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Arabs and Israel For Beginners


The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the headlines daily, but do most Americans really understand what it is about? Arabs & Israel For Beginners provides an intelligent, in-depth, yet humorous and accessible Palestinian perspective on the struggle between the two nations. With dramatic events happening almost every day in this region, and the US government increasingly becoming involved, the American public deserves to hear both sides. 

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the headlines daily, but do most Americans really understand what it is about? Arabs & Israel For Beginners provides an intelligent, in-depth, yet humorous and accessible Palestinian perspective on the struggle between the two nations. With dramatic events happening almost every day in this region, and the US government increasingly becoming involved, the American public deserves to hear both sides. 

Arabs & Israel For Beginners covers the Middle East from ancient times to the present, tells the truth in plain English. If you want to know the truth about 12,000 years of Middle Eastern history, then Arabs & Israel For Beginners is the perfect place to start.

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"I have written 10 books about the complex Mideast conflict and read several hundred books on the same subjects. Ron David's is the best book in the field, leading all others including mine by many miles." — Dr. M. T. Medhi, President of the Arab-American Relations Committee

"Well-organized and lucid... [Arabs & Israel for Beginners] does indeed deserve a large reading audience." — Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr., author of A Concose History of the Middle East

"Take the research of Noam Chomsky... enliven it with skillful pensketched drawing... then trace 12,000 years of turbulent history with the irreverence of Saturday Night Live, and you have... Ron David's Arabs & Israel for Beginners." — John Mahoney, Executive Director of Americans for Middle East Understanding

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934389164
  • Publisher: For Beginners
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Series: For Beginners
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron David grew up in Detroit, attended Wayne State University and the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and served three years in the Army.  For years he earned his living as an industrial clay sculptor (Detroit, New York, California and Sweden) and spent 20-30 hours per week writing books.  Ron was awarded a Grant from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for one of his novels.  He also spent four years as Editor-in-Chief at Writers and Readers Publishing.  He is the author of four published books including Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader’s Road Map to the Novels (Random House). Ron David has been married to Susan David (an artist/designer at Tiffany & Co.) for 30 years.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    A true pleasure to read! Accurate and Informative

    Thinking myself an ¿expert¿ on the Middle East, I hesitated buying this book for a long time, guessing it won¿t be of any use to me. When I got it, however, I couldn¿t let go of the book until I finished it from cover to cover ¿ reading the entire thing in one night. Whereas most history books tend to be a drudge, the drawings and cartoons make this book so interesting and engrossing. The humor, which is typical for the ¿for beginners¿ series, also helps lighten up this rather heavy topic of blood and conflict. My main surprise with this book is that I actually learned a lot from it, and I am no beginner! It contains almost an encyclopedia of facts about the Arab-Israeli conflicts, and most are backed up by a well-selected bibliography for the curious reader who wishes to embark on his or her own research. But make no mistake! Some of the facts presented are hard to believe at first sight. They stand in stark contrast to the picture painted by the mainstream American media. However upon conducting my own research, I was able to verify most of the facts that shocked me. For example, the facts about the 1948 war can be verified from the scholarly studies by Benny Morris, ¿The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem,¿ and ¿1948 and After: Israel and the Palestinians¿. The information in ¿Arabs and Israel for Beginners¿ about the (1st) Palestinian Intifada can be corroborated in the classic Israeli treatment of it ¿Intifada: The Palestinian Uprising¿, by Don Peretz. Among the shocking facts this book reveals, for example, is the International treatment of Jewish refugees from Europe during the Holocaust, and how every port in the world, including New York City, was closed to their ships, forcing them to go unwillingly to Palestine. In a way then, the whole world participated in creating the Arab-Israeli conflict, but now, fortunately, the world has in this book a great resource from which to learn about this complicated issue. My only regret about this book is that it has not been brought up to date on the latest developments. As it stands, the book ends somewhere near the end of the Oslo Peace Process. The author¿s prediction on the last page that the peace process is doomed for failure cannot be closer to the truth. Makes an excellent gift for your friends and family. I bought two copies and ended up giving them both away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Extremely fun book, very informative, AND accurate!

    This is the one book I stayed up all night to read. It was so interesting I could not find the place to lay it down and stop. Written in half-cartoon, half-text, it presents the Arab-Israeli conflict much differently from the dry historical books. But don't be fooled by its apparent simplicity. This book pierces straight through the complex web of facts and myths that clouds the middle east conflict and makes it such a difficult subject to understand. It explains all the facts, sorts out through the myths, and provides a full useful bibliography to help you learn more. One of the most useful and interesting books I've read. From mideast dummy to expert in one day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2002

    "The Truth Shall Set You Free!"

    Great book that portrays so much ignored truth, it scares me to realize that we live in a Western world of lies. David challeges all Western Zionist thought and he boldly does it in the 2nd Heartland of American Zionism, New York (with the 1st being Washington D.C.). The book is full of many facts that have been covered up by our Zionist media machines or blatantly lied about by the media or our corporate bought elected officials. Ron David is a Hero to all human beings because he stands for truth regardless of what opposing people may think. He does, however, do a not so wonderful job of citing his sources. Though there are many on the last pages of the book, they are difficult to point out in the contents of the book. If this book is read by any supporters of Zionism, then they will deem it as Anti-Semetic. The problem is that they are: 1)synonomously using Zionism and Semite, which are two terms that have two different meanings and 2) monopolizing the term semite for Jews only. However, anyone who knows the definition of semite, would understand that to be anti or against a semite, one would have to be against Arabs, Jews, Babylonians, Arameans, and pretty much any individual or group from the Near East, Mesopotamia, or North Africa. Semite defined means "A member of a group of Semitic-speaking peoples of the Near East and northern Africa, including the Arabs, Arameans, Babylonians, Carthaginians, Ethiopians, Hebrews, and Phoenicians" (The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition). So watch out for reviewers that are very quick to lie and distort the truth. This book will turn the reader on to other great sources of information that can be very useful in arguementative discussions. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    What a book !

    Finally, a straightforward and gut-wrenchingly true and accurate account of Israel's horrific record of brutality, ethnic cleansing and occupation against the indigenous popuation of Palestine, who were never given a true chance at explaining their side of the story.The sad fact is that the Palestinians can now join the long list of indigenous peoples of the world who have been at the receiving end of European domination and mistreatment( the other members of this club would include Australia's aborigines, South African blacks, and the American Indians ).The crucial difference is of course that in those respective societies the concept of protection of indigenous peoples has caught on, the Israelis, together with their American and Western cronies have ingrained the stereotype of the violent and fanatical Arab in people's minds to the extent that anyone who sympathizes with the horrific plight that they have endured risks labelled being a romantic at best or a fanatic at worst.This book has finally convinced me that justice truly exist in this world after all.God Bless Rod David.

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