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Resources on Palestine-Israel

Recommended Books

New selections

Aruri, Naseer and Samih K. Farsoun. Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History. Social, economic, ideological, and political history from antiquity.

Atzmon, Gilad. The Wandering Who, A Study of Jewish Identity Politics. Reviews tribal, cultural, historical, ideological, political and pro-Zionist background. Calls for change.

Barghouti, Omar. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: the Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.

Beinart, Peter. The Crisis of Zionism. Young US Jews are becoming critical of Zionism as anti-democratic and unjust.

Braverman, Mark. Fatal Embrace. Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land.

Burg, Avraham. The Holocaust is Over We Must Rise From its Ashes. Former Knesset leader calls on Jews in Israel and worldwide to abandon violence and nationalism.

Dobbie, J., Grace Beeler, Edward Morin eds. Before There is Nowhere Left to Stand. Palestine-Israel Poets Respond to the Struggle. Reflective anthology of poems.

El-Haddad, Laila and Maggie Schmitt. The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey. Cookbook with personal stories of Gazans�?? everyday life.

Gordon, Neve. Israel's Occupation. Revealing description of Israel's matrix of control.

Harms, Gregory with Todd M. Ferry. The Palestine Israel Conflict. A basic introduction.

Hart, Alan. Zionism. The Real Enemy of the Jews. Vol One: The False Messiah.

" " . " " " " " " " . Vol Two. David Becomes Goliath.

" " " " " " " " " . Vol Three. Conflict Without End?

Hashim, Norma, ed. The Prisoners' Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag. Human stories of indignities, suffering, and courage of Palestinian prisoners.

Kaufman-Lacusta, Maxine. Refusing to be Enemies. Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation.

Lim, Audrea, ed. with Omar Barghouti, Ilan Pappe, et al. The Case for Sanctions Against Israel. Leading voices for BDS.

Peled, Miko. The General's Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.

Sacco, Joe. Palestine and Footnotes in Gaza. Insightful cartoon format.

Sand, Schlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. Calls for new vision of Israel and Judaism because modern Jews descended from international converts, not from Israeli land.

Tolan, Sandy. The Lemon Tree. An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East.

Wolfe, Alan. At Home in Exile: Why Diaspora is Good for the Jews. Judaism: Humane and idealistic or nationalistic, defensive and biased.

International Quaker Working Party on Israel and Palestine. When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. Published by AFSC.

Abunimah, Ali. One Country

Amiry, Suad. Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries. Humor in the midst of difficulties.

Armstrong, Karen. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths.

Ashrawi, Hanan. This Side of Peace.

Ateek, Naim Stifan. Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation.

Baltzer, Anna. Witness in Palestine: Journal of a Jewish American in the Occupied Territories.

Barghouti, Mourid. I Saw Ramallah.

Ben Cramer, Richard. How Israel Lost: The Four Questions.

Carter, Jimmy. Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

Chacham, Ronit. Breaking Ranks: Refusing to Serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Moving testimony from nine members of the Israeli Defense Force tell why they disobeyed orders to serve in the West Bank and Gaza.

Chacour, Elias. Blood Brothers. Elias Chaccour is a Palestinian archbishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, an Eastern Byzantine Rite Church in communion with Rome. He is a noted author and peace activist keen to promote reconciliation.

Chacour, Elias and Mary E. Jensen. We Belong to the Land.

Ellis, Marc. Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes, (London: Pluto Press, 2003)

Gish, Arthur G. Hebron Journal: Stories of Nonviolent Peacemaking.

Hafften, Ann E. Water from the Rock: Lutheran Voices from Palestine.

Massad, Joseph. The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians.

Nathan, Susan. The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide.

Pappe, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Well-documented "revisionist" history of the founding of the state of Israel, investigating how the wholesale removal of the Palestinians from their land has been "erased" from public memory.

Pappe, Ilan. A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples.

Raheb, Mitri. Bethlehem Besieged: Stories of Hope in Times of Trouble. Raheb is pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

Raheb, Mitri. I Am a Palestinian Christian.

Ruether, Rosemary R. and Herman J. Ruether. The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Prior, Michael. Zionism and the State of Israel: A Moral Inquiry.

Said, Edward W. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World.

Segev, Tom. The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust. (Translated by Haim Weitzman) New York, Owl Books, 2000

Wagner, Donald E. Anxious for Armageddon. An important testimony on Christian Zionism in the United States.

Wagner, Donald E. Dying in the Land of Promise. Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost to 2000.

Younan, Munib. Witnessing for Peace in Jerusalem and the World. Younan is a Lutheran bishop in Jerusalem.

Zunes, Stephen. Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism.


Recommended Study Guides and Maps

International Human Rights Law: Violations by Israel and the Problem of Enforcement

The Israel/Palestine Conflict from a Peace and Justice Perspective

Interactive West Bank Map: Track Settlement Expansion Yourself

Quakers & Boycott Workshop Materials usable for Meeting workshops and discussion. Historic Boycott Pamphlet 

Recommended Videos

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. [View here]:[Transcript here]: Omar Barghouti, a founder of the rapidly expanding Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, explains BDS goals, strategies, and successes. This half-hour video presents compelling excerpts from Barghouti’s talk at U. Mich Law School, January 2014. For information about the full presentation, contact

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights--Crucial Answers. [View here] Omar Barghouti addresses key questions raised about the Palestinian-based BDS movement. Half-hour video highlights a stunning, impromptu presentation that will encourage participation in this nonviolent struggle for human rights and freedom. U Mich Law School, January 2014. Further information:

Palestine is Still the Issue - Excellent introduction by British filmmaker John Pilger. Available through Bullfrog Films. They offer a significant discount for non-profits.

These films are available through Arab Film Distribution :

Checkpoint - This engaging documentary explores recent events - the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Rabin, the Palestinian takeover of West Bank towns, the first Palestinian elections, suicide bus bombings, Arafat's abuse of power, and the growing frustration among Palestinians - events that seem to herald a collapse of the historic agreement reached at Oslo. Palestinians and Israelis speak of the contest over Jerusalem, Israeli settlement expansion, the forgotten refugees, and their visions of a just peace.

Gaza Strip - American documentary filmmaker James Longley traveled to the Gaza Strip in January of 2001, planning to stay for two weeks and collect preliminary material for a film about the Palestinian intifada. He threw away his return ticket and stayed for another 3 months, shooting over 75 hours of material throughout the Gaza Strip.

Jerusalem 1948 - Covers the events in Jerusalem and the major villages to the south and west in the period between the 1947 UN Partition Resolution and the first truce between the Arab and Israel armed forces in June 1948. The film challenges the major myths surrounding the war of 1948 that resulted in Israeli statehood and Palestinian exile.

Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land - This pivotal video exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--working in combination with Israeli public relations strategies--exercise a powerful influence over news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists, and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides an historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion.