Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace (Study Guide), by EPF/PIN (2011).
Ten Myths About Israel, by Ilan Pappe (2017).
Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, by Phyllis Bennis (2018, 7th edition). A basic text on the origins and various aspects of the conflict.
Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism (Study Guide), by Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA (2018).
History of Conflict
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, by Ilan Pappe (2006). A description, based on declassified Israeli military archival material, of the calculated planning behind Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population in 1948.
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance 1917-2017, by Rashid Khalidi (2020).
Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History, by Nur Masalha (2018).
Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment, by Mazin B. Qumsiyeh (2011).
Palestinian Christians/Liberation Theology
Chosen? Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, by Walter Brueggemann (2015).
Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes, by Lutheran Pastor Mitri Raheb (2014).
Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land, by Mark Braverman. Foreword by Walter Brueggemann (2010). Braverman frankly describes how the Christian effort to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism, culminating in the Holocaust, has contributed to suppressing criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and suppressing the search for justice for Palestinians.
I Am A Palestinian Christian, by Lutheran Pastor Rev. Mitri Raheb (1995).
Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation, by Episcopal Priest Rev. Naim Stifan Ateek (1989). Ateek articulates a liberation theology for Palestinian Christians living under Israeli occupation. A Palestinian citizen of Israel, Ateek is the founder and director of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.
Kairos for Palestine, by Rifat Odeh Kassis (2011). Includes the full text of Kairos Palestine: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering, December 2009.
The Other Side of the Wall: A Palestinian Christian Narrative of Lament and Hope, by Lutheran Pastor Rev. Munther Isaac (2020).
A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation, by Episcopal Priest Rev. Naim Stifan Ateek (2008). Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Ateek speaks out for the liberation of Palestinian Christians and Muslims living under occupation and at the same time calls for reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis based on universal principles of justice.
A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, by Episcopal Priest Rev. Naim Stifan Ateek (2017).
We Belong to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for Peace and Reconciliation, by Elias Chacour (1992). Fr. Chacour describes how he has managed, despite harassment from the Israeli government, to create major religious and educational institutions in Galilee.
Challenging Christian Zionism: Theology, Politics and the Israel-Palestine Conflict, eds. Naim Ateek, Cedar Duaybis, and Maurine Tobin (2005).
Zion’s Christian Soldiers? The Bible, Israel and the Church, by Stephen Sizer (2007).
Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State, by Jonathan Cook (2006). Cook, who lives in Israel, discusses Israel’s demographic fears—of Jews becoming a minority in historic Palestine—and the discriminatory, policies it pursues in order to maintain Jewish predominance.
Confronting Apartheid: A Personal History of South Africa, Namibia and Palestine, by John Dugard (2018).
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, by Max Blumenthal (2014). Blumenthal “illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation.”
On Anti-Semitism: Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice, by Jewish Voice for Peace (2017).
Reclaiming Judaism from Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation, ed. Carolyn L. Karcher (2019).
Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity, by Rabbi Brant Rosen (2014). The story of Rosen’s journey from Zionist to activist for Palestinians.
War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, by Jeff Halper (2015).
Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land, eds. Donald E. Wagner and Walter T. Davis (2014).
Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide, by Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church USA [based on Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land, above] (2014).
Life Under Occupation
The Battle for Justice in Palestine, by Ali Abunimah (2014).
BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, by Omar Barghouti (2011). Barghouti, a human rights activist and co-founder of the Palestinian BDS movement, argues for a rights-based BDS campaign to halt Israel’s occupation and apartheid practices.
Justice For Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, by Noura Erakat (2019).
Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, by Saree Makdisi (2008).
Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli Occupation, by Kathleen and Bill Christison (2009). A description of what Palestinians endure under Israeli occupation, with photographs and maps showing the apartheid system of control.
The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights, by Michael Sfard (2018).
The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, by Ben Ehrenreich (2016).
Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, by Sara Roy (2007). Although written before Israel’s massive assaults on Gaza in 2008 and later, Roy’s description of Israeli policy toward this overcrowded territory sets the dismal scene in Gaza and what she terms Israel’s “de-development” of Gaza.
The 51-Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, by Max Blumenthal (2015).
Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom, by Norman Finkelstein (2018)
Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance, by Tareq Baconi (2018). A comprehensive history of Hamas and its relationships with Fatah and Israel, addressing such questions as whether violence is justified, Hamas’ attitude toward compromise, how it stays true to the cause of liberation while also engaging pragmatically with international actors.
One State Advocacy
One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, by Ali Abunimah (2006). A thorough examination of the possibility of establishing one democratic state in historic Palestine in which Palestinians and Jews would live as equal citizens.
The One-State Solution: A Breakthrough for Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Deadlock, by Virginia Tilley (2005). One of the first writers to articulate the parameters of the one-state solution, Tilley argues that the Israeli settlement grid that overlays the occupied territories will never stop expanding, or be withdrawn, and that a single state must be considered as the only just solution. She describes the major obstacles to this solution but believes they can be overcome.
Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality, by Ian S. Lustick (2019).
Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Trump, by Khaled Elgindy (2019).
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt (2007). A carefully researched study of the influence of the pro-Israel lobby on U.S. Middle East policy, how this influence is wielded, and its impact on U.S. national interests.
Our American Israel: The Story of an Entangled Alliance, by Amy Kaplan (2018). Examines the intimacy and shared sense of identity that have long existed between Israel and the US, and delves into some of the recent developments that are beginning to challenge the relationship.
Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy, by Kathleen Christison (2001). Demonstrates how popular discourse affects the making of policy; traces the evolution of the Palestinian image since the 19th century and the impact this always negative image has had on both public discourse and policymaking.
Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, by Josh Ruebner (2014).