Reading List

N.B.: Basic list received March 10, 2011, from Neighbors East and West. According to Neighbors East and West, "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. The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) also has a very extensive list of print resources."


Abunimah, Ali, "One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse." Iimportant reading for understanding the shape of a final peace settlement. "One of four Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing." Abunimah is co-founder of Elecronic Intifada (EI).

Rantisi, Audeh G & Ralph K Beebe (1990), "Blessed Are the Peacemakers: A Palestinian Christian in thge Occupied West Bank."

Bennis, Phyllis (2007), "Understanding the Palestinian Israeli Conflict: A Primier." This is small and essential. Available from Amazon for $8.00. "Everyone should try to read this book."

Bing, Anthony (July 1990), "Israeli Pacifist: The Life of Joseph Abileah." About Joseph Abileah, Israel’s first conscientious objector.

Bing, Anthony (2004), "When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel." A study of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Braverman, Mark, "Fatal embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land." "One of four Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing." A Book-TV video of Braverman reading from "Fatal Embrace" is available on YouTude (see FILMS below).

Burg, Avraham (2008), "The Holocaust is Over: We Must Rise from its Ashes." "One of four Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing."

Carter, Jimmy (2006), "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid." "It's relatively good, though he's too soft on colonialism and American imperialism. It's hard to see the mote in one's own eye, and all that jazz."

Carter, Jimmy (2009): "We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work," Simon and Schuster.

Chacour, Elias, (1984, updated 2002) "Blood Brothers." Written with David Hazard. "Covers his childhood growing up in the town of Biram, his development into a young man, and his early years as a priest in Ibillin." "Elias Chacour, or Father Abuna, is a Maronite Catholic Archbishop 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." See

Chacour, Elias, (1990, paper 2001) "We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation." Written with Marfy E. Jensen. "Recounts his work in the development of the Mar Elias Educational Institutions, from humble beginnings to major schools for educating Palestinian young people and for helping to bring about reconciliation in a land of strife."

Gilbert, Sir Martin (May 1, 2008), Israel: A History (60th Anniversary Edition)."

Halabi, Rafik (1981), "The West Bank Story," pp. 304.

Halper, Jeff (2008), "An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel." (We will be meeting with Mr. Halper) More expensive but highly recommended, from Amazon. Halper directs the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) in Jerusalem.

Halper, Jeff (2009), "Obstacles to Peace." "An in-depth analysis of Israel’s Matrix of Control detailing the mechanisms through which the Palestinians are kept hostage to Israel’s Occupation and the relentless expansion of settlements, by-pass roads, Wall construction, and the emergence of the sytem of bantustans. The powerpoint complements the book, contains maps, and is useful for stimulating discussion in groups."

Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), "Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace." "A wonderful [48-page] Presbyterian church publication with a DVD (see FILMS below). Order from Everyone should try to read this book." Click here for a critique.

Levi, Hagai (April 2008), "Breaking the Silence: Soldiers’ Testimonies from Hebron 2005–2007," Jerusalem. "We received a few copies of this 116 page book from the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP). Contact them directly to find it." Or click the title to read it on-line. Click here for a TV documentary about the testimonies.

McDowell, Nancy Parker (2002), "Notes from Ramallah, 1939," Friends United Press. About the author's year as a teacher at Ramallah Friends Girls School 1939-40. She was wife of James McDowell, professor of psychology at Earlham College 1951-80. Book has forward by Tony Bing.

McGowan, Daniel A. & Marc H. Ellis, ed. by (June 10, 1998), "Remembering Deir Yassim: The Future of Israel & Palestine," Deir Yassim Remembered, Geneva, NY. For Palestinians, the 1948 massacre by Irgun & allied Stern Gang soldiers of more than 200 residents of Deir Yassin, a tiny village near Jerusalem, resonates sharply as a focal point of history. The dead victims almost all women, children & old men became irrefutable evidence of the consequences for Palestinians of the creation of the new Jewish state. The resulting forced exile of over 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 over two million scattered in a far-flung diaspora today remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Remembering Deir Yassin" brings together Palestinians and Israelis, Jews, Muslims & Christians, Jewish theologians & Palestinian priests, to reflect on the 50-year legacy of Deir Yassin." See video of almost the same name.

Pappe, Ilan (2006), "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," Oneworld, Oxford, pp. 313. "One of four Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing."

Tolan, Sandy (2006), "The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East," Holtzbrinck Publishers, New York. 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.

Said, Edward [1935-2003] (1978), "Orientalism."

Said, Edward [1935-2003] (1979), "The Question of Palestine." I think Edward Said's work would be better [than Carter's], if you have the time since his books are a bit longer and dense. Maybe Said's "The Question of Palestine," "Though it has been YEARS since I read it. The years won't make it's thrust dated, simply because of his intellect, but so much has happened since he wrote it."


Bergen, Kathy (April. 2010), "Newsletter," vol. IV, no. 4, Friends International Center, Ramallah (Palestine). Kathy Bergen is Program Coordinator. Contains photo of Tony Bing.

Gorenberg, Gershom (February 24, 2011), "Tahrir Square in Palestine," The American Prospect. "Uprisings throughout the Arabic world suggest a possible way forward for Palestinians." Mentions Mubaruk Awad.

Qumsiyeh, Mazin (December 17, 2008), "Christmas Under Occupation." Short letter which pretty well sums up the depressing situation in Palestine. We shall be meeting with Qumsiyeh (and others) in Bethlehem.

Qumsiyeh, Mazin (on-going), Blog. Quite good. Includes links to videos made of him in Manger Square after the Egyptian Revolution. Apparently all of the pro-Egyptian demonstrations have been broken up by the Palestinian Authority police.

Sensing, Donald, Bethlehem Today (aka Hamas Central): Scenes from Bethlehem Under the Palestinian Authority, Politics. Contains photos of the separation wall and "border" crossing.


Alhelsi, Reham, My Palestine Videos, My Palestine. "Reham Alhelsi is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian. She has worked extensively in the Palestinian Broadcasting Company and since 2000, when she moved to Germany, has trained at various radio and TV networks including Deutsche Welle, SWR and WDR. She is currently writing her PhD in Regional Planning with a focus on Palestinian Land Management and local government."

Baltzer, Anna, "Life in Occupied Palestine." (Some clips can be viewed online.) Click here for Baltzer's website.

Bolling, Landrum, "Searching for Peace in the Middle East." Produced by the Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP). Distributed free on-line. "Bolling is Mercy Corps director at large, former Earlham College president, and noted negotiator."

Braverman, Mark, "Fatal embrace." This is a Book-TV (c-Span) video of Braverman's reading from "Fatal Embrace" in a North Carolina bookstore. "Fatal Embrade is "one of four Jewish writings recommended highly by Tony Bing" (see BOOKS above).

Ethnographic Media (EGM), "Little Town of Bethlehem." Documentatry film. Click here for trailer. "Shares the gripping story of three men, born into violence, willing to risk everything to bring an end to violence in their lifetime. A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew—shaped by events of their Palestinian and Israeli upbringing—find inspiration in the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi."

Evangelists for Middle East Understanding (EMEU) (2003), "A Man of Galilee." A 23-minute film biography of [Archbishop] Elias Chacour and his work. Click here for on-line video (2:28).

Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), "Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace." A wonderful Presbyterian church publication with a DVD (See BOOKS above). Available on YouTube as a series of short videos.

McGowan, Daniel A., et al (2006?), "Deir Yassim Remembered," Deir Yassim Remembered, Geneva, NY (33:17). On-line video with Jeff Halper & others. See book of almost the same name.

Omjeish, Sufyan & Abdallah (2006), "Occupation 101: Voices of the Occupied Majority." An award-winning 2006 documentary film on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Narrated by Alison Weir. "The film focuses on the effects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip. It discusses events from the rise of Zionism to the Second Intifada & Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, presenting its perspective through dozens of interviews, questioning the nature of American-Israeli relationships."

Shlaim, Avi, "The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World." In 1923 Vladimir Jabotinsky [1880-1940], 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." Click the title for the 57-minute video. Click here for


American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) (on-going), Jewish Virtual Library (JVL). "The most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world, covering everything from anti-Semitism to Zionism."

Applied Research Insitute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), Map of the Separation Wall. Click map to increase its scale & clarity. Use sliders to scan. Note legend in upper left.

Central Intelligence Agency (May 2006), "Greater Jerusalem", map 1:40,000, Spot imagery acquired July 2004.

Elzenbaumer, Bianca (2007), "Decode Jerusalem: An alternative travel guide," Brave New Alps. On-line document in PDF format, 57-pages. "An alternative guide to places in East Jerusalem that are hardly mentioned in conventional travel guides... For every described location, gives two opinions: the Palestinian & the Israeli Zionist points of view."

GeoGraphic Publishers GmbH & Co., "[Map of] Isreal," Munchen (Germany), scale 1:500,000. Paper map branded & distributed in the USA by Hammond Maps. Has index, two inset maps of Jerusalem and one inset map of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Eilat, and Near East.

Google Maps, Map of Israel. Zoom to any scale. Pan to any country.

Holy Land Trust (HLT), "Traveler's Orientation Packet: Your Guide to the Occupied Palestinian Territories," 529 Manger Street, Bethlehem (Palestine). On-line document in PDF format.

Israel Security Agency (on-going), Terror Data & Trends. "Updated reports, reviews, analysis of attacks & organization glossary."

Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (USA), "[Map showing] Palestinian Loss of Land 1946 to 2005." Also "Fragmentation of Land on the West Bank Blocks Creation of a Viable Palestinian State."

Jerusalempedia: The Free Jerusalem Encyclopedia. "The biggest Jerusalem content encyclopedia on the Internet. Offers a full range of terms related to Jerusalem."

Lollis, Edward W. (on-going), Peace Monuments in Israel & Palestine. Timeline with photos & descriptions of more than 70 peace monuments interspersed with key events of the historic relationship of Palestine & Israel.

Nauset Fellowship Unitarian Universalist (NFUU) (November 2007), Palestine to 1948: An Illustrated Chronology. "An attempt to offer an even-handed account of the origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict."

Palestine Land Society (April 2004), [Map of] Palestine 1948: Commemoration of Al Nakba. "Al Nakba" is the forced removal of Palestinians.

Palestine Land Society (2010 edition), Altas of Palestine 1917-1966. Compiled by Dr. Salman Abu Sitta.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) (on-going), Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occupied Palestinian Territory, Gaza.

UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (on-going), Travel Advice [for] Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, London.

US Department of State (on-going), Travel Warning [for] Israel, the West Bank & Gaza, Washington, DC.

Wikimedia (on-going), Atlas of Israel. Atlas of Palestine, etc.

Wikipedia (on-going), Israel, Palestine, West Bank, etc., etc., etc.

Wikitravel (on-going), Israel, Palestinian Territories, West Bank, etc.