Why this book?
If you’re going to read only one book on the conflict, this is it. Morris, one of Israel’s preeminent historians, deconstructs cherished myths on both sides. As the ironic title notes, what Palestinians and Israelis share is the certainty that all of justice is on their side. Morris shows how each side acted from a place of desperation, and that each was reacting to the other in a way that felt true to their own historical experience and narrative. Morris’ insights have been essential in shaping my own understanding of the conflict.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Righteous Victims, by the noted historian Benny Morris, is a comprehensive and
objective history of the long battle between Arabs and Jews for possession of a land they both call home. It appears at a most timely juncture, as the bloody and protracted struggle seems at last to be headed for resolution.
With great clarity of vision, Professor Morris finds the roots of this conflict in the deep religious, ethnic, and political differences between the Zionist immigrants and the native Arab population of Palestine. He describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers, which was eventually fiercely resisted by the Arabs…