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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
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Metropolitan Books
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Thomas
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History fans
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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 ...more
Dan Mccarthy
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rashid Khalidi brings a personal up lose reflection to the struggle for Palestinian national survival and recognition in his book “The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017.” From an educated Palestinian family who played roles in the governing of the province under Ottoman Rule up through World War One, struggled against the British Mandate in the interwar periods, survived the siege of Beirut in 1980, and personally was a part of numerous ...more
Amit
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Zionist movement wanted a country for the adherents of Judaism. It could not have been anywhere else but in Palestine. Why? Because the leaders of Zionism realized that the it was only the promise of the returning to holy land that could persuade millions of people to uproot themselves and move to a new place. There was a small complication - this land had been settled by another people for almost 1,500 years, so the Zionists had to embark on a campaign to conquer and resettle it. From the ...more
Marc Cullison
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this book since I knew little of the Middle East. The only information I'd had is from the American mainstream media. As I delved into the book, I was astounded at the accusations and condemnation of the Israelis and Arab states. Of course, this confounded my notions of the Israelis and the Zionist movement. I plodded through the repetitive narrative, absorbing new information about the Palestinians all the while cognizant of the overt bias of the author. It was as if I was ...more
Zoe's Human
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a citizen of the US, almost everything I've ever seen on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been from a definitively pro-Israeli perspective with extreme bias against the Palestinian point-of-view. Despite this, I've always found the information unsettling, sensing on some level that the terrible acts committed upon Palestinians by Israel were being dismissed far too lightly and that the wrongs of Palestinians were being brought to the forefront in a vacuum as if unprovoked.

While I doubt
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Nelda Brangwin
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
It wasn’t until I was in Saudi Arabia on a teacher exchange that I saw the Arabian point of view in the middle east. This book helped but also created more questions for me. I understand the author’s belief that Palestine was always just a pawn in western colonization. The author’s comparison of the Palestinian conflicts with the Irish conflicts sums the story up. Neither side was perfect, but the colonizers never took the point of view of those who lived there into consideration when making ...more
Shira Reiss
Jan 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
This NY Times article review of the book says it all. You can read it and get the gist of the entire book: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/bo...
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بحث در باب کشمکش صد سال اخیر سواحل شرقی مدیترانه از منظر استعمارگرایی متأثر از انسانشناسی سدهٔ نوزدهم، راه حل کاملا متفاوتی را میتواند برای بحران فلسطین دامن بزند. ایدهای که در این کتاب بهشکلی بسیار جامع و منسجم طرح و تبیین میشود. ...more
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Depressing but eye opening. A very important book.
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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 ...more