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Reading List July 17, 2014


Revisit these pieces from the BR archive on the region's prospects for peace.

As the violence in Gaza continues, a historical understanding of the seemingly intractable Israel-Palestine conflict is as valuable as ever. Revisit these pieces from the BR archive on the region’s prospects for peace, American policy towards Israel, and related issues.

In our December 2001/January 2002 issue, Georgetown legal scholar Lama Abu Odeh opened a forum on binationalism—the creation of a single state uniting Israel and Palestine. “While it now has the status of a ‘utopian’ political proposal,” she writes, “talking about binationalism in practical terms may force people to confront more seriously the limits of alternative approaches, and their own denial about those limits.”

At the height of the second intifada, Rabbi and lifelong Zionist Ben-Zion Gold gave a speech lamenting the failure of the American Jewish diaspora to “rise up against the subjugation and humiliation of the Palestinians.”

In 2008, Helena Cobban recounted the rise of Hamas and the organization’s 2006 “spectacular mass bust-out from Gaza into Egypt” that “assumed the dimensions of a fiesta—or a chaotic shopping spree.”

“Talking about Gaza is like talking about God”: in a 2012 essay, Colin Dayan decried the official euphemisms and media myopia that inhibit serious discussion of life in the occupied territories.

Also in 2012, former Israeli soldier Oded Naaman condemned the occupation, describing the tense psychology of passing through a West Bank checkpoint: “The soldier’s mental state is the Palestinian’s most urgent concern: it is a matter of life and death.”

Photograph: Robert Croma.

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