The Guardian • Issue #2091

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The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A Book Cover –

Gaza Writes Back, Refaat Alareer

(editor/contributor)

This is a beautifully edited collection of Gazan short stories written by young people. The text is necessarily politically charged – the retellings of both history and of the present are wrapped in struggle. Displacement and apartheid colour every page. The stories vacillate between hopeful and horrifying, but the love for the land, family and learning are constants. If you want a glimpse into the ‘reality’ of Gazan existence, this is a great place to start.


Book Cover: "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine".

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Ilan Pappé

Pappé was the first historian to document the 1948 ethnic cleansing, and the goal of the Zionists to remove all Palestinians from their land, to make way for a Jewish-only state, destroying villages after villages, with massacres after massacres (finalising their goal today in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem!). Everybody should read this book, a classic of historical scholarship, a detailed, documented record of the true story of that crime, deleted from memory by Israeli government propaganda since 1948, in Israel and the world.

A relatively concise history of (primarily) the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe,’ as Palestinians call their ongoing dispossession since 1948. Incredibly relevant in understanding today. The anecdote of the Palestinian village “gift from god” being turned into an Israeli rubbish dump was a striking lowlight. A must-read.


The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017

Khalidi Rashid

In 1917, Lord Balfour declared that the great powers were committed to Zionism, “and Zionism, whether right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in ancient, deeply rooted traditions, contemporary needs, and hopes for the future that have a more far-reaching and profound importance than aspirations and prejudices.” One hundred years later, Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This book is an account of the resistance that has been waged in that time, drawing on Rashid Al-Khalidi’s family and personal memories, and seeking to place the conflict within its international colonial framework.


"Naila and the Uprising"

Naila and the Uprising

“This is what the Occupation is all about: Jews live under Israeli civilian justice, Arabs are second-class citizens in their own land.”

The backdrop is the First Intifada of the late 1980s. Using animation and archival footage, Naila and the Uprising tells the story of a young woman in Gaza who, faced with a choice between love, family, and freedom, chooses all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognise the Palestinian right to self-determination. Available on justvision.org and Vimeo

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