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ISBN-13: 978-1566566858 ISBN-10: 1566566851 Edition: 5th Revised edition

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Pr; 5th Revised edition edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566858
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and Director of its New Internationalism Program. She is also a Fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Her areas include U.S. unilateralism and empire, the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq), and US-United Nations relations. She is the author of Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy US Power, Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN, and Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the War on Terrorism. Earlier books include From Stones to Statehood: The Palestinian Uprising, Altered States: A Reader in the New World Order, and Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader.

Bennis appears frequently as a commentator/analyst on U.S. and international television and radio programs, including "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS, the CBS "Morning Show," NPR's "Diane Rehm Show," and many others on CNN, BBC, Fox, CBC, and al-Jazeera TV. Her work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde Diplomatique (Paris), TomPaine.com, New York Newsday, Soera (Amsterdam), Papeles (Madrid), die Tageszeitung (Berlin), The Philadelphia Enquirer, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Middle East Report (MERIP), The Nation, Middle East International, Mother Jones, Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), and many other publications.


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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Hopida on May 15, 2007
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This book is an excellent primer to understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict through an international law perspective. The book is in a Questions & Answers format which allows readers to quickly find out answers to questions about the conflict without having the navigate through a lot of material. The only drawback to this primer is in its previous edition it had a recommended reading list and websites. I hope in the next edition they will include that again into the book.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Hand on June 26, 2007
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This primer filled gaps in my historical knowledge of the region, particulary the various Summits and Accords. Having lived with both a Palestinian and a Jordanian in college, I am familiar with the "other side of the story," which is difficult to come by even in the college classroom. We in the USA are so insulated to the reality of the conflict that it blows my mind. The PR/Psyops disinformation campaign waged against the American people by the media, acadamia, and the government concerning this coflict is nothing short of extraordinary. The only way to become truely informed about this issue, is to either visit the Occupied Territories, or read a book like this.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Moderate1 on May 23, 2009
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This book answers all the questions from a humanitarian and historical perspective. Easy Q & A format. She criticizes both sides where criticism is due. Since most power, control and action is in the hands of the Israelis and they are always going againt Int'l law and norms it may seem biased against Israel. It's not. It's just stating the facts. We have to learn to accept and deal with this. I went to an orthodox Jewish school, had a bar mitzvah and am very proud of my Jewish heritage. But the modern state of Israel doesnt represent my heritage at all. It's a political state.
Must Read!!!
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Larcombe on April 11, 2007
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An insightful book giving a history of this terrible conflict. A must for those wishing to learn more about the causes of of todays proplems in the region. The facts in this book will not make many Zionists happy as it explains how Israel needs to keep the conflict in operation to reach it's ultimate target, THE COMPLETE TAKEOVER OF THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Dugan on December 28, 2007
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This book is a concise, honest explanation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from the beginning to the present. This conflict is complex and misunderstood. This book cuts through the rhetoric and presents the issues in an unbiased manner. Read this book and then decide if the US policy regarding this issue is one that you can support.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Baern on December 8, 2007
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Ok, this book may not be the most "neutral" source of information regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is nonetheless a source of vital information that is far too often neglected by Americans. Most voices in the U.S. are either unmercifully pro-Israel, or muddled in a weak sense of neutrality that is afraid of making any strong statements.

I found the format of this book extremely helpful. It's very easy to navigate, and its language is clear and simple.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Bradley on April 16, 2011
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Required reading for my college history class. It was very interesting to read. I really loved the question and answer form because the questions are real and they are asked all the time. Great book really good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By michael on July 5, 2013
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I found it to be extremely informative. The question and answer format also makes it easy to return to a particular section/topic with ease.
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