Middle East Books: Bibliography: Arabs, Islam, Palestine-Israel, Middle East and ZionismMake Your Own List. The author and political blogger chooses five books on the Israel-Palestine conflict and compares the Palestinians to the Jews in diaspora: as the land disappears under their feet, their identity grows stronger. Author and political blogger Robin Yassin-Kassab argues that Palestinians have a strange stateless existence very like the Jews had in the past. As the land disappears from under their feet, their identity as a nation paradoxically grows stronger. This is very important because the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is the original sin of Zionism and the root of the current problem. Pappe is part of a group called the New Historians or Revisionist Historians who have undermined the traditional narrative of the birth of the Jewish state.
The Israel-Palestine conflict: a brief, simple history
We felt it was a better translation of it. Ian Black opens his excellent new history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Enemies and Neighbours , with a note on terminology titled Language Matters. Words matter. They are the building blocks of the contradicting narratives each side has continued telling themselves, and the world. A veteran reporter and former Guardian Middle East editor, Black spent decades immersed in both Israeli and Palestinian societies, fluently speaking their languages. He notes how the Hebrew and Arabic used by the warring communities, as well as their culture and daily lives, have been affected and formed by the conflict. And how the Arabs living in Palestine began to define themselves as a distinct national group, in a large part as a reaction to the Zionist arrival and entrenchment.
In addition to the searchable database, we provide some short lists of recommended books about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, about Islam and the history of the Middle East and Iraq, and links to other bibliographies. Your suggestions and reviews are welcome. The list is meant to provide a broad and balanced spectrum of views. The listings below together cover all current MidEastWeb book listings with some overlap. Arab Middle East and North Africa. Bahai Religion. The Holocaust.
There is a great proliferation of literature written about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Much of it is valuable, insightful, thought-provoking and eye-opening, whatever perspective you approach this issue from.
Conflicting or irreconcilable narratives mean that works which tell the story of, and from, both sides, are rare. Here are ten others which in different ways and at different times have made a significant contribution to illuminating this unending story. Storrs was the first British military governor of Jerusalem after the Ottoman surrender in December His memoir is elegantly if pretentiously written. Storrs was in Palestine at the time of the Balfour Declaration and in the early Mandate years. Benvenisti, who was born in Palestine in , is one of the most astute Israeli Jewish writers about the conflict.
The Wrong Story lays bare the flaws in the way large media organizations present the Palestine—Israel issue. Weaving together the existing literature with new insights, Shupak offers an up-to-date and tightly focused guide that exposes the distorted way these issues are presented and why each is misguided. I highly recommend this book for media students and experts. A searing indictment of how the corporate media frames Israeli state policy—and a much needed corrective for all those interested in really understanding the ongoing injustice against the Palestinian people. Seeing through it requires rigorous study and careful thinking. The result is an invaluable short course on the media.