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Israel-Palestine Committee
Reading Group Book List

Book List 2017

“Islamophobia and Israel,” by Donna Nevel and Elly Bulkin: Mon January 16, 2017, 6 pm

“The Way to the Spring,” by Ben Ehrenreich: Mon January 23, 2 pm

Four short videos by Al Jazeera about how the Israeli embassy ininuated itself into student groujps affiliared with the British Labour Party: Monday February 20, 2017, 6 pm

Obstacle to Peace: U.S. Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Jeremy Hammond (Forward by Richard Falk, Introduction by Gene Epstein) Monday March 20, 20 pm

Book List 2016

NOTE: There are now 2 groups: One group meets on the third Monday of each month, 6:30 pm (Gathering at 6 pm for snacks and socializing)
Second group meets irregularly on weekday afternoons, usually a Monday. For location of either group, contact

The reading lists for 2016 prior to October were somehow deleted.

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“The Way to the Spring,” by Ben Ehrenreich ( first half through p. 222.) Monday Oct. 17, 2016 6:30 pm (Gather at 6 pm for snacks)

“The Way to the Spring,” by Ben Ehrenreich ( second half) Mon Nov 14, 6 pm

“Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel,” by Allison Weir. Mon. Nov. 21, 2016 (Note change of date), 2 pm


Book LIst 2015

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Book List – 2014

  • “Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide.” Order from Middle East Books. Single copies are $10, includes a DVD. Thursday October 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
  • “The Lemon Tree” by Sandy Tolan: Wednesday September 10, 2014, 4:30 pm
  • “Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation” by Naim Stifan Ateek: Tuesday July 29, 2014, 12:45 pm
  • “The Battle for Justice in Palestine” by Ali Abunimah (Haymarket Books: Chicago) (Part 2: Page 125 to end: Wed June 18, 4:00 pm)
  • “Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine,” ed. Refaat Alareer.
  • “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel,” by Max Blumenthal
  • “Orientalism,” by Edward Said

Book List — 2013

1. “Gaza Mom,” by Laila El-Haddad

2. “Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists,” edited by Avigail Abarbanel (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2012).

3. “The Invention of the Land of Israel,” by Schlomo Sand

4. Right of return: short articles:

a. “September 2011 and May 1948: The Great Fear Now and Then” by Irene Gendzier This deals with the US and UN General Assembly Resolution 194 on right of return. It is cited in the Khalidi book on p. xxxiii of the Introduction.

b. *United Nations GA Resolution 194 Resolution 194 starts on p. 21. Part 11 deals with the actual refugees, but the resolution is short, so read the whole thing!

c. *Al-Awda (The Palestine Right to Return Coalition) factsheet, updated October 2012

d. Wikipedia:
1. The Palestinian right of return

2. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

3. The Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

e. Related information on Lebanese camps for Palestinian refugees (Electronic Intifada):
f. How Israel compensated German (pro-Nazi) settlers forced to flee (Electronic Intifada):
g. Mondoweiss: Kennedy’s insistence on right of return prompted Ben Gurion to rewrite history; This article includes the point that US support for right of return changed under Clinton in 1994.
h. “Right of Return Coalition Calls for Unity, Rejects Arab [League] Initiative,” in IMEMC
i.“Abraham’s Children: Toward a Right of Return for Palestinians,” by Bernard Avishai (Harpers Magazine, December 2011)

5. “Brokers of Deceit,” by Rashid Khalidi

6. “The General’s Son,” by Miko Peled

Book List – 2012

Nov 2012: “Eye of the Mirror” by Liana Badr

October 31, Wednesday, 12 noon

  • Reading Gilbert Achcar, The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, Picador, 2011.

September 19th, (Brooklyn, Avenue I, call for details),

  • Reading Sahar Khalifeh, The Image, The Icon and the Crescent (a Novel)

August 1st, Wednesday, 3:00 pm (Park Slope, Brooklyn),

  • Reading Sari Nusseibeh, What is a Palestinian State Worth?, Harvard University Press, 2011.

June 27, Wednesday, noon, (call for meeting location),

  • Reading Susan Abu al-Howa, Mornings in Jenin.

May 9th, Wednesday, (meeting Flatbush, Brooklyn),

  • Reading Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism.

March 8th, Wednesday, 3:00 pm (Brooklyn Heights),

  • Reading Emile Habiby’s The Secret Life of Saeed, the pessoptimist (a novel).

January 25, Wednesday, 12 noon  (meeting Upper West side, Manhattan),

  • Reading Ilan Pappe, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel, 2011.

Book List – 2011

For February 14, 2011
Emma Williams: It’s Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street
(Interlink Publishing 2010)

For March 14, 2011

For June 8, 2011

Omar Barghouti, BDS: The Struggle for a Global Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
Haymarket Press, 2011)

For July 13, 2011

Jonathan Schneer, The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
(Random House, 2010)
(the first three parts).

October 19, 2011

Jack Ross, Rabbi Outcast, Elmer Berger and American Jewish Anti-Zionism
(Potomac Books, 2011).

December 14, 2011

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Non-Violent Resistance
(Ithaca Press, 2011)
(The Forward by Nancy Franklin
Chapter 2 up to “Escalation of Non-Violence”
Chapters 3 & 4).

Book List – 2010

For January 28, 2010
Judge Richard Goldstein et al: The Goldstone Report (Excerpts)

For February 25, 2010
Ben White: Israeli Apartheid, A Beginners Guide
(Pluto Press 2009)

For April 8 and May 26, 2010
Alan Hart: Zionism, The Real Enemy of the Jewish People
(Clarity Press, 2009) Vol 1 The False Messiah

For June 30, 2010
Tony Judt: Postwar – A History of Europe Since 1945
(Penguin Press, 2006) Epilogue

For August 18, 2010
Saree Makdisi: Palestine Inside Out, An Everyday Occupation
(W.W. Norton, 2008)

For October 18, 2010
Alan Hart: Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews –
(Clarity Press, 2009) Vol 3 Conflict without End?

For December 2, 2010
Juan Cole: Engaging the Muslim World
(Palgrave Macmillan 2009)

Book List – 2009

For July 8, 2009
Bruce Feiler, Abraham – A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths
(Harper Perennial, 2002) Chapters 3 (Ishmael) and 4 (Isaac) (pp 57-110)

From the Old Testament: Genesis – Chapters 15-25, Deuteronomy-Chapter6:10-12
From the Koran: Sura 37: 100-113 (In the PS at the end of Feiler’s book)

For September 10, 2009
Joel Kovel: Overcoming Zionism – Creating a Single State in Israel Palestine
(Pluto Press, 2007)

For October 22, 2009
Various Columns from Bitter Lemons, Electronic Intifida, and Nadia Hijba

For December 3, 2009
Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People
(Verso 2009)

Book List – 2008

For December 11, 2008
Yoram Hazoni, The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul
(Basic Books, 2002) Chapters 2-; 9-10; 13; and epilogue

For October 2008
Idith Zertal, Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood
(Cambridge University Press, 2005)

For September 2008
J.J. Goldberg, Jewish Power: Inside the American Jewish Establishment
(Addison Wesley, 1996) Prologue and Chapters 8-13

For August 2008
Joseph Cirincione, “The Greatest Threat To Us All,” in New York Review of Books (March 6, 2008)

William Luers, Thomas Pickering, Jim Walsh, “A Solution for the US-Iran Nuclear Standoff,” in New York Review of Books
(March 20, 2008)

Bennett Ramberg, Geoffrey Forden, John Thomson, “Reply to Walsh, Pickering and Luers,” in
New York Review of Books (April 17, 2008)

For June-July 2008
J.J. Goldberg, Avner Cohen, Israel and the Bomb
(Columbia, 1998)

For April 2008

Khaled Hroub: Hamas, A Beginner’s Guide
(Pluto Press, 2006)

For February-March 2008
Ilan Pappe, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
(Oneworld Publications, 2006) First five chapters

For January 2008
John Mearshheimer & Stephen Walt, The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007) remaining chapters

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