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  1. 29 Nov '12 20:22 / 2 edits
    Here are a few books that could be thought-provoking to people whose only
    'knowledge' of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict comes from mainstream US media.
    This is an introductory reading list, not necessarily the most important books
    that I should recommend for more knowledgeable readers (e.g. _From Haven
    to Conquest: Readings in Zionism and the Palestine Problem Until 1948_
    edited by Walid Khalidi). By the way, I already have spent too much time
    writing here, so I lack the time to answer particular questions about these books.

    In no particular order of importance (simply by the author's name), here are:

    Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin
    _Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel

    Flapan, Simha
    _The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities

    Gilmour, David
    _Dispossessed: The Ordeal of the Palestinians

    Hirst, David
    _The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East

    Khalidi, Rashid
    _The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood

    Kimmerling, Baruch
    _The Palestinian People: A History

    Pappe, Ilan
    _The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
    _A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples

    Said, Edward and Hitchens, Christopher (editors)
    _Blaming the Victims: Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question

    Sand, Shlomo
    _The Invention of the Jewish People
    _The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland

    Shlaim, Avi
    _Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations

    Sternhell, Zeev
    _The Founding Myths of Israel: Nationalism, Socialism, and the Making of the
    Jewish State