non-fiction books on palestine / israel
Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s toughest assignment: In the national interest
Author John Lyons. “Rarely is the public taken deep into the inner sanctum of major news organisations. In this extraordinary book, award-winning journalist John Lyons goes to the heart of how the media reports or does not report one of the biggest stories of our time: the conflict in the Middle East. He looks at the power of lobby groups and shows how they determine much of what is written about Israel, and he turns the spotlight on his own profession and its failings.”
The Hundred Years' War on Palestine A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance
Author Rashid Khalidi. “The twentieth century for Palestine and the Palestinians has been a century of denial: denial of statehood, denial of nationhood and denial of history. The Hundred Years War on Palestine is Rashid Khalidi’s powerful response. Drawing on his family archives, he reclaims the fundamental right of any people: to narrate their history on their own terms.”
Palestine in Israeli School Books Ideology and Propaganda in Education
Author Nurit Peled-Elhanan “argues that the textbooks used in the school system are laced with a pro-Israel ideology, and that they play a part in priming Israeli children for military service.”
Fiction books on palestine / israel
Against The Loveless World
Author Susan Abulhawa. “She was a girl who went to Palestine in the wrong shoes, and without looking for it found what she had always lacked in the basement of a battered beauty parlour: purpose, politics, friends. She found a dark-eyed man called Bilal, who taught her to resist; who tried to save her when it was already too late.
Nahr sits in the Cube, and tells her story to Bilal. Bilal, who isn’t there; Bilal, who may not even be alive, but who is her only reason to get out.“
Author Colum McCann . “How do we continue living once we have lost our reason to live?
Rami and Bassam live in the city of Jerusalem – but exist worlds apart, divided by an age-old conflict. And yet they have one thing in common. Both are fathers; both are fathers of daughters – and both daughters are now lost.
When Rami and Bassam meet, and tell one another the story of their grief, the most unexpected thing of all happens: they become best of friends. And their stories become one story, a story with the power to heal – and the power to change the world.”
Author Amos Oz . “‘On the kibbutz it’s hard to know. We’re all supposed to be friends but very few really are.’ Amos Oz’s compelling new fiction offers revelatory glimpses into the secrets and frustrations of the human heart, played out by a community of misfits united by political disagreement, intense dissatisfaction and lifetimes of words left unspoken…At the heart of each drama is a desire to be better, more principled and worthy of the community’s respect. With his trademark compassion and sharp-eyed wit, Amos Oz leaves us with the feeling that what matters most between friends is the invisible tie of our shared humanity.”
Mornings in Jenin
Author Susan Abulhawa . “Palestine, 1941. In the small village of Ein Hod a father leads a procession of his family and workers through the olive groves. As they move through the trees the green fruits drop onto the orchard floor; the ancient cycle of the seasons providing another bountiful harvest.
1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers- one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Amal’s own dramatic story threads its way through six decades of Palestinian-Israeli tension, eventually taking her into exile in Pensylvania in America.
Amal’s is a story of love and loss, of childhood, marriage and parenthood, and finally the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has. Richly told and full of humanity, Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime. It is an extraordinary debut.“
Author Yumna Kassab. “Every couple has a story. How they met, how they fell in love – their ups, their downs. What made them want to be in each other’s arms day and night. The struggle of family expectations. The need to please each other, the desire to go their separate ways. It is about the private universe between two people as they try to hold to each other despite the barriers of geography, culture and class.
Every couple has a beginning, a middle, and maybe an end.
The Lovers is an enchanting fable that explores the light and dark of a relationship – a love distilled down to its barest form. You might think you know this story. Maybe you do.”
Palestine is not acutally mentioned but this book is a thinly veiled reference to Palestine.
theological books on palestine / israel
Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes
Author Rev Dr. Mitri Raheb. “A Palestinian Christian theologian shows how the reality of empire shapes the context of the biblical story, and the ongoing experience of Middle East conflict.”
From Land to Lands, from Eden to the Renewed Earth: A Christ-Centred Biblical Theology of the Promised Land
Author Rev Dr Munther Isaac. “The land is an important theme in the Bible through which the whole biblical history in the Old and New Testaments can be studied and analyzed. Looking at the land in the Bible right from its beginnings in the garden of Eden this book approaches the theme from three distinct perspectives – holiness, the convenant, and the kingdom. Through careful analysis the author recognizes that the land has been universalized in Christ, as anticipated in the Old Testament, and as a result promotes a missional theology of the land that underlines the social and territorial dimensions of redemption.”
A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict
Author Rev Dr, Naim Ateek. “Addressing what many consider the world’s most controversial conflict, Naim Ateek offers a succinct primer on liberation theology in the context of the Palestinian struggle for freedom and self-determination. Beginning with the historical roots of this struggle, he shows how the memory of the Holocaust served to trump the claims and aspirations of the native inhabitants of Palestine, and how later Israeli occupation and settlements in the West Bank have contributed to their suffering and oppression.”
biographical books on palestine / israel
Yet in the Dark Streets Shining: A Palestinian Story of Hope and Resilience in Bethlehem
Biography of Bishara Awad (founder of Bethlehem Bible College), co-authored with Mercy Aiken. “Yet In the Dark Streets Shining details the little-known story of Palestinian Christians through the heartbreaking but inspiring account of a boy who grew up to be a spiritual and community leader in Bethlehem.”
Blood Brothers - The Dramatic Story of a Palestinian Christian Working for Peace in Israel
By Elias Chacour and David Hazard. “As a child, Elias Chacour lived in a small Palestinian village in Galilee. When tens of thousands of Palestinians were killed and nearly one million forced into refugee camps in 1948, Elias began a long struggle with how to respond. In Blood Brothers, he blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict, exploring whether bitter enemies can ever be reconciled. This book offers hope and insight to help each of us learn to live at peace in a world of tension and terror.”
Tears for Tarshiha
A Palestinian refugee’s inspiring tale of her lifelong fight to return home. Biography of Olfat Mahmoud, co-authored with Helen McCue.
“Born in a refugee camp in Lebanon more than 60 years ago, Olfat’s determination to help her people in their fight to return to their homeland led to a nursing career that has placed her at the front line of atrocious massacres and wars in the Middle East. Tears for Tarshiha follows Olfat’s career amid the death and destruction of Lebanon’s many conflicts, and chronicles the Palestinian people’s remarkable capacity for love and bravery in the most extreme conditions.”
articles & Reports on palestine / israel
Palestinian Christians - The Forcible Displacement and Dispossession Continues
Kairos Palestine and BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights have produced this joint resource. A similar joint study was produced in 2012. Eleven years on and the decline in numbers of Palestinian Christians can be directly related to Israel’s colonial and apartheid policies against Palestinians.
A recording of the launch can be viewed here. Please start viewing at the 07:16 minute point.
Israeli Apartheid: Tool of Zionist Settler Colonialism
The well respected Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq recently launched a comprehensive coalition report. The report delves into key details and analysis of Israel’s settler colonial and apartheid regime which is imposed on the Palestinian people.
Two hours and eight years: Palestinian families split by Israel
In 2022 on the 15 year anniversary of the Gaza blockade – This Al Jazeera article looks at how Israel’s blockade and policies serve to keep Palestinian families living in the West Bank and Gaza, separate.
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Francesca Albanese
This report “finds that arbitrary and deliberate ill-treatment is inflicted upon the Palestinians not only through unlawful practices in detention but also as a carceral continuum comprised of techniques of large-scale confinement -physical, bureaucratic, digital- beyond detention. These violations may amount to international crimes prosecutable under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and universal jurisdiction.”
'Pogroms' by Jonathan Kuttab
“Settler attacks on both Palestinians and their property are nothing new, but the current phenomenon shows a frequency, boldness, and pervasiveness of attacks as well as the involvement of hundreds of settlers participating in organized attacks against the villages in their vicinity. The settlers now feel that they not only enjoy the tacit support of the Israeli Government, but that they are themselves the government and can call the shots directly.”