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Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer 6th Revised edition Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Olive Branch Pr; 6th Revised edition edition (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566858
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This was an excellent read. It answers questions very matter-of-factly and to the point.

What some of the folks giving it low stars are complaining about is that it tells the ugly truth about Israel. You can't believe that a country that has violated, and continues to violate, UN mandates and international law, is above reproach or criticism. They are abusing people, and those people have rights.

This book is not that expensive. I invite anyone who wants a balanced, honest, description of the problem to read this and judge for themselves. Although this is only one book, and a primer, there are many more books out there to help clear this messy situation up among readers. Don't be misled by those following age old mythology, or superstitions. Think rationally and accept the fact that there are no innocents here, but one is more gulity than the other. Read this book and see who that is for yourself, and why they are what they are.
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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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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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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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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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