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 .

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.
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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 trip.

Carter, Jimmy: "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land" Simon and Schuster, 2009


“The Iron Wall”
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 (Some clips can be viewed online.)

“Searching for Peace in the Middle East” (Landrum Bolling) produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace:, distributed free.

“Occupation 101”
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.