Recommended current articles:  


Link   Israel opens dams that flood Gaza valley displacing hundreds of Palestinians.

Link   Document leaks show Israel's true assessment of Iran's nuclear capability.

Link   U.S. trade deal seeks to crush the boycott (BDS) movement

Link   To catch Netanyahu in one of his egregious lies, read this article that exposes his latest effort to fool people in Israel and here in the U.S.

Link  "Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights"

Link   This biting, ironic piece, "Porn-Again Zionism.", is by a new blogger Bradley Burston, in Israel's liberal paper Haaretz. Name of Burston's blog: " 
          A Special Place in Hell."  

Link   This exceptionally good article for understanding the roots of the conflict (is perhaps the best I've ever read) was written by Dr. Natasha Gill, 
          a research associate at Barnard. Appeared on website of the Middle East Policy Council. 

Link   Israeli Soldiers Refuse to Spy
Link   International Laws Israel Violates
Link   How Israel Was Created

Recommended websites:

www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org
Jewish Voice for Peace
(Inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, and human rights) 

www.mossawacenter.org/  
Center for Arab Rights in Israel

www.acri.org.il/eng  
Association for Civil Rights in Israel

www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/  
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

www.btselem.org/English/index.asp  
B’Tselem (The Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) 

www.dci-palestine.org
Defense for Children International-Palestine

www.mecaforpeace.org
Middle East Children's Alliance 

www.uscpr.org
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

www.interfaithpeacebuilders.org
Interfaith Peace-Builders


Recommended Books:

Notable Israel-Palestine Literature

Aruri, Naseer Hasan. Dishonest Broker: The U.S. Role in Israel and Palestine. Cambridge, MA: South End, 2003. Print. 
“A powerful corrective to illusion and misrepresentation.” –Noam Chomsky

Baltzer, Anna. Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. Boulder, Co.: Paradigm, 2007. Print. 
“Moving and vivid.” –Tanya Reinhart

Barghouti, Omar. BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. Chicago, IL: Haymarket, 2011. Print. 
“Omar Barghouti’s lucid and morally compelling book is perfectly timed to make a major contribution to this urgently needed global campaign for justice, freedom, and peace.” –Desmond Tutu

Beinart, Peter. The Crisis of Zionism. New York: Times /Henry Holt, 2012. Print. 
“Peter Beinart has written a deeply important book for anyone who cares about Israel, its security, its democracy, and its prospects for a just and lasting peace.”  –President Bill Clinton

Bishara, Amahl A. Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
“Amahl Bishara breaks new ground in her exploration of Palestinian-Israeli-American dynamics of control, protest, and resistance.”  -Rami Khouri 

Blumenthal, Max. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. 
“It is about time someone wrote this book.”  -Charles Glass

Braverman, Mark. Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land. Austin, TX: Synergy, 2010. Print. 
“A brilliant book… Vitally important for understanding the roots and abiding causes of the Palestinian conflict.”  -Naim Ateek

Christison, Kathleen. Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy. Berkeley: U of California, 1999. Print. 
“After reading this book, it will be impossible not to wince the next time a representative of the U.S. government describes America as an honest broker.”

Cook, Jonathan. Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State. London: Pluto, 2006. Print. 
“Very impressive…. Some of his findings will astound even the knowledgeable reader.”  –Salim Tamari

Ellis, Marc H. Judaism Does Not Equal Israel. New York: New, 2009. Print. 
“We will all be the poorer if Ellis’s voice is not heeded, but how wonderfully enriched it is.” -Desmond Tutu

Ellis, Marc H. Practicing Exile: The Religious Odyssey of an American Jew. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002. Print. 
“As a traditional, even evangelical, Christian, I should have many reasons to be uncomfortable with Marc Ellis’s appeals, but I am deeply moved and affected in lasting ways. He is convincing…”  –Wes Avram, Yale Divinity School

Ellis, Marc H. Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1997. Print. 
“This perceptive and well-conceived book offers the reader a masterful analysis of one of the most compelling issues of our age.”  -George McGovern

Finkelstein, Norman G. Image and Reality: Israel-Palestine Conflict. N.p.: Verso, 1994. Print. 
“This is the most revealing study of the historical background of the conflict and the current peace agreement.”  -Noam Chomsky 

Finkelstein, Norman G. "This Time We Went Too Far": Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. New York: OR, 2010. Print. 
“A very impressive, learned and careful scholar.” –Avi Shlaim

Giladi, Naeim. Ben Gurion's Scandals: How the Haganah & the Mossad Eliminated Jews. Flushing, NY: Glilit Pub., 1992. Print. 
“I write about what the first prime minister of Israel called, ‘cruel Zionism.’ I write about it because I was a part of it.”  –Naeim Giladali

Grodzinsky, Yosef. In the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Struggle between Jews and Zionists in the Aftermath of World War II. Monroe, Me.: Common Courage, 2004. Print. 
“Yosef Grodzinsky has an important story to tell… His book shows that Zionist arrogance was there even before it was directed at Palestinians…”
-Rabbi Michael Lerner

Halper, Jeff. An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel. London: Pluto, 2008. Print. 
“Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the Occupation I’ve read. His voice cries out to be heard.”  -Jonathan Cook

Horowitz, Adam, Lizzy Ratner, and Philip Weiss. The Goldstone Report. New York: Nation, 2011. Print. 
“Israelis and Palestinians must read it.”  -Desmond Tutu

Karmi, Ghada. Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine. London: Pluto, 2007. Print. 
“A compelling read… Well written and extraordinarily honest.”  -Dr. Nur Masalha

Khalidi, Rashid. The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Boston: Beacon, 2006. Print. 
“A first-rate and up-to-date historical and political analysis of the Palestinian predicament.”  -Publisher’s Weekly 100 Best Books 

Khalidi, Walid. All That Remains. Baltimore, Maryland: Port City, 1992. Print. 
“A monumental effort… A major achievement.”  -Roger Owen

Kovel, Joel. Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. London: Pluto, 2007. Print. 
“Written with passion and eloquence… This book should be read by all those concerned with the survival of the human species.”  -Istvan Meszaros

Kushner, Tony, and Alisa Solomon. Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. New York: Grove, 2003. Print. 
“Wrestling with Zion brings together prominent poets, essayists, journalists, activists, academics, novelists and playwrights representing the diversity of opinion in the progressive Jewish-American community regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999. New York: Knopf, 1999. Print. 
“Fascinating…. Comes at a critical juncture.” –The Washington Times

Neumann, Michael. The Case against Israel. Petrolia, CA: CounterPunch, 2005. Print. 
“Michael Neumannn argues a brilliant case against the legitimacy of Zionism, whose essence has been the pursuit of Jewish ethnic domination over Palestine.”  -Kathy Christson

Nusseibeh, Sari, and Anthony David. Once upon a Country: A Palestinian Life. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. Print. 
“Terrific…. Highly recommend for those who want to appreciate the dilemma the Palestinian democrat.”  –Christopher Hitchens

Nusseibeh, Sari. What Is a Palestinian State Worth? Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2011. Print. 
“Nusseibeh’s autobiography is, perhaps, the most important to emerge from the Middle East for decades.”  -Moris Farhi, The Independent

Pappé, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: Oneworld, 2006. Print. 
“Pappe has opened up an important new line of inquiry into the vast and fateful subject of the Palestinian refugees.”  -The Times Literary Supplement

Pappé, Ilan. A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2004. Print. 
“Ilan Pappe is a ‘new historian’ and this book is true to this label.”  -Ahron Bregman

Pappé, Ilan, Noam Chomsky, and Frank Barat. Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War against the Palestinians. Chicago, IL: Haymarket, 2010. Print. 
“Chomsky is a global phenomenon… he may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet.”  –New York Times Book Review

Peled, Miko, and Alice Walker. The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. Charlottesville, VA: Just World, 2012. Print. 
“There are few books on the Israel/Palestine issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one.”  –Alice Walker

Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment. London: Pluto, 2011. Print. 
“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine.”  -Dr. Nur Masalha

Qumsiyeh, Mazin B. Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle. London: Pluto, 2004. Print. 
“…Brings to light many forgotten and willfully buried facts about the origins of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.”  -Norman Finkelstein

Raz, Avi. The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War. New Haven: Yale UP, 2012. Print. 
“Readable, scholarly, and engaging… A tight, convincing examination.  -Matthew Hughes, Middle East Journal

Rokach, Livia, and Moshe Sharett. Israel's Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharett's Personal Diary and Other Documents. Belmont, MA: Association of Arab-American U Graduates, 1980. Print. 
“A valuable service to those who are interested in discovering the real world that lies behind official history.” –Noam Chomsky

Rothchild, Alice. Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience. London: Pluto, 2007. Print. 
“Open, honest and compelling.”  -Sara Powell, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Sand, Shlomo, and Yael Lotan. The Invention of the Jewish People. London: Verso, 2009. Print. 
“Extravagantly denounced and praised.”  -New York Times

Segev, Tom. 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East. New York: Metropolitan, 2007. Print. 
“Deliciously detailed… A fascinating and devastating portrait of Israeli society filled with self-doubt then suddenly power and messianic power.”
-The New York Times

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000. Print. 
“One of the best and most illuminating accounts of Arab-Israeli relations in years.”  -Yaron Ezrahi

Zaru, Jean, Diana L. Eck, and Marla Schrader. Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2008. Print. 
“Jean Zaru is an important Christian leader for the Palestinian Christian children community and for the world church….Hers is a voice we need to hear.”  –Rosemary Ruether





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