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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017

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A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous pe
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Metropolitan Books
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History fans
Shelves: netgalley, history
5 stars for a book that is both depressing and illuminating. This book tells the story of an indigenous people colonized and deprived of their own land over a 100 year period. The first colonization was by the British who conquered Palestine during World War I from the Ottoman Empire. They had issued the Balfour declaration in 1917, stating their intention to provide a national home for Jewish people in Palestine. Although 94% of the population in Palestine in 1917 was Palestinian, the declarati ...more
Dr. Appu Sasidharan

(Regular Review) This book tells us about the war Palestine has been fighting for the last one hundred years. This is written from a Muslim perspective by the author whose family was actively involved in many of the events mentioned in this book.

What I learned from this book
1) Balfour Declaration
On behalf of Britain's cabinet on November 2, 1917, Arthur James Balfour made a declaration known as the Balfour declaration. It supported the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It
Whitney Atkinson
Credit to the Decolonize Palestine reading list for this recommendation!

After not being taught whatsoever about Palestine (or Israel, for that matter), this was the first resource I picked up in the endeavour of teaching myself. I would recommend the audiobook for this book because at times the writing can be decently lengthy and academic. Since this book is an overview of 100 years of history, it wasn't able to delve deep into each era, so I found that with every question this book answered, it
Lubinka Dimitrova
Once a person starts reading about the Palestine conflict, they can never un-see Israel and USA's stance on this issue. It is mind-boggling how this matter has been mishandled, misrepresented and ignored for more than a century now. And one can never go back to seeing Jews as only victims of another mind-boggling genocide. Truly a heart-wrenching and deeply insightful book. ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping overview of the reality America (and the evangelical community in particular) has willfully ignored for the last century. Rather than packing this with pathos, Khalidi patiently and carefully walks his reader through decades of policy, war, Western support and withdrawal, intifadas, settlements, and lines drawn and redrawn. I lament the US's blind and misguided partnership with a colonizing, ethnically cleansing, nationalistic state so anathema to democracy.

I've thought a lot about t
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me of Jakarta Method. A deeply human yet academic and critical look at Palestine and their oppression and resistance. While very critical of Palestinian leadership, Khalidi is still offering a distinctly Palestinian perspective on this story, which is not something I'd gotten before.

In the book and elsewhere, it is mentioned that Khalidi was used as a smear against Obama in 08, as they were colleagues and friends. Obama didn't even bother defending his friend, which is exactly wha
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond words. Everyone needs to read this.
Rick Homuth
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
My favorite part of this book wasn't the book itself (which was good, it is a good book, I liked the book) but rather the dumbass NYT reviewer who wrote about this book and critiqued it b/c it doesn't "move us any closer to some kind of resolution." AKA, don't write a book about how fucked up the situation in Palestine is if you're not also gonna solve it for us in a way that doesn't involve ceding any annexed land ...more
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. It's comprehensive, readable, well-researched, and current. Each chapter focuses on a major event or time period in the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict to argue that Palestinians have--and continue to be--the victims of a hundred years of settler colonial warfare against them. Two things that set this book apart from other histories I've read are (1) the personal dimension Khalidi is able to offer not only as a Palestinian but as someone with first-hand experience in ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Rashid Khalidi starts his book by vaguely attacking other books on Israel and Palestine for their one sided narrative that favors Israel, without providing much detail on their historiographic failings. He points out that there is a need to provide a Palestinian narrative using extensive primary sources, which is true. He does not do that however, and instead resorts to primarily relying upon personal and family stories. When he uses historic sources, he proceeds to leave out rebellions, massac ...more
Paul Ataua
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A real jaw-dropper of a history that had me wanting to cancel my subscription to the human race. The only weakness of the book was the inclusion of so many personal and family stories that made it less rather than more powerful for me. It remains a very important but depressing read.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve never read anything on Palestine, the history of the colonial conquest, and current developments, this is the book for you. Truly excellent, but no surprises there considering it’s Rashid Khalidi.
Eddie Clarke
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good overview and introduction to the history of the Israeli/Palestinian question, from a Palestinian point of view. He regards the entire Zionist project as a colonial enterprise, fostered first by the British and then, post WWII, by the USA. The author is very critical of the various Palestinian organisations’ failures over the years. His conclusions are pretty depressing, although he feels that the USA’s hegemony over the region is slipping and this may create conditions for change and a pe ...more
Ali AbdulKarim
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent account of the occupation of Palestine from a Palestinian perspective. The book gives an overview of the ideology and the events that led to the zionist occupation of Palestine and the subsequent ethnic cleansing that continues to this day.
Professor Rashid Khalidi also adds a unique diplomatic perspective in this book, which serves as a background to the horrible atrocities committed by Israel during the "100 Years' War on Palestine" as he calls it.
The book includes a critique of no
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thorough, informative read about the colonial war against Palestine. It somehow read easily, despite the amount of content it relayed. I greatly appreciated the addition of personal opinions and experiences of Rashid Khalidi, it made the book more engaging and it felt like listening to Palestinians telling their story rather than a history book.
Cass Vogel
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Essential reading if you know nothing about the war on Palestine, or if you know some stuff, or even if you know most stuff....just read it. Free Palestine
Eli Kaufman
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This an extremely thorough and concise history of the ongoing colonisation of Palestine. I would highly recommend it to all readers, as it is simultaneously accessible to newcomers and enlightening for those more familiar with the subject.

At first I was a bit skeptical of Khalidi's focus on his own family (one of the most important families of mandate era Palestine), thinking that this was going to be a navel-gazing and horn trumpeting history through the lens of his family ego. I was happily pr
Though one-sided by design, I thought this was a really fair and balanced story, written by an insider and critical of all parties involved, that helped me look at the conflict in the Middle East with fresh eyes.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Comprehensive, accessible, and clear. Even if you're already down with the cause, this provides a lot of context, and I appreciated the author's personal insights wherever they appeared. I wish I could've read this years ago. ...more
Jul 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well done and informative.
Shane Longoria
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Could very well be considered a people’s history of Israeli occupation. A book that gives anyone with sympathies toward Palestine a foundation to confirm those tendencies. Required reading for Americans who are still unsure what to make of the issue of Israel and Palestine.
Matthew Laidler
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Khalidi gives an excellent introduction to the situation in Palestine/Israel by chronologically guiding us through each of the major conflicts over the past hundred years.

As well as having a very intricate and nuanced understanding of the situation, Khalidi and his family have also had first hand experience in many of the situations that the book explores, giving the book an extra level of authority and detail.

While criticisms of Israel and its actions over the past hundred years are very legiti
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fairly dense and exhaustive timeline of the settler-colonial conquest of Palestine, I'm very thankful to have a chance to get educated on a situation in which I've been woefully under-educated on, thanks to the one-sided bias I grew up with in the States. There are many profound statements in Khalidi's book, but one of them that really stood out was the idea that decolonialistion was something that, by 1948, most people agreed upon, and yet there you go: Israel has been colonizing a people for ...more
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Totally riveting. An authoritative and invaluable chronicle on the Israeli land-grab and ethnic cleansing colonialisation project in Palestine, a must-read for anyone trying to understand the messy subject. If you haven't already hated the UK and the US for their disdainful colonialism, the self-serving cowardice of Arab states, the uselessness of the UN, and the failures of those who attempted to serve Palestinians from PLO to Fatah to Hamas...but above all the European mindset that birthed Zio ...more
Hanin Reads
This book helped me to know more about a country that I am from but never been lucky to live in or visit. I learned plenty of new infos that were depressing in so many ways.
The book is about the war that Palestine has been on for several decades until now, documenting Al-Khalidi family between the years 1917-2017.
It wasn’t a light read especially if you’re aiming to search online for extra details. But I highly encourage readers to get through it if they want to know more historical backgrounds.
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
If you know the bare bones about what is happening and has been happening in Palestine, this is a great way to get the full backstory of how we got here. Extremely comprehensive, and in my opinion, essential reading.
i don't rate nonfiction but i highly recommend this book if you know little/nothing about Palestine & its history!! ...more
Yuni Amir
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing but a new age of colonialism game by the world colonial powers. Shame on you.
Heba Rahman
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
River to the sea 🇵🇸
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: israel-palestine
There is a lot of truth here, but also a lot of strategic omission, to an extent that even I — not a professional historian — felt was deliberate and wrong. I was hoping Khalidi would bring out a new perspective, a way to understand the conflict and the Palestinian view that would be more productive, but instead this felt — in tone, and in the selection of events — like propaganda.

I listened to the book, and noted all of my skepticism about his reporting of history:

Why did Palestinian Arabs no
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Rashid Khalidi is the author of seven books about the Middle East, including Palestinian Identity, Brokers of Deceit, Resurrecting Empire, The Iron Cage, and Sowing Crisis. His writing on Middle Eastern history and politics has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and many journals. For his work on the Middle East, Professor Khalidi has received fellows ...more

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