• Brynen, Rex and Roula El-Rifai eds., The Palestinian Refugee Problem: The Search for a Resolution. London: Pluto Press, 2014.
The book brings together leading analysts, many of whom have been actively involved in the negotiations, to provide a detailed overview of the key dimensions of the Palestinian refugee problem. It avoids putting forward a single solution but rather offers, through its many essays, a broad overview of the different approaches available. As such, it is the first book to develop an array of policy options for resolving various aspects of the refugee issue. It is therefore an important resource for anyone who is serious about finding a solution to one of the world's most protracted and complex refugee crises.
• Cohen, Michael J. Britain's Moment in Palestine: Retrospect and Perspectives 1917-1948. New York: Routledge, 2014.
The book provides a comprehensive account of the Palestine mandate from the antecedents of the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to the consequences of the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. The dominant themes are the contradictions of British rule and the military, as well as the demographic aims of the Zionists in establishing the state of Israel within the land of Israel/Palestine.
• Derfler, Leslie. Yitzhak Rabin. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
A political, critical and analytical biography of Yitzhak Rabin, this book makes use of recently opened material and provides explanations for the important episodes of Rabin's life. Derfler examines Rabin's longtime leadership of the Israeli military and state and his efforts to secure a peace with Egypt and the Palestinians. He reveals that, while Rabin's opposition to a two-state solution remained, he had a longstanding belief in Palestinians' right to shape their own destiny and an underlying awareness of the need for a political rather than military solution to the problem of Israeli security.
• Morgan, W. John and Alexander Guilherme. Buber and Education: Dialogue as conflict resolution. New York: Routledge, 2014.
Martin Buber is considered one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers and his contributions to philosophy, theology and education are testimony to this. His thought is founded on the idea that people are capable of two kinds of relations, emphasizing the centrality of dialogue in all spheres of human life. For this reason, Buber is considered by many to be the philosopher of dialogue par excellence. This book brings together aspects of Buber's philosophy and educational practice, and explains their significance for peace dialogue and for conflict resolution, both between individuals and communities. Buber's philosophy of dialogue and views on education are pivotal in demonstrating the personal and social benefits of dialogical education as well as the dangers of non-dialogical education.
• PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs). Directory 2014. Jerusalem: PASSIA, 2014.
This directory lists and provides the contact information for all the different organizations and government branches that deal with Palestinian affairs. It includes a list of the main departments within the PA and the PLO, including the names, telephone numbers and email addresses of each head of department, as well as a list of NGOs, youth organizations, universities and colleges. It also includes a statistical overview of Palestine (its government, cities, etc.) and its occupation, along with a variety of both historic and recent maps.
• Davies, Thomas. NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society. London: Hurst & Company, 2013.
This book represents the first historical account of international NGOs from the French Revolution to the present. Thomas Davies places the contemporary debate on transnational civil society in context. In contrast to the conventional wisdom, which sees transnational civil society as a recent development taking place along a linear trajectory, he explores the long history of international NGOs in terms of a cyclical process characterized by three major waves: the era to 1914, the inter-war years, and the period since World War II. This book explores a diverse breadth of transnational civil society, from business associations to humanitarian organizations, peace groups to socialist movements, feminist organization to pan-nationalist groups.
• Davis, Rochelle and Mimi Kirk eds. Palestine and the Palestiniansin the 21st Century. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
Recent developments in Palestinian political, economic and social life have resulted in greater insecurity and diminishing confidence in Israel's willingness to abide by political agreements or the Palestinian leadership's ability to forge consensus. This volume examines the legacies of the past century, conditions of life in the present, and the possibilities and constraints on prospects for peace and self-determination in the future. These historically grounded essays by leading scholars engage the issues that continue to shape Palestinian society, such as economic development, access to resources, religious transformation, and political movements.
• Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre. Planning to Fail: the Planning Regime in Area C of the West Bank: An International Law Perspective. Ramallah: Diakonia, September 2013.
This paper presents the international legal analysis of the Diakonia IHL Resource Centre of the Israeli planning regime that is in place in Area C of the West Bank, in order to establish whether it conforms to international standards, and if not, what steps can be taken to bring the planning regime into line with basic demands of international law. The overall finding is that the planning regime in Area C is fundamentally unlawful and that this is demonstrated in several key aspects of its form and function.
• Faris, Hani A. The Failure of the Two-State Solution: The Prospects of One State in the Israel-Palestine Conflict. New York: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 2013.
This book examines the impasse in the Israel-Palestine conflict, exploring the reasons behind the breakdown of attempts to establish a meaningful Palestinian state. It points to another- until recently unthinkable - option: a single bi-national state in Israel-Palestine, with all inhabitants sharing in equal rights and citizenship, regardless of ethnicity and faith. The book draws together a wide-ranging and in-depth analysis of the historical and current situation in Israel-Palestine. Through a historical analysis of the conflict and its numerous peace initiatives, this book demonstrates how the current deadlock has been reached. It argues that the viability of a two-state solution seems to have run its course and so highlights the one-state solution as an option.
• International Peace and Cooperation Center. East Jerusalem Housing Review 2013. Jerusalem: IPCC, 2013.
This review provides a critical examination of East Jerusalem's housing sector. It draws attention to the city's worsening housing crisis and its influence on wider demographic trends. It also seeks to clarify the detrimental role of Israeli policies in obstructing Palestinian housing development and outline strategies that could overcome the current impediments.
• Joseph, Suzanne E. Fertile Bonds. Bedouin Class, Kinship and Gender in the Bekaa Valley. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013.
With an average of over nine children per family, older cohorts of Bedouin in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon have one of the highest fertility rates in the world. Many married couples in this pastoral community are close relatives. To outsiders, such family norms can seem disturbing, even premodern. They attract assumptions of Arab "backwardness," poverty, and sexism. Remarkably, Fertile Bonds flips these stereotypes. Anthropological demographer Suzanne Joseph shows that in this particular group, prolific birth rates coincide with moderate death rates and high levels of nutrition. Despite broader class differences between Bedouins and peasants, members of Bekaa Bedouin society rely heavily on kinship ties, sharing, and reciprocity and experience a high degree of social and demographic equality. This story, unfamiliar to many, is one that is fading as traditional nomadic livelihoods give way to encapsulation within the state. With the help of this surprising, nuanced study, knowledge of such marginalized pastoral groups will not vanish with the disappearance of their way of life. Joseph's book expands our understanding of peoples far removed from consolidated government control and provides a broad analytical lens through which to examine demographic divides across the globe.
• Kerem Navot. Israeli Settlers' Agriculture as a Means of Land Takeover in the West Bank. Ramallah: Diakonia, August 2013.
This report aims to add another layer to the debate about the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank by taking a closer look at Israeli settler agriculture. This debate generally focuses on subjects such as construction in the settlements, establishment of outposts, demographic growth of the settler population, and the benefits that this population receives. The story of Israeli settler agriculture in the West Bank is not often mentioned or even understood as part of this debate, notwithstanding the far-reaching implications for the West Bank and the Palestinian population there. This report surveys a number of aspects of Israeli agriculture in the West Bank, in particular the developments and changes that have taken place over the 15 years between 1997 and 2012. The report describes the official and unofficial means that have been used by the state of Israel and the settlers to take over land for agricultural use, and the role of such agricultural takeovers within the wider context of Israel's land grabs for the settlements.
• Siniver, Asaf ed. The October 1973 War: Politics, Diplomacy, Legacy. London: C. Hurst and Co. Ltd, 2013.
The release of this book marks the 40th anniversary of the October War of 1973, also known as the "Yom Kippur War," and provides a reassessment of the major themes that emerged during the war and in its aftermath. The contributors provide the first comprehensive account of the domestic and international factors that informed the policies of Israel, Egypt, Syria and Jordan, as well as external actors before, during and after the war. It includes chapters on the superpowers, the EU and the Palestinians and deals with the themes of intelligence and political economy as well as the socio-political legacy of the war on Israel and Arab societies.
• S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue. The Regional Implications of the Establishment of a Palestinian State. Netanya: Merav-Dascalu Publishing, Ltd, 2013.
This publication presents the findings of a study conducted by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue on the implications of the establishment of a Palestinian state. The research project put together five multinational research teams- - each of which included an Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian researcher that worked together. The basic assumptions upon which the study is based determined that the point of departure for the research was that three independent states already exist: Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. Then, five areas were chosen for the teams of scholars to investigate and establish how the existence of a Palestinian state would impact them: the political character of the Palestinian state, normalization with the states of the region (with an emphasis on Israel-Palestine and Israel-Jordan), the national aspirations of the Palestinian Diaspora, security and the regional balance of power, and the economies of the countries in the region (especially Jordan, Israel and Palestine).
• Von Hippel, Frank N., Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Emad Kiyaei, Harold A.Feiveson, and Zia Mian. Fissile Material Controls in the Middle East: Steps toward a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and all other Weapons of Mass Destruction. Princeton: International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), October 2013.
This pamphlet suggests possible initiatives for fissile material control that could serve as an initial step toward an eventual Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction. These initiatives include actions that Israel, the only regional state with nuclear weapons, could take toward nuclear disarmament; and measures of collective restraint regarding fissile material production and use to be taken by all states of the region to foster confidence that their civilian nuclear activities are indeed peaceful in intent and not being pursued as a cover to develop nuclear weapon options.
• Wilson, Ward. Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Drawing on new information and the latest historical research, this book poses a fundamental challenge to the myths on which nuclear weapons policy is currently built. Using pragmatic arguments and an unemotional, clear-eyed insistence on the truth, the author arrives at a surprising conclusion: Nuclear weapons are enormously dangerous but don't appear to be terribly useful. In that case, he asks, why would we want to keep them?
• The Alternative Press Center. Alternative Press Index: Access to Movements, News, Policy and Theory, Vol. 44, No. 1. Chicago: The Alternative Press Center, 2012.
The Alternative Press Index provides a comprehensive and up-to-date database of critical social research. Each of the quarterly indexes includes around 300 records, what makes it a unique resource of alternative, radical and left-wing publications. The API indexes periodicals, newspapers and magazines dealing with practices and theories of cultural, economic, political and social change. Many of the listed titles are available online through various full-text media linked to the API through EBSCO Publishing.
• Banipal - Magazine of Modern Arab Literature, Vol. 45. London: Banipal Publishing, 2012.
Banipal is a unique magazine aiming to promote modern Arab literature in the English-reading world. The 45th issue of Banipal, marking its 15th anniversary of publication, was devoted particularly to writers from Palestine. The magazine presents 24 young Palestinian writers and poets who represent a new, critical and self-reflexive literary trend. Their uncompromising writings challenge previous nationalist, utopian discourses and provide a fresh overlook on Palestinian experience.
• Bardin, Hillel. A Zionist among Palestinians, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012.
This book offers the perspective of an ordinary Israeli citizen who gradually gained consciousness of Palestinian national claims and became supportive of the idea of a two-state solution long before it was discussed by the world's top politicians. Throughout the years, Hillel Bardin has initiated several social initiatives aimed at dialogue and mutual understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, among others the campaign "Runners for Peace". Bardin's story offers real life proof that peace and dialogue are desirable, possible and beneficial for the Israelis as well as for the Palestinians.
• Bar-Tal, Daniel and Izhak Shnell eds. The Impact of Lasting Occupation: Lessons from Israeli Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
This recently published book is part of the Series in Political Psychology. The multi-dimensional study presents an original conceptual framework that focuses on the impact of protracted occupation on the occupying society. It provides a systematic and comprehensive analysis of the influence of ongoing occupation of the Palestinian Territories on political, social, economic, cultural and psychological aspects of life of the Israelis. Leading Israeli scholars address the fundamentals of occupation as well as its political, societal and cultural effects. This innovative study presents the extent of social and political deterioration of the occupying society on Israel society.
• Center for Democracy & Community Development (CDCD). Promoting the Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for a comprehensive Middle Easter Peace Project: All About the Arab Peace Initiative (API) in Questions and Answers. Jerusalem: CDCD, 2012.
This pamphlet, prepared by the Center for Democracy and Community Development (CDCD), aims to clarify the content of the Arab Peace Initiative (API) and its relations with other peace plans such as the Road Map of 2003. It takes a close look at the process of implementation of the API and the relationship between its bilateral and multilateral tracks. The pamphlet has been published in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
• Cohen Corasanti, Michelle. The Almond Tree. Reading: Garnet Publishing, 2012.
In her debut novel Michelle Cohen Corasanti tells the story of a Palestinian family living in Israel and Gaza. The author, a Jewish-American and a graduate in Middle Eastern Studies, spent seven years in Jerusalem. She has attempted to give a human face to anonymous victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through a story of a Palestinian boy the author refers to such universal themes as hope, peace and tolerance.
• Diakonia IHL Resource Centre. An Easy Guide to International Humanitarian Law. Diakonia: Jerusalem, 2012.
This small pamphlet looks to provide a very brief and basic summary of international humanitarian law, its basic principles and applications.
• Dobbie, Joan and Grace Beeler eds. Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle. Standpoint: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
This collection of poems written by authors of Jewish and Palestinian-Arab descent was published in response to the violence surrounding the Israeli Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-09. Divided into six interconnected sections, the anthology alternates between Jewish and Arab poets in order to create a climate of tolerance. This unique anthology attempts to present poetically expressed Jewish and Palestinian narratives without taking sides.
• Israel & Palaestina: Zeitschrift fuer Dialog, Vol. 1. Wandel in der arabischen Welt - Stillstand im Israel-Palaestina Konflikt. Schwalbach/Ts: Wochenschau Verlag, 2012.
This issue of a monthly German journal on the Israeli-Palestinian relations, Israel & Palaestina: Zeitschrift fuer Dialog, was devoted to the recent changes in the Arab world and their possible consequences for Egypt, Syria, Israel and the Palestinians. The issue was complemented with an interview with Ilan Halevi, a Palestinian writer and politician.
• Levine, Mark and Shafir Gershon eds. Struggle and Survival in Palestine/Israel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.
This multidisciplinary study portrays the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by using the life history method. Social biographies of Jewish, Palestinian and other inhabitants of Israel and Palestine shed a new light on well known historical events and provides them with a broad socio-cultural context. The terms of "struggle" and "survival" are related not only to the circumstances of a military conflict, but also to psychological, economic and political dimensions of everyday life of the interviewees and their efforts to maintain national identity. A variety of narratives presented in this study reflects the complexity of the history of modern Palestine/Israel and highlights its human dimension.
• Masalha, Nur. The Palestine Nakba. Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory. London, New York: Zed Books, 2012.
The Palestine Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948 is presented in this study as a turning point in the modern history of Palestine and a crucial event in Palestinian collective memory. Through a historical analysis the author elaborates various practices of physical and symbolic marginalization of the Palestinians that have been used by the Israeli authorities since 1948 to the present days. Masalha criticizes the hegemonic discourse on the history of Israel and proposes a new approach, including previously suppressed narratives. He calls for a broader recognition of Palestinian collective memory and experience expressed in oral history.
• PASSIA (Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs). The Road to Palestinian Statehood: A Review of a People's Struggle for National Independence. Jerusalem: PASSIA, 2012.
The study conducted by the PASSIA research team provides a brief overview of the origins and development of the Palestinian national movement. The history of the Palestinian struggle for self determination has been presented in several distinctive phases: the pre-1948 period, 1948-67 - the period between the first proclamation of independence and formation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1967-88 - the evolution of the concept of Palestinian statehood, 1988 - the events surrounding the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, 1991-2000 - the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, 2000-05 - the Second Intifada, 2005-11- the creation of a de facto state in divided Palestine, 2011 - the Palestinian Authority's statehood bid at the UN and the November 2012 - the Israeli offensive on Gaza. The study has been supplemented with short definitions of key concepts related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
• Petschulat, Tim O. ed. Reaching for the Sun? The Search for Sustainable Energy Policies in North Africa and the Middle East. Berlin: Deutscher Levante Verlag, 2012.
The primary aim of this publication is to present a collection of policy proposals regarding the use of sustainable energy in the region of Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Analysts discuss situation of different MENA countries, address regional challenges and propose ideas on shaping energy policies. The issue of sustainable energy is of particular importance for the MENA region as it faces both increasing domestic energy demand and a threat of climate change. The use of renewable energy is considered by the international analysts a way of reaching sustainable economic development in North Africa and the Middle East.
• Shehadeh, Raja. Occupation Diaries. London: Profile Books, 2012.
The diaries of a Palestinian lawyer, activist and writer help to understand everyday hardships of life under the Israeli occupation. Shehadeh in his writings covers his daily life in Ramallah in the period of 2009-11. He shares with his readers difficult experiences of the Palestinians but also provides them with an insightful analysis of Israeli and Palestinian politics. He comments with skepticism on the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations and welcomes with hope the events of the Arab Spring. The strength of Shehadeh's memoir lies in a unique combination of political content and a deeply personal insight into the situation of the Palestinians.
• Isaacs, Alick. A Prophetic Peace. Judaism, Religion and Politics. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011.
Challenging deeply held convictions about Judaism, Zionism, war and peace, Alick Isaacs's combat experience in the Second Lebanon War provoked him to search for a way of reconciling the belligerence of religion with its messages of peace. In his insightful readings of the texts of Biblical prophecy and rabbinic law, Isaacs draws on the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Derrida, Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Buber, among others, to propose an ambitious vision of religiously inspired peace. Rejecting the notion of Jewish theology as partial to war and vengeance, the book points to the ways in which Judaism can be a path to peace. A Prophetic Peace describes an educational project called "Talking Peace" whose aim is to bring individuals of different views together to share varying understandings of peace.
• Landy, Davi. Jewish Identity & Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel. London: Zed Books Ltd, 2011.
This book explores the Diaspora Jews' increasing criticism of Israel and its growing support for Palestinian rights. In the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, Jewish organizations have sprung up to oppose Israel's treatment of Palestinians, facing harsh criticism from fellow Jews for their actions. It looks to answer questions relating to how this movement came about and the consequences for Palestinian and Diaspora Jews. This book is a groundbreaking study of this growing social movement, examining in depth how it challenges traditional diasporic Jewish representations of itself. It looks at why people join this movement and how they relate to the Palestinians and their struggle, asking searching questions about transnational solidarity movements and responding to urgent questions relating to social movement theory.
• Machsomwatch. Obstacle Course. Conduct of the Israel Police in the Occupied West Bank. Machsomwatch, December 2010.
Machsomwatch is an Israeli women's movement. Founded in 2001 by three human rights activists, it monitors, documents and protests against human rights violations at the check-points that restrict the Palestinians freedom of movement. This report deals with the bureaucratic procedures and cynical service provided by the Israel Police in the occupied West Bank, and presents the testimony of a special Machsomwatch team which for the past seven years has been documenting the hardships which the Israel Police heap upon Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Prepared by Elzbieta Okuniewska, Amelie Phillipson and Elise Hannaford. Based on summaries provided by the publishers.