Reading List


The original list is from The Veritas Handbook for organizers; books noted ** have been added. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs lists recommended books.


**Abdelrazaq, Leila. Baddawi (Graphic novel). Just World Books, 2015. “A coming of age story that is funny, angry and deeply human.”

**Abulhawa, Susan. Mornings in Jenin (Historical novel). A sweeping, heart-wrenching historical saga about four generations of the Abulheja family. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006.

Bell, J. Bowyer. Terror out of Zion: Irgun Zvai Leumi, LEHI, and the Palestine Underground. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1977.

**Bennis, Phyllis. Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Olive Branch Press, 2009.

Dodd, Peter and Halim Barakat. River without Bridges: A Study of the Exodus of the 1967 Palestinian Arab Refugees. Beirut: Institute of Palestine Studies, 1969.

Farsoun, Samih and Naseer Aruri. Palestine and the Palestinians: A Social and Political History. Boulder: West View Press, 2006.

Fisk, Robert. The Great War for Civilization: The Conquest of the Middle East. London: Harper Perennial, 2006.

Fisk, Robert. Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Gerber, Haim. Remembering and Imagining Palestine: Identity and Nationalism from the Crusades to the Present. London: Palgrave, 2008.

Giladi, Naeim. Ben-Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah and the Mossad Eliminated the Jews. Dandelion Enterprises, 2006.

**Gilbert, Mads. Night in Gaza. Skyscraper Publications, 2015. Fifteen days of bombing and human suffering witnessed by Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor who worked at al Shifa Hospital during the 2014 Israeli invasion.

**Hadawi, Sami. Bitter Harvest: A Modern History of Palestine (4th Edition, 1998)

Hamzeh, Muna and May, Todd. Operation Defensive Shield: Witnesses to Israeli War Crimes. London: Pluto Press, 2003.

Harris, William W. Taking Root: Israeli Settlement in the West Bank, the Golan, and Gaza-Sinai, 1967-1980. New York : Research Studies Press, 1980.

**Hirst, David. The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East. Emeryville, Ca: Thunder’s Mouth Press/Nation Books, 2003.

**Holt, Patricia Martin. Committee of One. Matriarch Press, 2012. The story of Leila Wahbeh and her family, who fled from Jerusalem to Egypt in 1947 to avoid the terrors of the war with Israel, and returned four years later to find they had lost everything.

Khalidi, Rashid. Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Khalidi, Walid. All that Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948. Washington D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2006.

Khalidi, Walid. Before their Diaspora: A Photographic History of the Palestinians, 1876–1948. Washingto n D.C.: Institute for Palestine Studies, 2004.

Khalidi, Walid. From Haven to Conquest: Readings in Zionism and the Palestine Problem until 1948. Washington D.C., 1987.

Kimmerling, Baruch and Joel S. Migdal. The Palestinian People: A History. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Lynd, Staughton et al, ed. Homeland: Oral Histories of Palestine and the Palestinians. New York: Olive Branch Press, 1994.

Mackey, Sandra. Lebanon: A House Divided. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1989.

Milton-Edwards, Beverley. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A People’s War. London: Routledge, 2009.

Morris, Benny. Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881–1999. London: J. Murray, 2000.

Palumbo, Michael. Imperial Israel: The History of the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. London: Bloomsbury, 1990.

Pappe, Ilan. A History of Modern Palestine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Pappe, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford : Oneworld Publications, 2006.

Robinson, Donna. Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine: The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1994.

Rogan, Eugene and Shlaim, Avi. The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Rokach, Livia. Israel’s Sacred Terrorism: A Study Based on Moshe Sharetts Personal Diary and other documents. Belmont: AAUG, 1986.

Said, Edward. The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969–1994. New Y ork: Vintage Books, 1995.

Said, Edward. The Question of Palestine. New York: Vintage Books, 1992.

Shlaim, Avi. Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Schlaim, Avi. Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations. London: Verso, 2009.

Shiblak, Abbas. Iraqi Jews: A History of Mass Exodus. Al Saqi Books: London, 2005. And The Lure of Zion: the Case of the Iraqi Jews. Al Saqi Books: London, 1986.


**Abunimah, Ali. The Battle for Justice in Palestine. Haymarket Books, 2014. A comprehensive look at the shifting political tides in Palestine and Israel in a neoliberal world.

Abunimah, Ali. One Country: A Bold Proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006.

Amos, John W. Palestinian Resistance: Organization of a Nationalist Movement. New York: Pergamon Press, 1980.

Ben-Ami, Shlomo. Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

**Blumenthal, Max. Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Nation Books, 2014. A startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics.

Chehab, Zaki. Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Group. New York: Nation Books, 2007.

Chomsky, Noam. Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians. Cambridge, M.A.: South End Press, 1999.

Finkelstein, Norman G. Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Finkelstein, Norman G. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. London: Verso, 2003.

Goldberg, David Howard. Foreign Policy and Ethnic Interest Groups: American and Canadian Jews Lobby for Israel. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Kimmerling, Baruch. Politicide: Ariel Sharon’s War against the Palestinians. London: Verso, 2003.

Lustick, Ian S. For the Land and the Lord: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel . New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1988.

Lybarger, Loren. Identity and Religion in Palestine: the Struggle between Islamism and Secularism in the Occupied Territories. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.

Mearsheimer, John J. ,and Stephen Walt. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Farrar, 2007.

Mergui, Raphael, and Philippe Simonnot. Israel’s Ayatollahs: Meir Kahane and the Far Right in Israel. London: Saqi Books, 1987.

Milton-Edwards, Beverley. Islamic Politics in Palestine. London: Tauris Academic Studies, 1996.

Shahak, Israel. Open Secrets: Israel Foreign and Nuclear Policies. London: Pluto Press, 1997.

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.

Sorkin, Michael. Against the Wall: Israel’s Barrier to Peace. New York: New Press, 2005.

Tamimi, Azzam. Hamas: A History from Within. Northampton: Olive Branch Press, 2007.

Tilley, Virginia. The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

Settlements/Refugees/Human Rights

**Abdelrazaq, Leila. Baddawi (Graphic novel). Just World Books, 2015. “A coming of age story that is funny, angry and deeply human.”

Aruri, Naseer ed. Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return. London: Pluto Press, 2001.

**Baltzer, Anna. Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories. Paradigm Publishers, 2007. Order online.

**Bayoumi, Mustafa ed. Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine conflict. OR Books, 2010. Order online.

Bowen, Stephen ed. Human Rights, Self-determination and Political Change in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publications, 1997.

Carter, Jimmy. Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.

Cook, Jonathan. Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State. Pluto Press: London, 2006.

Cook, Jonathan. Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Project in Human Despair. Zed Books, 2008.

Davis, Uri. Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within. Zed Books: New York, 2003.

Dolphin, Ray. The West Bank Wall: Unmaking Palestine. London: Pluto Press, 2006.

Dumper, Michael ed. Palestinian Refugee Repatriation: Global Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2006.

Efrat, Elisha. The West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Geography of Occupation and Disengagement . London: Routledge, 2006.

**Finkelstein, Norman G. This Time they Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. OR Books, 2010. Order online.

Gorenberg, Gershom. Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967–1977. New York: Times Books, 2006.

Hamzeh, Muna. Refugees in our Own Land: Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem . London: Pluto Press, 2001.

Hass, Amira. Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege. New York: Metropolitan Books, 1999.

Hass, Amira. Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in Occupied Land. Los Angeles: Semiotext , 2003.

Jacoby, Tami Amanda. Bridging the Barrier: Israel’s Unilateral Disengagement. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Jiryis, Sabri. The Arabs in Israel. Monthly Review Press: New York, 1976

Kattan, Victor. The Palestine Question in International Law. London: British Institute for International and Comparative Law, 2008.

Khalidi, Rashid. The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Beacon Press, 2007.

Lustick, Ian. Arabs in the Jewish State: Israel’s Control of a National Minority. University of Texas Press: Austin, 1980.

Makdisi, Saree. Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2008.

Masalha, Nur. A Land Without A People: Israel, Transfer, and the Palestinians, 1949–1996. London: Faber and Faber, 1997.

Masalha, Nur. Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: the Politics of Expansion, 1967–2000. Sterling: Pluto Press, 2000.

Masalha, Nur. The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem. London: Pluto Press, 2003.

Minns, Amina and Nadia Hijab. Citizens Apart: a Portrait of the Palestinians in Israel. St. Martins Press: New York, 1990.

Nathan, Susan. The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across of the Jewish/Arab Divide. Nan A. Talese, 2005.

Neslen, Arthur. Occupied Minds: A Journey through the Israeli Psyche. London: Pluto Press, 2006.

Quigley, John. Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice. Duke University Press, Durham , 1990.

Quigley, John. The Case for Palestine: An International Law Perspective. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2005.

Qumsiyeh, Mazen B. Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle. London: Pluto Press, 2004.

Rabinowitz, Dan and Khawla Abu-Baker. Coffins on Our Shoulders: The Experience of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Reinhart, Tanya. Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2005.

Reinhart, Tanya. The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine since 2003. London: Verso, 2006.

Roy, Sara. Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. London: Pluto Press, 2007.

**Sacco, Joe. Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel. Jonathan Cape, 2009.

Sa’di, Ahmad H. and Lila Abu-Lughod eds. Nakba: Palestine, 1948, and the Claims of Memory. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.

Takkenberg, Alex. The Status of Palestinian Refugees in International Law. Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1998.

Zertal, Edith. Lords of the Land: the war over Israel’s settlements in the Occupied Territories. New York: Nation Books, 2007.

Zureik, Elia. The Palestinians in Israel: A Study in Internal Colonialism. London: Routledge, 1979.