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The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction by [Harms, Gregory, Ferry, Todd M.]
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This superior and remarkably thorough, if brief, study of the Holy Land enigma is strongly recommended as an introduction. (Choice)

An indispensable, basic introduction. (Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of The Age of War.)

A tour de force in the depth and breadth of its research and in its clarity. (John K. Cooley, veteran foreign correspondent and author of Unholy Wars.)

Gregory Harms has taken an enormously complex issue and made it engagingly accessible. An intelligent, thoughtful and comprehensive introduction to a terribly and consistently misunderstood conflict. (Sara Roy, Senior Research Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, and author of Failing Peace.)

This work, written with a relaxed informality, is especially good at highlighting key issues. Sensitive to the perceptions and feelings of both Israelis and Palestinians, the book becomes increasingly detailed as its narrative reaches the contemporary conflict. It will be especially helpful to students and to adult readers with no prior knowledge of the Middle East in general or of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in particular (Arthur Goldschmidt Jr., Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Penn State University and author of A Concise History of the Middle East)

About the Author

Gregory Harms is an independent scholar based in Chicago. He is the author of Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel and World History (Pluto, 2010).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1331 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0745332137
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 3 edition (14 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CEXR0G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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This provides a pleasantly informal, yet also detailed, account of the history of the Palestine/Israel area and the conflict there. As a 'Basic Introduction' it works very well indeed. Highly recommended.
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Being a person who has taken an interest in studying the middle east especially the issues to do with Israel & Palestine. I could not find a better book with so much information as this one. I am really enjoying the book. Since I bought it, I have read it twice now. Great resource
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An excellent book on the subject easy to read and understand
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By Xen on 19 Jun. 2014
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I wanted to say that generally the book is ok from a historical perspective. There is a lot of useful information. However, I have just two negative comments about the book.

1) In its preface, the author states amongst other things that he has tried not to be one sided, but wanted to give a balanced view of the situation. In my opinion, he is completely one sided towards the Palestinians.

2) The author also wants to separate the religeous dimension from the conflict, which I think is wrong. Towards the beginning of the book, he does say that, if I remember correctly, that Muslims were not anti-semitic per se. This goes completely against history which shows that anti-semitism is deeply ingrained in the Muslim mindset and their religeous texts, see for example the book by Andrew Bostom: Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.

I am not trying to bash Muslims, but I think there needs to be a bit of a balance.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c78c09c) out of 5 stars 33 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8802d0) out of 5 stars Clear and well explained. 7 Jan. 2013
By lennoc - Published on Amazon.com
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A good introduction for someone who didn't have much of an understanding before reading the book. I read it before a trip to Israel and I was really glad I had.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c655f90) out of 5 stars Short and clear 25 Feb. 2013
By Hazhir - Published on Amazon.com
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The book attempts at a factual exposition is fairly successful and allows the reader to get a good overview of the conflict in a brief book without getting stuck in partisan politics of the topic.
15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7c239c) out of 5 stars More a Palestinian Apologetic than a striving for objectivity 4 Jan. 2015
By Paul - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the book b/c of the reviews which maintained the book's objectivity and 'readableness'. It does achieve the latter but presented the complex matter of the conflict always with Palestinian transgressions understated and Israeli transgressions emphasized. For example, rocket attacks and suicide bombings from Pals or Hizbollah are always "ineffectual" and primitive with no dilation as to the psychological effects these tactics have on a civilian population; well documented, nasty anti-semitic rhetoric by Pal leaders is never discussed which is important b/c one doesn't get the proper context of Jewish anxiety without it; wars most objective observers agree were begun by Arabs are presented solely from Palestinian perspective; Pal massacres are mentioned as an aside and one time even parenthetically only as pretense for Israeli aggression; founding documents of Palestinian organizations are never explored- again this is important to understand the context of Israeli anxiety and defensiveness; the original and profoundly influential Palestinian leader and Hitler/holocaust ally Amin al-Husseini is never mentioned ONCE (even the most pro-Palestinian among us must find this a jaw dropping omission) Look, I'm not an Israeli homer by any means and am sincerely trying to peel the onion layers back to really understand the conflict. All must recognize Israeli overplays, paranoia, and asymmetries, BUT for non-partisan history to be real, you have to contextualize not just one side but both. If someone even ostensibly striving for objectivity can do no better than this book, then I'm beginning to really understand why this whole thing spins in the mud. And I really don't have a problem with partisanship and apologetics, but just don't misrepresent them as balanced. That's my biggest beef with this title.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c94d024) out of 5 stars Very helpful book to understand the conflict. Strongly recommend it! 19 Aug. 2012
By teneb - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is exactly what it promises: an objective explanation of the conflict from its roots. I highly recommend it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c93f594) out of 5 stars This author has extraodinary insight into his topic. He ... 25 April 2015
By Ms. M - Published on Amazon.com
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This author has extraodinary insight into his topic. He is well read, well informed, current.
His writing style captures the readers interest; it feels as though he is speaking to you sitting around the kitchen table.
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