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

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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.

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
  • Size / Format: 0,8 mb / pdf
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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.

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
  • Size / Format: 2,7 mb / pdf
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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.

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!

 

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

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
    • Size / Format: 4,9 mb / pdf
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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.

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
    • Size / Format: 6,9 mb / pdf
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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.

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.

 

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.

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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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.

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.

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
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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.


 

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.

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.

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.

 

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
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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.”

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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.

 

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
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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 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

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
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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.

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
    • Size / Format: 0,8 mb / pdf
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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.

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.

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
    • Size / Format: 10,8 mb / pdf
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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.

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.

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
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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

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
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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.

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
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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

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
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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.