1. Call or visit your community or school library to determine which books on CAMERA's recommended booklist (see below) are currently available there. Many libraries have their book catalogues online, so you can assess what books they need without even leaving your home. To find your library online, do a google search: http://www.google.com/ using the library name and city as keywords.
2. Make a list of the books (including descriptions) you would be willing to donate.
3. Present the acquisition librarian with your list and tell her/him you would like to buy these new books for the library's collection as long as they will definitely be put on the circulation shelves and not re-sold for fundraising.
4. Once you get approval, purchase the books from your local bookstore and either bring them to the library yourself or have them mailed directly to the acquisition librarian to whom you spoke.
5. Ask the librarian how long it will take for the books to be catalogued and put in circulation. Be sure to check back at that time to ensure that the books are on the shelves and not sitting in a backroom collecting dust!
6. Please send to CAMERA the names of the books you donated, along with the name, city and state of the library.
Suggested Book List:
Arafat's War: The Man and his Battle for Israeli Conquest by Efraim Karsh (Grove Press, 2003).
The author, a renowned historian and Director of the Mediterranean Studies Department at King's College, London, draws on Arabic, Hebrew and English-language sources to give what may be the most comprehensive account of Arafat's life. The book is also a review of the Oslo years and Arafat's role in the collapse of the peace effort. Well argued, fast-paced and engaging.
The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).
Professor Dershowitz refutes 32 common misperceptions/misrepresentations regarding Israel. This excellent resource makes a great gift for a college student.
The Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars by Yaacov Lozowick (Doubleday, 2003).
Lozowick, an Israeli historian, explores the roots of Zionism and traces the long struggle to establish and defend the Jewish state in the face of Arab resistance and international hostility. Lozowick examines each of Israel's wars from the perspective of classical "just war" theory. He concludes that Israel is neither the pristine socialist utopia its founders envisioned, nor the racist colonial enterprise portrayed by its enemies. Refuting dozens of pernicious myths about the conflict, “Right to Exist” is an impassioned moral history.
The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land by Donna Rosenthal (Free Press 2003, paperback 2005) Through lively, fascinating vignettes and human interest stories, Rosenthal explores the panorama of Israel's Persity: religious, secular, Russians, Ethiopians, Muslims, Christians, Ashkenazim, Mizrahim, soldiers, and high techies. (For more info, visit: www.theisraelis.net )
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Middle East Conflict by Mitchell Bard (Alpha Books, 2nd edition, 2002).
This is a valuable reference book in an easy-to-read format especially inviting to younger readers. Topics include the roots of Middle East turmoil, global terrorism and Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. This book is recommended for Bar/Bat Mitzvah age students as well as adults.
O Jerusalem by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre (Touchstone Books, 1988).
The events that led to the establishment of the State of Israel beginning with the inter-war years up to the United Nations resolution of 1948 form the core of this exciting and balanced narrative. Told from both the Jewish and Arab viewpoints, the story is rich in historical data and yet riveting in its personal approach.
Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict (A I C E, 2001).
The book, formerly published by AIPAC, has recently been updated and reissued by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. This classic reference book for pro-Israel activists contains new chapters on the “al-Aksa Intifada,” Jewish settlements and the media. It also provides updated information on the peace process, U.S. Middle East policy, and more. “Myths and Facts” can be viewed on-line at AICE's website http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/myths/mftoc.html.
Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael Oren (Oxford Press, 2002).
The effects of the Six Day War continue to be felt today, with misinformation widespread about how it began and proceeded, and what the international community required of Israel and the Arabs in its aftermath. Oren's book is essential reading about this pivotal war.
Arab Israeli Conflict: The Palestine War 1948 by Efraim Karsh (Osprey Pub Co, 2002).
Karsh examines the origins of Israel's War of Independence and its progression through two distinct stages: the guerrilla warfare between the Arab and Jewish communities of Mandatory Palestine, and the conventional inter-state warfare between Israel and the invading Arab armies. He assesses the participants, their war aims, strength in arms, strategies, and combat performance. This terrific handbook provides excellent detail for refuting the Arab charge that the Jews of Palestine won the day thanks to plentiful arms and highly trained fighters.
The Liberty Incident: the 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship by A. Jay Cristol (Brasseys, Inc, 2003).
This invaluable work draws on newly declassified documents and high-level interviews with numerous officials from the United States and Israel that systematically address relevant questions about the tragic 1967 Israeli attack on the American vessel. A former naval aviator, Cristol provides a page-turning, minute-by-minute account of the battering suffered by the U.S. Navy's intelligence ship, USS Liberty, and comprehensively explains the errors that led to the friendly-fire incident.
The Claim of Dispossession: Jewish Land-Settlement and the Arabs 1878-1948 by Arieh L. Avneri (Yad Tabenkin, 1984).
This study investigates the expanding Jewish settlement over the 70-year period prior to the founding of Israel and its effects on the existing Arab community's economy and cultural institutions. It also examines the size of the Arab population in Palestine in 1878, the cause of its growth during the 70 years of Jewish development, Arab land sales to Jews, and the number of both Jewish and Arab refugees following the 1948 war.
Israel-Arab Reader : A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict by Walter Laqueur (Penguin USA; 6th edition, 2001).
The Israel-Arab Reader is a thorough and up-to-date guide to the continuing crisis in the Middle East. It covers the full spectrum of the Israel-Arab conflict-from the earliest days, through the wars and peacemaking efforts, up to the Israel-PLO and Israel-Jordan peace accords. This comprehensive reference includes speeches, letters, articles, and reports dealing with all the major interests in the area from all of the relevant political parties and world leaders.
Ivory Towers On Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America by Martin Kramer (The Washington Institute For Near East Policy, 2001).
Martin Kramer exposes academia’s failure to anticipate major developments in the Middle East. For example, most academics underplayed the danger of Islamic fundamentalismand regarded the movement as a moderate force of democratization. Even so, the “experts” of the Middle East studies departments continue to garner federal funding, media interviews, and the credibility of a believing public.
Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, 1999).
The author explores how those among the intellectual elite of the Arab world who have sought to introduce modernity and secularism into their societies have been stymied, exiled, and sometimes killed. No English writer surpasses Ajami in powerfully conveying to Western readers the contradictions and challenges of the Arab world.
Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries by Paul Fregosi (Prometheus Books, 1998).
This account of Islamic military invasions of the last 1300 years, focuses on Jihad in Europe and begins with the initially unsuccessful siege of Constantinople. While European history has often focused on the Christian Crusades from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, Jihad in the West examines the smoldering Islamic war against the “infidels,” which has now reached the Americas.
The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege by Kenneth Levin (Smith and Kraus, Inc., 2005).
Dr. Levin's original and powerfully persuasive analysis relates Israeli diplomacy of the 1990's to psychological responses common among chronically besieged populations, whether minorities subjected to defamation, discrimination and assault or small nations under chronic attack by their neighbors. He demonstrates links between the evolution of Oslo and the long history of Diaspora Jews being subjected to persistent abuse. The reaction of many enduring such abuse was to seek to improve their predicament by endorsing elements of the surrounding societies' bigoted indictments and embracing delusions of salvation through self-effacement and concessions.This case study in the psychology of a community under chronic attack takes on broader significance at a time when even traditionally safe and secure societies such as the United States are confronting the psychological challenges posed by terrorist assaults.
The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy by Stephanie Gutmann (Encounter Books, 2005).
In this meticulously researched and readable volume, journalist Gutmann focuses on media coverage of the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict, known as the second intifada. How, she asks, did Israel come to be so uniformly vilified in the press? Israel's lack of media savvy is partially to blame. But Gutmann believes the larger issue lies with news outlets' desire to oversimplify and argues it's a misconception that news outlets "can tell you what you need to know about this conflict, or indeed about any serious, complex event." She cites an Associated Press photograph that allegedly depicted an Israeli soldier brutalizing a Palestinian on the Temple Mount, but was actually of an American Jew who had been attacked, and the "soldier" was an Israeli police officer coming to his aid. The subsequent correction got very little attention, and Gutmann compares it to "a Freudian slip that revealed something deeper: the prejudice and assumptions that governed most editors' thinking about the conflict." Gutmann doesn't offer easy answers, insisting news consumers start questioning what they're told to get a more accurate representation of the conflict's complexities. While Gutmann's tone can be self-righteous, her deconstructions of photos and video clips are admirably detailed. The book will be an eye-opener for those wishing to delve deeper into media representation of some of the most visible news events of our time.
From Time Immemorial : The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine by Joan Peters (J K A P Pubns, 2001)
Joan Peters dispels the myth of Zionist dispossession of "native" arabs in Palestine, drawing on rarely examined archives and statistics. She makes a credible case for Jewish indigenous habitation lasting thousands of years; a groundbreaking study necessary to any discussion of the current conflict in the region.
Islam and Dhimmitude : Where Civilizations Collide by Bat Yeor (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr;, 2001).
Bat Ye'or's thirty years of scholarship on “dhimmitude,” the religious, cultural, and political fate of non-Muslims, in particular Christians and Jews, living under Islamic rule, is a seminal effort to recapture this specific suppressed history. In her current work, “Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide,” the author bravely elucidates how doctrinal patterns of subjugation of the dhimmi peoples (i.e., Christians and Jews) initiated during the Arab and Turkish waves of Islamic conquest, the jihad-dhimmitude continuum, are of immediate relevance to contemporary historical trends and specific events.
Return of Anti-Semitism by Gabriel Schoenfeld (Encounter Books, 2003).
This is the story of how, “virtually unnoticed, and unremarked, a lethal hatred of Jews has once again come to play a large part in world events.” Schoenfeld offers a pungent, well-written, argumentative analysis.
What Went Wrong? : The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis (Perennial, 2003).
Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it has tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not “Who did this to us?” but rather “Where did we go wrong?”
Militant Islam Reaches America by Daniel Pipes (W.W. Norton & Company, 2002).
Long before September 11, 2001, Daniel Pipes publicly warned Americans that militant Islam had declared war on America yet sadly, Americans failed to take heed. The publication of Militant Islam Reaches America finally brought Pipes the attention he deserves. Piding his work into two parts, Pipes first defines militant Islam, stressing the large and crucial difference between Islam, the faith, and the ideology of militant Islam.
American Jihad : The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson (Free Press, 2003).
Some have said that the events of September 11 took every American by surprise. That's not true. There were Cassandras among us warning about the dangers of Islamic terrorism--and one of their leaders was Steven Emerson, who must be ranked among the most fearless reporters in the world.
The Case for Democracy: the Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror by Natan Sharansky and Ron Dermer (PublicAffairs, 2004). As noted in a Washington Post review, "Sharansky argues that peace between Israel and the Palestinians will prevail if and only if the Palestinian Authority is transformed into a truly free society where the Palestinian people's natural inclination toward peace can prevail over the manipulations of their hatemongering leaders...Sharansky advises against making one-sided territorial concessions in the illusory hope of shoring up pseudo-moderate Palestinian leaders who rule by undemocratic means..." Sharansky also explains how to distinguish legitimate criticism of Israel from the "new anti-Semitism." Such criticism must pass the "3D" test of "[no] demonization, double standards, or delegitimation."