Here are some reading and DVD suggestions. Your library probably has
some of these and others. The Foundation for Middle East Peace has a
very extensive list of print resources at http://www.fmep.org/resources
We do own several of these resources, and can work out a lending
procedure for those interested. We are sure that you all know of many
other resources, so we would appreciate you sharing what you know and
have with others in the travel group.
Books: "Steadfast Hope", a wonderful Presbyterian church publication
with a DVD.
Order from http://store.pcusa.org/2646609001
Phyllis Bennis, "Understanding the Palestinian Israeli Conflict". This
is small and essential.
Available from Amazon for $8.00
Jeff Halper, "An Israeli in Palestine", (We will be meeting with Mr.
Halper) More expensive but highly recommended from Amazon.
Tolan, Sandy: "The Lemon Tree" (2006, Holtzbrinck Publishers, NY An
accurate, carefully documented historical novel which uses a house in
the originally Palestinian town of Ramla as a means of recounting the
changes and conflicts which have occurred since just before the WWII
until close to the present.
Four other Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing: Mark
Braverman: "Fatal embrace"
Abraham Burg: "The Holocaust is Over: We Must Rise from its Ashes"
Ilan Pappe: "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"
Ali Abunimah: "One Country" (important reading for understanding the
shape of a final peace settlement.)
Other books: Breaking the Silence: Soldiersʼ Testimonies from Hebron
2005 – 2007 We received a few copies of this 116 page book from
the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Contact them directly to find it.
Chacour, Elias: "We Belong to the Land"
Chacour, Elias: "Blood Brothers".
Elias Chacour, or Father Abuna, is a Maronite Catholic Priest living in
the town of Ibillin near Nazareth. He has succeeded in creating
institutions from pre-school to University which are open to
Christians, Jews and Muslims. We may be able to meet with him on this
Carter, Jimmy: "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land" Simon and Schuster,
“The Iron Wall” http://www.theironwall.ps/
In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky, leading intellectual of the Zionist
movement and father of the right wing of that movement, wrote: "Zionist
colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native
population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the
protection of a power that is independent of the native population -
behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach." This
DVD uses this quote as a guidepost to describe the history of the
Zionist-Palestinian conflict and the current situation "on the ground".
“Life in Occupied Palestine” by Anna Baltzer
http://www.annainthemiddleeast.com/ (Some clips can be viewed online.)
“Searching for Peace in the Middle East” (Landrum Bolling)
produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace: http://www.fmep.org/,
“Occupation 101” http://www.occupation101.com/
An award-winning 2006 documentary film on the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict directed by Sufyan Omeish and Abdallah Omeish, and n arrated
by Alison Weir. The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and discusses events from
the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada and Israel's unilateral
disengagement plan, presenting its perspective through dozens of
interviews, questioning the nature of American-Israeli relationships.
notes from Wikipedia)
“A Man of Galilee” A 23-minute film biography of Elias
Chacour and his work.