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Some suggested books

List first prepared for:
Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking, Memphis, October 2007;  last updated  July 20, 2008

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Books on Peace Making and Israel/Palestine

Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al Quds University.   His wife is an British woman.  Both are formerly wealthy elite people who very much believe in the possibilities for Peace in Israel/Palestine. Copyright 2007
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In the Land of Israel by Amos Oz, and Israeli who interviewed people in Israel and the West Bank for this book. Copyright 1983 Revised 1993

Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A History with Documents by Charles D. Smith
  Textbook:  it is very cleap to buy an older edition from alibris; an excellent history source.

This Side of Peace by Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian negotiator for peace and college professor. Copyright 1995 The Memphis Library has 2 copies.

Israeli Pacifist: The Life of Joseph Abileah by Anthony Bing, a Quaker.  Joseph Abileah was an Austrian Jew who went to Palestine in 1923, a violinist who worked for reconciliation between Arabs and Jews for 50 years. Copyright 1990

Hebron Journal: Stories if Nonviolent Peacemaking, by Arthur G. Gish, 2001.  Reports of the Christian Peacemaker team in Hebron. Copyright 2001

DVD - Video - Encounter Point, about the Bereaved Families Forum activities.  

DVD-Video-  A 30-minute film, on line or DVD, Searching for Peace in the Middle East.  An outstanding presentation, and he spoke to many of the same people we did - we cover much the same ground in our talks, but he has a professional film crew.  HIGHLY RECOMMENED.   (Foundation for Mid-East Peace,

DVD - Video - Reel Bad Arabs,  produced by the Media Education Foundation. The bad treatment of Arabs in American movies.

The Union For Reform Judaism  has educational materials about Islam and about Jewish-Muslim interfaith programs; some summaries of this material can be found at      and that site provides contact information to get more, by e-mail.  They distribute a DVD called  Children of Abraham, which they produced jointly with the Islamic Society of North America  I'm unclear as to whether that video is associated also with the people at      which also has useful links.  


 Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology and Other Tools by Rachel M. MacNair with Forward by Arun Gandhi. Copyright 2005

Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William Ury. Copyright 1981

The Clash With Distant Cultures: Values, Interests, and Force in American Foreign Policy by Richard Payne has a good chapter on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and one on Resolving Conflicts Peacefully.  The book shows how stereotypes from adult shows, kid shows, and cartoons on TV affect US foreign policy. Copyright 1995

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