Resources

This list of websites, books, articles and scholarly papers has been compiled from recommendations of the staff of Green Olive Tours, and from a wide spectrum of colleagues who mostly live in Israel and Palestine.
This list includes:
  • Excellent writers
  • Relatively objective writing
  • Wide variety of perspectives and opinions
  • Reasoned advocacy from the left and right
  • Extreme ideologies
  • Non fiction & fiction
A Brief History of the Palestine/Israel Conflict written by Yahav Zohar and edited by the Green Olive Team. A good place to start.
This was the book that consolidated the ideas of Zionism in the late 19th century and distilled them into a coherent vision. Easy read in a few hours. An indictment of Zionism by a prominent Jewish-Israeli academic.
Ari Shavit is a fine writer and loves Israel as a Jew and a Zionist, yet he has a deep understanding of the flaws and possible tragic end to the Zionist Dream. Personal experiences in the West Bank by a masterful writer. David Grossman lives in Jerusalem.
Compelling and insightful. The late Mr. Said was an icon of Palestinian aspirations. The complete argument by one of Zionism's most eloquent and prominent advocates in the USA.
A balanced examination of the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in the Middle East. An authoritative and detailed academic work, drawing on original sources.
Sari Nusseibeh, a prominent Palestinian, narrates his life story which comes to be the story of the recent history of his country.
This list of books is not exhaustive and we continue to add to it. Your recommendations are welcome.

RECOMMENDED READING

Art and culture:

  • Arts and Identity - Betsey Coleman

    A website examining Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of art, artists, and art organizations.


Politics:

  • Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within - Dr. Uri Davis

    A website examining Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of art, artists, and art organizations.
  • Battleground - Samuel Katz

    A Revisionist Zionist account of the conflict.
  • Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History - Norman Finklelstein

  • Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State - Jonathan Cook

  • Israeli Exceptionalism - M. Shahid Alam

  • Palestine in Pieces - Kathleen and Bill Christison

  • Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice - John B. Quigley

  • The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy - John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt

  • The Iron Wall - Avi Shlaim

  • The Jewish National Fund - Walter Lehn & Dr. Uri Davis

  • This Time We Went Too Far - Norman Finkelstein

  • Save Israel! - (From an extremist right wing perspective) - Barry Chamish



Online:



Novels:

  • Damascus Gate - Robert Stone

  • Old New Land (Altneuland) - Theodor Hertzl

    The Utopian novel of the Zionist state. In Hertzl's vision, the Jewish state is an island of European modernity in the middle east, and the native Arabs are grateful for being brought 'progress'


Autobiorgraphies and personal stories:



Education:

  • Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education - Nurit Peled-Elhanan



History:



Academic papers & misc. articles:

  • As the Arabs see the Jews - His Majesty King Abdullah, The American Magazine - November, 1947

  • The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict - Jews for Justice in the Middle East

  • Selected Esseys - Ahad Ha'am

    A more humanist and realist view of the Zionist project.


The law:



Religion:

  • The Dignity of Difference - Rabbi Jonathan Sachs

  • Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel - Israel Shahak & Norton Mezvinsky

  • Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-year History of the Jewish People. - Martin Gilbert



Zionism & Palestinian nationalism:

  • The Iron Cage - Rashid Khalidi