Additional Resources Israel-Palestine


Resources for Learning More about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The resources we offer here are not exhaustive, and they do not aim to be all encompassing. We recommend them to you after careful curating. All sources display some bias in what is included and excluded, and in choice of words used. 

We include links that will lead you to other sites with more definitive advocacy positions, or with more specific viewpoints. We encourage you to read and review them with an open mind, to hold them next to each other, and to be willing to engage with perspectives that may surprise or even anger you. We hope these materials will help you question previously held assumptions, discover new insights, and broaden your understanding.

We believe that a critical part of peacemaking is to listen deeply to opposing voices in a conflict – and know that each voice has part of the truth that we should hold as part of the whole. We invite you to seek out others who have connections to the region, or an interest in the issues, and to engage them in discussion and dialogue. In this way, we hope this website can contribute to a just peace in the Holy Land.


Background and History

These are online links to resources offering timelines and background on the history of the region and the conflict. Some are brief overviews and others more detailed and in depth. They are from a variety of sources, which are identified. Some are presented as dual and comparable narratives.

The Promises Timeline:  A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 1880-2001, illustrating the two narratives created by PBS for its documentary, Promises.”

Israel Profile: A timeline of the conflict put together by the BBC in May 2018

Vox series of 21 “cards.” A short and concise overview with links to more detailed sources. Vox is a website from Vox Media.

Primer on Palestine, Israel, and the Arab Israeli Conflict by The Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). MERIP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC.

A timeline of the conflict from the Palestinian perspective, put together by Aljazeera Media Network in 2015.

“Traditional Israeli and Palestinian Narratives” 1882-1949 side by side from the Jewish Virtual Library.


Perspectives

These are online links and other resources which offer a variety of insights into the region, its people, and the conflict. Their sources are diverse. They include panel discussions, fictional stories, documentaries, and books.

The PBS documentary, “Promises” - a look at the conflict through the experiences of Israeli and Palestinian children.

2004 updates on the children in the original documentary:  Update 1 Update 2

There is also a curriculum focused on children that can be used with the videos.

Panel discussion – Looking Back Looking Forward: 100 Years of Arab-Israeli Conflict hosted by Brandeis University from the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Scholars and public figures debate what kind of states should Israelis and Palestinians seek and how these competing visions inform their approach to the conflict. Session I: Looking Back: Zionism and the Arab World. Session II: Debating the Future of Palestine. Session III: Debating the Future of Israel.

Kairos Palestine: A Word of Hope. A document written by Palestinian Christians in an appeal to the world on behalf of the Palestinian peoples.

The website of Kairos Palestine, a Christian Palestinian organization, which includes updated writings since the original 2009 Kairos Palestine “Word of Hope.”


Movies and Documentaries

Arna’s Children follows a group of Palestinian kids in the first intifada during 1988 exploring their dreams and aspirations. It returns to them in 2002 to see what has become of those kids and their dreams. Find more detailed information on the documentary here, or watch it online.

The Gatekeepers is a documentary film by director Dror Moreh that tells the story of the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet, from the perspective of six of its former heads. It combines in-depth interviews, archival footage, and computer animation to recount the role that the group played in Israel’s security from the Six-Day War to 2012. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards.  Available from Amazon.

Green Prince is a 2014 Israeli/UK/German documentary film directed by Nadav Schirman, based on the autobiography of Mosab Hassan Yousef, Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.  Hassan Yousef is the son of a prominent member of Hamas who decided to work with the Israeli secret police for 10 years. Available from Amazon.

The Law in these Parts is a 2011 Israeli documentary film, written and directed by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz, about the court system operated by the Israel Defense Forces in the West Bank. Six military judges who presided over occupation-related cases are interviewed. Available from Amazon.

On the lives of the Settlers is a documentary focusing on the lives and aspirations of Hebron's Jewish settler community, particularly from a woman's perspective. Watch it online.  

Bethlehem is a 2013 Israeli drama directed by Yuval Adler which tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The screenplay was written by Yuval Adler and Ali Waked and was heavily influenced by research which included interviews of both Israeli Shin Bet operatives and Palestinian militants from Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades and Hamas. Available from Amazon

5 Broken Cameras is an Oscar-nominated documentary by Palestinian farmer, Emad Burnet, who records his village's resistance to the encroachment of Israeli settlements. Watch it online; also available from Amazon.

Precious Life Journalist Shlomi Eldar's documentary chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. The drama of the Palestinian boy’s rescue at an Israeli hospital is juxtaposed against Israeli retaliations for shelling from Gaza, which kill whole Palestinian families. Available from Amazon.


Interfaith/Israeli-Palestinian Partnerships

The following partnership websites offer a variety of resources including opportunities for direct involvement, for exploration, and for education.

Abraham’s Path  A walking path through the Middle East that encourages dialogue and engagement with local communities on the path (cultural tourism)

Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace – PCFF This is a grassroots organization of Palestinian and Israeli families who have lost immediate family members due to the conflict.  It is a not-for-profit organization registered in Israel with a Palestinian and an Israeli as co-general managers. Its vision includes: creating a framework for a reconciliation between the two people that takes into account that any political peace agreement must include an infrastructure for the process of reconciliation, working towards an end to violence and towards achieving an accepted political agreement, and influencing the public and the political decision makers to choose reconciliation and the path of peace over violence and war in order to achieve a just settlement based on empathy and understanding.

Just Vision They are a team of human rights advocates, journalists, and filmmakers who create full length and short documentaries and use digital media and targeted public education campaigns to give voice to non-violent actions by Palestinians and Israelis working to “contribute to fostering peace and an end to the occupation.” Films include: Encounter Point, Budrus, and Naila and the Uprising.

Seeds of Peace This is a leadership development organization which seeks to inspire and equip youth and educators from areas of conflict by bringing them together at its camp in Maine and then supporting the Seeds of Peace graduates once they return home. Its mission is to inspire and cultivate new generations of global leaders with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential for peace.

Combatants for Peace  An organization founded in 2006 by Israeli and Palestinian former combatants. The bi-national, grassroots organization believes that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces and “works to both transform and resolve the conflict by ending Israeli occupation and all forms of violence between the two sides” to build “a peaceful future for both peoples.”


Statements and Resources from Other Faith Communities/Organizations

World Council of Churches - Israel-Palestine Page

Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (WCC-EAPPI)     

American Friends Service Committee

Presbyterian Church USA            

Churches for a Middle East Peace