“Killing an Arab”: Further Reading

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    • Jewish Voice for Peace is a great resource for information on the conflict and is a leading presence both in the past and now in protest and political activism for Palestinian rights. The group has been accused of being self-hating Jews.
    • B’Tselem (Hebrew for “in the image of God”) is an Israeli-based non-profit human rights watchdog organization that documents human-rights abuses by the Israeli government and IDF and is also a very reliable source of information. B’Tselem has been both praised by Israelis who stand for human rights and attacked by right-wing groups who desire to cover it up.
    • Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappe. Perhaps the best book on this list to read if you only have time for one. Pappé left academia in Israel (for the U.K.) after being condemned by the Knesset, threatened with being fired, and receiving numerous death threats.
    • The Palestine Laboratory: How Israel Exports Technology of Occupation Around the World by Antony Loewenstein. The book details how IDF technology and tactics have been exported to oppressive regimes throughout the world. Loewenstein has been accused of “casting himself out of the Jewish community” in an article riddled with non-sequiturs and falsehoods, including the lie that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country with LGBTQ rights.
    • Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations by Avi Shlaim. This text covers the history of the region and conflict from 1917 to 2008—essential reading. Shlaim has been accused of being a self-hating Jew and has had a recent lecture canceled due to Zionist activist against him {source}.
    • Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman Finkelstein. Title is self-explanatory. Finkelstein was denied tenure allegedly through the meddling of a retired Harvard law professor whose unsavory alleged behaviors I will not elaborate on here.
    • Erasing Palestine: Free Speech and Palestinian Freedom by Rebecca Ruth Gould. This text shows how the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Association)’s definition of antisemitism (and similar definitions by the ADL) have redefined antisemitism in ways dangerous to Palestinian rights and Israeli free speech.
    • Days of Awe: Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity with Palestinians, by Atalia Omer. Title is self-explanatory.
    • The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy. The book details Israeli policy shifts in the treatment of Gaza between 2005-2009—shifts that proved to be only the beginning. Despite winning the Israeli equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism, Levy has been accused of many things, including being one of the “propagandists for Hamas.”
    • The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, by Miko Peled. Written by a former IDF member (who is also the son of one of the 1967 war’s generals), this book is the story of how Peled transformed from a committed Zionist to a Palestinian rights activist.

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