Books on Israel-Palestine

Top 20 books that will give you fairly deep insights into the Israel-Palestine issue.

60% (or the first 12 books ranked below) are all written by Jewish authors, and provide an introspective and balanced view of what has gone wrong and where.

The remaining 8 books are written by US, UK and Palestine-based authors, journalists, experts and activists that are just as ground-breaking in content.

Needless to say, these books are either criticised by biased pro-Israel Zionists and other Israeli anarchists or ignored altogether by the powerful far-right in Israel and the West.

For your convenience, the books are ranked below in terms of content and impact.

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  1. The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise on Israel and Palestine by Nathan Thrall
  2. The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy by John J Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt
  3. Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe
  4. Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein
  5. Israel/Palestine: How to end the war of 1948 by Tanya Reinhart
  6. How Israel Lost by Richard Ben Cramer
  7. Drinking the Sea in Gaza by Amira Hass
  8. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
  9. The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering by Normal Finkelstein
  10. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman Finkelstein
  11. The Balfour Declaration by Jonathan Schneer
  12. The Settlers by Gadi Taub
  13. The Case for Sanctions against Israel Edited by Audrea Lim
  14. Israel Apartheid A Beginner’s Guide by Ben White
  15. Cracks in the Wall by Ben White
  16. Palestinians in Israel Segregation Discrimination and Democracy by Ben White
  17. Against Apartheid by Ashley Dawson and Bill V Mullen
  18. The Palestine Papers: The End of the Road by Clayton E Swisher*
  19. Generation Palestine edited by Richard Wiles
  20. Palestine Peace not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

The following 2 books are unabashedly pro-Israel, and provide unique insights into how Israel has transformed over the decades and what it has been doing in recent years to entrench itself in China (the next rising empire of the world), from an economic point of view. While they both gloss over the human rights violations Israel has committed in the last 70+ years, nonetheless, they are worth reading.

  1. Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
  2. Israel and China: From Silk Road to Innovation Highway by Lionel Friedfeld and Philippe Metoudi

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