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Abuelaish, I., (2010).  I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza doctor’s journey

A Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip,  Izzeldin Abuelaish is a father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16, 2009, during Israel’s incursion into the Gaza Strip.

Crisis of Zionism coverBeinart, P., (2012). The Crisis of Zionism

In The Crisis of Zionism, Peter Beinart lays out in chilling detail the looming danger to Israeli democracy and the American Jewish establishment’s refusal to confront it. And he offers a fascinating, groundbreaking portrait of the two leaders at the center of the crisis: Barack Obama, America’s first “Jewish president,” a man steeped in the liberalism he learned from his many Jewish friends and mentors in Chicago; and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who considers liberalism the Jewish people’s special curse. These two men embody fundamentally different visions not just of American and Israeli national interests but of the mission of the Jewish people itself.

Beinart concludes with provocative proposals for how the relationship between American Jews and Israel must change, and with an eloquent and moving appeal for American Jews to defend the dream of a democratic Jewish state before it is too late.

Bennis, Phyllis, (2012).  Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, A Primer

If you have ever wondered “Why is there so much violence in the Middle East?”, “Who are the Palestinians?”, “What are the occupied territories?” or “What does Israel want?”, then this is the book for you.

With straightforward language, Phyllis Bennis, longtime analyst of the region, answers basic questions about Israel and Israelis, Palestine and Palestinians, the US and the Middle East, Zionism and anti-Semitism; about complex issues ranging from the Oslo peace process to the election of Hamas. Together her answers provide a comprehensive understanding of the longstanding Palestinian–Israeli conflict.

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Fisk, R., (2009).  The Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings

A selection of Robert Fisk’s finest ‘Comment’ pieces from the Saturday Independent — outspoken articles on international politics and mankind’s war-torn recent history.

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Fisk, R., (2006). The Great War for Civilisation: The conquest of the Middle East

Robert Fisk’s bestselling eyewitness account of the events that have shaped the Middle East is alive with vivid reporting and incisive historical analysis. His masterful narrative spans the most volatile regions of the Middle East, chronicling with both rage and compassion the death by deceit of tens of thousands of Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Gorenberg, G., (2012). The Unmaking of Israel

In this penetrating and provocative look at the state of contemporary Israel, acclaimed Israeli historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg reveals how the nation’s policies are undermining its democracy and existence as a Jewish state, and explains what must be done to bring it back from the brink.

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Kaufman-Lacusta, M., (2010). Refusing to be Enemies:  Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation

Presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives.

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Lerner, M., (2011).  Embracing Israel-Palestine: A strategy to heal and transform the Middle East

In this inspirational book, Rabbi Michael Lerner suggests that a change in consciousness is crucial in order to solve the longstanding conflict in Israel/Palestine. With clarity and honesty, he examines how the mutual demonization and discounting of each side’s legitimate needs drive the debate, and he points to new ways of thinking that can lead to a solution. Lerner emphasizes that this new approach to the issue requires giving primacy to love, kindness, and generosity.

Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), Levine, H., ed. (2011). A Child’s View from Gaza: Palestinian children’s art and the fight against censorship

With beautiful, high-resolution print images, the book features a special foreword by celebrated author, Alice Walker, as well as an essay by MECA Executive Director, Barbara Lubin, describing the struggle against the censorship of these same drawings on exhibit across the globe.  The drawings featured in “A Child’s View from Gaza” serve as part of the historical record of the horror inflicted on the Palestinian people during Operation Cast Lead as experienced by Gaza’s children.

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Pappé, I., (2011). The Forgotten Palestinians: A history of the Palestinians in Israel

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.

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Pappé, I., (2007). The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

In this controversial book, prominent Israeli historian, Ilan Pappé revisits the formative period of the State of Israel. Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord during the War of Independence (1948), he offers archival evidence to demonstrate that a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. This book is a passionate plea to acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 as the root cause of the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict.

Peled, Miko (2012 ). The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

The Generals Son, Miko Peled

Israeli-American Miko Peled‘s beloved niece, Smadar, was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel’s political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Rosenwasser, Penny (2013) HOPE into PRACTICE: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears, is a rare blend of healing stories, history and a fair-minded perspective on Israel-Palestine, anchored in Jewish ethical tradition and community.

Hope into Practice by Penny Rosenwasser


Tolan, S., (2006) The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a  Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

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In 1967, a young Palestinian man knocked on the door of the house he had fled when Israeli settlers began their occupation in 1948. His knock was answered by a college student who was a baby when her family escaped Europe following the Holocaust. The Lemon Tree is the story of an astonishing act of trust between two young people that led to a decades-long friendship. Told with enormous care, it brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to a human level, suggesting hope and reconciliation even in the bleakest political times.

UNISPAL(2008)  The Question of Palestine and the United Nations

This 128-page document, put out by the United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine, explores the History, the Current Situation (up to 2007) and a section entitled:  Towards a Permanent Settlement: Unresolved Issues.  Read or download from:


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