British Writers In Support of Palestine


Recommended Reads
Older Palestine History, including liberation theology
See also the list of recent history, What’s the Story Today?

These are books but there are many journals, the best of which is the Journal of Palestine Studies, which picked up the torch lit by Walid Khalidi’s Institute for Palestine Studies, in Beirut. The JPS is held at the British Library and numerous university libraries. Similarly, the British Library hold many United Nations resolutions which aren’t included here.
Said K. Aburish
Arafat : From Defender to Dictator
(Bloomsbury, 1998)

Gilbert Achcar
The Arabs and the Holocaust : The Arab-Israeli War on Narratives
(Metropolitan Books, 2009)

With Michel Warschawski :
The 33 Day War : Israel’s War on Hezbollah in Lebanon and its Consequences
(Paradigm Books, 2007)

Michael Adams
Chaos or Rebirth – The Arab Outlook
(BBC Books, 1968)
Based on a radio series the author did, travelling through Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and the Sudan, with the Palestinians of course not overlooked.

Michael Adams and Christopher Mayhew
Publish it not…The Middle East Cover-Up
(Longman, 1975 / Signal Books, 2006)
The authors take turns relating how Zionist opposition routinely confronted and sometimes defeated them, Adams, for his reporting in the Guardian, and Mayhew, for seeming stench of his concerns in the House of Commons. After almost 30 years as a Labour MP, he found himself by Harold Wilson, who was unquestioningly loyal to the Israelis, and so he joined the Liberals.

Eqbal Ahmad
Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad
(Columbia University Press, 2006)
Includes some writings on Palestine.

Land Legislation in Modern Palestine
(Cambridge Archive Editions, 2009)
9-volume set including standard reference works, official reports and memoranda, council orders, ordinances and maps, 1917-1948.

Fouzi Asmar
Israeli Land and Settlement Policies
(translated from the Hebrew by Uri Davis, with a foreword by Elmer Berger; London : Middle east Action Group, 1974)

Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal [Palestinian Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem 1998-2007]
Caught in Between : The Story of an Arab-Christian Israeli
(Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1999)

Naim Ateek (aka Naim Stifan Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem)
A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation
(Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 2008)

Holy Land Hollow Jubilee : God, Justice and the Palestinians
(Melisende, 1998) [symposium, 1997]

Justice, and Only Justice : A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
(Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 1989)

Naim Ateek, Cedar Duasybi and Maurine Tobin, editors
Challenging Christian Zionism : Theology, Politics, and the Israel-Palestine Conflict
(Melisende, 2005) [symposium, 2004]

Naim Ateek, Mark H. Ellis and Rosemary Radford Ruether, editors
Faith and the Intifada : Palestinian Christian Voices [symposium]
(Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 1992)

Uri Avnery
1948 : A Soldier’s Tale : The Bloody Road to Jerusalem
(Oneworld Publications, 2008 / 1949, 1950)

Musa Budeiri [aka Budayri]
The Palestine Communist Party, 1919-1948
(Ithaca University Press, 1979)

Joel Beinin and Rebecca Stein, editors
The Struggle for Sovereignty : Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005
(Stanford University Press, 2006)
Includes Jonathan Cook : Israel’s Glass Wall

Elmer Berger [anti-Zionist American rabbi, Director of the anti-Zionist American Council for Judaism, then forced to resign after the 1967 war, and so he founded American Jewish Alternatives to Zionism]

The Jewish Dilemma
(New York City : Devin-Adair Co, 1946)

A Partisan History of Judiasm
(New York City : Devin-Adair Co, 1951)

Who Knows Better Must Say So [letters on a fact-finding tour of the Middle East with particular reference to Israel and the plight of Palestinian refugees]
(New York City : American Council for Judaism, 1955)

Judiasm or Jewish Nationalism : The Alternative to Zionism
(New York City : Bookman Associates, 1957)

Letters and Non-Letters : The White House, Zionism and Israel
Correspondence between Berger and the staff of the President of the United States.
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1972)

Memoirs of an Anti-Zionist Jew
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1978)
Note : originally an article in the Journal of Palestine Studies, nos. 17/18, 1975-1976.

Zionist Ideology : Obstacle to Peace
(Geneva : EAFORD – International Organisation for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1981)

Human Rights or Self-Righteousness? A Critique of the Department of State’s 1981 “Country Report of Human Rights Practices” in the State of Israel
(Geneva : EAFORD – International Organisation for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1981)

The Structure of the Zionist Movement in the United States
(Geneva : EAFORD – International Organisation for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1983)

Judaism or Zionism : What Difference for the Middle East
Note : John Berger wrote the preface.
(Zed Books / Geneva : EAFORD – International Organisation for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; 1983)

Jack Ross [biographer]
Rabbi Outcast : Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism
(Washington DC, Potomac Books, 2011)

Count Folke Bernadotte: Death of a Mediator
Note : Includes Bernadotte’s Progress report of the United Nations Mediator on Palestine. Part 1: The mediation efforts: originally published, Paris, United Nations, 1948.
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1968)

To Jerusalem – The Journal of the Palestine Mission
(translated by Joan Bulman)
(Hodder & Stoughton, 1951 / Westport, Connecticut : Hyperion Press, 1976)

Kai Bird
Crossing Mandelbaum Gate : Coming of Age between the Arabs and the Israelis, 1956-1978 
(Simon & Schuster 2010)
Worthy memoir by the son of an American diplomat who grew up witnessing changes along the Palestinians’ time line. – AS

George Emile Bisharat [University of California law professor]
Palestinian Lawyers and Israeli Rule : Law and Disorder in the West Bank
(University of Texas Press, 1989)
On the decline of the Palestinian legal profession over the first two decades of the Israelis’ West Bank occupation.

Edwin Black
The Transfer Agreement : The Dramatic Story of the Pact between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine
(Macmillan, 1984)

Lenni Brenner
Zionism in the Age of the Dictators
(Croon Helm, 1983)

Millar Burrows
Palestine is Our Business
(Philadelphia : Westminster, 1949)

David Cesarani
Major Ferran’s Hat : Murder, Scandal and Britain’s War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948
(Vintage, 2010)
A single, counter-terrorism act against the Stern Gang is highlighted as futile effort to manage militant Zionism.

Noam Chomsky
Fateful Triangle : The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians
(Pluto Press, enlarged from 1983 original, 1999)

Middle East Illusions – Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)

Helena Cobban (former war correspondent of the Lebanese Civil War, now publisher of Just World Books)

The Israeli-Syrian Peace Talks : 1991-1996 and Beyond
(Washington DC : United States Institute of Peace Press, 1999)

The Superpowers and the Syrian-Israeli Conflict
(Praeger Press / Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1991)

The Making of Modern Lebanon
(Hutchinson/HarperCollins, 1985)

The Palestinian Liberation Organisation : People, Power and Politics
(Cambridge University Press, 1985)

Dan Cohn-Sherbok & Dawoud El-Alami
The Palestine-Israeli Conflict : A Beginner’s Guide
(OneWorld, 2008, 2015)

John K. Cooley
Green March, Black September : The Story of the Palestinian Arabs (Frank Cass, 1973)

Richard Crossman
Palestine Mission ; Personal Record (Hamish Hamilton, 1947)
Labour MP for Coventry East, who, in 1946, unsuccessfully challenged Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin to allow 100,000 European Jews to emigrate to Mandate Palestine. Admits here that Arab Palestinian opposition to Zionism was not anti-Jewish. –AS

Ted Curtis
By Theft and Murder : A beginner’s Guide to the Occupation of Palestine
(Spare Change Books, 2003)

Pauline Cutting
Children of the Siege
(William Heinemann / Pan, 1988)
Dr Cutting spent the mid-1980s in Bourj al Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut,
treating victims of bombardment, sniper fire, and starvation diets of dogs, rats, and grass.

William Dalrymple
From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium
(Travel with some Palestinian relevance, HarperCollins 1997/Flamingo 1998)

Deir Yassin Massacre (1948) :
Michael Prior, editor, with foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Speaking the Truth : Zionism, Israel and the Occupation
(Northampton, Massachusetts : Olive Branch Press, 2005)
Contents Michael Prior : Zionism and the Challenge of Historical Truth and Morality
/ Rosemary & Herman Ruether : Zionism, Christianity and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict / Ilan Pappé : State of Denial : The Nakbah in Israeli History and Today / Daniel McGowan : Why We Remember Deir Yassin / Rev. Stephen Sizer : The International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem : A Case Study in Political Christian Zionism / Peter Miano : Mainstream Christian Zionism / Duncan Macpherson : Politics and Multi-Faith in the Holy Land : A Challenge for Christians / Jean Zaru : Theologising, Truth and Peacemaking in the Palestinian Experience / Paul Eisen : Speaking the Truth to Jews / Nasser Aruri : The Right of Return and its Detractors / Betsy Barlow : Waking the Sleeping Giant

Herbert Dobbing
Cause for Concern : A Quaker’s View of the Palestine Problem
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970)

Beshara Doumani
‘The Rise of the Sanjak in Jerusalem in the Late Nineteenth Century’, in Ilan Pappé, ed : The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge, 2007)

Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender
(State University of New York Press, 2003)

Rediscovering Palestine : Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900 (University of California Press, 1995)

Marc H. Ellis
Reading the Torah Out Loud : A Journey of Lament and Hope
(Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 2007)
Note : on liberation theology

Israel and Palestine out of the Ashes : The Search for Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century
(Pluto Press, 2002)

Marc H. Ellis and Rosemary Radford Ruether, editors
Beyond Occupation : American Jewish, Christian and Palestinian Voices for Peace
(Boston : Beacon Press, 1990)

Marc H. Ellis and Daniel A. McGowan, editors
Remembering Deir Yassin : The Future of Israel and Palestine
(New York City : Olive Branch Press, 1998)

Richard Falk
Unlocking the Middle East : The Writings of Richard Falk
(Northampton, Massachusetts : Olive Branch Press, 2003)

T.R. Feiwel
No Ease in Zion
(Secker & Warburg, 1938)
Tosco Fyvel became perhaps George Orwell’s best mate, and a keen Zionist during the Second World War. To his credit, Orwell agreed to disagree, recognising the colonialist project for what it was. This 1938 work is surprisingly questioning of the Jewish takeover of Palestine and assesses the immigrant movements from both Europe and the USA, noting various housing booms.

General George Fielding Eliot
Hate, Hope and High Explosives
(Bobbs Merrill, 1948, plus other reprints)
A military man’s reports in the spring of 1948 from such cities as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Teheran, Bagdad, Amman, Athens, Istanbul & Ankara, Trieste, and Salonika. It includes statements of Haganah officers

Adnan Mohammed Abu-Ghazaleh
Arab Cultural Nationalism during the British Mandate
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies / Benghazi : University of Libya, 1973)

Joseph B. Glass
From New Zion to Old Zion : American Jewish Immigration and Settlement in Palestine, 1917-1939
(Wayne State University Press, 2001)
American aliya movement sorted in four categories : orthodox, middle-class agriculturists, urban professionals, and the halutzim (pioneers).

Alain Gresh (translated by AM Berrett, with a preface by Maxime Rodinson)
The PLO : The Struggle Within : Towards an Independent Palestinian State
(Zed, 1988)

Peter Grose
Israel in the Mind of America
(New York City : Knopf, 1984)

David Grossman
Writing in the Dark
(Essays on politics and art, critical of invasion of Lebanon; Bloomsbury, 2009)

Sleeping on a Wire
(Journalism on Palestinians in Israel; Vintage, 1993, 2010)

The Yellow Wind (1993, 2002)
West Bank journalism from 1987

Kaoutar Guediri
A History of Anti-Partitionist Perspectives in Palestine, 1915-1988
PhD thesis, University of Exeter, 2013
-Hopefully, this will be a published book.

Sami Hadawi
Crime and No Punishment: Zionist terrorism 1939-1972
[original edition, 1972; revised as The Realities of Terrorism and Retaliation]
(Toronto : Arab Palestine Association, 1987)

Bitter Harvest : A Modern History of Palestine
(New York City : New World Press, 1967 / Delmar, New York : Caravan Books, 1969; then revised –
Buckhurst Hill : Scorpion Press, 1989 / New York City : Olive Branch Press, 1991)

Sylvia G. Haim, editor
Arab Nationalism : An Anthology
(University of California Press, 1962)
A treasure compilation of period writing, including a 1933 interview with Rashid Rida, the founder of modern Arab nationalism ; First Arab Students’ Congress’ Arab Pledge, Definitions, Manifesto, from a Brussels conference in 1938; Abd al-Rahman Azzam’s 1946 Cairo address, The Arab league and World Unity; several pieces on nationalism through the Islamic lens; and even the 1951 constitution of the then-new Party of the Arab Ba’th (“a national, popular, revolutionary movement fighting for Arab Unity, Freedom, and Socialism”).

Fuad Said Hamzeh
United National Conciliation Commission for Palestine, 1949-1967
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1968)

Alan Hart
Zionism – The Real Enemy of the Jews
(World Focus Publications, various editions, in two-and-three-volume editions, 2005, 2012)
Zionist political muscle in both Tel Aviv and Washington is unwrapped in this fascinating insider’s history given that the author knew well both Yassir Arafat and Golda Meir! Someone just had to put these candid observations into print, but Hart is the one who really did. – AS

Muhammed Abdel-Kadel Hatem [Abd al-Qadir], with foreword by Daily Telegraph Middle East correspondent John Bulloch
Information and the Arab Cause
(Longman, 1974)
Author was Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt.

Tikva Honig-Parnass
False Prophets of Peace : Liberal Zionism and the Struggle for Palestine
(Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2011)
Analysis of the Israeli Left’s attempts to legitimise Israeli apartheid. Endorsed by Ilan Pappé, Moshé Machover, and Noam Chomsky!

Sahar Huneidi
A Broken Trust : Herbert Samuel, Zionism and the Palestinians
(IB Tauris, 2001)
Sir Herbert Samuel, the first British High Commissioner in Mandatory Palestine (1920–25) has been generally regarded as an impartial administrator. But most of the measures Samuel took during his time in Palestine were designed to prepare the ground not simply for the “Jewish national home” promised in both the Balfour Declaration and the mandate for Palestine, but also for a Jewish state.

Hassan Jamal Husseini
Return to Jerusalem (Quartet Emerging Voices, 1998)
It is one thing to know such things happen; another to experience them at first hand. A Palestinian journalist, working for the Arab Press in Jerusalem, returns home late from work. In the small hours of the following morning, the security forces knock at his door. They remove him from his family, handcuff and blindfold him and take him away for interrogation.
Absorbed into the prison system, he is subjected to techniques of humiliation and deprivation in an overcrowded cell and the alternating brutality and subtle reasonableness of the interrogators. The long hours of inaction between times are lightened only by thoughts of the tenderness of his family life and the conversation of fellow prisoners.
These debates, reflecting many shades of experience and opinion, unfold against the background of his wife’s unwavering support and the continuing history of Israel’s occupation of the territories. An Israeli lawyer a man of integrity, takes up his case and introduces a ray of hope — yet seems powerless to divert the authorities’ intentions as these finally emerge.
Hassan Husseini has written in Return to Jerusalem a novel of haunting human interest at one level and at another a timely appeal for the recognition of the rights of Palestinians in their ancestral homeland on a foundation of moderation and natural justice.
Hassan Jamal Husseini was born in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1925 and was educated at various schools in the Middle East. He attended the American University, Beirut, and Syracuse University, New York. He studied music as an amateur at the Paris Conservatoire. In 1951 he entered the Saudi Diplomatic Service, serving a five-year posting at the London Embassy. He left to become the Middle East representative of the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank, and works today in financial consultancy. He is married and has three children. In undertaking his research for Return to Jerusalem, Husseini interviewed former prisoners from Israel’s security prisons to ensure the documentary authenticity of the novel’s background.

Doreen Ingrams (compiled and annotated)
The Palestine Papers : 1917-1922 : Seeds of Conflict
(John Murray 1972 / Eland Publishing, 2009)

Institute for Palestine Studies – Arab Women’s Information Committee
Who are the Terrorists? Aspects of Zionist and Israeli Terrorism
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1972)

Institute for Palestine Studies
The Judaization of Jerusalem, 1967-1972
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies / Canterbury : World Conference of Christians for Peace, 1972)

GH Jansen [Godfrey H.]
Zionism, Israel and Asian Nationalism
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1971)

Michael E. Jansen
The United States and the Palestinian People
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970)

JMN Jeffries [Joseph Mary Nagle]
Palestine : The Reality
(Longmans, 1939)
The definitive and most revelatory analysis of the machinations behind the Balbour Declaration.
Original book, 728 pages with 21 possible copies held in UK libraries.
(Westport, Connecticut : Hyperion Press, 1976)
Held in the UK by the British Library, Exeter and Sheffield Universities.
Chapter 11, republished as an off-print by the Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, 1969.

Subhi Kahhaleh
The Water Problem in Israel and its Repercussions on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1981)

Anbara Salam Khalidi
Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist : The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi
(translated by Tarif Khalidi; Pluto Press, 2014

Rashid Khalidi
Under Siege : PLO Decisionmaking during the 1982 War
(Columbia University Press, 1985, 2012)

Sowing Crisis : The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East
(Boston : Beacon Press, 2009)

The Iron Cage : The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
(Oneworld, 2006)

Palestinian Identity : The Construction of Modern National Consciousness
(Columbia University Press, 1997)

In Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture, V.2 N.4
(Jerusalem : Middle East Publications, 1995)

The Origins of Palestinian Nationalism
(Columbia University Press, 1991)

With Itamar Rabinovich :
The Palestinian Right of Return : Two Views
Pamphlet – Cambridge, Massachusetts : International Security Studies Program, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990

With Camille Mansour, as editors
Palestine and the Gulf : Proceedings of an International Seminar
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1981)

Walid Khalidi (founder of the Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, later in Washington DC, and then Boston, Massachusetts)

Islam, the West, and Jerusalem
(Washington DC : Center for Contemporary Arab Studies & Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, 1996)

Palestine Reborn (IB Tauris, 1992)

As editor, with Sharif S. Elmusa and Muhammad Ali Khalidii
All that Remains : The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948 (Washington DC : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992)

Before the Diaspora : A Photographic History of the Palestinians 1876-1948
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1984)
Outstanding photographic folio giving evidence to the Arab presence in Palestine, when Zionists were claiming there was none. The many images in the hardback original are markedly better than the grey reproductions found in the paperback reissue [-AS].

Conflict and Violence in Lebanon : Confrontation in the Middle East
(Harvard University Center for International Affairs, 1979)

As editor : From Haven to Conquest : Readings in Zionism and the Palestinian Problem until 1948 [Anthology Series no. 2]
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1971, 1976)

As editor : with Jill Khaddini
Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(London : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1974)

As assumed editor :

International Documents on Palestine
Note : divided into three sections – International (including Israel), the United Nations, and the Arab world. (Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1967)

The Partition of Palestine [20th anniversary]
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1967)

Israel and the Geneva Conventions [Anthology Series no. 3]
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, ca. 1969)

Christians, Zionism and Palestine: A Selection of Articles and Statements on the Religious and Political Aspects of the Palestine Problem [Anthology Series no. 4]
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970)

As assumed editor, with Richard Paul Stevens
Zionism and Palestine before the Mandate : A Phase of Western Imperialism [Anthology Series no. 5]
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies / Benghazi : University of Libya, 1972)

Yigal Kipnis
1973 : The Road to War
(Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2013)
Ex-IDF pilot and longtime settler in the Golan with backstory of the 1973 offensive that unsettled Israeli society when first published in 2012.

Alex Klaushofer
Paradise Divided : A Portrait of Lebanon
(Signal Books, 2007)
Drawing on interviews with community leaders and relationships with ordinary people, it reveals a richly-textured social and religious fabric in which Sunni and Shia Muslims, Druze and Christians of all kinds, from Maronite Catholics to evangelical Protestants, strive to maintain a delicate balance. It offers an insight into how Lebanon’s religious communities, their identities formed by history, landscape and their relationships with one another, came to be what they are today—and how their different perspectives can lead to potentially destructive tensions. What emerges is a quintessentially Middle Eastern form of coexistence, poised between tolerance and sectarianism—a theme powerfully developed through the author’s privileged access to the normally secretive Druze.

Joel Kovel
Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel / Palestine
(Pluto Press 2007.)
The author is the Jewish American former leader of the US Green Party. This book is a sustained critique of Zionism as ‘state-sponsored racism’, and a compelling argument for the One State solution. The author has particular insights into the psychology of Zionism, and the state of denial that the ideology attempts to engender in Jews. – NF

Samuel J. Kuruvilla
Radical Christianity in Palestine and Israel : Liberation and Theology in the Middle East
(IB Tauris, 2013)

Philip Leech
Mis-stating Palestine : a critical analysis of Fayyadism and the Palestinian Authority’s agenda 2007-11
PhD thesis, University of Exeter, 2012
-Hopefully this will be a published book.

Ann Mosely Lesch
Arab Politics in Palestine, 1917-1939 : The Frustration of a Nationalist Movement
(Cornell University Press, 1979)
Focuses on both the peasant and establishment actions, including the al-Husayni family elite.

-with William B. Quandt and Fuad Jabber
The Politics of Palestinian Nationalism (University of California Press, 1973)

Arab Politics in Palestine, 1917-1939 : The Frustration of a Nationalist Movement (Cornell University Press, 1979)

Political Perceptions of the Palestinians on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (Middle East Institute, 1980)

-w Mark A. Tessler
Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinians : From Camp David to the Intifada
(Indiana University Press, series in Arab & Islamic Studies, 1989)

-with Dan Tschirgi
Origins and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Greenwood Press, 1998)

Tim Llewellyn
‘A Public Ignored : The Broadcasters’ False Portrayal of the Israel-Palestine Struggle’
-in Daud Abdullah & Ibrahim Hewitt, editors : The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe : Changing Perceptions of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Fulsome details noted earlier – MEMO/Middle East Monitor, 2012)

Zachary Lochman
Comrades and Enemies : Arab and Jewish Workers in Palestine, 1906-1948
(University of California Press, 1996)

With Joel Beinin
Intifada : The Palestinian Uprising against Israeli Occupation
(Boston : South End Press / IB Tauris, 1989)

Ibrahim Abu-Lughod, editor (with foreword by Arnold J. Toynbee)
The Transformation of Palestine : Essays on the Origin and Development of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(Evanston, Illinois : Northwestern University Press, 1970, 1971, 1987)

Mohammad Taki Mahdi
Of Lions, Chained : An Arab Looks at America
(San Francisco : New World Press, 1962)

Jean Said Makdisi (b. Jerusalem, raised in Cairo, Beirut)
Makdisi, as editor, Serene Husseini Shahid : Jerusalem Memories
(Beirut : Naufal Books, 1999, 2000)

Teta, Mother and Me
(Saqi Books & WW Norton & Co, 2005 & 2007)

Beirut Fragments : A War Memoir
(NYC: Persea Books, 1990)

Makdisi, as co-editor with Martin Asser, Shafiq Al-Hout ; translated by Hader al-Hout and Laila Othman
My Life in the PLO – The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle
(Pluto, 2011)

Ethel Mannin (1900-1984. Of her almost 100 titles, these represent most of the London writer’s Arab period, in the 1960s, always with a Palestinian struggle focus.)
The Lovely Land : The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan [travel]
(Hutchinson, 1965)

Aspects of Egypt : Some Travels in the United Arab Republic [travel, inc. Gaza]
(Hutchinson, 264pp, 1964)

A Lance for the Arabs [travel]
(Hutchinson, 1963)

Mike Marqusee
If I am not for Myself : Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew
(Verso, 2008)
Well-made points from the viewpoint of the author’s Leftist New York City family background and how they, and others, didn’t twig the disconnect between social justice and Zionism in the post-holocaust era.

Robin H. Martin & Anne Blackman
Palestine Betrayed : A British Palestine Policeman’s Memoirs (1936-1948)
(Ringwood, Hampshire : Seglawi Press, 2007)

Nur Masalha (Palestinian historian and professor linked to the University of Surrey and SOAS :
“The rupture of 1948 and the ethnic cleansing of Palestine are central to both the Palestinian society of today and Palestinian social history and collective identity. Resisting ethnic cleansing and politicide has been a key feature of the modern history of the Palestinians as a people.”

The Zionist Bible : Biblical Precedent, Colonialism and the Erasure of Memory
(Acumen Publishing, 2013)

The Palestine Nakba: Decolonising History, Narrating the Subaltern, Reclaiming Memory
(Zed Books, 2012)

The Bible and Zionism : Invented Traditions, Archaeology and Post-Colonialism in Palestine-Israel
(Zed Books, 2007)

(as editor) : Catastrophe Remembered : Palestine, Israel and the Internal Refugees : Essays in Memory of Edward W. Said
(Zed Books, 2005)

The Politics of Denial : Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem
(Pluto Press, 2003)

Ariel Sharon : A Political Profile
(Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, 2001)

Imperial Israel and the Palestinians : The Politics of Expansion
(Pluto Press, 2000)

A Land without a People : Israel, Transfer, and the Palestinians 1949-96
(Pluto Press, 1997)

Expulsion of the Palestinians : The Concept of “Transfer” in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948
(Washington DC : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1992)

King Faisal I of Iraq : A Study of His Political Leadership, 1921-1933
(PhD thesis, University of London, 1987)

Philip Mattar
The Mufti of Jerusalem : Al-Hajj Amin Al-Husayni and the Palestinian National Movement
(Columbia University Press, 1992)
Despite some errors of judgement, Amin Al-Husayni acted honourably, if not always wisely as he was attacked by the British, the Zionists, and Amir Abdullah, in this exciting yet sober unpacking of his roller-coaster life. – AS

Welden C. Matthews
Confronting and Empire, Constructing an Arab Nation : Arab Nationalists and Popular Politics in Mandate Palestine
(IB Tauris, 2006)

MR Mehdi
A Palestine Chronicle : Being a Record of Injustice
(Data on families expelled in 1967; Alpha Books, 1973)

Arzu Merali and Javad Sharbaf, editors
Towards a New Liberation Theology : Reflections on Palestine
(Wembley : Islamic Human Rights Commission, 2009)

Mona N. Mikhail
Seen and Heard : A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture
6” x 9” • 288 pages • b&w photos
ISBN 9781566564632 • paperback • $15.00 •
How are Arab women seen by others? How do Arab women see themselves? New York University professor Mona Mikhail’s new collection of essays casts a wide net over literature, film, popular culture, and the law in order to investigate the living, often rapidly changing, reality of Arab women and their societies. Whether she examines Egyptian film, contemporary rewritings of the Sherazad story, or women in North African novels, Mikhail sheds valuable light on the role of Arab women within Islam and within the Arab world.
Mona N. Mikhail, author of the groundbreaking Images of Arab Women: Fact and Fictionand Studies in the Short Fiction of Mahfuz and Idris, is a professor of Arabic and comparative literature at New York University. She has won several awards, namely from PEN and Columbia University, for her translations. Her most recent work is the film documentary Live Onstage: A Century and a Half of Theater in Egypt.

William Thomas Mallinson
The Legal Problems Concerning the Juridical Status and Political Activities of the Zionist Organization / Jewish Agency : A Study in International and US Law
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1968)

Nafez Nazzal
The Palestinian Exodus from Galilee, 1948
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1978)

Donald Neff
Fallen Pillars : US Policy towards Palestine and Israel since 1945
(Washington DC : Institute for Palestine Studies, 2002)

Francis Nicosia
The Third Reich and the Palestine Question
(IB Tauris, 1985)

Akiva Orr
Israel : Politics, Myths and Identity Crises
(Pluto, 1994)

The unJewish State : The Politics of Jewish Identity in Israel
(Ithaca Press, 1983)

Ilan Pappé [selected list]

Britain and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-1951
(Macmillan/St Antony’s College Oxford, 1988)

The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947-1951
(IB Tauris, various editions, 1992-2013)

As editor, with Joseph Nevo
Jordan in the Middle East, 1948-1988 : The Making of the Pivotal State
(Routledge, 1994/2014)

The Israel/Palestine Question
(Routledge, 1997)

A History of Modern Palestine : One Land, Two Peoples
(Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition , 2006)

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
(Oneworld Press, 2004 / 2nd edition 2007)
A detailed, academic yet compassionate and very readable account by a leading Israeli historian of the founding of Israel. Explains the history and ideology of the Zionist movement, and gives a month by month account of the ethnic cleansing of over 500 Palestinian villages, major towns and cities.

The Bureaucracy of Evil : A History of the Israeli Occupation
(Oneworld, 2008)

Out of the Frame : The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel
(Pluto, 2010)

The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty : The Husaynis 1700-1948
(Saqi Books, 2010/2011)

As editor, with Jamil Hilal
Across the Wall : Narratives of Israeli-Palestinian History
(IB Tauris, 2010)

The Forgotten Palestinians : A History of the Palestinians in Israel
(Yale University Press, 2011, 2013)

The Idea of Israel : A History of Power and Knowledge
(Verso, 2014)
Ignore the opinions of Israeli academics if you want to cheat yourself intellectually. This is likely the ultimate survey of the brief, post-Nakba window of Israel’s self-questioning from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s. Best of all, there is seemingly no overlap with his earlier Out of the Frame. -AS

The Modern Middle East : A Social and Cultural History (3rd ed., Routledge, 2014)

Wendy Pearlman and Laura Junka
Occupied Voices : Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada
(Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2003)

Mark Perry
A Fire in Zion : The Israeli-Palestinian Search for Peace
(William Morrow, 1994)
Author was an advisor to Yassir Arafat in negotiating the flawed and disastrous Oslo Accords.

Maxime Rodinson
Israel and the Arabs
(translated by Michael Perl, Penguin, 1968, 1982)

Israel – A Colonial Settler State?
(Anchor Found/Monad Pathfinder, 1973)

Gerry Rubin
Murder Mutiny and the Military: British Court Martial Cases 1940-1960
(Francis Bootle Publishers, 2005)
Over 20 Empire-wide cases, including Palestine, many having generated public interest back in the day.

Shlomo Sand
The Invention of the Land of Israel : from Holyland to Homeland
(Verso, 2912)

Rosemary Sayigh
Palestinians : From Peasants to Revolutionaries : A People’s History
(taken from the author’s interviews with residents of Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Zed Press, 1979)

Abdullah Schliefer [American Jewish journalist who became a Muslim]
The Fall of Jerusalem
(an account of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem in 1967; Monthly Review Press & Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation, 1972)

Gershon Shafir
Land, Labout and the Origin of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914
(University of California Press, 1996)

Hisham Sharabi
Palestine Guerillas : Their Credibility and Effectiveness
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970)

Amer A. Sharif
A Statistical Study of the Arab Boycott on Israel
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970)

AJ Sherman
Mandate Days : British Lives inPalestine, 1918-1948
(Thames & Hudson, 1997)
A fascinating, intentionally insular survey of Mandate Government’s military, police, civil servants, and what we’d now term as NGOs. The author made use of many unpublished diaries held in the Middle East section of the St Anthony’s College Oxford Archives, and vintage photographs as exceptionally well-reproduced. –AS

Faris al-Shidyaq
Leg over Leg (Two Volumes, Translated by Humphrey Davies – travel, UK and France / NYUP, 2012)
The semi-autobiographical account of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. His adventures and misadventures provided him with opportunities for wide-ranging digressions on the intellectual and social issues of his time, including the ignorance and corruption of the Lebanese religious and secular establishments, women’s rights, the manners and customs of Europeans and Middle Easterners, and the differences between European and Arabic literature. It was initially widely condemned for its attacks on authority, its skepticism, and “obscenity,” and later editions were often abridged. This is the very first English translation of the work and reproduces the original edition.

Avi Shlaim
(as editor, with William Roger Lewis)
The 1967 Arab-Israeli War : Origins and Consequences
(Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Edward Said : A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation
(University of California Press, 2010)

Israel and Palestine : Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations
(Verso Books, 2009)

Lion of Jordan : The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace
(Alan Lane 2007, Penguin 2008)

(as editor, with Eugene L. Rogan)
The War for Palestine : Rewriting the History of 1948
(Cambridge University Press, 2007, 2001)

(as editor, with Eugene L. Rogan) Rewriting the Palestine War : 1948 and the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

The Iron Wall : Israel and the Arab World
(WW Norton 2000, Penguin 2001)

The Politics of Partition : King Abdullah, the Zionists and Palestine, 1921-1951
(Oxford University Press, 1998) – earlier edition published as Collusion Across the Jordan (OUP, 1988)

(as editor, with Yezid Sayigh)
The Cold War and the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 1997)

War and Peace in the Middle East : A Concise History / A Critique of American Policy
(Whittle Books/Viking, 2004; Penguin 1995)
Shlaim : “The battle for Palestine was lost by Palestinians not in 1948 but in the late 1930s. Because Britain completely smashed to the ground the Palestinian revolt and Arab irregular forces ”
“The Balfour Declaration was a colossal blunder-it has proved to be a catastrophe for the Palestinians and it gave rise to one of the most intense, bitter, and protracted conflicts of modern times. ”

Geoff Simons
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
(London : Palestinian Resource Centre, 2006)
Despite having the same title as Ilan Pappé’s book, this work doesn’t emphasise the era of the Nakba. Its reach is broader in time, and especially helpful is his coverage of the many UN resolutions since 1948.

Barbara J. Smith
The Roots of Separatism in Palestine : British Economic Policy, 1920-1929
(Syracuse University Press, 1993)
The Zionist settler movement, unsuccessful during the period of Ottoman rule, flourished under the British: within a few years of the establishment of British administration, the Zionists had laid the foundations of a national economic base which underpinned their nationalist ideology. British policy thus contributed significantly to the division of the country on ethnic lines and ultimately to the partition of Palestine and the establishment of the state of Israel. This central argument informs a wide-ranging discussion of economic policy, embracing immigration, land, labour, industry, agriculture, education, social welfare and taxation. Essential reading to understand the Mandate era.

Grant Smith
Declassified Deceptions : The Secret History of Isaiah L. Kenen and the Rise of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee
(Washington DC : Institute for Research – Middle Eastern Policy, 2007)

Society of Friends [Quakers]
The Search for Peace in the Middle East
(London : Friends Peace and International relations Committee, 1970; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : American Friends Service Committee, 1971; Hill & Wang, 1971)

Richard P. Stevens
American Zionism and US Foreign Policy, 1942-1947
(New York City : Pageant, 1962 / Institute for Palestine Studies, 1970

Weizmann and the Smuts : A Study of Zionist-South African Cooperation
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1973)

Susan Slyomovics
The Object of Memory : Arab and Jew Narrate the Palestinian Village
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993)
Palestinian village Ein Houd emptied in 1948 and re-named Ein Hod, as a Jewish Israeli artists’ colony. But the original inhabitants built a “temporary” Ein Hod again, on a neighbouring mountain.

Simon Taggart
Workers in Struggle : Palestinian Trade Unions in the Occupied West Bank
(Editpride, 79pp, 1985)

Alan Ros Taylor
The Zionist Mind : The Origins and Development of Zionist Thought
(Beirut : Institute for Palestine Studies, 1973)

Raedi Taha
A Single Metre
b. Jerusalem, Ramallah. Ali, a biog of her father Ali Taha (2002); short stories also.

Fawaz Turki
Soul in Exile : Lives of a Palestinian Revolutionary (Monthly Review Press, 1988)

The Disinherited – Journal of a Palestinian Exile (Monthly Review Press, 1972)

Brian Whitaker (extensively-travelled former Guardian Middle East journalist)
Unspeakable Love : Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East (2nd ed., Al Saqi Books, 2011)

Graham Usher (foreign correspondent, married to BBC Middle East/UN correspondent Barbar Plett)
Dispatches from Palestine : The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process
(Pluto Press, 1999)

Palestine in Crisis : The Struggle for Peace and Independence after Oslo
(Pluto Press, 1995)

with photographer John Tordai
A People Called Palestine
(Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2001)

David Waines (with foreword by Maxime Rodinson)
The Unholy War : Israel and Palestine, 1897-1971
(Wilmette, Illinois : Medina University Press International, 1971)

Nathan Weinstock
Zionism : False Messiah (translated from the French by Alan Adler )
(Paris : François Maspero, 1969; Ink Link, 1979, with interview with Moshe Machover; Pluto 1987).
Belgian author’s classic work that questioned the motives of Mandate-era Zionists; he since turned his back on anti-Zionism and reportedly regrets this book.

Alison Weir (Council for the National Interest; Director of If Americans Knew)
Against Our Better Judgement : The Hidden History of How the United States was Used to Create Israel
(CreateSpace, 2014)
An excellent, concise unpacking of American Zionism’s behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings for their cause. Still the ones who matter, they’re the ones who did it, against any and all opposition, within and outside of Washington. – AS

Marion Woolfson
Bassam Shak’a : Portrait of a Palestinian
(London : Third World Centre, ca. 1981)
Expose of Israeli overt and covert harassment of the Mayor of Nablus. The Scottish (and Jewish) author reported the Chinese cultural revolution for The Times, who sacked her over her “anti-semitic” reporting and she was subjected to “terrorism by telephone.”

Prophets in Babylon : Jews in the Arab World
(Faber & Faber, 1980)






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