The Best Books On Palestine

Ilan Pappé Author Of Ten Myths About Israel
By Ilan Pappé

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The Question of Palestine

By Edward W. Said

The Question of Palestine

Why this book?

This was the first book to bring in one place the Palestinian narrative after years of denying it and allowing only the Israeli/Zionist narrative to dominate both the public and the scholarly domains in the West. Said's elegant prose contributed made that history accessible to a large audience of readers.


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All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948

By Walid Khalidi

All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948

Why this book?

This lexicon of the destroyed Palestinian villages of 1948 illustrated to a wide readership the scope and meaning of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe. In short installments, a whole history that is wiped out is reconstructed as part of the struggle against denial.


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Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of "Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948

By Nur Masalha

Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of "Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought, 1882-1948

Why this book?

There is no way of understanding the Palestinian catastrophe without understanding the role of Zionism as an ideology and praxis in bringing it about. This book is the first methodic analysis of how Zionist ideology from the very beginning of the Zionist project prepared the ground for the 1948 ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.


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In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story

By Ghada Karmi

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story

Why this book?

There is no better way of understanding what it means to be a Palestinian than reading a personal account. When this account is written by one of the veteran activists on behalf of Palestine in the West and a scholar by her own right, the reward is even greater for the reader of this autobiographical tale.  


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Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society

By Nadia Abu El-Haj

Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society

Why this book?

The Israeli narrative is particularly strong among Christain and Jewish communities due to a tale full of fabrications that stretches back to ancient times. This methodical and erudite research exposes the role of archeology in providing "scientific" scaffolding for that tale. 



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