Palestine/Israel defines a land where peoples, histories, cultures, identities, conflicts, religions and struggles are strictly interrelated. This list provides fiction and non-fiction books about such a heterogeneity of actors, issues and perspectives.
In his masterpiece entitled The Question of Palestine Edward W. Said explained the most crucial questions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the meaning of Palestine, Palestinians, Zionism and the right of self-determination.
In his most controversial book the Israeli historian Ilan Pappé identified the meeting between the Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion and his advisers in March 1948 as the start of a campaign of ‘ethnic cleaning’ in the land of historic Palestine.
Always involved in the cause of peace in the Middle East, Jimmy Carter – former US President – explained how South-African apartheid will become a reality in Palestine/Israel if the conflict will not be justly resolved.
Ghassan Kanafani’s novel is a must-read to know more about the Palestinian diaspora and the meaning of being a Palestinian refugee.
In 1993 the Israeli journalist Amira Hass decided to go to Gaza and stayed there to document what was going on. She is still living in Ramallah (occupied Palestinian territories) and reporting for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Rashid Khalidi, one of the most well-known Palestinian historians, analysed the historical and political process of self-determination of the Palestinian people since the Mandate period just after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
In his most well-known book Shlomo Sand questioned myths and taboos regarding Jewish and Israeli history as to suggest an alternative view of the current Jewish state.
This book is a collection of essays by Palestinian and Israeli women in which autobiographies, testimonies, narrative identities, pain and anger are mixed in a unique discourse. The editors have opened up several challenging questions for reflection and future studies on such a subject.
A two-volume graphic novel illustrating Joe Sacco’s visit to the occupied Palestinian territories during 1991 and 1992: it is one of the most powerful pieces of work reporting dozens of testimonies of everyday life of Palestinians under occupation into cartoon form.
At the core of the current political debate on feasible alternatives for a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Virginia Tilley demonstrated the main reasons of the demise of the historic ‘two states for two peoples’ solution.
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