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Image of Land, Labor and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914, Updated Edition
Author: Gershon Shafir
ASIN: 0520204018
Binding: Paperback, 288 pages
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Gershon Shafir challenges the heroic myths about the foundation of the State of Israel by investigating the struggle to control land and labor during the early Zionist enterprise. He argues that it was not the imported Zionist ideas that were responsible for the character of the Israeli state, but the particular conditions of the local conflict between the European "settlers" and the Palestinian Arab population.
Image of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East
ASIN: 0520246616
Binding: Paperback, 438 pages
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Until the 1993 first edition of this book, one thing had been missing in Middle Eastern history—depiction of the lives of ordinary Middle Eastern men and women, peasants, villagers, pastoralists, and urbanites. Now updated and revised, the second edition has added six new portraits of individuals set in the contemporary period. It features twenty-four brief biographies drawn from throughout the Middle East—from Morocco to Afghanistan—in which the reader is provided with vantage points from which to understand modern Middle Eastern history "from the bottom up." Spanning the past 160-plus years and reflecting important transformations, these stories challenge elite-centered accounts of what has occurred in the Middle East and illuminate the previously hidden corners of a largely unrecorded world.
 
Image of Torture: Human Rights, Medical Ethics and the Case of Israel
Author: Neve Gordon, Ruchama Marton
ASIN: 1856493148
Binding: Paperback, 224 pages
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This book helps us to understand torture and the international issues it raises. It focuses on Israel, where over 400,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza have been detailed or gaoled since 1967. Its sober analysis and evidence are supplemented by action-oriented recommendations for the international campaign against torture, rehabilitation, and for medical ethics. It includes the full texts of relevant international declarations and medical codes.
Image of Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement
Author: Julie Peteet
ASIN: 0231074476
Binding: Paperback, 245 pages
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This study explores the role of politically active Palestinian women in the Lebanese Resistance Movement. The author describes the types of work involved, the organizations these women have founded, and the changing nature of gender roles set against an intense and sustained crisis.
Image of Palestine in Crisis: The Struggle For Peace and Political Independence After Oslo (Transnational Institute)
Author: Graham Usher
ASIN: 0745309747
Binding: Paperback, 146 pages
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'Graham Usher . . . does the best foreign on-the-spot reporting from Palestine.' Edward Said, London Review of Books 'Graham Usher has provided regular reports and analyses of exceptionally high quality about developments in Israel/Palestine and the region. His book is a very welcome contribution and is indispensable for those who try to follow and understand these complex affairs and their (very great) significance.' Noam Chomsky '[Usher has an] unrivalled familiarity with the shifts of fortune experienced by the Palestinians since the early years of the intifada . . . Palestine in Crisis is a tour de force.' Michael Adams, Middle East International 'One of the most knowledgeable journalists writing in English about the West Bank and Gaza Strip.' Joel Beinin, Middle East Report 'A brilliant work . . . Usher is one of the leading experts on Palestinian political life and on resistance to the Israeli occupation.' Le Monde Diplomatique The signing of the Oslo agreement between Palestine and Israel in 1993 was hailed as an historic moment inaugurating a new epoch of peaceful coexistence for both parties. Yet, despite the positive moves on the parts of both Arabs and Israelis, the conflict continues and the Palestinians now seem as far away as ever from achieving statehood. Palestine in Crisis is a highly acclaimed, succinct overview of this critical period in contemporary Middle Eastern politics, now brought fully up to date with an afterword covering recent events.
Image of Dispatches From Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process (Middle East Issues)
Author: Graham Usher
ASIN: 074531337X
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
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‘Usher ... does the best foreign on-the-spot reporting from Palestine.’ Edward Said, London Review of Books

‘The reader vicariously experiences what will become great moments of popular oral history that official historians will forget in the great scheme of things.’ Middle East International

 
Image of Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East
Author: Jonathan Cook
ASIN: 0745327540
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
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Journalist Jonathan Cook explores Israel’s key role in persuading the Bush administration to invade Iraq, as part of a plan to remake the Middle East, and their joint determination to isolate Iran and prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons that might rival Israel’s own.
 
This concise and clearly argued book makes the case that Israel's desire to be the sole regional power in the Middle East neatly chimed with Bush’s objectives in the “war on terror”.
 
Examining a host of related issues, from the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians to the role of Big Oil and the demonisation of the Arab world, Cook argues that the current chaos in the Middle East is the objective of the Bush administration – a policy that is equally beneficial to Israel.

Image of Peace In Tatters: Israel, Palestine, And The Middle East
Author: Yoram Meital
ASIN: 1588263878
Binding: Paperback, 251 pages
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Peace in Tatters was born in a set of questions with which the author, an Israeli scholar, has struggled for some years: What went wrong in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process before the July 2000 Camp David summit and during the crucial negotiations? How have the dominant narratives about the collapse of the peace process been crafted? Does the ongoing crisis mark the end of the road for the idea that the conflict can be settled on the basis of a two-state solution, with Palestinians and Israelis living as peaceful neighbors? Yoram Meital offers a powerful explanation of how and why the peace process developed, evolved, and ultimately fell apart. Though rich in historical context, Peace in Tatters focuses primarily on the critical years of 2000-2004. Meital examines the major developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the evolving public-political discourse in Israeli and Palestinian societies, and, unflinchingly, U.S. policy in the Middle East. He also explores the dramatic repercussions of the aborted political process for Israelis and Palestinians, and for their opinions about the failure of the negotiations and the eruption of violence. His clear-sighted appraisal will help readers not only to understand what went wrong, but also to see present events in an essentially different way.
Image of Peace Process: American Diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli Conflict since 1967
Author: William B. Quandt
ASIN: 0520246314
Binding: Paperback, 535 pages
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Updated through the first term of President George W. Bush, the latest edition of this classic work analyzes how each U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson has dealt with the complex challenge of Arab-Israeli peacemaking. There have been remarkable successes —such as the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty —frustrating failures, and dangerous wars along the way. This book helps to situate the current Middle East crisis in historical context and point to some possible ways out of the impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. Quandt suggests a clear U.S. commitment to a two-state solution —one that would assure Israel of security and peace within the 1967 treaty-established borders, offer the Palestinians an early end to Israeli occupation of Gaza and most of the West Bank, and establish both a Jewish and Arab Jerusalem. Written especially for classroom use, Peace Process is also an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone interested in this vital region of the world. Praise for previous editions of Peace Process "Clearly written, carefully balanced and comprehensive in scope... should prove invaluable to all serious students of American foreign policy." —New York Times Book Review "A major work, whether judged by the standards of classical diplomatic history or modern political science." —Foreign Affairs "Provides fresh insights into the complexities of creating the process and defining the substance of American foreign policymaking." —Survival "While objective to a fault, Quandt writes with an insider's knowledge of policymaking and decisions taken at the highest levels of government." —Middle East Policy "Both a history and analysis of an evolving relationship between Israel and its Arab opponents." —Choice "A major contribution to understanding the complexity of U.S. presidents' handling of the [Arab-Israeli] conflict. It should be compulsory reading for anyone studying the Middle East conflict, peacemaking and conflict resolution." —Journal of Peace Research