Bibliography of Books, Media, and Websites

Recommended by the Leadership Team of “Women Challenge US Policy” Campaign

Books: History of the Region

American Friends Service Committee. When the Rain Returns: Toward Justice and Reconciliation in Palestine and Israel. AFSC, 2004. Report of International Quaker Working Party on the region, peacemaking efforts, and recommendations for US policy.

Ashrawi, Hanan. This Side of Peace: A Personal Account. Simon & Schuster, 1995. An insider's look at several rounds of peace negotiations and the personalities involved.

Bennis, Phyllis. Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Trans-Arab Research Institute, 2003. Policy analyst answers common questions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and proposed “Roadmap to Peace.”

Chakour, Fr. Elias. Blood Brothers. Chosen Books, 2003. Unable to return to his family home, author peacefully struggles to restore Palestinian villages to their rightful owners.

David, Ron. Arabs and Israel for Beginners. Writers and Readers, 1993. Could be titled "The Middle East Conflict for Dummies." Extremely easy to read, slightly irreverent and intended to dispel myths.

Heller, Mark A. and Sari Nusseibeh. No Trumpets, No Drums: A Two-State Settlement of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. Harper-Collins and Foundation for Middle East Peace, 1991. Jointly written by a Palestinian philosopher and an Israeli political scientist, this book sets forth one of many suggested frameworks for a two-state solution.

Hirst, David. The Gun and the Olive Branch. Macdonald & Co, London, 1983. Excellent historical account of creation of Israel by the Guardian newspaper Middle East correspondent.

McGowen, Daniel and Marc Ellis, eds. Remembering Deir Yassin: The Future of Israel and Palestine, Olive Branch Press, 1998. The authors researched events that led to the massacre by Israel of the Palestine village of Deir Yassin and acted to see that the villagers did not die in vain.

Sacco, Joe. Palestine. Fantagraphics Books, 2002. In comic book style. author ironically recounts experiences with people in the West Bank and Gaza.

Said, Edward. The Question of Palestine. Vintage, 1992. When first published in 1979, brought a Palestinian perspective on Palestinian self-determination into the American discussion of Middle East affairs.

Shlaim, Avi. The Iron Wall, Israel and the Arab World. W.W. Norton & Company, 2001. A study of the first fifty years of Israeli foreign policy, with a particular focus on Israel's relations with the Arab world.

Books: US Policy

Ball, George and Douglas Ball. The Passionate Attachment: America's Involvement With Israel, 1947 to the Present. W.W. Norton and Co., 1992. Former undersecretary of state shows how the U.S. has subordinated American interests to those of Israel in determining Middle East policy.

Chomsky, Noam. Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians. South End Press, 1999. A classic indictment of what the author refers to as the "disgraceful and extremely dangerous” role of the U.S. in the region.

Curtis, Richard and Janet McMahon. Stealth PACs: Lobbying Congress for Control of U.S. Middle East Policy. American Educational Trust, 1996. A review of AIPAC's many political action committee supporters and how they influence U.S. Middle East policy. Published by former U.S. foreign service officers.

Findley, Paul. They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby. Lawrence Hill Books, 1985. Congressman Findlay exposes pro-Israel forces in Congress, the White House, the Pentagon and academia that suppress free debate, compromise national security and shape American foreign policy.

Klare, Michael T. Blood and Oil. The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt & Co., 2004. Traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II.

Zunes, Stephen. Tinderbox, U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism. Common Courage Press, 2002. Critically examines how U.S. policy has contributed to the rise of terrorism, although not excluding other forces that share responsibility.

Books: Women in the Middle East

Deonna, Laurence. The War With Two Voices: Testimonies by Women from Egypt and Israel. Three Continents Press, 1989. Women whose lives have been shattered by war give vent to their feelings. Book was made into a play and author awarded 1987 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

Fernea, Elizabeth W. In Search of Islamic Feminism: One Woman's Global Journey. Anchor, 1988. Answers complex questions about Middle Eastern women: their predicament, what feminism means to them, whether its ideas are helpful, and the alternatives in traditional societies. The last chapter is on Muslim women in the US.

Fernea, Elizabeth W. and Basima Q. Bezirgan, eds. Middle Eastern Muslim Women Speak. University of Texas Press, 1977. Autobiographical and biographical writings by and about M.E. women representing a wide range of occupations, points of view, and socioeconomic status.

Glick, Sherna Berger. An American Feminist in Palestine: The Intifada Years, Temple University Press, 1994. Of special interest is the author's realization that feminism takes a unique form during conflict.

Rosenwasser, Penny. Voices From A ‘Promised Land: Palestinian and Israeli Peace Activists Speak their Hearts. Curbstone Press, 1992. Interviews give insider perspective on the intifada, Israeli peace camp, and Palestinian and Israeli women's peace movements.

Books/Articles: Anti-Semitism, Hate Crimes and Media Bias

American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Research Institute. Post-9-/11 Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination. ADC Research Institute, 2002. Detailed report on anti-Arab incidents in the first 6 months after 9/11. Physical attacks and other hate crimes, job discrimination, civil liberties violations, airline profiling, media bias and other problems.

Avneri, Uri. Anti-Semitism versus Anti-Zionism: A Practical Manual. Counterpunch 21, January 2004. Veteran Israeli peace activist speaks out.

Findley, Paul. Silent No More: Confronting America False Images of Islam. Amana Pubs, 2001. Findley details his journey in correcting his own stereotypes; discusses civil liberties violations, misconceptions about Islam, biased “experts” on Islam, and the impact of discrimination on the American Muslim community.

Jewish Voice for Peace, editor, and Judith Butler, contributor. Reframing Anti-Semitism: Alternative Jewish Perspectives. Jewish Voice for Peace, 2004. Writers respond to fears that challenges to Israeli government policies will be interpreted as anti-Semitic.

Plitnick, Mitchell. Myth and Reality: Jewish Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy. Jewish Voice for Peace Newsletter, May 2005.
"One of the classic myths is that of the Jews manipulating governments...."

Said, Edward. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World. Pantheon Books, 1981. Analysis of the media portrayal of Islam, and how it does not correspond to the varied life of the peoples within the world of Islam.

Books: Related Topics

Chacham, Ronit. Breaking Ranks: Refusing to Serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Other Press, 2003. Nine members of the Israeli Defense Force, dedicated to their country and its religious heritage, tell why they refused to serve on the West Bank and Gaza and outline their concerns for the future of Israel.

Halsell, Grace. Journey to Jerusalem: A Journalists' Account of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Families in the Strife-torn Holy Land. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1981. Halsell examines people and faiths of Jerusalem and seeks to understand them.

Lerner, Rabbi Michael. Healing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Peace and Reconciliation. Tikkun Books, North Atlantic Books, 2003. Rabbi Lerner outlines a way to be both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian by being pro-peace.

Palestinian Environmental NGO's Network (Jerusalem,) editors. The Wall in Palestine: Facts, Testimonies, Analysis and Call to Action. Palestine Center, 2003. Documents the effects of Israel's "Security Wall" on the Palestinians by highlighting the destruction, devastation and socio-economic impacts. Includes removable map of the Wall in the West Bank.

Shahak, Israel. Open Secrets: Israel's Nuclear and Foreign Policies, Pluto Press, 1997. Drawing solely on the Hebrew press and working as an insider in his country, Shahak demonstrates Israel's covert role of expansionism as supported by the U.S. Jewish lobby.

Younan, Munib. Witnessing for Peace in Jerusalem and the World. Augsberg Fortress, 2003. Bishop Younan speaks of his experience and advocacy of nonviolence in the Middle East.

Newspapers and Journals

Arab Media Internet Network
Bitter Lemons
Electronic Intifada
Jewish Peace News
Jordon Times
Palestine Monitor
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Videos and DVDs

Fadi Flies A Kite: One Boy’s Yearning to Rise Above the Occupation. A gentle piece.
Contact: or Philadelphia Yearly Meeting: 215-241-7220

Oasis of Peace (Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam): About a village in Israel established jointly by Jews and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship who are engaged in educational work for peace, equality and understanding between the two peoples. Honest and hopeful.

Palestinian Democracy under Occupation: What next? A talk by Mustafa Barghouti with maps of Gaza, settlements, Security Wall, and Israeli encroachment. Contact: Palestine Office-Michigan, (313) 945-9660,

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: U.S. Media & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Media Education Foundation

Promises: Award winning documentary which interviews Palestinian and Israeli children. Uplifting and heartbreaking.


American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American Friends Service Committee
Americans for Peace Now
Bat Shalom
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Coalition of Women 4 Peace
Electronic Intifada
Gush Shalom
Hope Flowers Al Amal School
If Americans Knew
Israel/Palestine and the Peace Process Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jews Against the Occupation
Jews for Justice in the Middle East
Jews for Peace in Palestine and Israel
Middle East Children's Alliance
Not In My Name
Oasis of Peace (Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam)
Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group
Path of Peace
Peace & Justice Support Network (Mennonite)
Peace Child Israel
Rabbis for Human Rights
Refusers Solidarity Network
The Other Israel
Tikkun Olam (Healing the Earth)
U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation
Visions of Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine
Washington Report on M.E. Affairs

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