Books on the Israel Palestine Conflict
A reading list for those who want to learn about the region, the people, the history, the struggles and the narratives
1 The Almond Tree
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2 Mornings in Jenin
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3 Gaza Writes Back (#1)
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4 Fast Times in Palestine: A ...
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5 The Ethnic Cleansing of Pal...
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6 The Question of Palestine
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7 I Saw Ramallah
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8 Stillpoint: A Novel of war,...
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9 Orientalism
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10 The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a ...
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11 Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
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12 Freedom Sailors: The Maiden...
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13 The Case for Israel
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14 Sharon and My Mother-in-Law...
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15 Gaza in Crisis: Reflections...
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16 The General's Son: Journey ...
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17 Boycott, Divestment, Sancti...
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18 Fateful Triangle: The Unite...
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19 Palestinian Walks: Forays i...
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19 Culture and Imperialism
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21 The Invention of the Jewish...
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22 Six Days of War: June 1967 ...
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23 In Search of Fatima: A Pale...
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24 Peace and Its Discontents: ...
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25 Drinking the Sea at Gaza: D...
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26 Image and Reality of the Is...
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27 To the End of the Land
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28 Why Israel?
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29 Why Israel? The Anatomy of ...
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30 My Life
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31 The Iron Wall: Israel and t...
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32 From Beirut to Jerusalem
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33 Blaming the Victims: Spurio...
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33 The Iron Cage: The Story of...
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35 An Israeli in Palestine: Re...
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36 A Tale of Love and Darkness
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37 We Can Have Peace in the Ho...
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37 1948: A History Of The Firs...
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39 Blood Brothers
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40 Jerusalem: The Biography
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41 Married to Another Man: Isr...
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41 The Great War for Civilisat...
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43 Why Israel? The Anatomy of ...
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44 The Crisis of Zionism
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45 O Jerusalem!
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46 Israels Invasion In Gaza
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47 Mossad: The Greatest Missio...
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48 Our Harsh Logic: Israeli So...
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48 Disappearing Palestine: Isr...
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50 The Yom Kippur War: The Epi...
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51 Cain's Field: Faith, Fratri...
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52 Power, Faith, and Fantasy: ...
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53 Righteous Victims: A Histor...
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54 The Accidental Empire: Isra...
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55 Once Upon a Country: A Pale...
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56 Blood Brothers
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57 Palestine: History of a Los...
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58 The Bible Unearthed: Archae...
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59 One Palestine, Complete: Je...
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60 Bad News From Israel
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61 Peace Be upon You: The Stor...
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62 My Promised Land: The Trium...
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63 Palestine and the Arab-Isra...
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63 Our Harsh Logic: Israeli So...
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65 A History of the Jews
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66 1967: Israel, the War, and ...
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67 Gaza in Crisis: Reflections...
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68 Like Dreamers: The Paratroo...
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69 Josephus
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70 The Case for Sanctions Agai...
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71 In the Land of Israel
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72 The Politics of Teaching Pa...
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73 A Soldier's Life: Inside th...
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74 Extreme Rambling: Walking I...
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75 Three Wishes
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76 The Gun and the Olive Branc...
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76 The End of the Peace Proces...
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78 The Palestinian People: A H...
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78 The Secret Life of Bees
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80 The Tipping Point: How Litt...
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81 Twelve Years a Slave
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82 One Country: A Bold Proposa...
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83 The Birth of the Palestinia...
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84 The Holocaust Is Over; We M...
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84 Israeli Apartheid: A Beginn...
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86 Israel and Palestine: Reapp...
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86 The Revolt: Story of the Irgun
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88 The Yom Kippur War: The Epi...
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89 1948: A History of the Firs...
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90 If a Place Can Make You Cry...
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90 Six Days of War: June 1967 ...
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92 Wrestling With Zion: Progre...
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93 A Grave in Gaza
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94 Masada Myth: Collective Mem...
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95 The Multiple Child
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96 Palestina 1 :  Zionisme & T...
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97 Coming to Astoria
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98 Wall of Dust
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99 The Talpiot Find
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100 The Cave
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message 1: by Peter (new)

Peter Begley Any recommendations as to which is the best non-biased and objective history of the Arab-Israel conflict? Most of this list seems to be either Israeli propaganda or Arab propaganda.


message 2: by Colin (new)

Colin Mallard Hello Peter.

I’m surprised at the lack of response to your question. I have found several books on the Arab Israeli conflict helpful. Maybe these will help you get started:

Ilan Pappe, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.”

Schlomo Sand, “The Invention of the Jewish People.”

Marcus Amy Dockser, “Jerusalem 1913.”

Izzeldin Abueilaish, “I Shall Not Hate.”

Jimmy Carter, “Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid.”

Michelle Cohen Corrasanti, “The Almond Tree.”

Noam Chomsky, “Gaza in Crisis.”

"The Israeli Lobby and US Foreign Policy."

And my own book,(Colin Mallard) “Stillpoint.

It is an important topic and something not well understood in the West.

Colin


message 3: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Emam Peter wrote: "Any recommendations as to which is the best non-biased and objective history of the Arab-Israel conflict? Most of this list seems to be either Israeli propaganda or Arab propaganda."

History repeats itself. The never ending Israel Palestine conflict... The Palestinians have become the victims once again, why? Because they are innocent by-standers. How can this change? They should neither remain innocent nor by-standers. Their leadership (some leadership!) has shown no merit, they are affiliates to such fascist regimes as Iran and want to keep the status-quo. How many more victims are needed to change this? What should be done?
This starts with organizing the oppressed, raising awareness and training them to defend themselves against both their enemies, the organized crime gangs that are their own leaders as well as their enemies.
Reading books that will lead them towards achieving this goal is essential. Let us start with the younger generations and move from there.
The Little Black Fish


message 4: by Peter (new)

Peter Begley Thanks guys - the Ilan Pappe book looks like a must read for a start. I suppose some bias is inevitable but I'm looking for a definitive history of Arab-Israeli conflict which give a good overview of what happened..


message 5: by Colin (new)

Colin Mallard Let us know what happens.


message 6: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Emam the story of the origin of Palestinian dispossession in 1948, what they call Nakbah/Catastrophe, has perhaps its best literary expression in the prominent Lebanese novelist Elias Khoury's celebrated novel "Gate of the Sun" (1998)--translated into English by Humphrey Davies--for those of you who still have time and room left on your summer reading list I strongly recommend this novel--
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2005...
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/boo...


message 7: by Ruby (new)

Ruby Emam Sabra and Shatila are unfortunately no more in our collective memories:
http://www.amazon.com/Sabra-Shatila-B...
Unfortunately I cannot find any books on Tel al-Zaatar.
However there is a mention in Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_al-Z...


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