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Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer


If you have ever wondered “Why is there so much violence in the Middle East?”, “Who are the Palestinians?”, “What are the occupied territories?” or “What does Israel want?”, then this is the book for you.

With straightforward language, Phyllis Bennis, longtime analyst of the region, answers basic questions about Israel and Israelis, Palestine and Palestinians, the US and the Middle East, Zionism and anti-Semitism; about complex issues ranging from the Oslo peace process to the election of Hamas. Together her answers provide a comprehensive understanding of the longstanding Palestinian–Israeli conflict.

PART ONE:The CrisisPART TWO: The Other Players PART THREE: Recent History: The Beginning of the Crisis PART FOUR: Looking Backwards (1990-1991) PART FIVE: The Future PART SIX: Additional Resources

This electronic version of the primer was made available to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation with permission from the Trans-Arab Research Institute (TARI). TARI provides scholarly studies oriented towards understanding the present social, cultural, economic and political issues confronting Middle Eastern societies.

This book is published by Olive Branch Press, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., which publishes socially and politically relevant non-fiction, concentrating on topics and areas of the world often ignored by the Western media.

Titles also include works on a wide range of contemporary issues such as Middle East studies, African studies, women's studies, religion and translated works by academics of international stature.

This book is also published in association with TARI.

Send inquiries and orders for the hard copies of the primer by email to info@interlinkbooks.com. Bulk orders available.

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. Her books include Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis, Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today's UN, and Beyond the Storm: A Gulf Crisis Reader. She is on the steering committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and works closely with the United for Peace and Justice coalition in the U.S. and with numerous anti-war organizations in the global peace movement.

Interlink Publishing 46 Crosby Street Northampton, MA 01060-1804 www.interlinkbooks.com (c) 2007. All maps courtesy of PASSIA unless otherwise noted in text. Front cover photo by George Azar

PART SIX: Additional Resources
For more information on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, please find below books, materials, and website links to centers that produce reports on current affairs, documents, maps and books, as well as to the work of some of the groups active in the cause of just peace.