Against Our Better Judgment

Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 149591092X
Release Date: 2014-02
Genre: History

"Prodigiously documented... Alison Weir must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly hard light on the relationship between the United States and Israel. I hope this marvelous book gets all the attention it deserves." – Ambassador Andrew Killgore Soon after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would “imperil” both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians. Few Americans today are aware that US support enabled the creation of modern Israel. Even fewer know that US politicians pushed this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic and military experts. As this work demonstrates, these politicians were bombarded by a massive pro-Israel lobbying effort that ranged from well-funded and very public Zionist organizations to an “elitist secret society” whose members included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. AGAINST OUR BETTER JUDGMENT brings together meticulously sourced evidence to illuminate a reality that differs starkly from the prevailing narrative. It provides a clear view of the history that is key to understanding one of the most critically important political issues of our day.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Author: Ilan Pappe
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781851685554
Release Date: 2007-09-07
Genre: History

Renowned Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel. Between 1947 and 1949, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, civilians were massacred and around a million men, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing". Decisively debunking the myth that the Palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, from its very inception, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population. Indispensable for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East.

They Dare to Speak Out

Author: Paul Findley
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781613746165
Release Date: 2003-05
Genre: History

The first book to speak out against the pervasive influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions resonates today as never before. With careful documentation and specific case histories, former congressman Paul Findley demonstrates how the Israel lobby helps to shape important aspects of U.S. foreign policy and influences congressional, senatorial, and even presidential elections. Described are the undue influence AIPAC exerts in the Senate and the House and the pressure AIPAC brings to bear on university professors and journalists who seem too sympathetic to Arab and Islamic states and too critical of Israel and its policies. Along with many longtime outspoken critics, new voices speaking out include former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, Senator Robert Byrd, prominent Arab-American Dr. Ziad Asali, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and journalist Charles Reese. In addition, the lack of open debate among politicians with regard to the U.S. policy in the Middle East is lamented, and AIPAC is blamed in part for this censorship. Connections are drawn between America's unconditional support of Israel and the raging anti-American passions around the world--and ultimately the tragic events of 9/11. This replaces 1556520735.


Author: Max Blumenthal
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 9781568589725
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: History

In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process. As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as "demographic threats." Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest. He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech, and provides in-depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mindset that permeates the media, schools, and the military. Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation. A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.

All That Remains

Author: Walid Khalidi
Publisher: Institute for Palestine Studies
ISBN: STANFORD:36105082110235
Release Date: 1992
Genre: History

FINAL STATUS ISSUES PAPERS: ARONSON, GEOFFREY, SETTLEMENTS & ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS: AN OVERVIEW, 57 pp, (1996) ISBN 0-88728-263-6, $4.95 paperback. ZUREIK, ELIA T., THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEES: A NEGOTIATIONS PRIMER, (1996) ISBN 0-88728-266-0, $6.95 paperback. TAMARI, SALIM, PALESTINIAN REFUGEE NEGOTIATIONS: FROM MADRID TO OSLO II (1996) ISBN 0-88728-265-2, $4.95 paperback. ELMUS, SHARIF S., THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI WATER NEGOTIATIONS, (1996) ISBN 0-88728-264-4, $4.95 paperback. KHALIDI, AHMAD, ISRAEL & PALESTINE: BORDERS & SECURITY (1996) ISBN 0-88728-267-9, $4.95 paperback. The above FIVE titles in this series seeks to provide background, documentation & negotiating options on the issues that will determine the final shape of the Palestinian-Israeli peace. OTHER TITLES: ROY, SARA, THE GAZA STRIP: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT, 350pp, + illus. (1995) ISBN 0-88728-260-1, $27.95 cloth. Sara Roy examines the political economy of the Gaza Strip since the Israeli occupation. NEFF, DONALD, FALLEN PILLARS: U.S. POLICY TOWARDS PALESTINE & ISRAEL SINCE 1945, 280pp + illus. (1995) ISBN: 0-88728-259-8, $12.00 paperback. FALLEN PILLARS is a concise summary of the evolution of American foreign policy towards Palestine & Israel. KHALIDI, WALID, ED., ALL THAT REMAINS: THE PALESTINIAN VILLAGES OCCUPIED & DEPOPULATED BY ISRAEL IN 1948, 638pp. + illus. (1992) ISBN 0-88728-224-5, $59.00 cloth. The first detailed compendium of the 418 villages destroyed during the 1948 war. ORDER TITLES FROM THE INSTITUTE FOR PALESTINE STUDIES, 800-874-3614 or 202-342-3990.

The Invention of the Land of Israel

Author: Shlomo Sand
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844679478
Release Date: 2012-11-20
Genre: History

What is a homeland, and when does it become a national territory? Why have so many people been willing to die for them throughout the twentieth century? What is the essence of the Promised Land?Following the acclaimed and controversial Invention of the Jewish People, Shlomo Sand examines the mysterious sacred land that has become the site of the longest running national struggle of the twentieth-century. The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of ‘historical right’ and tracks the invention of the modern geopolitical concept of the ‘Land of Israel’ by nineteenth cntury Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of israel; it is also what is threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

Deliberate Deceptions

Author: Paul Findley
ISBN: UOM:39015055600947
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Israel

This historic summit provides an in-depth, multifaceted inquiry into U.S.-Israeli relations. Former military and diplomatic personnel, intelligence officers, scholars, economists, researchers, authors and other experts at this nonpartisan symposium examine the impact of the U.S.-Israel relationship on Americans.

State of Terror

Author: Thomas Suárez
Publisher: Skyscraper Publications
ISBN: 9781911072164
Release Date: 2016-12-05
Genre: History

From 1940 on, when Palestine was still ruled by the British, violence and terror were used by Zionist terror groups to deny the rights of the indigenous Palestinians to the land they had lived in for generations, and to attack anyone, including the British, who tried to uphold those rights. It is uncomfortable to read and shocking in its implications, providing evidence for a case that has been denied for 60 years or more by the Israelis. Suàrez takes the story beyond the establishment of Israel in 1948 and shows how in first decade of its existence, the new Israel government, angered by the fact that Palestinian Arabs still remained in the state, continued to use terror in an attempt to make the remaining Arab inhabitants leave their land.

How I Stopped Being a Jew

Author: Shlomo Sand
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781781686157
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Shlomo Sand was born in 1946, in a displaced person’s camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. As a young man, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that of a “secular Jew.” With this meditative and thoughtful mixture of essay and personal recollection, he articulates the problems at the center of modern Jewish identity. How I Stopped Being a Jew discusses the negative effects of the Israeli exploitation of the “chosen people” myth and its “holocaust industry.” Sand criticizes the fact that, in the current context, what “Jewish” means is, above all, not being Arab and reflects on the possibility of a secular, non-exclusive Israeli identity, beyond the legends of Zionism. From the Hardcover edition.

The Biggest Prison on Earth

Author: Ilan Pappe
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780744339
Release Date: 2017-06-22
Genre: History

From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948 War of Independence comes an incisive look at the Occupied Territories, picking up the story where The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine left off. Publishing on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War that culminated in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Pappe offers a comprehensive exploration of one of the world’s most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Using recently declassified archival material, Pappe analyses the motivations and strategies of the generals and politicians – and the decision-making process itself – that laid the foundation of the occupation. From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over one million Palestinians, to the security mechanisms that vigorously enforced that control, Pappe paints a picture of what is to all intents and purposes the world’s largest “open prison”.

Before Their Diaspora

Author: Walid Khalidi
Publisher: Inst for Palestine Studies
ISBN: 0887282288
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949

"This copious collection of photographs spans in considerable depth the tumultuous history of what used to be called the Holy Land. The photographs are fascinating."--The Washington Post. "A monumental photographic essay...a classic."--Ambassador Richard Parker, Middle East Institute. "...contains a wealth of historical information depicted through photographs of people, places, events, & documents. Aside from appealing to the layman & the humanist, this book is a good resource for anthropologists, social historians, sociologists, & political scientists."--Middle East Journal. Other titles from I.P.S.-- Aronson, 'Israel, Palestinians & the Intifada'; Masalha, 'Expulsion of the Palestinians'; US Official Statements Regarding: UN Resolution 242, Israeli Settlements/4th Geneva Convention, & the Status of Jerusalem'; 'The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon'; Khalidi, 'From Haven to Conquest: Readings in Zionism & the Palestine Problem Until 1948'; Shehadeh, 'Occupier's Law: Israel & the West Bank'; 'United Nations Resolutions on Palestine & the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1947-1991'; 'A Survey of Palestine'; 'All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied & Depopulated by Israel in 1948'; 'Journal of Palestine Studies' (qtly). Institute for Palestine Studies, 3501 M Street NW, Wash., DC 20007. Toll-free: 800-874-3614, FAX 202-342-3927.

Remember the Liberty

Author: Ernest Gallo
Publisher: TrineDay
ISBN: 9781634241090
Release Date: 2017-05-19
Genre: History

One of the most explosive and hidden secrets in U.S. history – one that has never been previously told, Remember the Liberty explores how a sitting U.S. president collaborated with Israeli leaders in the fomentation of a war between them and their Arab neighbors. A war that would ensure a victory for Israel, and include the acquisition of additional land. This book will finally identify the real cause of the vicious attack on a U.S. Naval ship. After the botched plan was executed, the ship refused to sink even after being hit by a torpedo, leading the attack to be cancelled and a massive cover-up invoked. Including severe threats for the crewmembers to "keep their lips sealed." That cover-up is barely still in place, and completely exposed. Written largely by the survivors themselves, the truth is finally being told with the real story revealed.