Analysis and Background
Last updated 31 Aug 2015
These pages are a guide to the Israel-Palestine conflict. There is a huge literature on the subject, some good and some bad. We refer to the best and have mainly selected material that is freely available online. Most of the important books on these topics are not. So you won’t find crucial texts like Avi Shlaim’s The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World, or Ilan Pappé’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine here. But you will find reviews and articles discussing the themes of such major works in these pages. And there is further information about a large number of books on Israel-Palestine published in recent years, together with links to reviews of them, on our books page.
There is a logic to our presentation of various aspects of the conflict below, but few texts fit unambiguously into single categories. For example, writings on the Palestinian refugee issue or debate about whether Israel is an apartheid society are also part of the general history of the conflict and the nature of Israeli society. Likewise, questions about the nature of antisemitism appear across a range of subjects from history to BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions).
We have limited the number of articles in any particular section and cross-linked to other sections as appropriate. Suggestions for the inclusion of additional material or issues that should be included are welcome, as is any information about broken links. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I’d like to thank Amanda Weiss for her enormous help on preparing these revised pages. I believe that all opinions expressed in the introductions and commentaries on articles are all in line with, and in the spirit of, the dominant ideas and opinions of Jews for Justice for Palestinians as developed since 2002. But the formulations are essentially mine and I take full responsibility for them.
Richard Kuper, 31 Aug 2015
a) Timelines and maps
b) From earliest times to the present – introductions and overviews
c) The Palestinian refugees
d) From 1948 to 1967
e) The road to Oslo, the second intifada and after
f) Gaza’s special history
Israel’s human rights violations – an introduction
Settlement building and land issues
Restrictions on movement
House demolitions, forced displacement, denial of residency rights
The green line
The economics of the occupation
c) Can you have a Jewish and democratic state?
d) What is Zionism today?
e) The nature of the nakba
f) One state or two?
g) Is Hamas to blame?
h) Right of return and law of return
i) The role of the JNF