From Holy Land to Homeland
Author: Shlomo Sand
Publisher: Verso Books
What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for them throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land?Following the acclaimed and controversial Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest running national struggle of the twentieth-century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of ‘historical right’ and tracks the invention of the modern geopolitical concept of the ‘Land of Israel’ by nineteenth cntury Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of israel; it is also what is threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.
Author: Amos Oz
A snapshot of Israel and the West Bank in the 1980s, through the voices of its inhabitants, from the National Jewish Book Award–winning author of Judas. Notebook in hand, renowned author and onetime kibbutznik Amos Oz traveled throughout his homeland to talk with people—workers, soldiers, religious zealots, aging pioneers, desperate Arabs, visionaries—asking them questions about Israel’s past, present, and future. Observant or secular, rich or poor, native-born or new immigrant, they shared their points of view, memories, hopes, and fears, and Oz recorded them. What emerges is a distinctive portrait of a changing nation and a complex society, supplemented by Oz’s own observations and reflections, that reflects an insider’s view of a country still forming its own identity. In the Land of Israel is “an exemplary instance of a writer using his craft to come to grips with what is happening politically and to illuminate certain aspects of Israeli society that have generally been concealed by polemical formulas” (The New York Times).
The War Over Israel's Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007
Author: Idith Zertal,Akiva Eldar
Publisher: Nation Books
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War was a devastating triumph for Israel, which immediately began to establish settlements in the newly conquered territories. Those settlements, and the movement that made them possible, have utterly transformed Israel, and yet until now the full history of the occupation has never been told. Lords of the Land tells that tragic story, and reveals what a catastrophe it has been for both Israel and the Palestinians.
Author: SALOMON. BENZIMRA
Publisher: White Label Press
This book presents an accurate and comprehensive picture of all the significant events that took place, decisions taken and agreements concluded leading up to the establishment of the independent Jewish State of Israel in May 1948.
Israel and the Jewish People in the Plan of God
Author: Bock, Darrell L. ,Glaser, Mitch
Publisher: Kregel Publications
What does the Bible teach about the role of the Jewish people and the nation of Israel today? What is God's plan for the future of Israel and the neighboring countries? How can believers in Jesus be part of God's peace process in the Middle East? The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel walks through the Bible's account of the role of Israel and the Jewish people—both now and in the future. Each contributor offers a profound insight into God’s unfolding plan and purpose for the nation of Israel as the Scripture depicts them. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of both current and future events in the Middle East as described in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. Features an extensive foreword by best-selling author Joel Rosenberg who addresses the question, Will there ever be peace for Israel and her neighbors? Each chapter includes a scannable QR code that links to a short video introduction by the author of that chapter, introducing its topic. Discussion questions in each chapter aid book group and classroom discussion.
Israel's Jews and Arabs and the Ghosts of Catastrophe
Author: Jo Roberts
2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize — Nonfiction Runner Up The complex histories and memories of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis today frame Israel’s future possibilities for peace. 1948: As Jewish refugees, survivors of the Holocaust, struggle toward the new State of Israel, Arab refugees are fleeing, many under duress. Sixty years later, the memory of trauma has shaped both peoples’ collective understanding of who they are. After a war, the victors write history. How was the story of the exiled Palestinians erased – from textbooks, maps, even the land? How do Jewish and Palestinian Israelis now engage with the histories of the Palestinian Nakba ("Catastrophe") and the Holocaust, and how do these echo through the political and physical landscapes of their country? Vividly narrated, with extensive original interview material, Contested Land, Contested Memory examines how these tangled histories of suffering inform Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli lives today, and frame Israel’s possibilities for peace.
Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate
Author: Tom Segev
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
A panoramic and provocative history of life in Palestine during the three strife-torn but romantic decades when Britain ruled and the seeds of today's conflicts were sown Tom Segev's acclaimed works, 1949 and The Seventh Million, overturned accepted views of the history of Israel. Now Segev explores the dramatic period before the creation of the state, when Britain ruled over "one Palestine, complete" (as noted in the receipt signed by the High Commissioner) and when its promise to both Jews and Arabs that they would inherit the land set in motion the conflict that haunts the region to this day. Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials, Segev reconstructs a tumultuous era (1917 to 1948) of limitless possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces the legendary figures--General Allenby, Lawrence of Arabia, David Ben-Gurion--as well as an array of pioneers, secret agents, diplomats, and fanatics. He tracks the steady advance of Jews and Arabs toward confrontation and with his hallmark originality puts forward a radical new argument: that the British, far from being pro-Arab, as commonly thought, consistently favored the Zionist position, and did so out of the mistaken--and anti-Semitic belief that Jews turned the wheels of history. Rich in unforgettable characters, sensitive to all perspectives, One Palestine, Complete brilliantly depicts the decline of an empire, the birth of one nation, and the tragedy of another.
Quarters, Neighborhoods, Villages, 1800-1948
Author: Ruth Kark,Michal Oren-Nordheim
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
This is an illustrated account of the urban and rural development of Jerusalem from the early 19th century when Ottoman Jerusalem was encompassed by its sixteenth century walls, and was divided into quarters and courtyard units of its various religious and ethnic groupings, to the end of the Mandate period in the mid 20th century. The seeds of the current situation in Jerusalem were sown at that time. It traces the city's interaction with its rural hinterland until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 when Jerusalem was divided into two the Jewish quarter of the Old City and some Jewish neighborhoods and villages were occupied by Arabs, while Jews occupied a number of Arab neighborhoods and villages. The book reconstructs and analyzes processes of establishing a variety of new types of Arab Muslim and Christian, Jewish and European Christian neighborhoods built as community housing, extended family neighborhoods, commercial neighborhoods, and laborers' and garden suburbs. It covers the construction of institutional complexes, the introduction of significant changes in Jerusalem's administration, the creation of new planning frameworks, the planning of new settlements around the city, the concentration of large tracts of agricultural land by Jerusalem's Arab effendis, and the development of the Arab and Jewish villages in the rural hinterland.
Author: David Bamberger
Publisher: Behrman House, Inc
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
A Hebrew-School text on Israel which views the homeland through rose-colored glasses. it follows the history of Eretz Yisrael from early times through the growth of Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel and the major events in its 40+ years of existence. good photos enhance the narrative.
How to End the War of 1948
Author: Tanya Reinhart
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
In Israel/Palestine, Reinhart traces the development of the Security Barrier and Israel’s new doctrine of "disengagement," launched in response to a looming Palestinian-majority population. Examining the official record of recent diplomacy, including United States–brokered accords and talks at Camp David, Oslo, and Taba, Reinhart explores the fundamental power imbalances between the negotiating parties and identifies Israel’s strategy of creating facts on the ground to define and complicate the terms of any future settlement. In this indispensable primer, Reinhart’s searing insight illuminates the current conflict and suggests a path toward change.
Arabs, Jews, and the Emergence of Israel
Author: William Hare
In this sweeping, historical saga of the Middle East, William Hare presents a narrative that begins with biblical times and traces the history of the region through World War II, the Holocaust, and the creation of Israel to the Persian Gulf War. Hare traces the roots of Zionism to the Jews' "burning psychological need for identity" on a soil of their own. Recognizing Palestinian Arabs' yearnings and aspirations as well, Hare examines the conflicts that have shaped this region for centuries and concludes with a look at the recent Middle East peace talks.
Author: Theodor Herzl
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
Theodor Herzl: Old New Land. (AltNeuLand) First print Leipzig 1902. Translated by Dr. David Simon Blondheim, Federation of American Zionists, 1916 Vollständige Neuausgabe. Herausgegeben von Karl-Maria Guth. Berlin 2015. Umschlaggestaltung von Thomas Schultz-Overhage unter Verwendung des Bildes: Paul Gauguin, Am Fusse des Berges, 1892. Gesetzt aus Minion Pro, 11 pt.
From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel
Author: Walter Laqueur
From one of the most distinguished historians of our time comes the definitive general history of the Zionist movement.
Author: Avram S. Bornstein
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Category: Political Science
Crossing the Green Line Between the West Bank and Israel makes eloquent use of particular Palestinian experiences as the framework for a critique of the way borders work in the modern world.
Palestine in Christian History and Thought
Author: Robert Louis Wilken
Publisher: Yale University Press
From the time of Jesus, Palestine has been an integral part of the Christian experience. Not only have Christians always lived in Palestine, but since the fourth century, Christians gradually came to see Palestine as the Holy Land and Jerusalem as the Christian city.
My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
Author: Susan Nathan
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 2003, Susan Nathan moved from her comfortable home in Tel Aviv to Tamra, an Arab town in the northern part of Israel. Nathan had arrived in Israel four years earlier and had taught English and worked with various progressive social organizations. Her desire to help build a just and humane society in Israel took an unexpected turn, however, when she became aware of Israel’s neglected and often oppressed indigenous Arab population. Despite warnings from friends about the dangers she would encounter, Nathan settled in an apartment in Tamra, the only Jew among 25,000 Muslims. There she discovered a division between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs as tangible as the concrete wall and razor-wire fences that surround the Palestinian towns of the West Bank and Gaza. From her unique vantage point, Nathan examines the history and the present-day political and cultural currents that have created a situation little recognized in the ongoing debates about the future of Israel and the Middle East. With warmth, humor, and compassion, she portrays the daily life of her neighbors, the challenges they encounter, and the hopes they harbor. She introduces Arab leaders fighting against entrenched segregation and discrimination; uncovers the hidden biases that undermine even the most well-intentioned Arab-Jewish peace organizations; and describes the efforts of dedicated individuals who insist that Israeli Arabs must be granted the same rights and privileges as Jewish citizens. Through her own courageous example, Nathan proves that it is possible for Jews and Arabs to live and work peacefully together. The Other Side of Israel is more than the story of one woman’s journey; it is a road map for crossing a divide created by prejudices and misunderstandings.
Author: Chaim Gans
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Jewish nationalism
"The book presents several interpretations of Zionism and the post-Zionist alternatives currently proposed for it as political theories for the Jews. It explicates their historiographical, philosophical and moral foundations and their implications for the relationships between Jews and Arabs in Israel/Palestine and between Jews in Israel and world Jews"--
A Personal Journey Through Israel
Author: Eva Marie Everson,Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Discover the origin of the Word of God, and the Land of His Heartbeat in Reflections of God’s Holy Land: A Personal Journey Through Israel. This unique armchair tour of Israel includes four-color photographs, related scriptures, historical and archaeological information about each area, and a description of what it looks and feels like to be there today. Providing more than a coffee table book of slick photographs, authors Everson and Feinberg-Vamosh (one Christian, one Jewish) enlighten readers with a deeper understanding of the land of Israel-the land that holds not only God's story but the story of His people. Features include: Beautiful photographs with cross-referenced scriptures of 40 significant biblical locations Historical and archaeological comment and present-day perspective Endorsements: "You've always wanted to go to the Holy Land, and this book will only deepen that longing. If for any reason you can't go, Reflections of God's Holy Land is the next best thing. You'll feel as if you've been there. Don't miss this." -Jerry B. Jenkins, Novelist "If you've been to Israel, this book will feel like a return trip. I highly recommend you settle in with a cup of something and experience the beauty and inspiration of these pages! I love it!!" -Marilyn Meberg, Women of Faith® Speaker & Author
From Palestine to the Land of Israel; the Extraordinary Early Struggles of Jewish and Christian Heroes to Establish the State of Israel
Author: Barry Shaw
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
There are a few moments in history that create the destiny of a nation. For Israel, one of those moments was 1917. This moment of history touched the imagination and sympathy of people at that time as repairing two millennium of injustice to the Jewish people by restoring them to their ancestral homeland. By retelling the critical events that took place a hundred years ago we seek to right many of the injustices being practised against Israel today. This book recalls the spirit of Zionism, a spirit of self-sacrifice and determination that led to the birth of the one liberal democracy in the Middle East. This book covers the embryonic stage of that struggle. Readers will encounter the seeds of resentment that caused the Israeli-Palestinian problem we have today. The territory known as Palestine became a critical crucible of World War One. It swung the tide of war in favor of the Allied forces. It was in essence the arena in which a clash of three empires took place and a Jewish state emerged out of the ashes. The battlefields in Palestine were the backdrop to the realisation of a two thousand year dream by passionate Jews to establish a national homeland in the land of their forefathers. This book draws you back a century into a kaleidoscope of swirling events that was to change our world. You will be sucked into the maelstrom of a Middle East in turmoil, feel the passions, share the motives of the heroes and the villains that placed their stamp on current events. The world is what it is today due to the visions, the victories and the mistakes of the characters you will meet in an epic journey back in time. Among the remarkable cast of characters are Lawrence of Arabia, General Edmund Allenby, Lord Arthur Balfour, Richard Meinertzhagen, Aaron and Sarah Aaronsohn, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Chaim Weizmann, Joseph Trumpeldor, Colonel John Patterson, Prince Feisal, Winston Churchill, David Ben-Gurion, and the Three Pashas.