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Israel-Palestine Committee
Reading Group Book List

Book List – 2014

  • “The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan: Wednesday September 10, 2014, 4:30 pm
  • “Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation” by Naim Stifan Ateek: Tuesday July 29, 2014, 12:45 pm NOTE CHANGE!)
    Please srrive by 12:30 pm to get settled!
  •  “The Battle for Justice in Palestine” by Ali Abunimah (Haymarket Books: Chicago) (Part 2: Page 125 to end: Wed June 18, 4:00 pm)
  • “Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine,” ed. Refaat Alareer.
  • “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” by Max Blumenthal
  • “Orientalism,” by Edward Said

Book List — 2013

1. “Gaza Mom,” by Laila El-Haddad

2. “Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists,” edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2012).

3. “The Invention of the Land of Israel,” by Schlomo Sand

4. Right of return: short articles:

a. “September 2011 and May 1948: The Great Fear Now and Then” by Irene Gendzier http://www.israeli-occupation.org/2011-07-23/irene-gendzier-september-2011-and-may-1948-the-great-fear-now-and-then/ This deals with the US and UN General Assembly Resolution 194 on right of return. It is cited in the Khalidi book on p. xxxiii of the Introduction.

b. *United Nations GA Resolution 194http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/043/65/IMG/NR004365.pdf?OpenElement Resolution 194 starts on p. 21. Part 11 deals with the actual refugees, but the resolution is short, so read the whole thing!

c. *Al-Awda (The Palestine Right to Return Coalition) factsheet, updated October 2012 http://www.al-awda.org/facts.html

d. Wikipedia:
1. The Palestinian right of return http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_right_of_return

2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

3. The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_Relating_to_the_Status_of_Refugees

e. Related information on Lebanese camps for Palestinian refugees (Electronic Intifada): http://electronicintifada.net/lebanon-human-rights-development
f. How Israel compensated German (pro-Nazi) settlers forced to flee (Electronic Intifada): http://electronicintifada.net/content/when-israel-compensated-germans-land-palestine/12512
g. Mondoweiss: Kennedy’s insistence on right of return prompted Ben Gurion to rewrite history http://mondoweiss.net/2013/05/kennedys-insistence-prompted.html; This article includes the point that US support for right of return changed under Clinton in 1994.
h. “Right of Return Coalition Calls for Unity, Rejects Arab [League] Initiative,” in IMEMC http://www.imemc.org/article/65480
i.“Abraham’s Children: Toward a Right of Return for Palestinians,” by Bernard Avishai (Harpers Magazine, December 2011) http://harpers.org/archive/2011/12/abrahams-children/

5. “Brokers of Deceit,” by Rashid Khalidi

6. “The General’s Son,” by Miko Peled

Book List – 2012

Nov 2012: “Eye of the Mirror” by Liana Badr

October 31, Wednesday, 12 noon

  • Reading Gilbert Achcar, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, Picador, 2011.

September 19th, (Brooklyn, Avenue I, call for details),

  • Reading Sahar Khalifeh, The Image, The Icon and the Crescent (a Novel)

August 1st, Wednesday, 3:00 pm (Park Slope, Brooklyn),

  • Reading Sari Nusseibeh, What is a Palestinian State Worth?, Harvard University Press, 2011.

June 27, Wednesday, noon, (call for meeting location),

  • Reading Susan Abu al-Howa, Mornings in Jenin.

May 9th, Wednesday, (meeting Flatbush, Brooklyn),

  • Reading Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism.

March 8th, Wednesday, 3:00 pm (Brooklyn Heights),

  • Reading Emile Habiby’s The Secret Life of Saeed, the pessoptimist (a novel).

January 25, Wednesday, 12 noon  (meeting Upper West side, Manhattan),

  • Reading Ilan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel, 2011.

Book List – 2011

For February 14, 2011
Emma Williams: It’s Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street
(Interlink Publishing 2010)

For March 14, 2011

For June 8, 2011

Omar Barghouti, BDS: The Struggle for a Global Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(
Haymarket Press, 2011)

For July 13, 2011

Jonathan Schneer, The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(Random House, 2010)
(the first three parts).

October 19, 2011

Jack Ross, Rabbi Outcast, Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism
(Potomac Books, 2011). http://www.amazon.com/Rabbi-Outcast-Berger-American-Anti-Zionism/dp/1597976970

December 14, 2011

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Non-Violent Resistance
(Ithaca Press, 2011)
(The Forward by Nancy Franklin
Chapter 2 up to “Escalation of Non-Violence”
Chapters 3 & 4).

Book List – 2010

For January 28, 2010
Judge Richard Goldstein et al: The Goldstone Report (Excerpts)

For February 25, 2010
Ben White: Israeli Apartheid, A Beginners Guide
(Pluto Press 2009)

For April 8 and May 26, 2010
Alan Hart: Zionism, The Real Enemy of the Jewish People
(Clarity Press, 2009) Vol 1 The False Messiah

For June 30, 2010
Tony Judt: Postwar – A History of Europe Since 1945
(Penguin Press, 2006) Epilogue

For August 18, 2010
Saree Makdisi: Palestine Inside Out, An Everyday Occupation
(W.W. Norton, 2008)

For October 18, 2010
Alan Hart: Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews -
(Clarity Press, 2009) Vol 3 Conflict without End?

For December 2, 2010
Juan Cole: Engaging the Muslim World
(Palgrave Macmillan 2009)

Book List – 2009

For July 8, 2009
Bruce Feiler, Abraham – A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
(Harper Perennial, 2002) Chapters 3 (Ishmael) and 4 (Isaac) (pp 57-110)

From the Old Testament: Genesis - Chapters 15-25, Deuteronomy-Chapter6:10-12
From the Koran: Sura 37: 100-113 (In the PS at the end of Feiler’s book)

For September 10, 2009
Joel Kovel: Overcoming Zionism – Creating a Single State in Israel Palestine
(Pluto Press, 2007)

For October 22, 2009
Various Columns from Bitter Lemons, Electronic Intifida, and Nadia Hijba

For December 3, 2009
Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People
(Verso 2009)

Book List – 2008

For December 11, 2008
Yoram Hazoni, The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul
(Basic Books, 2002) Chapters 2-; 9-10; 13; and epilogue

For October 2008
Idith Zertal, Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood
(Cambridge University Press, 2005)

For September 2008
J.J. Goldberg, Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment
(Addison Wesley, 1996) Prologue and Chapters 8-13

For August 2008
Joseph Cirincione, “The Greatest Threat To Us All,” in New York Review of Books (March 6, 2008)

William Luers, Thomas Pickering, Jim Walsh, “A Solution for the US-Iran Nuclear Standoff,” in New York Review of Books
(March 20, 2008)

Bennett Ramberg, Geoffrey Forden, John Thomson, “Reply to Walsh, Pickering and Luers,” in
New York Review of Books (April 17, 2008)

For June-July 2008
J.J. Goldberg, Avner Cohen, Israel and the Bomb
(Columbia, 1998)

For April 2008

Khaled Hroub: Hamas, A Beginner’s Guide
(Pluto Press, 2006)

For February-March 2008
Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
(Oneworld Publications, 2006) First five chapters

For January 2008
John Mearshheimer & Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007) remaining chapters

Book List – 2007

For October 2007
John Mearshheimer & Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007) Preface, Introduction, Chapters 1-6, Conclusion

For August 2007
Rashid Khalidi, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
(Beacon Press, 2006) Chapters 4-end

For June 2007
Rashid Khalidi, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
(Beacon Press, 2006) Introduction and Chapters 1-3

For May 2007
Paul Scham et al, Shared Histories: A Palestinian-Israeli Dialogue
(Left Coast Press, 2005) Discussions 5 (pp. 188-204) and 6 (pp. 228-250)

For April 2007
Jimmy Carter, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
(Simon & Schuster, 2006) Chapters 6-end

For March 2007
Jimmy Carter, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
(Simon & Schuster, 2006) Chapters 1-5

For February 2007
Virginia Tilley, The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock
(University of Michigan Press, 2005) Chapters 5-end

For January 2007
Virginia Tilley, The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock
(University of Michigan Press, 2005) Chapters 1-4

Book List – 2006

For December 2006
Azza Karam (ed), Transnational Political Islam: Religion, Ideology and Power
(Pluto Press, 2004), Chapters 4-end

Tony Judt, “Israel: The Alternative,” in New York Review of Books (October 23, 2003)

For October 2006
Azza Karam (ed), Transnational Political Islam: Religion, Ideology and Power
(Pluto Press, 2004), Chapters 1, 2 and 3
Link to the article: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2003/oct/23/israel-the-alternative/

For September 2006
Roane Carey & Jonathan Shainin, The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent
(The New Press, 2002)

For August 2006
Regina Sharif, Non-Jewish Zionism: Its Roots in Western History
(Zed Press, 1983)

For June 2006
John Mearscheimer & Stephen Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” in
London Review of Books (March 23, 2006)
Link to the article: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v28/n06/john-mearsheimer/the-israel-lobby

Michael Massing, “The Storm Over the Israel Lobby,” in New York Review of Books (June 8, 2006)
Link to the article: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2006/jun/08/the-storm-over-the-israel-lobby/

For May 2006
Isabel Kershner, Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Arab Conflict
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) Chapters 4-end

For March 2006
Isabel Kershner, Barrier: The Seam of the Israeli-Arab Conflict
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) Chapters 2 and 3

For January 2006
Bernard Wasserstein, Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop?
(Yale, 2004) Chapters 1-3

Book List – 2005

For November 2005
Jacqueline Rose, The Question of Zion
(Princeton, 2005) Chapter 1 (“The Apocalyptic Sting: Zionism as Messianism (Vision)”)

For September 2005
Ze’ev Schiff & Ehud Ya’ari, Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising — Israel’s Third Front
(Simon & Schuster, 1990) Chapter 6 (“The Israeli Palestinians”)

For August 2005
Ari Shavit, “Survival of the Fittest? Interview with Benny Morris,” in Haaretz (January 9, 2004)
Link to interview: http://www.counterpunch.org/shavit01162004.html