The best books about Palestinians 📚

Browse the best books on Palestinians as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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

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

By Walid Khalidi

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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The best books to understand modern Palestine

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Book cover of Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Agreement

Death as a Way of Life: From Oslo to the Geneva Agreement

By David Grossman, Haim Watzman

Why this book?

In novels and non-fiction, Israeli author David Grossman has spent much of his career writing about the failed struggle for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. This series of essays, written over a period of years, chronicles moments of good will and hope on both sides, constantly undermined by sectarian passion and extremist opposition to peace. 

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The best books for insight into the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

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Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom

By Norman Finkelstein

Why this book?

Finkelstein is the son of holocaust survivors and explains so meticulously how terribly Israel has treated the people of Gaza since occupying it in 1967. Two-thirds of its two million Palestinian inhabitants are refugees, and more than half its population is under 18. Israel has not only systematically destroyed the Gazan economy turning into “the world’s largest open-air prison camp,” But it has launched no fewer than nine military operations against Gaza – including Operation Cast Lead in 2008 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014 with its latest bout of savage bombing all but destroying the place altogether.

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The best books to read to understand the Middle East

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Agents of Innocence

By David Ignatius

Why this book?

Washington Post national security reporter Ignatius may not know the world of espionage better than anyone, but he writes about it better than anyone. Agents of Innocence is such a realistic and engaging depiction of the life of a CIA case officer that a copy of it is left in the room of each new arrival at Camp Peary, the CIA training facility. It’s about an idealistic young CIA officer posted to Beirut to penetrate the PLO, and, in the process, learns hard lessons, not least of which is that once human lives are at stake, idealism takes a back…

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The best spy books that will make you paranoid—with good reason

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The Question of Palestine

By Edward W. Said

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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The best books to understand modern Palestine

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

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

By Nur Masalha

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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