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Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Anatomy of Tragedy (Reuters Prentice Hall Series on World Issues) [Hardcover]

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1 July 2002 Reuters Prentice Hall Series on World Issues

In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Crisis in the Middle East, the journalists of Reuters shed light on one of the world's most intractable conflicts with unique insight and objectivity. Through compelling images, powerful text and detailed graphics, the book examines the roots of the Intifada and the failure of diplomacy. Correspondents profile key Middle East leaders and examine the lives of those caught up in the conflict.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reuters; 1 edition (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131001507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131001503
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 24.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,426,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After more than half a century of warfare and human suffering, a peace settlement in the Middle East appears to be as elusive as ever.

Using compelling pictures, evocative text and detailed graphics, Reuters journalists report from the front line of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and offer a unique and unbiased insight into one of the world's most intractable conflicts.

The book examines the failures of diplomacy and the dashed hopes that have scarred generations of Israelis and Palestinians. Top Reuters foreign correspondents, who have witnessed every twist and turn in Arab-Israeli history, provide unmatched perspective and analysis.

Award-winning Reuters photographers illustrate the turmoil from both sides, capturing dignity and hope as well as rage and revenge. One chapter carries vivid images of those caught in the crossfire of today's violence; another looks at key leaders through the eyes of those correspondents who witnessed defining moments of the past decades.

The book examines the roots of the current Palestinian uprising, or Intifada, illustrates the dedication of those who are working for peace and paints a portrait of the beautiful and tormented city of Jerusalem.

Drawing on guiding principles of neutrality, balance and objectivity, Reuters correspondents have charted every step of the conflict.

About the Author

Reuters operates the largest news agency network in the world and is recognized as one of the leading providers of text, video, graphics and news pictures. With some 2,500 journalists, photographers and TV professionals in 230 bureaus around the globe, Reuters covers the news as it breaks. Relying on a 150-year-old reputation for accuracy, speed and freedom from bias, Reuters transmits more than eight million words daily in 26 languages.

This book is a collection of some of the best Reuters images and graphics from the Middle East conflict, alongside vivid writing from a team of seasoned foreign correspondents.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A picture for a thousand words 5 Jan 2008
By sam hrt
I used this book for my History coursework. I expected it to be like any other book on the Arab-Israeli war : long, tedious, biased and out of touch with the people who matter the most - the civilians. It was instead a compiling of the real face of the war & the journalists weren't afraid of its gaze. The book may consist mainly of pictures but these speak more than words ever will. How can you describe an Arab woman's relief sitting thousands of miles away, when a Jewish paramedic comes to treat her? You can't. This something you have to see for yourself to be able to portray. These very talented people have done just that, and I felt what the other forms of media haven't managed to make me feel - despair. When I looked down at each photo, I blamed no one but I saw individuals - humans, dying, crying, laughing, smiling, playing & trying to carry on with their daily lives. Whoever it may be Jew or Arab one has to admire their courage & determination to survive. That I think was the message of the book - each tries to survive but feel threatened by the mere presence of physical, psychological scars. After reading this book, I asked myself the question is it possible? Well, according to the 'Reuters journalists' , yes. Each party is the same, we aim for the same things as one picture clearly shows : a jewish paramedic smiling as he treats an old arab woman who is talking, smiling clearly relieved. That 'small' incident made me cry. Two nationalities brought together because of her pain ans his expertise, nothing sinister/aggressive/fanatic there. Each leader in the world particularly those who stir up the peace process should be given a copy of this book, and when they look at a frightened child, at the bottom of some white stairs covered in dried, maroon blood maybe they'll understand that it's not a game. This book is just like looking into the hearts & minds of those caught up in the conflict and you can't say much more than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, non-biased, brings out the human aspects 23 Nov 2002
By José Saavedra - Published on Amazon.com
In the last three years I have visited both Israel and some of its Arab neighbours (Jordan and Syria) and have carefully read some of the best books written on the issues affecting the current conflict. I keep asking myself the question: Which of the two sides is right? The answer is extremely complex, as it becomes apparent that the leaders on both sides have opposing visions and are men of war and not of peace. Israel wants to somehow live in an ethnically uniform land, and for that have to "encourage" the Palestinians to leave. Whereto? They don't really care, as long as they leave. The Palestinians, who were there long before the Hebrews, don't want to leave and want those of them who were expelled from their homes over succeding wars to be allowed to return to Israel to live there in peace. Israel doesn't want them back. The vision is not what is lacking; what is lacking on both sides is something called "generosity".
Having said all this, this book helps, through its well-written text and through its very moving pictures, to understand the issues. The book is very current, so it brings its coverage right up to date, in the best journalistic style (trust Reuters for that!). It is non-biased, in that it shows that both sides have a point. Suicide bombers have become so out of despair! Things just have to be talked over! In any negotiation, neither side can expect to win durably unless it is prepared to meet the other side's needs!
Lastly, a key point. Through the pictures which transmit almost unendurable suffering on both sides, one is just as moved to see a Palestinian grandfather shot by Israeli troops than to see a young Israeli killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. Suffering, and empathizing with it, doesn't know any side. Many Israelis have Palestinian friends and viceversa. Why can't their politicians be more succesful in allowing them to live in peace?
I definitely recommend this book. You'll read it in one afternoon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWesome 18 Aug 2002
By "snake111h" - Published on Amazon.com
This is a very good, NON biased book about the conflict in the middle east. It has the most moving, excellent pictures you can find and is a great book to own. i will save this book, as i am from there. It is such a complex problem but this book explains it very good.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, The Crisis in the Middle East 2 Aug 2002
By "biblescribe" - Published on Amazon.com
Wow, An excellent Book! I picked up a copy after a friend gave me another of Reuter's books "September 11" which is just like this one, filled with the pictures of the human drama that has come from those tragedies! It was difficult for me to look at that book since I knew so many people in the Towers, but it is a testimony to the human will that these two books illustrate! This is written by the reporters from Reuters, who are right there everyday, so it is good to have a balanced perspective, to know what is going on!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great photography, good writing 20 April 2003
By Digital Puer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The book is filled with beautiful photography and good writing. Note that this book is relatively up-to-date (published in July 2002), and it does a fairly nice job explaining how the Oslo Accords fell apart in the latter 1990s. Of particular interest is the second half of the book that has short biographies of the major players involved.
The maps in this book are excellent, showing how the borders have changed with respect to the territories, especially the W. Bank. The best part of this book is the photography: the photos are absolutely gorgeous. This one's a keeper, but be sure to augment your library (and your knowledge) with a more thorough and academic treatment of this conflict's history. e.g. Tessler's book.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 2 Nov 2010
By TBone180 - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don't understand why Al Qaeda believes the way they do, you are vulnerable. Don't look at Fox News for an explanation - "They envy our freedom." - read this and have a platform for perspective. It matters to USA what happened. Benevolence, inclusion, understanding, kindness, compassion, justice, love and Hope are the way. That takes a basic knowledge of what is going on in the Middle East and a commitment to understand before taking a stand. We lost thousands, they lost millions. The picture on the cover shows the basic crux and point of all of this. The 3000 year covenant vs. the will of Allah.
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