Resource Guide on Israel-Palestine

NOTE: this guide was compiled by the MECh Social Justice Action Committee for “My Neighbourhood” screening / discussion held in November of 2021.

For all of us, self-education is important to become more fully aware of the issues, understand the complexities, and challenge and evolve a perspective that is well-informed. We acknowledge this list is informative, but not exhaustive. We invite you, therefore, to explore and offer your own suggestions. Let’s keep the conversation going.

Let justice be a mighty stream bringing humanity, security, life and blessings to the people of Palestine and Israel”
Rachel K. Mile End Chavurah Mishebeirach for Israel and Palestine, May 2021

  1. Just Vision : https://justvision.org/myneighbourhood
  2. Discussion Guide for “My Neighbourhood”: https://justvision.org/myneighbourhood/discussion-guide
  3. Palestinian Return Center Sheikh Jarrah Factsheet: https://prc.org.uk/upload/library/files/Shiekh_Jarrah_Factsheet.pdf
  4. Institute for Middle East Understanding, Jerusalem Quick Facts:  https://imeu.org/article/quick-facts-jerusalem
  5. Adalah : The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel https://www.adalah.org/en. First non-profit, non-sectarian, Palestinian-run legal centre in Israel.
  6. B’tselem The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories: https://www.btselem.org/jerusalem
  7. The Association for Human Rights in Israel https://www.english.acri.org.il/
  8. UN Rupert Colville Office of the High Commissioner  https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/05/1091492
  9. American Friends of the Parents Circle-Families Forum, Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace https://parentscirclefriends.org/
  10. Combatants for Peace https://cfpeace.org/
  11. American Friends of Combatants for Peace: https://afcfp.org/
  12. Independant Jewish Voices: https://www.ijvcanada.org/
  13. Peace Now, Settlement Watch: https://peacenow.org.il/en
  14. Palestine Museum US : https://www.palestinemuseum.us/ Preserving and disseminating Palestinian history and culture 
  15. New Israel Fund. https://www.nif.org/
  16. Article regarding most recent court decision on Sheikh Jarrah: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/2/sheikh-jarrah-palestinians-reject-deal-with-israeli-settlers
  17. Rabbis for Human Rights https://www.rhr.org.il/eng
  18. EcoPeace Middle East: https://ecopeaceme.org/ 
    Organization that unites Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian environmentalists in cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage. See: The Green Blue Deal for the Middle East
  19. Peter Beinart: American columnist, journalist, and political commentator. Senior columnist at Haaretz. Associate Professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York.

 

Book Recommendations:

  1. Apeirogon, Colum McCann (2020)
    Following the deaths of their young daughters through gratuitous violence, Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin meet through the grass-roots organization, Combatants for Peace. United by their grief, the two men develop a friendship and embark on a journey of understanding.
  2. Conflict and Contradictions, Meron Benvenisti (1986).
    One of Israel’s most controversial scholars and political figures, Benvenisti reflects on Israel, the Arabs, and the West Bank, bearing witness to the cycle of bitterness, hate, terrorism and retaliation.
  3. I Shall Not Hate : A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish (2011).
    Dr. Abuelaish, a Palestinian doctor who lost his 3 daughters and a niece in a bombing on his home in the Gaza strip, has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead of seeking revenge or succumbing to hatred, his hope is that his daughters “were the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis, then I would accept their loss.”
  4. My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness, A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century. Adina Hoffman (2009)
    Hoffman, a Jewish woman living in the West Bank, tells the story of Taha Muhammad Ali, an Arab, and the village of Saffuriyya, one of the “lost villages” which was destroyed intentionally.
  5. The Yellow Wind, David Grossman (1987).
    Acclaimed Israeli writer and recipient of the Israel Prize for his body of work as well as numerous international prizes for fiction and non-fiction. The Yellow Wind is Grossman’s account of what he observed on the West Bank in early 1987, and the cost of the occupation on both the occupier and the occupied.