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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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.

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
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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.

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
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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
    • Year: 2010
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 347
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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.

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
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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.


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
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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.

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
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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

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.

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.

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.

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.


    • 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.

Palestinian village histories: geographies of the displaced

    • Title: Palestinian village histories: geographies of the displaced
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rochelle A. Davis. (Author)
    • Publisher: Stanford University Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0804773130
    • ISBN-13: 978-0804773133
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 360
    • Size / Format: 3,4 mb / pdf
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Description: Throughout modern-day Israel, over four hundred Palestinian villages were depopulated in the 1947-1949 war. With houses mostly destroyed, mosques and churches put to other uses, and cemeteries plowed under, Palestinian communities were left geographically dispossessed. Palestinians have since carried their village names, memories, and possessions with them into the diaspora, transforming their lost past into local histories in the form of “village memorial books”. Numbering more than 100 volumes in print, these books recount family histories, cultural traditions, and the details of village life, revealing Palestinian history through the eyes of Palestinians.
Through a close examination of these books and other commemorative activities, Palestinian Village Histories reveals how history is written, recorded, and contested, as well as the roles that Palestinian conceptions of their past play in contemporary life. Moving beyond the grand narratives of 20th century political struggles, this book analyzes individual and collective historical accounts of everyday life in pre-1948 Palestinian villages as composed today from the perspectives of these long-term refugees.