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How it started?

I realized some short while ago that I have inexcusably scant knowledge of the events that led up to the current situation in Israel and Palestine. (And I've yet to find a source that I have any confidence doesn't reflect some bias, at least by omission.) But this Economist review, of Michael Oren's Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, does help fill out part of the picture more or less responsibly. I think.

Addendum: The New York Times' review is also worth reading.

June 21, 2002 12:34 AM

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That SixDayWar book is an excellent, excellent, excellent book. It's probably The Most Complete analysis of the whole event, drawing on recently released archives (due to the 30 Year Rule). The book is very even-handed.

Two good books from a wholly Arab/Palestinian perspective are:

[] History of the Arab Peoples / Albert Hourani
[] Strangers in the House: Coming of Age in Occupied Palestine / Raj Shehadeh

Also, the Israeli consulate in SF has a fairly active educational agenda that might be worth checking out. Just don't show up at their door, always call first.

There's also a "diary" written maybve 5-7 years ago by an Israeli who dressed himself as a Palestinian and then slipped into daily life as such. For the life of me i cannot remember the title, or author, but if you do find this, 1) read it 'cause its totally eye-opening, and 2) lemme know the title.

.rob

Posted by rob adams on June 21, 2002 12:02 PM

I intend to look. (Thanks!)

Posted by M on June 21, 2002 4:25 PM


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