The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: A Beginner's Guide / Edition 3

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With coverage of all the most recent events, this fully-updated edition of the essential bestselling guide to the Palestine-Israeli conflict explores the history, motivations and people behind a dispute that has been setting the Middle East ablaze for over sixty years.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This publication offers a rare insight into the Palestinian-Israeli dilemma while outlining political, religious, historical, and emotional issues in the struggle for peace. It is unique in brilliantly bringing together two authors who represent the two peoples in the conflict: Cohn-Sherbok is Rabbi Professor of Judaism, and El-Alami is a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Each introduces his argument and then offers a rebuttal of the other's position. Cohn-Sherbok views the creation of a Jewish state as a necessity, basing it on a history of anti-Semitism, migration, and the Holocaust. He recounts visions of historical figures such as Theodor Herzl and David Ben-Gurion and the Balfour Declaration in 1917, which permitted the legal acquisition of land. Conversely, El-Alami questions the legality and morality of the land acquisition process and supports the Palestinian struggle. He documents over 2000 years of history, moving through the Ottoman Empire, and points out numerous "secret negotiations and broken promises." Both authors tend to blame the other side, or a third party, but offer some resolutions for settling the impasse. This book would serve as an essential primer in public or academic libraries. Ethan P. Pullman, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Few readers can fail to come away armed with invaluable knowledge after dipping into Oneworld's Beginner's Guides series. Insightful and informative, they make mind-boggling concepts simple and stimulate further inquiry." — Christina Borg, The Sunday Times (London)

"There are no dispassionate accounts of the conflict that racks the Holy Land, nor should there be. As this intelligent and important book makes clear, it is hard to be dispassionate when you believe that you are fighting for your life; and both the authors remind us that no less than this is what is felt to be at stake...” Dr. Rowan Williams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686117
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Beginners Guide (Oneworld) Series
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Cohn-Sherbok is Professor Emeritus of Judaism at the University of Wales and Honorary Fellow of the Centre of Religions for Peace and Reconciliation at the University of Winchester. He lives in Winchester, U.K. Dawoud El-Alami is Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He lives in Aberdeen, U.K.

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Table of Contents


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A Jewish perspective Dan Cohn-Sherbok Cohn-Sherbok, Dan

1 The Zionist movement 3

2 Beyond the First World War 24

3 The Jewish state 44

4 The Six-Day War and its aftermath 64

5 The road to peace 84

6 Before and after September 11 104

7 Renewed aggression 121

A Palestinian perspective Dawoud El-Alami El-Alami, Dawoud

8 The origins of modern Palestine 129

9 Palestinians, Jews and the British 146

10 Towards the establishment of a Jewish state 173

11 Arabs and Jews 186

12 Towards liberation 204

13 The wall 229

14 The legacy of the old guard 238

Debate 242

Glossary 266

Notes 270

Bibliography 277

Index 281

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