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Nakba and Holocaust in a Single Breath: Israel/Palestine Immersion Travel Bibliography: I - K

Nakba and Holocaust in a Single Breath: A Difficult Bibliography of Hope and Critique


This post-Zionist work questions whether or not the Holocaust’s usefulness as a foundation for the interpretation of Israel’s 20th-century founding is still legitimate and whose use as an apology for continued expansion into Palestinian territories has come to an end.
Lis Harris, an American Jew, details the beauty and pain of two families’ histories in contemporary Israel. The side-by-side stories highlight the surreal experiences of current Palestinians over against the horrors forced on the Jews in mid-twentieth century Europe.
The author is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. His father was a white-collar employee for IG Auschwitz, a chemical company, part of IG Farben, that used forced labor from the camp. Born in 1935, he grew up next to the camps, yet because his parents were those that looked away, never knew what was occurring. This book reflects his struggle to create a “theology of mourning” that does not look away from reality or God.
Eiberg-Schwartz narrates the story of Sulaiman Khitab’s journey from retaliatory freedom fighter to nonviolent peace activist. This is a moving account of the transformation and work of an Nobel Peace Prize nominee to end Israeli occupation of Palestine.
In the introduction Weaver observes: “To write or talk about the Palestinian–Israeli conflict can feel like entering a rhetorical minefield, where one wrong word or phrase will trigger explosive objections.” He addresses the ideology of Christian Zionism and its toxic relationship with Israeli Zionism, and how this in turn influences the decisions that result in misery for the Palestinians: lack of access to basic resources such as water, apartheid structures such as the separation wall and separate roads, and swiftly expanding Jewish settlements.
This case study is an autoethnographic work analyzing the cultural, sociological, and dimensions of an unlikely friendship.
Columbia professor Khalidi wrote this history of the Palestinian search for statehood during the 2nd Intifada (roughly 2000-2005). The range of discussion covers British Mandate Palestine through the critique of the current state of Israel’s growing military control over all facets of Palestinian daily life.
A collection of documents starting with Zionist documents in the 19th century and ending with a 2001 speech by Bill Clinton.

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Bestselling work by a member of the famed Montefiore family. Review by “New Historian” scholar Benny Morris is positive for the most part, pointing out that this vast history is not a political analysis. Highly readable though long (544 pages before the notes).
The authors describe this work as the first synthesis of Jerusalem as a global city and look to at the city from the standpoint of a crossroads and not a “clash of civilizations.”
From 1988-2008 the leaders of Palestinian Christian churches, including the Latin, Armenian Apostolic Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran Churches and many more have united in a single voice to address crises including Oslo, post-Oslo, and the 2nd Intifada. This book records these statements.
Caridi presents a beautifully written, sensuous, and poetic description of Jerusalem that is intertwined with the grief and anger of the power and control issues that have determined its story.
A critique of Christian Zionism following the logic: if the New Testament and early church were not about the land then why are evangelicals involved in territorial claims in Israel?
Foundational Zionism text published in 1896. The book proposes that Jews establish an independent state in order to have a secure place to live away from ghettoization, pogroms, and associated injustice and terror.
Almost-centenarian Guenter Lewy has written an unusual history that focuses on the history of the relationship between Germany and Germany’s Jews primarily from the end of WWI through reunification. He lifts up the attempts of Jewish organizational initiatives to gain and regain a proper and functioning position within Nazi government and society, and post-war history in the separated East Germany and West Germany. This work focuses far less on the Holocaust and Zionism/Israel than most histories of 20th century Jews.
This is the first title on Palestinian liberation theology published by Ateek, founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center (Jerusalem). This is a Christian theological interpretation of the Palestinian experience in Israel, and establishes the framework for interfaith address to the first Intifada, ongoing at the time of publication.
This Christian Palestinian manifesto was adopted in 2009. It declared the occupation as a "sin against God" and that any theology that tolerates it cannot be Christian "because true Christian theology is a theology of love and solidarity with the oppressed, a call to justice and equality among peoples." The World Council of Churches has not adopted it, and it has received criticism from both the Antidefamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center among others.
Kumi translates as “Get up.” This is a 52-week curriculum and action plan for participating in nonviolent action to support justice in Palestine.