Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Resource Post
Hey! How’s it going tumbls. I see we’ve got some Israel/Palestine feelings going around. Good. You should.
But I know this conflict is crazed and heady, and so because it was asked and because I think it’s important, I’m going to write up a brief and totally not comprehensive list of books I think you can read to learn more about this conflict. I’ve tried to include a variety of perspectives, and folks should feel free to tack on whatever things I’ve missed in any reblogs.
The most important thing I want you to know about this conflict is it is complicated but learnable. I promise. And though it is difficult to know everything you need to know in order to understand how we got to this place in 2014 (I certainly don’t know all of it), it is less difficult to understand what possible solutions might look like and, frankly, solutions are what I am most interested in. And I also believe we cannot find those solutions unless we understand what drives both sides of this conflict. This is, perhaps, a controversial opinion in a conflict with asymmetric power dynamics, where one group is occupier and another is occupied. But it’s what I believe. It’s okay not to agree with that, some days even I don’t agree with that, but it is the primary thinking behind this post.
So here’s what I’m giving you: perspectives. Most of which I like, some of which I don’t (but I’m not sharing which), and a hope that you will find something that speaks to you. This has gone on long enough. I want it to stop. And I believe we can make it stop.
So. Here we go. A disclaimer I’m offering: I’m a two-state solution kind of gal, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s fine. I’m not writing this post to be didactic. I’ve tried to put a few resources for one-staters in here, but I’m sure I’m missing some classics, so, please, if you know good books about a one-state solution, reblog and add them at the end so people can make up their own minds. This whole list is eons from complete (it’s actually quite short, despite this intro), and honestly I spend most of my time studying up on the settlements so this leans heavily in that direction and I’m forgetting a lot of my bookshelf, but I’m relying on the rest of the internet to fill in my gaps.
Thanks for stopping by!