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Israel (Major Muslim Nations Series)
     

Israel (Major Muslim Nations Series)

by Adam M. Garfinkle
 

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In 1948 the world witnessed an extraordinary event: the birth of Israel. Ater two millennia as a stateless people scattered across the globe and frequently persecuted by the societies in which they lived-most tragically during the Holocaust of World War II-Jews finally had a homeland. And the New Jersey-sized country was in Palestine, the ancestral land of the

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In 1948 the world witnessed an extraordinary event: the birth of Israel. Ater two millennia as a stateless people scattered across the globe and frequently persecuted by the societies in which they lived-most tragically during the Holocaust of World War II-Jews finally had a homeland. And the New Jersey-sized country was in Palestine, the ancestral land of the Jewish people. In the years since 1948, Israel has become the Middle East's most powerful, and most democratic, country.

But the foundation and defense of the Jewish state ultimately came at the expense of a state for the Palestinians, another people with ancient ties to Palestine. For decades Israeli and Palestinian blood has stained the land, a string of peace initiatives collapsing amid the seemingly endless cycle of attack and retaliation. Resolving the conflict in a manner that preserves Israel's security remains an elusive goal not just for Israel, but also for the many countries with interests in the strategic Middle East, including the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sara Rofofsky Marcus
This updated and revised edition of a 2004 book includes issues and tensions that have come about since the original date of publication. The author covers Israel's place in the world, its land, and history, each in their own chapter. Society, politics, and security are next addressed, followed by two chapters on society, politics and foreign policy: 1949—1977 and 1978—2009. The final chapter looks forward to the future. There is also a brief, abbreviated chronology, although it is unclear if this is of Judaism, the State of Israel, or both. A brief glossary defines selected terms, although much is omitted, and the definitions are sometimes brief to the point of not being clear for the unfamiliar. There is a comprehensive index to assist in finding areas of interest throughout the volume. Colorful photographs and maps help bring the text to life, although a lack of sufficient chapter subheadings can cause a reader to get lost. This in-depth and unbiased book is well-researched, making it a valuable resource for anyone studying Israel's place in society, politics, and the world in general although additional resources might be needed for maps. A bibliography at the end of the work is separated into subjects, but the titles are not all current, along with a listing of Internet resources. Reviewer: Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Children's Literature
This balanced consideration of the modern state of Israel notes the continued existence of tensions within and without the country. Even in discussion of land and geography, problems of water ownership and usage and strained relationships with neighbors are mentioned. The sophisticated history section includes two perspectives—the modern nation-state and the movement of civilizations through this territory since pre-biblical times. The author recognizes that Jews often chose to remain separate from other cultures in order to preserve particular religious tradition and that other cultures also refused to accept the Jews, often persecuting them in Europe because of their economic success; this conflict was reiterated with the formation of Israel within a circle of Arab/Muslim states. As a planned nation state, Israel is unique, but continues to contend with an internal conflict between those who want a religious and those who want a secular state. By not avoiding the complex issues in the Middle East and Israel's fragile position among hostile neighbors, this book will deepen student's understanding of both modern history and Israel. Maps do not share a common scale, sometimes making it difficult to understand Israel's changing borders. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 12 up.
— Elisabeth Greenberg
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-These two books provide students with accurate, fair, and informative narratives about the long-standing territorial dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. The books are especially effective in tracing the complex histories of Jews and Arabs in the region, emphasizing each people's legitimate historical claims to the land now governed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority-land that was once part of the Ottoman Empire and that, after World War I, became part of the British colonial empire. Effectively complemented by excellent-quality color photos, charts, and statistical sidebars, the texts detail the geography, politics, culture, religion, and relations with the outside world of the two peoples. Both deal with contentious issues fairly and dispassionately (such as the Palestinian Arabs' refugee problem after the 1948 and 1967 wars). Unfortunately, Carew-Miller does not mention the 1973 Yom Kippur War, nor does she discuss the PA-controlled stereotyping of Jews in textbooks used by Palestinian children. Garfinkle underplays the importance of the "settlement" issue. Both books have wide-ranging lists for further reading. These substantive, balanced texts (especially used together) are the best introductions to the political conflict currently in print for this age group.-Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422214022
Publisher:
Mason Crest
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Major Muslim Nations Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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