand portrait of Hizbullah’s metamorphosis, especially in the past decade, is complete with thorough footnotes, commentary, background information, chronology, and a detailed introductory chapter that maps the party’s transformation by analytically comparing the Open Letter with the 2009 Manifesto. This volume will be an invaluable companion for both scholars and policy makers.

From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949

    • Title: From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Victor Kattan (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745325793
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745325798
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 457
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Description: From Coexistence to Conquest seeks to explain how the Arab-Israeli conflict developed by looking beyond strict legalism to the men behind the policies adopted by the Great Powers at the dawn of the twentieth century.  It controversially argues that Zionism was adopted by the British Government in its 1917 Balfour Declaration primarily as an immigration device and that it can be traced back to the 1903 Royal Commission on Alien Immigration and the Alien’s Act 1905.

The book contains the most detailed legal analysis of the 1915-6 Hussein-McMahon correspondence, as well as the Balfour Declaration, and takes a closer look at the travaux préparatoires that formed the British Mandate of Palestine.  It places the violent reaction of the Palestine Arabs to mass Jewish immigration in the context of Zionism, highlighting the findings of several British commissions of inquiry which recommended that Britain abandon its policy.  The book also revisits the controversies over the question of self-determination, and the partition of Palestine.

The Chapter on the 1948 conflict seeks to update international lawyers on the scholarship of Israel’s ‘new’ historians and reproduces some of the horrific accounts of the atrocities that took place from newspaper reports, UN documents, and personal accounts, which saw the expulsion and exodus of almost an entire people from their homeland. The penultimate chapter argues that Israel was created through an act of conquest or subjugation. The book concludes with a sobering analysis of the conflict arguing that neither Jews nor Arabs were to blame for starting it.

The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel

    • Title: The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappe (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1569767041
    • ISBN-13: 978-1569767047
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 345
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Description: For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have lived as Israeli citizens within the borders of the nation formed at the end of the 1948 conflict. Occupying a precarious middle ground between the Jewish citizens of Israel and the dispossessed Palestinians of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli Palestinians have developed an exceedingly complex relationship with the land they call home; however, in the innumerable discussions of the Israel-Palestine problem, their experiences are often overlooked and forgotten.

In this book, historian Ilan Pappé examines how Israeli Palestinians have fared under Jewish rule and what their lives tell us about both Israel’s attitude toward minorities and Palestinians’ attitudes toward the Jewish state. Drawing upon significant archival and interview material, Pappé analyzes the Israeli state’s policy towards its Palestinian citizens, finding discrimination in matters of housing, education, and civil rights. Rigorously researched yet highly readable, The Forgotten Palestinians brings a new and much-needed perspective to the Israel-Palestine debate.

Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities

    • Title: Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Begüm Özden Firat (Editor), Aylin Kuryel (Editor)
    • Publisher: Rodopi
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 9042029811
    • ISBN-13: 978-9042029811
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 270
    • Size / Format: 13,1 mb / pdf
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Description: This volume addresses contemporary activist practices that aim to interrupt and reorient politics as well as culture. The specific tactics analyzed here are diverse, ranging from culture jamming, sousveillance, media hoaxing, adbusting, subvertising, street art, to hacktivism, billboard liberation, and urban guerilla, to name but a few. Though indebted to the artistic and political movements of the past, this form of activism brings a novel dimension to public protest with its insistence on humor, playfulness, and confusion. This book attempts to grasp both the old and new aspects of contemporary activist practices, as well as their common characteristics and internal varieties. It attempts to open up space for the acknowledgement of the ways in which contemporary capitalism affects all our lives, and for the reflection on possible modes of struggling with it. It focuses on the possibilities that different activist tactics enable, the ways in which those may be innovative or destructive, as well as on their complications and dilemmas. The encounter between the insights of political, social and critical theory on the one hand and activist visions and struggles on the other is urgent and appealing. The essays collected here all explore such a confrontational collaboration, testing its limits and productiveness, in theory as well as in practice. In a mutually beneficial relationship, theoretical concepts are rethought through activist practices, while those activist practices are developed with the help of the insights of critical theory. This volume brings scholars and activists together in the hope of establishing a productive dialogue between the theorizations of the intricacies of our times and the subversive practices that deal with them.

Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948

    • Title: Army of Shadows: Palestinian Collaboration with Zionism, 1917-1948
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Hillel Cohen (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0520252217
    • ISBN-13: 9780520252219
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 353
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Description: Inspired by stories he heard in the West Bank as a child, Hillel Cohen uncovers a hidden history in this extraordinary and beautifully written book–a history central to the narrative of the Israel-Palestine conflict but for the most part willfully ignored until now. In Army of Shadows, initially published in Israel to high acclaim and intense controversy, he tells the story of Arabs who, from the very beginning of the Arab-Israeli encounter, sided with the Zionists and aided them politically, economically, and in security matters. Based on newly declassified documents and research in Zionist, Arab, and British sources, Army of Shadows follows Bedouins who hosted Jewish neighbors, weapons dealers, pro-Zionist propagandists, and informers and local leaders who cooperated with the Zionists, and others to reveal an alternate history of the mandate period with repercussions extending to this day. The book illuminates the Palestinian nationalist movement, which branded these “collaborators” as traitors and persecuted them; the Zionist movement, which used them to undermine Palestinian society from within and betrayed them; and the collaborators themselves, who held an alternate view of Palestinian nationalism. Army of Shadows offers a crucial new view of history from below and raises profound questions about the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict.


 

Colonial Land Policies in Palestine 1917-1936

    • Title: Colonial Land Policies in Palestine 1917-1936
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Martin Bunton (Author)
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-10: 0199211086
    • ISBN-13: 978-0199211081
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 220
    • Size / Format: 1,1 mb / pdf
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Description: In this book, Martin Bunton focuses on the way in which the Palestine Mandate was part of a broader British imperial administration – a fact often masked by Jewish immigration and land purchase in Palestine. His meticulous research reveals clear links to colonial practice in India, Sudan, and Cyprus amongst other places. He argues that land officials’ views on sound land management were derived from their own experiences of rural England, and that this was far more influential on the shaping of land policies than the promise of a Jewish National Home.

Bunton reveals how the British were intent on preserving the status quo of Ottoman land law, which (when few Britons could read Ottoman or were well grounded in its legal codes) led to a series of translations, interpretations, and hence new applications of land law. The sense of importance the British attributed to their work surveying and registering properties and transactions, is captured in the efforts of British officials to microfilm all of their records at the height of the Second World War. Despite this however, land policies remained in flux.

Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge

    • Title: Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jacqueline Bhabha (Editor), Mary Robinson (Foreword)
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0262015277
    • ISBN-13: 978-0262015271
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 392
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Description: Children are among the most vulnerable citizens of the world, with a special need for the protections, rights, and services offered by states. And yet children are particularly at risk from statelessness. Thirty-six percent of all births in the world are not registered, leaving more than forty-eight million children under the age of five with no legal identity and no formal claim on any state. Millions of other children are born stateless or become undocumented as a result of migration. Children Without a State is the first book to examine how statelessness affects children throughout the world, examining this largely unexplored problem from a human rights perspective. The book identifies three contemporary manifestations of statelessness: legal statelessness, when people lack any nationality because of the circumstances of their birth or political and legal obstacles; de facto statelessness, when nationals of one country live illegally in another; and effective statelessness, when legal citizens lack the documentation to prove their right to state services.] The human rights repercussions range from dramatic abuses (detention and deportation) to social marginalization (lack of access to education and health care). The book provides a variety of examples, including chapters on Palestinian children in Israel, undocumented young people seeking higher education in the United States, unaccompanied child migrants in Spain, Roma children in Italy, irregular internal child migrants in China, and children in mixed legal/illegal families in the United States.

Case Studies in Islamic Banking and Finance

    • Title: Case Studies in Islamic Banking and Finance
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Brian B. Kettell (Author)
    • Publisher: Wiley
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0470978015
    • ISBN-13: 978-0470978016
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 192
    • Size / Format: 9,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Case Studies in Islamic Banking and Financeis a pioneering resource that provides practical insights into the real world of Islamic financial transactions, and illustrates the complexities of this rapidly growing mode of modern finance.

Based around 12 individual cases, the book stimulates discussion and develops the reader’s understanding of Islamic finance by contrasting the theoretical concepts discussed in the author’s companion text Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance with practical real world situations. The cases cover core Islamic banking and finance topics including the Ijara, Mudaraba and Musharaka contracts; Islamic mortgages for home finance; leverage; and issues involved in opening an Islamic bank. Financial statement analysis for Islamic banks, the implications for fund management for equity investing and the impact of loan defaults on Islamic and conventional banks are also included. Each chapter concludes with a set of questions designed to test the reader’s understanding of each case, with suggested solutions at the end of the book.

This book is a must have resource for those wishing to apply their understanding of this complex subject and is an essential read for anyone seeking practical examples of how to apply the concepts in a real world environment.

 

Canaanite Myths and Legends

    • Title: Canaanite Myths and Legends
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): John C. Gibson (Author)
    • Publisher: T&T Clark
    • Year: 1978
    • Edition: 2nd
    • ISBN-10: 0567080897
    • ISBN-13: 978-0567080899
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 189
    • Size / Format: 9,7 mb / pdf
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Description: Tablets of poetic mythological texts unearthed during the excavation of Ugarit have been edited and translated to shed new light on the religion and literature of the ancient world.

Building a Successful Palestinian State

    • Title: Building a Successful Palestinian State
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): David & Carol, Richards (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN: 0833035320
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 452
    • Size / Format: 4,8 mb / pdf
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Description: The United States, the European Union, Russia, and the United Nations — along with Israel and the Palestinian Authority — all officially support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. This study focuses on a single analytical question: How can an independent Palestinian state, if created, be made successful? This book, a collaboration between two units of the RAND Corporation — RAND Health and the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy — examines what it will take to put the new state on the road to stability and economic, political, and social prosperity over the first decade of its independence. The authors examine options for strengthening the governance of the new state and the structures and processes that will ensure its public safety and security. They describe approaches for promoting the state’s economic development, access to safe and adequate supplies of water, health and health care, and education, identifying ways that leverage Palestine’s many strengths and address the many challenges a new state will face. Finally, the authors estimate the investment required over the first ten years of statehood to help ensure security, build infrastructure, and facilitate the success of the new state.

Bread Alone

    • Title: Bread Alone
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Kim Jensen (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0815609450
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815609452
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 116
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Description: “This powerful work reproduces the shock of the life that millions of people lead in silence, in darkness. These poems can wake up a rock.” – Etel Adnan, author of Sitt Marie Rose

“Kim Jensen’s poems are searing and spare. They will haunt you and stretch your vision. You won’t be the same person after reading them that you were before.”–Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi and Going, Going

“In a time of news about war we can only reflect the devastation of others. What comes in can’t come out. True resistance seems muted, dissolved. Here we arrive at just such a landscape, but perhaps because it is a woman’s terrain, we are at least given bread.”–Fanny Howe, winner of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Life Achievement

“Throughout Bread Alone, Jensen trusts verbal economy, and the concise force of her pieces–most are but a page long–lends them a stealth force…that sear themselves into the brain as indelible imagery.”–Bret McCabe, Arts Editor, Baltimore City Paper

Kim Jensen (www.kimjensen.org) is a writer who has lived in France, California, and the Middle East. Her first novel about a turbulent affair between a Palestinian exile and an American student, The Woman I Left Behind, was published in 2006 by Curbstone Press, and was a finalist for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first book of poems, Bread Alone, was published this year (2009) by Syracuse University Press. In 2001, Kim won the Raymond Carver Prize for Short Fiction, and her writings have appeared in the following anthologies and journals: Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press); Hunger and Thirst (San Diego City Works Press); Poetic Voices without Borders 2 (Gival Press); Blood Lotus; Ezra Journal of Translation; Liberation Literature; Rain Taxi Review; Left Curve; Boston Book Review, and many others. Kim currently lives in Maryland where she serves on the editorial board of the Baltimore Review and is associate professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County. She lives with her husband, Palestinian artist Zahi Khamis (www.zahiart.com), and their two children.

 

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State

    • Title: The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Steven Simon (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-13: 9780833051202
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 105
    • Size / Format: 16,3 mb / pdf
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Description: An exploration of options for strengthening the physical infrastructure for a new Palestinian state, this study builds on analyses that RAND conducted between 2002 and 2004 to identify the requirements for a successful Palestinian state. That work, Building a Successful Palestinian State, surveyed a broad array of political, economic, social, resource, and environmental challenges that a new Palestinian state would face. This study, The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State, examined a range of approaches to siting and constructing the backbone of infrastructure that all states need, in the context of a large and rapidly growing Palestinian population. The research team develop a detailed vision for a modern, high-speed transportation infrastructure, referred to as the Arc. This transportation backbone accommodates substantial population growth in Palestine by linking current urban centers to new neighborhoods via new linear transportation arteries that support both commercial and residential development. The Arc avoids the environmental costs and economic inefficiencies of unplanned, unregulated urban development that might otherwise accompany Palestine’s rapid population growth. Constructing the key elements of the Arc will require very substantial investment of economic resources. It will also employ substantial numbers of Palestinian construction workers. It seems plausible that key aspects of the Arc design can be pursued, with great benefit, even before an independent Palestinian state is established.

Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

    • Title: Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): William Parry (Author)
    • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 1569767041
    • ISBN-13: 978-1569767047
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 193
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Description: This stunning book of photographs captures the graffiti and art that have transformed Israel’s wall into a living canvas of resistance and solidarity.

Featuring the work of artists Banksy, Ron English, Blu, and others, as well as Palestinian artists and activists, these photographs express outrage, compassion, and touching humor. They illustrate the wall’s toll on lives and livelihoods, showing the hardship it has brought to tens of thousands of people, preventing their access to work, education, and vital medical care.

Mixed with the images are portraits and vignettes, offering a heartfelt and inspiring account of a people determined to uphold their dignity in the face of profound injustice.

 

The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective

    • Title: The African Colonial State in Comparative Perspective
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Professor Crawford Young (Author)
    • Publisher: Yale University Press
    • Year: 1994
    • ISBN-10: 0300058020
    • ISBN-13: 978-0300058024
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 368
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: In this comprehensive and original study, a distinguished specialist and scholar of African affairs argues that the current crisis in African development can be traced directly to European colonial rule, which left the continent with a “singularly difficult legacy” that is unique in modern history. Crawford Young proposes a new conception of the state, weighing the different characteristics of earlier European empires (including those of Holland, Portugal, England, and Venice) and distilling their common qualities. He then presents a concise and wide-ranging history of colonization in Africa, from the era of construction through consolidation and decolonization. Young argues that several qualities combined to make the European colonial experience in Africa distinctive. The high number of nations competing for power around the continent and the necessity to achieve effective occupation swiftly, yet make the colonies self-financing, drove colonial powers toward policies of “ruthless extractive action.” The persistent, virulent racism that established a distance between rulers and subjects was especially central to African colonial history. Young concludes by turning his sights to other regions of the once-colonized world, comparing the fates of former African colonies to their counterparts elsewhere. In tracing both the overarching traits and variations in African colonial states, he makes a strong case that colonialism has played a significant part in shaping the fate of this troubled continent.

Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry

    • Title: Abundance from the Desert: Classical Arabic Poetry
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Raymond Farrin (Author)
    • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0815632223
    • ISBN-13: 978-0815632221
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 364
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Description: Abundance from the Desert provides a comprehensive introduction to classical Arabic poetry, one of the richest of poetic traditions. Covering the period roughly of 500–1250 c.e., it features original translations and illuminating discussions of a number of major classical Arabic poems from a variety of genres. The poems are presented chronologically, each situated within a specific historical and literary context. Together, the selected poems suggest the range and depth of classical Arabic poetic expression; read in sequence, they suggest the gradual evolution of a tradition.

Moving beyond a mere chronicle, Farrin outlines a new approach to appreciating classical Arabic poetry based on an awareness of concentric symmetry, in which the poem’s unity is viewed not as a linear progression but as an elaborate symmetrical plot. In doing so, the author presents these works in a broader, comparative light, revealing connections with other literatures. The reader is invited to examine these classical Arabic works not as isolated phenomena—notwithstanding their uniqueness and their association with a discrete tradition—but rather as part of a great multicultural heritage.

This pioneering book marks an important step forward in the study of Arabic poetry. At the same time, it opens the door to this rich tradition for the general reader.

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

    • Title: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jimmy Carter (Author)
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-13: 978-0739477915
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 361
    • Size / Format: 30,5 mb / pdf
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Description: President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2006. In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences of the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many British and American officials shy from. Palestine is a challenging and provocative book. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.

 

Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process

    • Title: Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Zalman Amit (Author), Daphna Levit (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745330290
    • ISBN-13: 978-0937694701
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 216
    • Size / Format: 3,7 mb / pdf
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Description: The Palestine-Israel conflict is one of the longest running and seemingly intractable confrontations in the modern world. This book delves deep into the “peace process” to find out why so little progress has been made on the key issues. Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit find overwhelming evidence of Israeli rejectionism as the main cause for the failure of peace. They demonstrate that the Israeli leadership has always been against a fairly negotiated peace and have deliberately stalled negotiations for the last 80 years. The motivations behind this rejectionist position have changed, as have the circumstances of the conflict, but the conclusion has remained consistent — peace has not been in the interest of the state of Israel. A fascinating read, and particularly timely as the Obama administration tries once more for a peace settlement, this book draws on a wealth of sources — including Hebrew documents and transcripts — to show that it is the Palestinians who lack a viable “partner for peace.”

Iran’s Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices

    • Title: Iran’s Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Lynn E. Davis (Author), Jeffrey Martini (Author), Alireza Nader (Author), Dalia Dassa Kaye (Author), James T. Quinlivan (Author), Paul Steinberg (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Publishing
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 083305175X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0833051752
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 152
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description:As Iran’s nuclear program evolves, U.S. decisionmakers will confront a series of critical policy choices involving complex considerations and policy trade-offs. These policy choices could involve dissuading Iran from developing nuclear weapons; deterring Iran from using its nuclear weapons, if it were to acquire them; and reassuring U.S. regional partners. The U.S. Air Force will need to prepare to carry out whatever policies are chosen.

The Arabic alphabet: how to read and write it

    • Title: The Arabic alphabet: how to read and write it
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nicholas Awde (Author), Putros Samano (Author)
    • Publisher: Al Saqi
    • Year: 1986
    • ISBN-10: 0863560350
    • ISBN-13: 978-0863560354
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 95
    • Size / Format: 2,7 mb / pdf
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Description: Ever greater numbers of people are learning Arabic and/or coming into some kind of contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces a hitherto formidable initial challenge: the alphabet.

This book proceeds, step by step, through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, and no unnecessary complications added. Readers will make rapid progress and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps towards command of this increasingly important world language.

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It belongs on the desk of every student of the language; in the luggage of every visitor to the Middle East; in the briefcase of business people with Arab clients; and in the back pocket of every employee of British or American companies working in Arab countries.

The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East

    • Title:The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization: The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Laura Guazzone (Editor), Daniela Pioppi (Editor)
    • Publisher: Ithaca Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 086372339X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0863723391
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 388
    • Size / Format: 1,9 mb / pdf
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Description: This collection of essays offers an alternative approach to the study of today’s Arab states by focusing on their participation in neo-liberal globalization rather than on authoritarianism or Islam. The effects of the restructuring of traditional state power — engendered by globalization — are analyzed separately through updated empirical research in the political, economic, and security processes of each country considered. Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia are the case studies selected to represent different paths towards a shared model of the “new” Arab state which, far from representing an exceptional case of resilience against global trends, may be seen in many instances as typifying their effects. This book thus offers both an overall conceptualization of change affecting the Arab states — domestically and in their relations with the international system — and a series of in-depth case studies by country and functional areas.

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

    • Title: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shahak (Author), Norton Mezvinsky (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 1999
    • ISBN-10: 0745312764
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745312767
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 160
    • Size / Format: 1,0 mb / pdf
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Description: At the very heart of the modern world is the idea that all people are born equal. Yet the Jewish religion teaches that people of Jewish faith are special before God, and Jewish fundamentalism passionately defends this belief. This book considers the consequences of this belief in the light of the considerable political influence and power of Jewish fundamentalism. The authors make a clear distinction between the fundamentalist ideology of Israel’s Ashkenazi Jews and that of the Sephardic Jews, examining the growing impact of these two movements on Israel’s political processes and their effects at a grassroots level through the armed forces’ relations with the Palestinian population. Shahak and Mezvinsky argue that Israeli Jewish fundamentalism is closely associated with a new form of national religious Messianism which has its origins in the settling of the conquered territories during the war of 1967 and which vehemently opposes the peace process. Focusing on the consequences for Israel of these ideologies, the authors examine in particular the activities of fundamentalist groups and individuals. Shahak and Mezvinsky conclude by analyzing the possible scenario of civil war in Israel between religious fundamentalists and secularists.

Israel’s Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharett’s Personal Diary and Other Documents

    • Title: Israel’s Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharett’s Personal Diary and Other Documents
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Livia Rokach (Author)
    • Publisher: Assn of Arab-Amer Univ Graduates
    • Year: 1985
    • Edition: 3rd
    • ISBN-10: 0937694703
    • ISBN-13: 978-0937694701
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 66
    • Size / Format: 0,6 mb / pdf
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Description: This book consists of excerpts from the diary of former Israeli Primer minister (1954-55 and Foreign minister (1948-56) Moshe Sharett, letters and other documents, narrarated by the late Livia Rokach. Some excerpts about the content of the book below.

Sharett paraphrases chief of staff Moshe Dayan, as saying that Israel’s method to aquire more territory vis a vis its Arab neighbors would be one of “provocation-and-revenge.” When the Arab countries responded militarily to these provocations, the Israeli government would claim that they were unprovoked acts of aggression against poor little Jews. The Israeli public would be stimulated into a righteous frenzy of “revenge” to support Israeli “retalitaion” which would develop into such a military conflict where Israel could achieve its imperial goals.

Sharett paraphrased Dayan as saying that Israel must see violence “as the main… instrument…Towards this end it may, no-it must-invent dangers….” Sharett goes on to quote Dayan expressing hope for war with the Arab countries so that Israel may acquire its lebensraum. He adds that David Ben Gurion once said that it would be worth a million pounds to pay an Arab to start a war.

The “Lavon affair.” From July 2 to July 27 1954, 10 Egyptian Jews under the command of Israeli agents bombed British and American cultural and information centers and cinemas and Egyptian public buildings. This campaign ended when one of its participants was caught after a bomb exploded in his pocket in Alexandria. Sharett did not know about these atrocities until after they were completed. The goals of these atrocities were described by Colonel Benjamin Givli head of military intelligence to an agent being dispatched to Egypt as to break up the friendly relations between the West and Egypt and to destablise Nasser’s Regime.

In January 1955 Rokach quotes several excerpts from Sharett’s diary of indirect contacts with the Nasser government in Egypt pressing for direct negotiations on peace. However this was shattered on February 28 1955 when Israel attacked the Gaza strip killing 39 people. Israel tried to say that this attack occured after an Egyptian military unit had infiltrated into Israel and attacked public transportations and attacked on Israeli military outpost. However Sharett lamented “how crushing” the evidence was refuting Israel’s official version. He asked who would be foolish enough to believe upon seeing the huge amounts of explosives used, the blocking and mining of roads and the precise coordination of the attack, that it had developed from a sudden confrontation with an Egyptian military unit.

Israel engaged in irrigation on Arab lands in the Demilitirized zones between it and its neighbors and attacked fishing boats in Lake Tiberias. Sharett was told by the UN observers about this and inquired of the head of the Water Works department who confirmed that it was all true. He lamented that he had denied this publicly and been made to appear as a liar in front of the whole world.

Other interesting tidbits include some of the activities of Ariel Sharon. His most famous atrocity during this period was the massacre of 69 civilians in the Jordanian village of Qibya in October 1953 as commander of the infamous Unit 101. Nobody from Qibya had had anything to do with the killing of two Israelis earlier. Ben Gurion had tried to say that the act was carried out by refugees from Nazism living on the border with Jordan and had no Israeli army involvement but that is now known, of course, to be a lie. The Qibya massacre is discussed in some detail in the endnotes to the book, including examining Sharon’s later dubious rationales. Then there was the Unit 101 attack on the Al-Burj refugee camp in Gaza killing about twenty defenseless people; this is described in an appendix to the book by one of the attackers. Sharett declared in his diary that the Qibya affair had portrayed Israel to the whole world as a bunch of blood sucking mass murderers. Then there was the incident where two Israelis were killed after they had hiked onto Jordanian soil. The Jordanian authorities arrested the murderers but one of the victim’s brother had apparently led four members of his army reservist unit into Jordan and killed 5 innocent Bedouins at random. Sharett reported in his diary that Sharon had organized this expedition and it seems to have been approved by Dayan.

Useful insights are provided into Israel’s plans to destabilize Lebanon back in the early 50’s when its border with that country was completely peaceful. Sharett quotes Dayan as saying that Israel needed a Christian military officer to declare a Christian state in Lebanon that would cede South Lebanon from the Litani River soutward to Israel. It is noted that Israel has always been grasping out the bountiful waterways of South Lebanon. An exchange of letters between Ben Gurion and Sharett from March 1954 is posted in this book where Sharett declares that he would be willing to support Lebanon’s destablization; but he worried about the lack of separatist agitation by the Christians which would make the plan unfeasible at that time. The comparison is made between these plans and Israel’s later policies like the setting up of a “state” in South Lebanon under the mercenary Major Sa’ad Haddad.

Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

    • Title: Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Moustafa Bayoumi (Editor)
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 1608461211
    • ISBN-13: 978-1608461219
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 280
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Description: “We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates. . . . The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal.”—Henning Mankell, aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

At 4:30 AM on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.

Within hours, outrage at Israel’s action echoed around the world. Spontaneous demonstrations occurred in Europe, the United States, Turkey, and Gaza itself to denounce the attack. Turkey’s prime minister described it as a “bloody massacre” and “state terrorism.”

In these pages, a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that May night. Mixing together first-hand testimony and documentary record with hard-headed analysis and historical overview, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel’s Selma, Alabama moment: the beginning of the end for an apartheid Palestine.

Moustafa Bayoumi is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. He is co-editor of The Edward Said Reader and the author of the American Book Award-winning How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America.

What Did We Do to Deserve This? Palestinian Life Under Occupation in the West Bank

    • Title: What Did We Do to Deserve This? Palestinian Life Under Occupation in the West Bank
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Mark Howell (Author)
    • Publisher: Garnet Publishing
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-10: 1859641954
    • ISBN-13: 978-1859641958
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
    • Size / Format: 299,7 mb / pdf
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Description: Released to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Israel s occupation of the West Bank (June1967), this timely book exposes the realities of daily life for Palestinians in the West Bank in the twenty-first century. Based around photographs of, and interviews with, ordinary Palestinian people, it looks at all aspects of daily life ranging from restrictions on movement and imprisonment to the effects of the occupation on business, the practicing of religion and the development of democracy.

By providing the reader with a comprehensive understanding of how Israel’s policies in the West Bank affect the lives of real people on the ground, the book cuts through the smokescreens and political correctness that pervade coverage of the issue and offers the reader a new platform from which to form his or her own opinions.

Publish it not!

    • Title: Publish it not!
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jonathan Cook (Author)
    • Publisher: ColdType
    • Year: 2011
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 25
    • Size / Format: 0,8 mb / pdf
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Description: A series of later professional shocks as a freelance journalist reporting on Israel would shatter my assumptions about both Israel and courageous reporters

Palestine: The Case for Justice

    • Title: Palestine: The Case for Justice
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Author)
    • Publisher: Palestine Solidarity Campaign
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-10: 0956122507
    • ISBN-13: 978-0956122506
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 50
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: 50 page booklet covering most aspects of the conflict, in easy to read chapters. With maps, pictures and quotes, this pamphlet provides background to the historical aspects as well as various issues such as the Right of Return, Oslo, the wall and the settlements, Hamas, apartheid, Zionism, what can be done, and much more..
Order as many as you want from the PSC office now, these are ideal for stalls, meetings, students, work colleagues etc.

Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance

    • Title: Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sanja Kelly (Editor), Julia Breslin (Editor)
    • Publisher: Freedom House / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 144220396X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1442203969
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 604
    • Size / Format: 3,0 mb / pdf
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Description: Freedom House’s innovative publication Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance analyzes the status of women in the region, with a special focus on the gains and setbacks for women’s rights since the first edition was released in 2005. The study presents a comparative evaluation of conditions for women in seventeen countries and one territory: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (Palestinian Authority and Israeli-Occupied Territories), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The publication identifies the causes and consequences of gender inequality in the Middle East, and provides concrete recommendations for national and international policymakers and implementers.

Women’s rights in each country are assessed in five key areas: (1) Nondiscrimination and Access to Justice; (2) Autonomy, Security, and Freedom of the Person; (3) Economic Rights and Equal Opportunity; (4) Political Rights and Civic Voice; and (5) Social and Cultural Rights. the methodology is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the study results are presented through as set of numerical scores and analytical narrative reports.

Water as a Human Right for the Middle East and North Africa

    • Title: Water as a Human Right for the Middle East and North Africa
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Asit K. Biswas (Editor), Eglal Rached (Editor), Cecilia Tortajada (Editor)
    • Publisher: Routledge
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0415461359
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415461351
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 208
    • Size / Format: 4,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation is essential for human survival and for maintenance of a decent quality of life. Currently, more than a billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and more than two billion people lack proper sanitation. In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed that water should be considered to be a human right. This position, however, has not been accepted by many developed and developing countries.

This book systematically and comprehensively analyzes the legal development of the concept of water as a human right; implications for the national governments, and international and national organizations for the implementation of this concept; progress made in different Middle East and North African countries to provide every individual access to clean water and sanitation, constraints faced to assure universal access to water-related services and how these constraints can be overcome, and an overall research agenda in areas where more knowledge is necessary.

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

    • Title: The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sasha Polakow-Suransky (Author)
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0375425462
    • ISBN-13: 978-0375425462
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 336
    • Size / Format: 19,1 mb / pdf
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Description: A revealing account of how Israel’s booming arms industry and apartheid South Africa’s international isolation led to a secretive military partnership between two seemingly unlikely allies.

Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international left: socialist idealists like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir vocally opposed apartheid and built alliances with black leaders in newly independent African nations. South Africa, for its part, was controlled by a regime of Afrikaner nationalists who had enthusiastically supported Hitler during World War II.

But after Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, the country found itself estranged from former allies and threatened anew by old enemies. As both states became international pariahs, their covert military relationship blossomed: they exchanged billions of dollars’ worth of extremely sensitive material, including nuclear technology, boosting Israel’s sagging economy and strengthening the beleaguered apartheid regime.

By the time the right-wing Likud Party came to power in 1977, Israel had all but abandoned the moralism of its founders in favor of close and lucrative ties with South Africa. For nearly twenty years, Israel denied these ties, claiming that it opposed apartheid on moral and religious grounds even as it secretly supplied the arsenal of a white supremacist government.

Sasha Polakow-Suransky reveals the previously classified details of countless arms deals conducted behind the backs of Israel’s own diplomatic corps and in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. Based on extensive archival research and exclusive interviews with former generals and high-level government officials in both countries, The Unspoken Alliance tells a troubling story of Cold War paranoia, moral compromises, and Israel’s estrangement from the left. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Israel’s history and its future.

 

THE VERITAS HANDBOOK A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights

    • Title: THE VERITAS HANDBOOK A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): This handbook has been compiled by individuals who wish to remain anonymous. To contact the team, please email theveritashandbook@gmail.com
    • Year: 2010
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 347
    • Size / Format: 20,4 mb / pdf
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Description: The Handbook consists of five sections:

A Concise History of Palestine: Geared towards educating an uninformed audience while
solidifying information that any regular activist may have, it has been designed such that it
could be a course for activists with a one hour session, once a week, for ten weeks.

Commonly Asked Questions: Aimed towards providing activists with factual, comprehensive
answers to commonly asked questions.

Perspectives and Debates: Contains scholarly and academic insight by some of the most
significant thinkers in the field and seeks to inform activists about the important issues
surrounding our work and the controversies that arise. These issues, including the
interpretations of Israel’s “right to exist,” approaches to confronting the Israeli occupation
regime, non-violent and violent resistance, and the varying proposals for a solution to the
Zionist-Palestinian conflict, are all addressed from a variety of perspectives. We have not
taken a stance on any of these issues, but instead hope to provide you with the resources to
make your own decisions.

Appendices: Five appendices with a comprehensive resource guide with numerous sources
for accurate information, solidarity organizations, links to printable posters and pamphlets,
human rights reports and primary resources. We strongly suggest referring back to the
primary resources and human rights reports that lie at the heart of understanding the reality
of the situation. We have also included significant information not easily accessed, such as
details about the Palestinian villages destroyed and depopulated during the 1948 Nakba, a
list of Palestinian prisoners (men, women, and children) currently held illegally in Israeli
detention, and a list of the children murdered by Israel during Operation Cast Lead. This
section is best used virtually as it contains links to many resources, and if you do choose to
print the handbook, we suggest that you omit this section.

Extended Bibliography: Comprehensive bibliography that can be used as a reading list.

The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

    • Title: The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): J. W. Rogerson (Editor), Judith M. Lieu (Editor)
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 0199254257
    • ISBN-13: 978-0199254255
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 920
    • Size / Format: 2,3 mb / pdf
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Description: Biblical studies is a highly technical and diverse field. This authoritative and state-of-the-art survey of original research will therefore be invaluable to scholars and students who need to command linguistic, historical, literary, and philosophical skills. Forty-five original contributions by leading figures in the discipline review and analyze current thinking and work and give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates.

The Holy Land: an Oxford archaeological guide from earliest times to 1700

    • Title: The Holy Land: an Oxford archaeological guide from earliest times to 1700
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (Author)
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Year: 2008
    • Edition: 5th
    • ISBN-10: 0199236666
    • ISBN-13: 978-0199236664
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 544
    • Size / Format: 12,5 mb / pdf
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Description: The geographic heart and soul of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, the Holy Land has immense significance for the millions of visitors it has attracted since as early as the fifth century BC. Now in an exciting new edition, this popular handbook once again offers tourists an indispensable, illustrated guide to over 200 of the most important archeological and religious sites in the City of Jerusalem and the surrounding area.
Fully updated with all the latest information, The Holy Land presupposes little knowledge of history or archaeology, giving clear directions on how to find sites and monuments of interest–both well-known locations and those less familiar. With entries including the Damascus Gate, the Via Dolorosa, Mount Sion, the Dead Sea, Hebron, and Jericho, this indispensable book includes detailed maps, plans, and illustrations that further illuminate these spectacular locales. Each entry explains the history and topography of a site as well as its function and significance. In his introduction, Father Jerome Murphy-O’Connor provides a brief historical outline of the Holy Land, from the Stone Age to the Modern Period, and lists sites accordingly. The Fifth Edition includes new information on the crucial recent developments at the Holy Sepulchre and on six completely new sites, including a Middle Bronze Age water system in Jerusalem and what may be the original Pool of Siloam.
A marvelous Baedeker to both the city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, brimming with practical advice and featuring more than 150 high quality site plans, maps, diagrams, and photographs, this book provides the ultimate visitor’s guide to one of the richest archaeological regions in the world.

Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps

    • Title: Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Julie Peteet (Author)
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0812238931
    • ISBN-13: 978-0812238938
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 280
    • Size / Format: 45,8 mb / pdf
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Description: Nearly half of the world’s eight million Palestinians are registered refugees, having faced partition and exile. Landscape of Hope and Despair examines this refugee experience in Lebanon through the medium of spatial practices and identity, set against the backdrop of prolonged violence. Julie Peteet explores how Palestinians have dealt with their experience as refugees by focusing attention on how a distinctive Palestinian identity has emerged from and been informed by fifty years of refugee history. Concentrating ethnographic scrutiny on a site-specific experience allows the author to shed light on the mutually constitutive character of place and cultural identification.

Palestinian refugee camps are contradictory places: sites of grim despair but also of hope and creativity. Within these cramped spaces, refugees have crafted new worlds of meaning and visions of the possible in politics. In the process, their historical predicament was a point of departure for social action and thus became radically transformed. Beginning with the calamity of 1948, Landscape of Hope and Despair traces the dialectic of place and cultural identification through the initial despair of the 1950s and early 1960s to the tumultuous days of the resistance and the violence of the Lebanese civil war and its aftermath. Most significantly, this study invokes space, place, and identity to construct an alternative to the received national narratives of Palestinian society and history.

The moving stories told here form a larger picture of these refugees as a people struggling to recreate their sense of place and identity and add meaning to their surroundings through the use of culture and memory.

Suffer the Children: Dispatches to and from the Front Line

    • Title: Suffer the Children: Dispatches to and from the Front Line
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Andrew White (Author)
    • Publisher: Continuum
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 1847063748
    • ISBN-13: 978-1847063748
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 128
    • Size / Format: 4,1 mb / pdf
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Description: The true stories of the children who sustain and inspire ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’ in his frontline work, and his reflections on his own childhood.

Andrew White, the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, is often in danger from bombs and bullets as he works tirelessly for peace and reconciliation in Iraq. Endlessly travelling between Britain, America and the Middle East (and coping with his own worsening multiple sclerosis), he is only too well acquainted with the violence and duplicity of the adult world.

What keeps him going? Many people are surprised by his answer: ‘Children. Children who love me and children I love.’

In this remarkable book, he reflects for the first time on his own childhood and tells the stories of the children, from the trauma of Bethlehem and Baghdad to the tranquillity of Hampshire and North Carolina, who sustain him, teach him wisdom and reveal God to him.

 

Son of the Cypresses: Memories, Reflections, and Regrets from a Political Life

    • Title: Son of the Cypresses: Memories, Reflections, and Regrets from a Political Life
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Meron Benvenisti (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-10: 0520238257
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520238251
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 262
    • Size / Format: 1,7 mb / pdf
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Description: “Now that I am seventy years of age, it is my prerogative to offer a summing up,” says Meron Benvenisti, internationally known author and columnist, Jerusalem native, and scion of Israel’s founders. Born in Palestine in 1934 to a Sephardic father and an Ashkenazi mother, Benvenisti has enjoyed an unusual vantage point from which to consider his homeland’s conflicts and controversies.
Throughout his long and provocative career as a scholar, an elected official, and a respected journalist, he has remained intimately involved with Israel’s social and political development.
Part memoir and part political polemic, Son of the Cypresses threads Benvenisti’s own story through the story of Israel. The result is a vivid, sharply drawn eyewitness account of pre-state Jerusalem and Israel’s early years. He memorably sets the scene by recalling his father’s emotional journey from Jewish Salonika in 1913 to Palestine, with all its attendant euphoria and frustration, and his father’s pioneer dedication to inculcating Israeli youth with a “native’s” attachment to the homeland.
In describing the colorful and lively Jerusalem in which he grew up, Benvenisti recalls the many challenges faced by new Jewish immigrants, who found themselves not only in conflict with the Arab population but also with each other as Sephardim and Ashkenazim. He revisits his own public disagreements with both Zionists and Palestinians and shares indelible memories such as his boyhood experiences of the 1948 War. In remembering his life as an Israeli sabra, Benvenisti offers a vivid record of the historical roots of the conflict that persists today.

The Ancient Languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia

    • Title: The Ancient Languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Roger D. Woodard (Editor)
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0521684986
    • ISBN-13: 978-0521684989
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 284
    • Size / Format: 3,6 mb / pdf
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Description: This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language.

Refugees in Our Own Land : Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem

    • Title: Refugees in Our Own Land : Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Muna Hamzeh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2001
    • ISBN-10: 0745316522
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745316529
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 184
    • Size / Format: 1,7 mb / pdf
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Description: This book is an eye-witness account of what it is like to live in Palestine as a refugee in your own homeland. Born in Jerusalem, Muna Hamzeh is a journalist who has been writing about Palestinian affairs since 1985. She first worked as a journalist in Washington DC, but moved back to Palestine in 1989 to cover the first Palestine Intifada – the war of stones. She then settled in Dheisheh, near Bethlehem, – one of 59 Palestinian refugee camps that are considered the oldest refugee camps in the world. Immediately accessible and fully up-to-date, the first part of the book consists of a diary which Hamzeh wrote between October 4th and December 4th 2000, telling the story of the second Intifada. Facing the tanks and armed guards of one of the best equipped armies in the world, the Palestinians have nothing. They fight back with stones. The anguish and terror that Muna and her friends face on a daily basis is tangible. Who will be the next to die? Whose house will be the next to burn down? This deeply moving personal account brings to life the harsh realities of the Palestinian struggle. The second part of the book provides the background to these current events. It describes what life has been like for Dheisheh’s refugees since 1990, and explains why the second Intifada was a natural development of the Oslo peace accord. “Refugees in Our Own Land: Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem” is a rare insider’s look into the heart and minds of Palestinian refugees. It is a tribute to the bravery of the Palestinian people, and a wake-up call to the world that has ignored so much of their struggle and their suffering.

Reading Palestine: Printing and Literacy, 1900-1948

    • Title: Reading Palestine: Printing and Literacy, 1900-1948
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ami Ayalon (Author)
    • Publisher: University of Texas Press
    • Year: 2004
    • ISBN-10: 0292705794
    • ISBN-13: 978-0292705791
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 221
    • Size / Format: 10,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Prior to the twentieth century, Arab society in Palestine was predominantly illiterate, with most social and political activities conducted through oral communication. There were no printing presses, no book or periodical production, and no written signs in public places. But a groundswell of change rapidly raised the region’s literacy rates, a fascinating transformation explored for the first time in “Reading Palestine”. Addressing an exciting aspect of Middle Eastern history as well as the power of the printed word itself, “Reading Palestine” describes how this hurried process intensified the role of literacy in every sphere of community life. Ami Ayalon examines Palestine’s development of a modern educational system in conjunction with the emergence of a print industry, libraries and reading clubs, and the impact of print media on urban and rural populations. Drawn from extensive archival sources, official reports, autobiographies, and a rich trove of early Palestinian journalism, “Reading Palestine” provides crucial insight into the dynamic rise of literacy that revolutionized the way Palestinians navigated turbulent political waters.

Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles Over Autonomy

    • Title: Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles Over Autonomy
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): William D. Coleman (Editor)
    • Publisher: UBC Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0774820179
    • ISBN-13: 978-0774820172
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 306
    • Size / Format: 15,9 mb / pdf
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Description: In a world of flux, as old territorial borders dissolve and new nations come together, who controls ideas, information, and creativity? Who patrols the new frontiers? This volume opens a window to the dark side of globalization and the struggles for autonomy it has generated — from forest disputes to indigenous land claims to conflicts between farmers and the patent owners of genetically modified seeds. The work of Palestinian poets, whose attachment to the land is explored in a powerful Coda, shows that a politics of place brings to the fore intense feelings of attachment, something common to all struggles over territory and autonomy.

 

The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance

    • Title: The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rumina Sethi (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745323642
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745323640
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 192
    • Size / Format: 3,5 mb / pdf
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Description: In a period of vast global restructuring, unrestricted capital has eroded the traditional distinctions between nations and nationhood. In The Politics of Postcolonialism, Rumina Sethi devises a new form of postcolonial studies that makes sense of these dramatic changes. Returning to the origins of the discipline, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America, emphasising postcolonial politics, dissent and resistance. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, are seeking fresh ways to express their discontent. This original and persuasive work frees the discipline from its current preoccupation with hybridity and multiculturalism, giving students of politics, cultural studies and international relations a new perspective on postcolonialism.

The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism

    • Title: The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ismael Hossein-zadeh (Author)
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 1403972850
    • ISBN-13: 9781403972859
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 304
    • Size / Format: 1,8 mb / pdf
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Description: This wide-ranging, interdisciplinary analysis blends history, economics, and politics to challenge most of the prevailing accounts of the rise of U.S. militarism. While acknowledging the contributory role of some of the most widely-cited culprits (big oil, neoconservative ideology, the Zionist lobby, and President Bush’s world outlook), this study explores the bigger, but largely submerged, picture: the political economy of war and militarism. The study is unique not only for its thorough examination of the economics of military spending, but also for its careful analysis of a series of closely related topics (petroleum, geopolitics, imperialism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, the war in Iraq, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict) that may appear as digressions but, in fact, help shed more light on the main investigation.

The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation

    • Title: The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Shir Hever (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745327958
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327952
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
    • Size / Format: 2,3 mb / pdf
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Description: The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has many important economic aspects that are often overlooked. In this highly original book, Shir Hever shows that both sides need to address the economic dimension if progress is to be made. Hever rejects the premise that Israel keeps control over Palestinian territories for material gain, and also the premise that Israel is merely defending itself from Palestinian aggression. Instead, he argues that the occupation has reached an impasse, with the Palestinian resistance making exploitation of the Palestinians by Israeli business interests difficult, and the Israeli authorities reluctant to give up control. With traditional economic analysis failing to explain this turn of events, this book will be invaluable for students, activists and journalists struggling to make sense of the complex issues surrounding Israel’s occupation.

People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

    • Title: People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Howard Clark (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329020
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329024
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 256
    • Size / Format: 10,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Across the world, nonviolent movements are in the forefront of resistance against repression, imperial aggression and corporate abuse. However, it is often difficult for activists in other countries to know how best to assist such movements. The contributors to Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements. Using clear examples, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, criticizing those in the global North who try to impose their view of what is possible and arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.

Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation

    • Title: Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Gabriel Baramki (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329322
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329321
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 8,2 mb / pdf
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Description: This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine’s foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit’s first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel ‘s occupation. Democracy and tolerance would be among its mandatory subjects. The West Bank institution quickly became a beacon of learning, open to the best students irrespective of income. It continues to produce scholars, administrators, leaders and confident, idealistic young people. The cost of achieving this has been shocking. Israel first tried to break the university through forced closures. Since its establishment as a university, staff and students have been detained, often without trial, throughout the period even during the 15 times of closure. Israeli soldiers have stormed the university, shooting unarmed students. Dr. Baramki has been dragged from his home at night, beaten and arrested. As Vice-Chancellor, he has been liaising with Israeli prisons and comforting bereaved Palestinian parents. This memoir should be required reading for anyone concerned about the right to learn.

Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness

    • Title: Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rashid Khalidi (Author)
    • Publisher: Columbia University Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 023115075X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0231150750
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 352
    • Size / Format: 33,8 mb / pdf
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Description: This foundational text now features a new introduction by Rashid Khalidi reflecting on the significance of his work over the past decade and its relationship to the struggle for Palestinian nationhood. Khalidi also casts an eye to the future, noting the strength of Palestinian identity and social solidarity yet wondering whether current trends will lead to Palestinian statehood and independence.

Rashid Khalidi’s massive study of the construction of Palestinian national identity is a pathbreaking work of major importance. It is the first book to work from the premise that such an identity does in fact exist and then proceeds to uncover its overlapping layers, historical phases, and tragic setbacks with a complete mastery of the relevant literature in Arabic, Hebrew, and Western sources. This is an essential book for anyone trying to understand the Byzantine complexities and background of the flawed Middle East peace process…. Extremely readable and gripping, Palestinian Identity is a remarkable achievement of the historian’s art. (Edward Said, author of Orientalism )

Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel

    • Title: Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappé (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745327265
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327266
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 2,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Even before he wrote his bestselling book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, historian Ilan Pappe was a controversial figure in Israel. In Out of the Frame, he gives a full account of his break with conventional Israeli scholarship and its consequences.Growing up in a conventional Israeli community influenced by the utopian visions of Theodor Herzl, Pappe was barely aware of the Nakbah in his high school years. Here he traces his journey of discovery from the whispers of Palestinian classmates to his realisation that the ‘enemy’s’ narrative of the events of 1948 was correct. After producing his phD at Oxford university based on recently declassified documents in the early 1980s he returned to Palestine determined to protect the memory of the Nakbah and struggle for the rectification of its evils. For the first time he gives the details of the formidable opposition he faced in Israel, including death threats fed by the media, denunciations by the Knesset and calls for him to be sacked from his post at Haifa university.This revealing work, written with dignity and humour, highlights Israel’s difficulty in facing up to its past and forging a peaceful, inclusive future in Palestine.

A courageous, honest painful personal account of what goes on in Israel to silence dissent and to curb freedom of thought and expression. A daring cri du Coeur that exposes academia and other institutions in Israel to using subtle ways of pressure to ensure conformity and loyalty to the state and alerts the world to this unseen dangerous trend that in the long run may be detrimental to Israel and to others. — Mariam C. Said In this long-awaited intellectual autobiography, Prof Ilan Pappe, Israel,s most important critical historian, who was hounded out of Haifa University for his clear-headed insistence on theorising the vital links between the 1948 Nakbah and Israel,s unabashed militarism, charts the real road map to Israel,s ideological dismantling and to reconciliation with the Palestinians via the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. — Ronit Lentin, Head of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin Pappe takes us through his own development from child of a solid zionist family into a historian in conflict with his own society’s view of its past. He describes this intellectual and moral journey in the measured tone of an academic, but also with his customary humanistic sensitivity to the suffering so many ignore. Pappe is one of the courageous few who refuse to believe in an ideology or mythology that denies the humanity of others and traps his country in a cycle of violence. — Allan Cameron, Writer and Translator In this remarkable intellectual history and autobiography, Ilan Pappe shows why he changed his mind from the Zionist consensus, and how he resisted Zionist pressure to deny his findings and his conscience. His work shines with steadfastness, humour, and hope. — Professor James Holstun, University of Buffalo, New York

On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain

    • Title: On Late Style: Music and Literature Against the Grain
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Edward W. Said (Author)
    • Publisher: Pantheon
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 037542105X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0375421051
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 208
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Description: In this fascinating book, Edward Said looks at the creative contradictions that often mark the late works of literary and musical artists. Said shows how the approaching death of an artist can make its way into his work, examining essays, poems, novels, films, and operas by such artists as Beethoven, Genet, Mozart, Lampedusa, Euripides, Cavafy, and Mann, among others. He uncovers the conflicts and complexity that often distinguish artistic lateness, resulting in works that stood in direct contrast to what was popular at the time and were forerunners of what was to come in each artist’s discipline–works of true genius. Eloquent and impassioned, brilliantly reasoned and revelatory, On Late Style is Edward Said’s own great last work.

This is the book culture critic Said was completing when he died in 2003. The critical survey had its genesis in a popular course Said taught at Columbia University, “Late Works/Late Style,” examining “artists… whose work expresses lateness through the peculiarities of its style.” Writing with insight and meticulous phrasing, Said studies the output of creative talents during their final years. The passing parade of artists, writers and composers includes Beethoven, Mozart, Jean Genet, Glenn Gould, Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss. In one piece, Said details dramatic contrasts between Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s The Leopard and Luchino Visconti’s film adaptation of that novel; in another, he compares Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (1911) with Benjamin Britten’s 1973 opera of Mann’s novella, composed near the end of Britten’s career. While “late works crown a lifetime of aesthetic endeavor,” Said concludes there also is “artistic lateness not as harmony and resolution, but as intransigence, difficulty, and unresolved contradiction.” As Said examined the effect of impending death on artists, leukemia led him to his own final pages, resulting in this erudite collection.

“Late style” is the quality possessed by the puzzlingly beautiful artistic works that are created late in an artist’s career, after decades of creative output, yet suggest not closure and resolution but rather “intransigence, difficulty, and unresolved contradiction,” the “nonharmonious, nonserene tension” of an artist renewed with youthful energy in the face of imminent mortality. Put differently, Said is fascinated by artists who refuse to go gentle into that good night, finding, instead, an autumn-summer adolescence that subverts their peers and perhaps their earlier oeuvre as well as complicates matters for critics and admirers. This quality, he argues, is in Benjamin Britten’s dark operatic rendition of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, where a discordant amalgam of text and music shows struggle but not resolution, and in Cosi fan tutte, in Mozart’s gestures of longing, coldness, and technical mastery amid superficial artifice. Improving upon concepts articulated by Theodor Adorno in “Spatstil Beethovens,” Said’s precisely worded yet rambling narrative ultimately hints that modernism itself may be a form of late style. He was at work on this prescient book when he died, in 2003.

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering

    • Title: The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Norman G. Finkelstein (Author)
    • Publisher: Verso
    • Year: 2000
    • Edition: 1st Internet
    • ISBN-10: 1859843239
    • ISBN-13: 978-1859843239
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 118
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Description: The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering is a book published in 2000 by Norman G. Finkelstein, that argues that the American Jewish establishment exploits the memory of the Nazi Holocaust for political and financial gain, as well as to further the interests of Israel. According to Finkelstein, this “Holocaust industry” has corrupted Jewish culture and the authentic memory of the Holocaust. Finkelstein’s parents were both Holocaust survivors who had been inmates of concentration camps. The book was a bestseller in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, and has been translated into 16 languages.

Italian edition: 

    • Title: L’industria dell’Olocausto. Lo sfruttamento della sofferenza degli ebrei
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Norman G. Finkelstein (Author)
    • Publisher: Rizzoli
    • Year: 2002
    • ISBN: 8817868272
    • Language: Italian
    • Pages: 132
    • Size / Format: 0,7 mb / pdf
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Mornings in Jenin: A Novel

    • Title: Mornings in Jenin: A Novel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Susan Abulhawa (Author)
    • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 1608190463
    • ISBN-13: 978-1608190461
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 343
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Description: A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan. Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family. The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch’s bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Previously published in a hardcover edition with a limited run under the title The Scar of David, this powerful novel is now available in a fully revised, newly titled paperback edition. The deep and moving humanity of Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetimes.

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

    • Title: Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shahak (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • Edition: 2nd
    • ISBN-10: 0745328407
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328409
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 176
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Description: Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967. In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, Shahak embarks on a provocative study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of an invidious and potentially lethal nature. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late. Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.

The Israel/Palestine Question

    • Title: The Israel/Palestine Question
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappe (Editor)
    • Publisher: Routledge
    • Year: 1999
    • ISBN-10: 0415169488
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415169486
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 292
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Description: This study assimilates diverse interpretations of the origins of the Middle East conflict with emphasis on the fight for Palestine and its religious and political roots. Drawing largely on scholarly debates in Israel since 1980, which have become known as “historical revisionism”, the collection presents developments in the Arab-Israeli conflict’s historiography and a critical reassessment of Israel’s past.

Few fields can claim to be more energized than the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict. For decades after the founding of Israel, scholars associated with the fledgling state wrote works that defended its every aspect. For example, such historians claimed that Arab states encouraged Palestinians to evacuate the contested areas in 1948. Thus, in these versions, the Arabs caused the refugee problem. This volume focuses on the tremendous outpouring of recent studies that reinterpret the history of this struggle by depicting the Palestinians’ perspective in a far more supportive light. Arguing that they have consulted the archives much more carefully, these scholars have shown, among many other findings, that efforts at solidarity among Arab and Israeli workers went awry because of limits on both sides. Likewise, the 1948 exodus relates significantly to Israeli policy.
Throughout this work, responsibility is more equally shared, and the Palestinians receive more direct attention. Indeed, this volume collects a series of essays with which any serious student of the period will have to grapple before making conclusions.

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel

    • Title: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jeff Halper (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745322263
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745322261
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 336
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Description: Jeff Halper’s book, like his life’s work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I’ve read. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan Cook, author of Blood and Religion (2006) and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (2008)In this book, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider. While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, culture and economy, they did so at a high price: Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country’s Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation and discrimination, expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine records Halper’s journey ‘beyond the membrane’ that shields his people from the harsh realities of Palestinian life to his ‘discovery’ that he was actually living in another country: Palestine. Without dismissing the legitimacy of his own country, he realises that Israel is defined by its oppressive relationship to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a real, living country which must by necessity evolve and change, Halper asks whether the idea of an ethnically pure ‘Jewish State’ is still viable. More to the point, he offers ways in which Israel can redeem itself through a cultural Zionism upon which regional peace and reconciliation are attainable.

Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry

    • Title: Israel and Iran: A Dangerous Rivalry
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Dalia Dassa Kaye (Author), Alireza Nader (Author), Parisa Roshan (Author)
    • Publisher: Rand Corporation
    • Year: 2012
    • ISBN-10: 0833058606
    • ISBN-13: 978-0833058607
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 116
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Description: Israel and Iran have come to view each other as direct regional rivals. The two countries are not natural rivals; they have shared geopolitical interests, which led to years of cooperation both before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution. But their rivalry has intensified recently, particularly with the rise of fundamentalist leaders in Iran and the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran posing grave strategic and ideological challenges to Israel.

Intervenciones

    • Title: Intervenciones
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Noam Chomsky (Author), Eduardo Galeano (Foreword)
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 1931859590
    • ISBN-13: 978-1931859592
    • Language: Spanish
    • Pages: 260
    • Size / Format: 2,7 mb / pdf
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Description: DESDE 2002, Noam Chomsky ha escrito una columna para el servicio de noticias The New York Times, en la que de una manera crítica y contundente analiza los temas más candentes del mundo de hoy. Estos artículos han sido publicados en todo el mundo y han contribuido a que las opiniones de Chomsky sean conocidas a nivel global. En est impactante colección de agudos ensayos, Chomsky analiza la invasion y la ocupación de Irak, la presidencia de Bush, la invasión de Israel al Líbano y otros temas clave de nuestros días. Una oportuna, asequible y excelente contribución de uno de los intelectuales y disidentes politicos más destacados del mundo.

Noam Chomsky ha sido profesor de Lingüística y Filosofía en MIT por mas de cincuenta años. Ha escrito numerosos libros, entre los que se destacan Hegemony or Survival y Failed States

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

    • Title: The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappe (Author)
    • Publisher: Oneworld
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 1851685553
    • ISBN-13: 978-1851685554
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 348
    • Size / Format: 26,1 mb / pdf
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Description: Since the Holocaust, it has been almost impossible to hide large-scale crimes against humanity. In our communicative world, few modern catastrophes are concealed from the public eye. And yet, Ilan Pappe unveils, one such crime has been erased from the global public memory: the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1948. But why is it denied, and by whom? The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine offers an investigation of this mystery.

Ben-Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated Jews

    • Title: Ben-Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated Jews
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Naeim Giladi (Author)
    • Publisher: Dandelion Enterprises
    • Year: 2004
    • Edition: 1st internet
    • ISBN-10: 1893302407
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 177
    • Size / Format: 0,7 mb / pdf
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Description: This Intenet edition is for free and “fair use” only. Its existence arises from a strong political motivation: the public has the right to know the somber, hidden face of Zionism, the worst crime against mankind, taking place in Palestine and elsewhere, unpunished, under our own complacent eyes.
The Internet publisher begs his readers to buy the book on paper, which has been published by a very courageous publisher, Dandelion Books, and to support its activities.

Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement

    • Title: Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Amal Kawar (Author)
    • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
    • Year: 1996
    • ISBN-10: 0791428451
    • ISBN-13: 978-0791428450
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 159
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Description: Based on interviews of the PLO’s top women leaders in the Palestinian diaspora and the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Daughters of Palestine provides the first examination of the full history of women’s involvement in the Palestinian National Movement from the revolution in the mid-1960s to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process in the early 1990s. Going beyond media imagery, Amal Kawar reviews the women’s social and political backgrounds to explain how they overcame the traditional gender roles pervasive in Arab societies and became involved in politics. She then focuses on particular periods in the history of the Palestinian movement, as it moved from Jordan to Lebanon, Tunisia, and the Occupied Territories.

Issues covered include women’s nationalist activities, their relationship to the male leadership, the impact of crises, and the upsurge of the Islamist movement. A consistent theme of this investigation is how conflicts and crises, inside and outside the Palestinian arena, challenge and frame the success of women’s nationalist work. Daughters of Palestine highlights the dilemma of national liberation struggles that both promote and co-opt women’s liberation aspirations.

Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq

    • Title: Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Dahr Jamail (Author), Amy Goodman (Foreword)
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-13: 978 1931859479
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 334
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Description: “Dahr Jamail does us a great service, by taking us past the lies of our political leaders, past the cowardice of the mainstream press, into the streets, the homes, the lives of Iraqis living under US occupation. If what he has seen could be conveyed to all Americans, this ugly war in Iraq would quickly come to an end. A superb journalist.”—Howard Zinn

We walk slowly under the scorching sun along dusty rows of humble headstones. She continues reading them aloud to me, “Old man wearing jacket with dishdasha, near industrial center. He has a key in his hand.” Many of the bodies were buried before they could be identified. Tears welling up in my eyes she quietly reads, “Man wearing red track suit.” She points to another row, “Three women killed in car leaving city by American missile.”

As the occupation of Iraq unravels, the demand for independent reporting is growing. Since 2003, unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail has filed indispensable reports from Iraq that have made him this generation’s chronicler of the unfolding disaster there. In these collected dispatches, Jamail presents never-before-published details of the siege of Fallujah and examines the origins of the Iraqi insurgency.

Dahr Jamail makes frequent visits to Iraq and has published his accounts in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has regularly appeared on Democracy Now!, as well as the BBC, Pacifica Radio, and numerous other networks.

A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind

    • Title: A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Michael Axworthy (Author)
    • Publisher: Basic Books
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0465008887
    • ISBN-13: 978-0465008889
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 352
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Description: Iran is a land of contradictions. It is an Islamic republic, but one in which only 1.4 percent of the population attend Friday prayers. Iran’s religious culture encompasses the most censorious and dogmatic Shi’a Muslim clerics in the world, and yet its poetry insistently dwells on the joys of life-wine, beauty, sex. Iranian women are subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, but make up nearly 60 percent of the university student population. In A History of Iran, a leading expert on Iran chronicles the rich history of this complex nation from the Achaemenid Empire of sixth century B.C. to the present-day Islamic Republic. In accessible prose, Michael Axworthy explains the military, political, religious, and cultural forces that have shaped one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. Concluding with an assessment of the immense changes the nation has undergone since the revolution in 1979, A History of Iran offers general readers an essential point of entry into a troubled region.

Galilee Flowers

    • Title: Galilee Flowers
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shamir (Author)
    • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 1419613510
    • ISBN-13: 978-1419613517
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 293
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Description: The essays collected in the this book were written during the years 2001-2002, in the old Palestinian port-town of Jaffa, on the shore of the Eastern Mediterranean, during the Second Intifada, or Intifada al-Aqsa, but they are not limited to events in Palestine. The war in the Holy Land is presented as the centre-stage of the world-wide struggle of ideas, against a backdrop of such momentous modern developments as the growing influence of American Jewry (“the Rise of the Jews”), the decline of the Left, the ascent of Globalisation, the first steps of the anti Globalisation movement, and the outbreak of World War Three with America against the Third World. It is a daring attempt to tie together various political, theological, military and social threads, and to formulate fresh concepts that provide people with new tools for analysis and action. While seeking the Liberation of Palestine, the author pursues another, more broad goal as well: that of the Liberation of Public Discourse.

The First Dynasty of Islam: The Umayyad Caliphate AD 661-750

    • Title: The First Dynasty of Islam: The Umayyad Caliphate AD 661-750
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): G. R Hawting (Author)
    • Publisher: Routledge
    • Year: 2002
    • Edition: 2nd
    • ISBN-10: 0415240727
    • ISBN-13: 978-0415240727
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 176
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Description: Gerald Hawting’s book has long been acknowledged as the standard introductory survey of this complex period in Arab and Islamic history. Now it is once more made available, with the addition of a new introduction by the author which examines recent significant contributions to scholarship in the field. It is certain to be welcomed by students and academics alike.

Edward Said

    • Title: Edward Said
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Bill Ashcroft (Author), Pal Ahluwalia (Author).
    • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    • Year: 2000
    • ISBN-10: 0203146689
    • ISBN-13: 978-0203146682
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 176
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Description: The Routledge text on Edward Said, by Bill Ashcroft and Pal Ahluwalia, is part of a recent series put out by the Routledge Press, designed under the general editorial direction of Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), to explore the most recent and exciting ideas in intellectual development during the past century or so. To this end, figures such as Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ricoeur, Sigmund Freud and other influential thinkers in critical thought are highlighted in the series, planned to include at least 21 volumes in all.

Ashcroft and Ahluwalia’s text, following the pattern of the others, includes background information on Said and his significance, the key ideas and sources, and Said’s continuing impact on other thinkers. As the series preface indicates, no critical thinker arises in a vacuum, so the context, influences and broader cultural environment are all important as a part of the study, something with which Said might agree.

Why is Said included in this series?

his thought and intellectual influence has extended far beyond to almost every academic field. Particularly in the areas of philosophy, politics, theology, and sociology, Said’s influence will continue to be significant for a number of reasons.

Ashcroft and Ahluwalia’s text is well organised. In the first chapter, she recounts both a brief biographical sketch of Said, as well as the discussion on how Said’s development of ideas impacts the intellectual development of the twentieth century. Said was set to be a relatively intelligent but unknown professor of comparative literature when events in the Middle East, and his own multifaceted identity, propelled him into other arenas. His identity as an American in New York City (a city not unknown for diversity) was challenged as his identification as an Arab seemed to take precedence in light of the Arab/Israeli conflicts – an identity problem that has re-established itself for many in the wake of the post-9/11 bombings. Understanding the importance of culture and its pervasive power through the texts, the writers, the readers, and the understandings of people even without their awareness is crucial to understanding the world, particularly in the increasingly globalised culture.

One of the useful features of the text is the side-bar boxes inserted at various points. For example, during the discussion on Said’s development of orientalism, there are brief discussions, set apart from the primary strand of the text, on the Epistemology, Ontology, Michel Foucault, and Marxism, developing further these topics should the reader not be familiar with them, or at least not in the way with which Said would be working with ideas derived from them. Each section on a key idea spans twenty to thirty pages, with a two-page summary concluding each, which gives a recap of the ideas (and provides a handy reference).

The book is designed so that each chapter can be a stand-alone essay, peripherally related to each other, but not dependent upon any particular order of reading. Should the reader want a quick introduction to Said’s development on culture and imperialism, or an overview of Said’s views on Palestine issues, those can be read independently or out of sequence without any loss of accessibility by the reader. Should this text be used as part of a class, the chapters can be rearranged to suit any number of syllabi patterns.

Part of the problem of putting Said into a series like this is that the series requires the identification of key ideas. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia develops five key areas (as opposed to ideas): Worldiness in texts; Worldiness in critics; Orientalism; Culture as Imperialism; and finally, Palestine. In each of these chapters, Ashcroft and Ahluwalia develop the background, the theory, and some of the problem areas (both in Said and in others) for discussion. All of this is done with a particular emphasis on literary and cultural theory, but the impact of these ideas on other areas, particularly the political, cannot be hidden.

The concluding chapter, After Said, highlights some key areas of development in relation to other thinkers, as well as points of possible exploration for the reader. Said’s ideas of post-colonial theory and the continuing evolution of orientalism are primary features of Said’s work, but in fact it is too early to be speaking of times after Said. Ashcroft and Ahluwalia report that the New York Times recognised Said as one of the most important and influential literary critics alive in 1999; this kind of public acknowledgement doesn’t necessarily secure one’s place in history, but it does speak of his growing influence beyond the narrow confines of a particular academic discipline.

As do the other volumes in this series, Ashcroft and Ahluwalia conclude with an annotated bibliography of works by Said, and works on Said. The works by Said are broken up into topical arrangement, and include articles as well as books.

While this series focuses intentionally upon literary theory, in fact this is only the starting point. For Said (as for others in this series) the expanse is far too broad to be drawn into such narrow guidelines, and the important and impact of the ideas extends out into the whole range of intellectual development. As intellectual endeavours of every sort depend upon language, understanding, and interpretation, the thorough comprehension of how and why we know what we know is crucial.

A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel

    • Title: A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Hatim Kanaaneh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745327877
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327877
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 320
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Description: Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian doctor who has struggled for over 35 years to bring medical care to Palestinians in Galilee, against a culture of anti-Arab discrimination. This is the story of how he fought for the human rights of his patients and overcame the Israeli authorities’ cruel indifference to their suffering. Kanaaneh is a native of Galilee, born before the creation of Israel. He left to study medicine at Harvard, before returning to work as a public health physician with the intention of helping his own people. He discovered a shocking level of disease and malnutrition in his community and a shameful lack of support from the Israeli authorities. After doing all he could for his patients by working from inside the system, Kanaaneh set up The Galilee Society, an NGO working for equitable health, environmental and socio-economic conditions for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. This is a brilliant memoir that shows how grass roots organisations can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.

Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions

    • Title: Britannica Encyclopedia of World Religions
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Encyclopedia Britannica (Editor), Wendy Doniger (Editor)
    • Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 1593392664
    • ISBN-13: 978-1593392666
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 1200
    • Size / Format: 88,7 mb / pdf
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Description: Religious faith takes many forms. Throughout the centuries and around the globe, the human response to the divine has given rise to a large number of important religions. The “Britannica’s Encyclopedia of World Religions” provides an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the religions of the world and to the concepts, movements, people, and events that have shaped them. In addition to more than 3,500 detailed entries, discover 30 in-depth articles documenting the attitudes and ideals of major religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, as well as many other key religious topics. It includes features such as: more than 3,500 entries on religious movements and concepts, historical and legendary figures, divinities, religious sites and ceremonies; more than 600 images that show sacred places, vestments, rituals, objects, and texts; 32 pages of full-colour artwork and maps; easy-to-use A-Z format; information on the pronunciation and origins of religious terms; and, thousands of cross-references for research and browsing.

Occupation of the Territories: Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010

    • Title: Occupation of the Territories: Israeli Soldier
      Testimonies 2000-2010
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Breaking the Silence (Author)
    • Publisher: Breaking the Silence
    • Year: 2010
    • ASIN: B0058O6N0O
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 432
    • Size / Format: 58,0 mb / pdf
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Description: The publication of this volume, Occupation of the Territories: Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010, marks a decade since the outbreak of the Second Intifada. Using the testimonies of hundreds of male and female soldiers interviewed by Breaking the Silence, the book exposes the operational methods of the Israeli military in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the impact of these methods on the people who live in the Territories – Palestinians, settlers, and the soldiers themselves. Those who carry out Israel’s mission in the Territories – the IDF troops – reveal here, in unprecedented detail, the principles and consequences of Israeli policy in the Territories. From the descriptions given by the soldiers, one comes to grasp the logic of Israeli operations overall. The testimonies leave no room for doubt: while it is true that the Israeli security apparatus has had to deal with concrete threats in the past decade, including terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, Israeli operations are not solely defensive. Rather, they systematically lead to the de facto annexation of large sections of the West Bank to Israel through the dispossession of Palestinian residents. The widespread notion in Israeli society that the control of the Territories is intended exclusively to protect the security of Israeli citizens is incompatible with the information conveyed by hundreds of IDF soldiers.

34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon

    • Title: 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Amos Harel (Author), Avi Issacharoff (Author), Ora Cummings (Translator), Moshe Tlamim (Translator)
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0230604005
    • ASIN: B0068EXHHK
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 304
    • Size / Format: 1,7 mb / pdf
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Description: This is the first comprehensive account of the progression of the Second Lebanese War, from the border abduction of an Israeli soldier on the morning of July 12, 2006, through the hasty decision for an aggressive response; the fateful discussions in the Cabinet and the senior Israeli command; to the heavy fighting in south Lebanon and the raging diplomatic battles in Paris, Washington and New York.

The book answers the following questions: has Israel learned the right lessons from this failed military confrontation? What can Western countries learn from the IDF’s failure against a fundamentalist Islamic terror organization?  And what role did Iran and Syria play in this affair?

34 Days delivers the first blow-by-blow account of the Lebanon war and new insights for the future of the region and its effects on the West.

Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians

    • Title: Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Noam Chomsky (Author), Ilan Pappe (Author).
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2010
    • elSBN: 978-1-608-46098-4
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 248
    • Size / Format: 1,0 mb / pdf
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Description: From the targeting of schools and hospitals, to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus, Israel’s conduct in ‘Operation Cast Lead’ has rattled even some of its most strident supporters. In this book, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe survey the fallout from that devastation, and place the massacre in Gaza in the context of Israel’s long-standing war against the Palestinians. “Gaza in Crisis” is a rigorous, historically informed and much-needed analysis of the situation and will be welcomed by all those eager for Chomsky’s insights into yet another political catastrophe.

The Universal Library Voyages and Travels Volume I

    • Title: The Universal Library Voyages and Travels Volume I
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): George Anson (Author), Engelbert Koempfer (Author), John Lloyd Stephens (Author), Lieutenant William Bligh (Author)
    • Publisher: London: Nathaniel Cooke (Late Ingram, Cooke, & Co.)
    • Year: 1853
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 645
    • Size / Format: 64,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land from pag 283. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

A geographical and historical dictionary of Palestine, or the Holy land

    • Title: A geographical and historical dictionary of Palestine, or the Holy land
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): John C. Guest (Author)
    • Publisher: Oxford University
    • Year: 1852
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 77
    • Size / Format: 1,6 mb / pdf
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Description: The tale of the exploration of Palestine in acquaintance with the Bible was been a tool for the Zionism to propagandize the historycal continuity between the biblical era and the present era, cancelling thousands of years of hystory and culture. And the haredi use these informations to assert their religious supremacy over other religions bring on the occupation of the Palestinian lands and the murder of thousands of people.

The Question of Palestine and the United Nations (Revised Edition)

    • Title: The Question of Palestine and the United Nations (Revised Edition)
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): United Nations (Author)
    • Publisher: United Nations
    • Year: 2008
    • Edition: Revised Edition
    • ISBN-10: 9211011744
    • ISBN-13: 978-9211011746
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 128
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: The issue of Palestine has drawn a lot of attention of the international community and the United Nations for many years. This revised edition of the publication highlights the events and milestones through the end of 2007. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the outbreak of the Palestinian rising against Israeli occupation. The publication describes the history of the Question of Palestine, the role of the United Nations and the search for peace, and illustrates the work of the United Nations towards a permanent settlement.

Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East

    • Title: Displacement and Dispossession in the Modern Middle East
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Dawn Chatty (Author)
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0521521041
    • ISBN-13: 978-0521521048
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 350
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: Dispossession and forced migration in the Middle East remain even today significant elements of contemporary life in the region. Dawn Chatty’s book traces the history of those who, as a reconstructed Middle East emerged at the beginning of the twentieth century, found themselves cut off from their homelands, refugees in a new world, with borders created out of the ashes of war and the fall of the Ottoman Empire. As an anthropologist, the author is particularly sensitive to individual experience and how these experiences have impacted on society as a whole from the political, social, and environmental perspectives. Through personal stories and interviews within different communities, she shows how some minorities, such as the Armenian and Circassian communities, have succeeded in integrating and creating new identities, whereas others, such as the Palestinians and the Kurds, have been left homeless within impermanent landscapes. The book is unusual in combining an ethnographic approach that analyzes the everyday experiences of refugees and migrants against the backdrop of the broad sweep of Mediterranean history. It is intended as an introduction for students in Middle East studies, history, political science, and anthropology and for anyone concerned with war and conflict in the region.

Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair

    • Title: Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jonathan Cook (Author)
    • Publisher: Zed Books
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 1848130309
    • ISBN-13: 978-1848130302
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 1,7 mb / pdf
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Description: This book claims that Palestine is fast disappearing and fulfilling the objectives of Israel’s founding fathers. Over many decades, Israel has developed and refined policies to disperse, imprison and impoverish the Palestinian people, in a relentless effort to destroy them as a nation. It has industrialized Palestinian despair through ever more sophisticated systems of curfews, checkpoints, walls, permits and land grabs. Cook analyzes how Israel has transformed the West Bank and Gaza into laboratories for testing the infrastructure of confinement, creating a lucrative “defense” industry by pioneering the technologies needed for urban warfare, crowd control and collective punishment.

‘This is an impressive and timely book written by one of the most knowledgeable writers on the Palestine-Israel conflict. Its insight into the devastating impact of Zionist settler colonialism and its account of the current reality on the ground are unique. A must read for those seeking peace and justice in the Middle East.’ – Nur Masalha, Director of the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s University College (UK), and author of The Bible and Zionism (2007)’No one is a keener observer of Zionism’s true goals, from its bald usurpation of land and resources to its bad faith about seeking real peace. The book provides an unusual depth of evidence and sharp analysis, and a devastating indictment of Zionism. It is a penetrating piece of scholarship and a gem of easy readability.’ – Kathleen Christison, former CIA analyst and author of Perceptions of Palestine (1999)

Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza

    • Title: Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Lisa Hajjar (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0520241940
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520241947
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 335
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: Israel’s military court system, a centerpiece of Israel’s apparatus of control in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967, has prosecuted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. This authoritative book provides a rare look at an institution that lies both figuratively and literally at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lisa Hajjar has conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of Israelis and Palestinians–including judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, defendants, and translators–about their experiences and practices to explain how this system functions, and how its functioning has affected the conflict. Her lucid, richly detailed, and theoretically sophisticated study highlights the array of problems and debates that characterize Israel’s military courts as it asks how the law is deployed to protect and further the interests of the Israeli state and how it has been used to articulate and defend the rights of Palestinians living under occupation.

Caught in Crossfire: Civilians in Conflicts in the Middle East

    • Title: Caught in Crossfire: Civilians in Conflicts in the Middle East
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): P. R. Kumaraswamy (Editor)
    • Publisher: Ithaca
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0863723349
    • ISBN-13: 978-0863723346
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 242
    • Size / Format: 1,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Examining the prolonged Arab-Israeli conflict, Lebanese civil war and the periodic upsurges of inter-state and internal tensions in the Gulf region, this book looks at how civilians are at the forefront of military conflicts and violence in the Middle East. The unsung heroes and real victims of wars in the Middle East are the civilian populations. Quickly forgotten, they have all too frequently been forced to endure the brutalities of war and its aftermath. Behind political calculations, military strategy and technological innovations, it is the unarmed civilian population that is expected to make the maximum sacrifices.Wars reflect the fears and trepidations of ordinary men and women about the ability of their leaders to lead their nations during critical times and to make sensible choices. Civilians suffer even when clear-cut victories are achieved in the battlefield and their problems often begin when the guns fall silent. Their attempts to reconstruct their lives and livelihood are, however, generally ignored, forgotten and unspoken. This book attempts to redress the balance, and reminds us that the ‘collateral damage’ of war actually has a serious and enduring impact upon Middle Eastern societies, and should not be neglected.

The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited

    • Title: The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Benny Morris (Author)
    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    • Year: 2004
    • Edition: 2nd
    • ISBN-10: 0521811201
    • ISBN-13: 978-0521811200
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 664
    • Size / Format: 3,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Morris’ earlier work exposed the realities of how 700,000 Palestinians became refugees during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. While the focus of this edition remains the war and exodus, new archival material considers what happened in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Haifa, and how these events led to the collapse of urban Palestine. Revealing battles and atrocities that contributed to the disintegration of rural communities, the story is harrowing. The refugees now number four million and their cause remains a major obstacle to regional peace

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History

    • Title: Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Norman G. Finkelstein (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0520245989
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520245983
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 343
    • Size / Format: 3,4 mb / pdf
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Description: In this long-awaited sequel to his international bestseller The Holocaust Industry, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an iconoclastic interrogation of the new anti-Semitism to a meticulously researched exposé of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Bringing to bear the latest findings on the conflict and recasting the scholarly debate, Finkelstein points to a consensus among historians and human rights organizations on the factual record. Why, then, does so much controversy swirl around the conflict? Finkelstein’s answer, copiously documented, is that apologists for Israel contrive controversy. Whenever Israel comes under international pressure, another media campaign alleging a global outbreak of anti-Semitism is mounted.
Finkelstein also scrutinizes the proliferation of distortion masquerading as history. Recalling Joan Peters’ book From Time Immemorial, published to great fanfare in 1984 but subsequently exposed as an academic hoax, he asks deeply troubling questions here about the periodic reappearance of spurious scholarship and the uncritical acclaim it receives. The most recent addition to this genre, Finkelstein argues, is Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s bestseller, The Case for Israel.
The core analysis of Beyond Chutzpah sets Dershowitz’s assertions on Israel’s human rights record against the findings of the mainstream human rights community. Sifting through thousands of pages of reports from organizations such as Amnesty International, B’Tselem, and Human Rights Watch, Finkelstein argues that Dershowitz has misrepresented the facts.
Thoroughly researched and tightly argued, Beyond Chutzpah lifts the veil of controversy shrouding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Supporters of this book will not include Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel (2003). Very little of Dershowitz’s widely acclaimed defense of Israel’s occupation policies escapes Finkelstein’s withering scrutiny. Behind Dershowitz’s firm assurances that Israel is dealing with its adversaries justly and humanely, Finkelstein discerns ugly realities, including brutal torture of Palestinian prisoners and lethal disregard for Palestinian children and noncombatants. In Finkelstein’s assessment, Israel is grievously violating Palestinian rights because its leaders deliberately choose to ignore both the humanity of the Palestinian people and the justice of international law. And in the claim that will perhaps stir the fiercest debates, Finkelstein asserts that when Dershowitz and his allies defend Israel with shoddy and mendacious scholarship, they actually stoke the very anti-Semitism they claim to be combating. Neither anti-Semitism nor global antipathy toward Israel will persist, Finkelstein avers, if Israel and its partisans will honestly confront and redress the malign consequences of current Israeli policies. This book, which has already sparked intense controversy, belongs in collections seeking to represent multiple points of view on significant topics of international interest. Bryce Christensen

Beirut

    • Title: Beirut
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Samir Kassir (Author), Malcolm DeBevoise (Translator), Robert Fisk (Foreword)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0520256689
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520256682
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 656
    • Size / Format: 13,3 mb / pdf
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Description: Widely praised as the definitive history of Beirut, this is the story of a city that has stood at the crossroads of Mediterranean civilization for more than four thousand years. The last major work completed by Samir Kassir before his tragic death in 2005, Beirut is a tour de force that takes the reader from the ancient to the modern world, offering a dazzling panorama of the city’s Seleucid, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and French incarnations. Kassir vividly describes Beirut’s spectacular growth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, concentrating on its emergence after the Second World War as a cosmopolitan capital until its near destruction during the devastating Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. Generously illustrated and eloquently written, Beirut illuminates contemporary issues of modernity and democracy while at the same time memorably recreating the atmosphere of one of the world’s most picturesque, dynamic, and resilient cities.

Physically confined between Mount Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea, Beirut possesses an urban character that has been molded by empires and immigrants. Written by an able intellectual whom assassins murdered in 2005, this thorough history reflects Kassir’s intimate familiarity with modern Beirut’s streets and neighborhoods. His accounts of boulevards and buildings embody the purposes of those who constructed them, from Romans whose ruins dot the city to Ottomans whose vestiges are more intact to the French whose cultural influence remains strong even now. Attributes of Beirut that have attracted outside interest—as a transition point between Europe and the Near East, as a cultural border between Christian and Islamic spheres—fostered the unique status Beirut attained by the mid-twentieth century, that of the Arab world’s center of publishing, higher education, and literary and performing arts, not to mention its raffish attraction as a tourist destination. But the snake in the garden, religious communalism, stirred the civil war of 1975–90, which ruined the city. Generously illustrated, Kassir’s legacy is an evocative portrait of a great but tragic metropolis. –Gilbert Taylor.

Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion

    • Title: Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nur Masalha (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2000
    • ISBN-10: 0745316158
    • ISBN-13: 0745316158
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 272
    • Size / Format: 11,3 mb / pdf
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Description: In Imperial Israel and the Palestinians , Nur Masalha provides a history of Israel’s expansionist policies, focusing on the period from the June War of 1967 to the present day. He demonstrates that imperialist tendencies in Israel run the political gamut, from Left to Right.Masalha argues that the heart of the conflict between Zionist immigrants/settlers and the native Palestinians has always been about land, territory, demography and water. He documents how Israeli policy has made it a priority to expel the Palestinians, either by war or peaceful measures. But these imperialist tendencies are not restricted to extremist zealots. The author uncovers the expansionist policies found in Labour Zionism and Kookist ideology. Chapters cover the Whole Land of Israel Movement, Zionist Revisionism and the Likud Party, Gush Emunim and the religious fundamentalists, parties and movements of the far right and the evolution of Israeli Jewish public attitudes since 1967.