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Best Books: 6 Must-Read Books On The Israel-Palestine Conflict

The history of Israel/Palestine is one that the entire world seems to have an opinion on. If you want too dig a little deeper and understand this intense and generation-defining conflict, then these are the 6 books you should read.

Each of the books on this list is suggested by those much smarter and informed than I.

#1 In Gaza I Dare To Dream

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Rana Shubair’s self-published book tells the story of the ordinary people of Gaza.

In Shubair’s words: “My book tells the story of my people and my family, and how we go about our daily lives under severe conditions. I wanted to show the world that we are a life-loving people with hopes and a desire to pave the road to a better future for our children, despite the odds we face.

I acknowledge the fact that there are many misconceptions about the people in Palestine and their conflict. Who and what we are is so often misconstrued, so I wanted to give the readers the perspective of an ordinary person living here. Sometimes we win, and sometimes we get knocked back, but one thing is for sure: we never give up hope.”

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#2 Fantastic Victory by W. Cleon Skousen

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I am suggesting this book because it gives such an in-depth look at Israeli thinking and tactics and the political climate of the day. It gives what I call the truth about how Arabs treated Arabs and the pressures the were put on countries that were normally neutral. It opens up a window of understanding that I have never had before.

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Contributors: Andy Swapp from Invest In the Family

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#3 Adamant Aggressors by Bruce Thatcher

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The conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Jews began more than 100 years ago when Theodore Herzl and Zionists determined to create a homeland in a part of the Ottoman Empire (now, Israel). My case on Zionism, Weizmann and Ben-Gurion in Adamant Aggressors: How to Recognize and Deal With Them examines the actions of Jewish leaders, Palestinian Arabs and other nations during this period.

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Contributors: Bruce Thatcher from History Speaks Today

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#4 No rooms for small dreams by Shimon Peres

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No rooms for small dreams” by: Shimon Peres, the former prime minister and president of the nation of Israel. In the book, Peres explained how he was able to work peace deal with Jordan’s King Hussein in 1980 inside the book and how he became friend with the president of Egypt in other to have a peace trade with them. if the leaders of these nations read this book to heart, it will give them the idea of how to work together as neighbours.

Peres also talked about challenges he faced for trying to be at peace with nations around Israel, but he didn’t allow that to stop him, what he had was the big picture of a greater nation. There was a place in the book where he called out to the citizens of Iran and told them how the nation of Israel is ready to work with their government when they are ready.

Shimon Peres quoted Abu Alaa, former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority when they met in Norway to sing an agreement for peace between both nations, Abu said “The future that we look foe will not materialize unless we together overcome the fear of the past and learn from the past lessons for our future.” The book showed that peace is possible not only between Israel and Palestine but in the world.

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Contributors: Tolu Arogundade from tolubooks

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#5 Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

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I heartily recommend Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin as a book for understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict from the point of view of refugees of the Nakva, the catastrophe that drove Palestinians from their homes in 1948. This is a novel, with a narrative grounded in fact and written in a superb prose style that reads beautifully even in translation. It is a story about families in history, with universal appeal. I am a North American.

The novel is set in the Middle East. I first heard of it in Africa, from a friend who lives in Europe. Regardless of where one is situated or where one’s sympathies generally lie, the characters and events of /Mornings in Jenin, /because they are so real and so richly drawn, speak to complex human issues and can therefore teach one—perhaps better than the history books—about the internal and external forces that drive the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Contributors: Adrianne Aron from Adrianne Aron

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#6 A Land Full of God by Mae Elise Cannon

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A Land Full of God gives American Christians an opportunity to promote peace and justice in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It shows them how to understand the enmity with brief, digestible, and comprehensive essays about the historical, political, religious, and geographical tensions that have led to many of the dynamics we see today.

All the while, A Land Full of God walks readers through a biblical perspective of God’s heart for Israel and the historic suffering of the Jewish people, while also remaining sensitive to the experience and suffering of Palestinians. The prevailing wave of Christian voices are seeking a pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace, pro-justice, pro-poor, and ultimately pro-Jesus approach to bring resolution to the conflict. Chapter authors include: Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, and many others.

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Contributors: Mae Elise Cannon from Churches for Middle East Peace

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