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

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

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

Culture and Customs of the Palestinians

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

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

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

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

Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide, Second Edition

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

Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the Internet and Construction of Identity

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

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

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

Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

On Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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

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

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

Thinking Palestine

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

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

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

Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

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

Palestinian Cinema: Landscape, Trauma, and Memory

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

Books about Palestine and Middle East

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives

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

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights In Palestinian Territories

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

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

    • Title: Labour Markets Performance and Migration Flows in Arab Mediterranean Countries: Determinants and Effects Volume 3 National Background Papers Mashreq (Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria)
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jackline Wahba (Author), Mustafa Khawaja (Author), Mohammad Omari (Author), Ibrahim Saif (Author), Thoraya El-Rayyes (Author), Jad Chaaban (Author), Samir Aita (Author), Philippe Fargues (Editor), Iván Martín (Editor).
    • Publisher: Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies – European Union
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-13: 978-9279159862
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 255
    • Size / Format: 4,0 mb / pdf
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Description: The objectives of the Study are two-fold:

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

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

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

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

    • Title: Towards a More Comprehensive, Strategic and Cost-effective EU Foreign Policy: The Role of National Parliaments and the European Parliament
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Julie SMITH (Author), Ariella HUFF (Author) and Geoffrey EDWARDS (Author) with additional assistance from Katrin BUCHMANN and Salvatore FINAMORE.
    • Publisher: European Union
    • Year: 2012
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 102
    • Size / Format: 2,1 mb / pdf
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Description: This study explores the powers of the EP and six selected national parliaments (the British, Danish, French, Irish, Italian and Polish) in setting, amending and scrutinising budgets. It then considers European engagement in three conflict regions – Libya, Palestine and Afghanistan – assessing how the selected parliaments have overseen various aspects of foreign policy, including finance for core activities and responses to sudden crises, and considers whether there are possible synergies between national and European budgets in foreign policy broadly defined.

Suicide Bombings

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

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
    • Size / Format: 8,4 mb / pdf
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Description: While Israel continues to distort the truth and extend disinformation, this report provides information about the purpose and content of the flotilla that set out for humanitarian purposes, the Israeli attack it was subjected to, the way in which the attack took place and the losses that came as a direct result of the attack.

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

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

    * Willful killing,

* Torture,

* Inhuman treatment,

* Willfully causing suffering to health,

* Causing serious injury.

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

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

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

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

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

* Freedom of expression (article 19, ICCPR)

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

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

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

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

    • Title: Israel’s Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Uri Avnery (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745328237
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328232
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
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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.

Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of the Jinn

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

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

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

The Little Data Book on Information and Communication Technology 2012

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

The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2012

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

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
    • Size / Format: 8,7 mb / pdf
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Description: From Coexistence to Conquest seeks to explain how the Arab-Israeli conflict developed by looking beyond strict legalism to the men behind the policies adopted by the Great Powers at the dawn of the twentieth century.  It controversially argues that Zionism was adopted by the British Government in its 1917 Balfour Declaration primarily as an immigration device and that it can be traced back to the 1903 Royal Commission on Alien Immigration and the Alien’s Act 1905.

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

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

The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel

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

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

Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas, and Possibilities

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

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

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


 

Colonial Land Policies in Palestine 1917-1936

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

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

Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge

    • Title: Children Without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jacqueline Bhabha (Editor), Mary Robinson (Foreword)
    • Publisher: The MIT Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0262015277
    • ISBN-13: 978-0262015271
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 392
    • Size / Format: 2,0 mb / pdf
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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.

Building a Successful Palestinian State

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

The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State

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

Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine

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

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

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

 

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

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

 

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

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

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

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

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

    • Title: Israel’s Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharett’s Personal Diary and Other Documents
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Livia Rokach (Author)
    • Publisher: Assn of Arab-Amer Univ Graduates
    • Year: 1985
    • Edition: 3rd
    • ISBN-10: 0937694703
    • ISBN-13: 978-0937694701
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 66
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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.

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

Palestine: The Case for Justice

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

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

    • Title: Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress Amid Resistance
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sanja Kelly (Editor), Julia Breslin (Editor)
    • Publisher: Freedom House / Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 144220396X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1442203969
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 604
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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 VERITAS HANDBOOK A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights

    • Title: THE VERITAS HANDBOOK A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): This handbook has been compiled by individuals who wish to remain anonymous. To contact the team, please email theveritashandbook@gmail.com
    • Year: 2010
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 347
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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.

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 Ancient Languages of Syria-Palestine and Arabia

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

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

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

Reading Palestine: Printing and Literacy, 1900-1948

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

The Political Economy of U.S. Militarism

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

People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

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

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.

The Israel/Palestine Question

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

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

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel

    • Title: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jeff Halper (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745322263
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745322261
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 336
    • Size / Format: 3,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Jeff Halper’s book, like his life’s work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I’ve read. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan Cook, author of Blood and Religion (2006) and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (2008)In this book, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider. While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, culture and economy, they did so at a high price: Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country’s Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation and discrimination, expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine records Halper’s journey ‘beyond the membrane’ that shields his people from the harsh realities of Palestinian life to his ‘discovery’ that he was actually living in another country: Palestine. Without dismissing the legitimacy of his own country, he realises that Israel is defined by its oppressive relationship to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a real, living country which must by necessity evolve and change, Halper asks whether the idea of an ethnically pure ‘Jewish State’ is still viable. More to the point, he offers ways in which Israel can redeem itself through a cultural Zionism upon which regional peace and reconciliation are attainable.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

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

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

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

Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement

    • Title: Daughters of Palestine: Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Amal Kawar (Author)
    • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
    • Year: 1996
    • ISBN-10: 0791428451
    • ISBN-13: 978-0791428450
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 159
    • Size / Format: 1,6 mb / pdf
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Description: Based on interviews of the PLO’s top women leaders in the Palestinian diaspora and the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Daughters of Palestine provides the first examination of the full history of women’s involvement in the Palestinian National Movement from the revolution in the mid-1960s to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process in the early 1990s. Going beyond media imagery, Amal Kawar reviews the women’s social and political backgrounds to explain how they overcame the traditional gender roles pervasive in Arab societies and became involved in politics. She then focuses on particular periods in the history of the Palestinian movement, as it moved from Jordan to Lebanon, Tunisia, and the Occupied Territories.

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

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

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

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

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

Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair

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

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

Caught in Crossfire: Civilians in Conflicts in the Middle East

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

Checkpoint Watch: Testimonies from Occupied Palestine

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

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

Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment

    • Title: Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Mazin B. Qumsiyeh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 074533069X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745330693
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 320
    • Size / Format: 3,3 mb / pdf
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Description: The Western media paint Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation as exclusively violent: armed resistance, suicide bombings, and rocket attacks. In reality these methods are the exception to what is a peaceful and creative resistance movement. In this fascinating book, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh synthesizes data from hundreds of original sources to provide the most comprehensive study of civil resistance in Palestine. The book contains hundreds of stories of the heroic and highly innovative methods of resistance employed by the Palestinians over more than 100 years. The author also analyzes the successes, failures, missed opportunities and challenges facing ordinary Palestinians as they struggle for freedom against incredible odds. This is the only book to critically and comparatively study the uprisings of 1920-21, 1929, 1936-9, 1970s, 1987-1991 and 2000-2006. The compelling human stories told in this book will inspire people of all faiths and political backgrounds to chart a better and more informed direction for a future of peace with justice.

“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine. Mazin Qumsiyeh brilliantly evokes the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist settler colonialism. With its focus on ‘history and activism from below’, this is a work of enormous significance. Developing further his original ideas on human rights in Palestine, media activism, public policies and popular, non-violent resistance, Mazin Qumsiyeh’s book is a must read for anyone interested in justice and how to produce the necessary breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict.” — Nur Masalha, author of four books, including The Bible and Zionism (2007) and The Politics of Denial (2003)
“Qumsiyeh’s inspiring accounts of both the everyday and the most extraordinary acts of Palestinian indigenous resistance to colonialism expose the misguided claims that Palestinians have never tried nonviolence; in fact, they are among the experts, whose courage, creativity, and resilience are an inspiration to people of conscience everywhere. Even with the arms of a military superpower, the Israeli government’s failure to quell the Palestinians’ spirit and insistence on human rights reminds us that the greatest strength of all belongs to those with justice on their side, who will ultimately triumph.” — Anna Baltzer, author of Witness in Palestine
“Mazin Qumsiyeh’s insider’s chronicle of Palestinian civil resistance and its quest for self-reliance, independence, political rights, and self-liberation clearly shows that collective nonviolent action by Palestinians has been neither episodic nor an aberration, but remarkably consistent and for nearly a century. His sweeping account belongs on the bookshelves of Israelis who are fearful, Palestinians who are unsure of next steps, and a global community that has yet to take a meaningful stand for peace with justice. Anyone concerned about the future for all the peoples of the Middle East will take encouragement from his invigorating analysis.” — Mary Elizabeth King, author of A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance

Might Over Right: How the Zionists Took Over Palestine


    • Title: Might Over Right: How the Zionists Took Over Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Adel Safty (Author)
    • Publisher: Garnet Publishing
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 1859642128
    • ISBN-13: 978-1859642122
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
    • Size / Format: 1,3 mb / pdf
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Description: Might Over Right provides a critical account of one of the most remarkable stories in the 20th century’s history of international relations – the history of how, in the relatively short time of 30 years, Zionist leaders managed, with the help of Western (mainly British) supporters, to wrestle a country away from its inhabitants, and in the process to profoundly affect the course of international relations and fundamentally transform the history of the Middle East.
Extensively documented, relying mostly on Zionist, British and Israeli sources, and sweeping in scope, the book makes a crucial contribution to the growing effort to challenge the simplistic and reductive accounts in media and scholarship in the West – one of the principal causes of the perpetuation of the conflict.
Might Over Right goes beyond the Israeli new historians’ accounts that focus on specific aspects of the Zionist–Palestinian confrontation. It also goes beyond the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 to critically analyze the latest dimensions of the Arab–Israeli conflict, and of the continued Israeli–Palestinian confrontation.

 

Palestinian Refugees: Challenges of Repatriation and Development

    • Title: Palestinian Refugees: Challenges of Repatriation and Development
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rex Brynen (Editor), Roula El Rifai (Editor)
    • Publisher: I. B. Tauris
    • Year: 2007
    • ISBN-10: 184511311X
    • ISBN-13: 978-1845113117
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
    • Size / Format: 2,3 mb / pdf
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Description: The Palestinian refugee issue remains a central component of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In this timely book, bringing together the most cutting-edge research from various disciplines, Rex Brynen and Roula El-Rifai explore the demographic and developmental challenges which the return of refugees to a future Palestinian state would generate. As well as outlining the social conditions of Palestinian refugee populations, the book addresses key practical questions, such as how the repatriation of refugees would affect the Palestinian economy and how the international community can effectively support the repatriation of refugees. In doing so, the authors examine and draw lessons from repatriation experiences in other parts of the world. The book provides a collection of world-class research and analysis into this complicated problem at a critical moment in the Arab-Israeli peace process, and should form the foundation of any informed policies on the subject.

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.