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We’ve compiled a short list of readings that may be of interest to you:


A “dual narrative” history of Israel and Palestine created for the teaching of history in conflict and post-conflict situations and sponsored by the Peace Research Institute in the Middle East:

Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, and Eyal Naveh (eds.), Side By Side:  Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine (The New Press, 2012).


A general history of the conflict by a somewhat controversial author:

Benny Morris, Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999 (Knopf, 2001 / original in 1999).



A book that tells a (true) human story of relations and offers the full scope of the wider history unfolding through and around these families:

Sandy Tolan, The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury USA, 2006).


A book that attempts to demystify the conflict by putting it into a broad historical framework:

Alan Dowty, Israel/Palestine (5th edition, revised and updated, Polity Press, 2023).


A balanced guide to the conflict written in an accessible, jargon-free Q&A format:

Dov Waxman, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2019).


An intellectual yet accessible exploration of a formative period in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the creation of identity and historical perspective.

Hillel Cohen, Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929, trans. Haim Watzman (Brandeis University Press, 2015).


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