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5 Essential Books on the Palestine-Israel Conflict

A century has gone by in the Palestine-Israel conflict, and it has produced a vast library of English, Arabic, and Hebrew literature. The conflicting narrative makes sure that the unbiased stories of and from both sides are rare and few. There are a few books about the war of Palestine and Israel that have caught the reader’s attention. As a human rights activist and as a war veteran, I bring you a few books about war of Israel-Palestine to get a better understanding of the historical conflict.

Orientations by Ronald Storrs

Orientations are the memoir of Ronald Storrs, who was the first English military governor of Jerusalem after the Ottoman surrender in December 1917. The book reflects the imperialist assumptions about the Jews and the Arabs and the writer’s growing frustration as the conflict unfolded in its initial days.  

Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948 by Meron Benvenisti

Meron Benvenisti is perhaps one of the most perceptive Israeli Jewish writers who has written on this conflict. Unlike other Jews or Jew writers, he focuses sensitively on how his youth transformed as Arab villages were ransacked, destroyed, or renamed in Hebrew.

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi

This is a story of a Palestinian who was displaced from her motherland and her family home in Jerusalem and has turned into a human rights activist to promote her people’s cause. The story emphatically captures the tension and fears of the early months of 1948 when Haganah occupied the Arab neighborhoods on the western side of the city.

Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem Jaffa and Hebron by Menachem Klein

Menachem Klein is a political scientist and a human rights activist who draws on biographies, incidents, and diaries of both sides to map out the lost world of religious tolerance and social intercourse. The book quickly moves to the uncomfortable and violent relationship between the Arabs and Jews in the region.

The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood by Rashid Khalidi 

Khalidi reaches the center of the injustice inflicted upon the Palestinians in this book. He illustrates how the structure of the mandate was biased against them by the British commitment to Zionist Propaganda.


Ian black. 2017 . 10 Must-Read Histories of the Palestine-Israel Conflict. 2nd November . 10 Must-Read Histories of the Palestine-Israel Conflict. [Online]. [5 March 2021]. Available from: https://lithub.com/10-must-read-histories-of-the-palestine-israel-conflict/ 

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