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.


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.

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
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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.


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
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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 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.

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 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.

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.

Checkpoint Watch: Testimonies from Occupied Palestine

    • Title: Checkpoint Watch: Testimonies from Occupied Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Yehudit Kirstein Keshet (Author)
    • Publisher: Zed Books
    • Year: 2006
    • ISBN-10: 184277719X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1842777190
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 192
    • Size / Format: 2,4 mb / pdf
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Description: This is a critical exploration of Israel’s curfew-closure policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territories through the eyes of CheckpointWatch, an organization of Israeli women monitoring human rights abuses. It combines observers’ reports from checkpoints and along the Separation Wall, with information and analysis of the bureaucracy supporting the ongoing occupation. It critically reviews Checkpoint Watch’s transformation from a feminist, radical protest movement and analyzes Israeli media representation of the organization and of human rights activism in general.

‘This important book offers an insightful perspective of the system of Israeli military checkpoints and blockades in the West Bank, their devastating impact on the Palestinian population, and the arbitrary use of a control mechanism for reasons which often have little to do with security considerations. The first-hand accounts and observations of the Watchers – Israeli women from all walks of life – also provide an interesting insight into how different sectors of Israeli society see – or fail to see – the impact of such a system and its injustices’ – Donatella Rovera, Researcher on Israel and the Occupied Territories, Amnesty International ‘It is impossible to guess when and how the harsher Israeli version of the Apartheid Pass System will collapse. When it does, Checkpoint Watch will have had an important role in its collapse’. – Amira Hass