Recommended Resources on Israel/Palestine

elana levy and Rad Wood

elana levy has worked for peace in the Middle East from a progressive Jewish perspective since 1982. Rad Wood is a senior at Union College in Schenectady NY, where he is a Political Science major focussing on Middle East Studies.

Ed. Note: During the Peace Council Potluck in May, "Eyewitness Palestine," resources were shared at a fast pace. In that spirit, we asked elana to provide additional Israeli and Jewish resources, and Rad for Palestinian sources.

Palestinian Websites and Resources

With the continuation of the US "War on Terrorism" and the persistent reports of the Israeli public being besieged by suicide bombers, the media has painted the Palestinian people as violent terrorists. The US government and media blame the Palestinians, Arafat in particular, for the current situation. They claim that Palestinians do not want peace, and only use violence. Such claims are lies, as is illustrated by the following resources.

This wonderful site gives a Palestinian perspective to the ongoing struggle. This site has support from Israeli peace groups. There is a history of the conflict, international media reports, first-hand Palestinian accounts of the occupation, statistics of casualties, and facts about international law, the occupation and treatment of Palestinians.

International Solidarity Movement and the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between Peoples work together on nonviolent /civil disobedience projects. They demonstrate at Israeli military checkpoints, march on Israeli military bases, and plant trees after the Israeli army has razed them. This summer they organized a "Freedom Summer Campaign" of nonviolent protest.

Library on Wheels for Nonviolence and Peace is an internationally-recognized Palestinian organization promoting nonviolent protest through education and leadership training of Palestinian youth. It offers non-violent solutions to everyday Palestinian oppression.

Nonviolent International and the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence were founded by Palestinian Mubarak Awad, a Ghandian nonviolent activist. Both promote nonviolent resistance as a means for change. Awad was deported by the Israeli government in 1988 because his campaign of nonviolent resistance was working.

A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict, Peter Ackerman & Jack Duvall

This book is a great source of nonviolent resistance throughout the world. Through illustrating the nonviolent campaign of the Palestinians during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the Israeli response, this book dispels many lies portrayed in western society about the Palestinian movement. It touches on Awad's work and deportation.

This Side of Peace, Hanan Ashrawi

This book discusses the Palestinian-Israeli peace process from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. Ashrawi is a Palestinian peace activist who has promoted nonviolence and a diplomatic end to the conflict. She illustrates how difficult it is for Palestinians to seek peace as they are ridiculed by Israel, the US and extreme factions at home. A must-read to understand the dynamics of the peace process.

Israeli and Jewish Peace Websites

Just as there are numerous Israeli and Jewish organizations for peace in the Middle East, there are many Israeli and Jewish peace sites on the world-wide web. Most of the organizations listed call for an end to the Israeli occupation as a necessary step towards peace.

This is the site for the Israeli Peace Bloc, in Hebrew, Gush Shalom. The articles of Uri Avnery, a founder of Gush Shalom, as well as other up-to-date articles can be found. They have a superb link page, including many of the sites listed in this article. Gush Shalom informs its listserv with news articles and lists events and actions, such as letter writing campaigns to support Palestinian and Israeli peace activists.

This is a coalition of nine Israeli women's peace groups. You can learn more about each organization and the principles of the coalition on the website. Peace events occurring in Israel-Palestine and internationally are also listed. They also have a listserv.

This is the Refusenik site. Now 468 Israeli soldiers refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories. Their statement and the name, rank and unit of each refuser is listed.

Yesh Gvul ("There is a Limit") is the organization supporting Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories. Included is the leaflet which they hand out to soldiers explaining the necessity to end the occupation.

The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B'Tselem) is an excellent source for statistics, such as the number of fatalities and injured persons among both Palestinians and Israelis, listed with great detail.

Alternative Information Center is an organization of Israelis and Palestinians. AIC publishes News From Within, plus fact sheets and reports, available on the site. They too have a listserv.

This is the site of the San Francisco grassroots organization for peace in the Middle East. Their listserv provides extensive information about Israel and Palestine, as well as actions in the US.

This is a New York City activist group. Their site is rich in resources: news articles, historical information, fact sheets, maps and photos, plus the same link page as Gush Shalom.

A Middle East peace initiative for voices who speak beyond limited confines of their community. You can find statements and activities of interfaith coalitions.