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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the headlines daily, but do most Americans really understand what it is about? With dramatic events happening almost every day in this region, and the US government increasingly becoming involved, the American public deserves to hear both sides. Arabs & Israel For Beginnersprovides an intelligent, in-depth, yet humorous and accessible Palestinian perspective on the struggle between the two nations.
Arabs & Israel For Beginners covers the Middle East from ancient times to the present, tells the truth in plain English. If you want to know the truth about 12,000 years of Middle Eastern history, thenArabs & Israel For Beginners is the perfect place to start.
"I have written 10 books about the complex Mideast conflict and read several hundred books on the same subjects. Ron David's is the best book in the field, leading all others including mine by many miles." -- Dr. M. T. Medhi, President of the Arab-American Relations Committee
"Well-organized and lucid... [Arabs & Israel for Beginners]does indeed deserve a large reading audience." -- Arthur Goldschmidt, Jr., author of A Concose History of the Middle East
"Take the research of Noam Chomsky... enliven it with skillful pensketched drawing... then trace 12,000 years of turbulent history with the irreverence of Saturday Night Live, and you have... Ron David's Arabs & Israel for Beginners." -- John Mahoney, Executive Director of Americans for Middle East Understanding
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Aug 21, 2007
Publisher For Beginners
ISBN 1934389161 ISBN13 9781934389164
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More About Ron David & Susan David
Ron David grew up in Detroit, attended Wayne State University and the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts and served three years in the Army. For years he earned his living as an industrial clay sculptor (Detroit, New York, California and Sweden) and spent 20-30 hours per week writing books. Ron was awarded a Grant from the New Jersey Council on the Arts for one of his novels. He also spent four years as Editor-in-Chief at Writers and Readers Publishing. He is the author of four published books including Toni Morrison Explained: A Reader's Road Map to the Novels (Random House). Ron David has been married to Susan David (an artist/designer at Tiffany & Co.) for 30 years.
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Loved for its truth, hated for its reality May 3, 2008
Arabs and Israel for Beginners is, bar none, the best introduction to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict currently available. Some reviewers hate it, others love it, and it isn't hard to understand why. This book documents a painful reality that is hated by those it condemns but loved by seekers of truth and justice. If we identify this book's critics with their ideological prejudices we quickly realize each of their cries of protest, rather than representing a valid criticism, in fact validates the truth of the content. As John Toland once wrote, "This conduct, on the contrary, will make them suspect all to be a cheat and imposture, because men will naturally cry out when they are touched in a tender part . . . no man will be angry at a question who's able to answer it. . . ." And "answer it," they most certainly do not. None of this book's detractors refute the well-documented facts presented therein, for the simple reason that they cannot. Truth stands firm against deceit.
Arabs and Israel for Beginners should not be rated five stars, but 220 stars -- one for each page. Furthermore, the authors deserve recognition for their bravery in standing up to one of the greatest disinformation campaigns of the modern age. Considering how the discussed issues are reshaping our world, this book is not simply an informative read: It's a must-read!
Interesting Feb 6, 2008
I bought this book to learn. Wow! It definitely is an eye-opener.
The author is clearly pro-Arab, but after reading the book and checking several of his facts, I think it may be hard to not at least consider the Arab position. Read it with a grain of salt and draw your own conclusions.
Every fact in the book is easily verifiable--and it is the truth! Jan 15, 2008
ARABS & ISRAEL FOR BEGINNERS tells the truth, plainly and simply, without fancy talk and without evasions. Statements about Israel's origin usually begin with "Israel was 'established'..." Of course nobody knows exactly what is meant by "established"--so I will tell you exactly what that intentionally evasive word means. In 1896, because of anti-Semitism in France, Theodor Herzl wrote the book "The Jewish State" in which he argued that Jews would never be allowed to assimilate, so they should build their own country. He suggested that they build their new country in Palestine, a place that only a handful of Jews lived in since the time of Christ. Jews, following Herzl's plan (and paid for by wealthy guys who pay others to take the risks involved in stealing someone else's country) began moving to Palestine by the hundreds and demanding that Palestine be turned into a Jewish country. In 1919, after World War 1, US President Woodrow Wilson sent a fact finding group, The King-Crane Commission, to Palestine to "ascertain the wishes of the people." In accordance with the principles of Democracy, President Wilson sent the commission to count the population of Palestine--and ask them what THEY wanted. Fact: Even after 25 years of intensive immigration to Palestine, Jews constituted less than 10% of the population of Palestine. Fact: 90% of the population was (to state the obvious) PALESTINIAN! Fact: The King-Crane Commission reported to President Wilson that 90% of the population of Palestine were Palestinian--Arabs--who had lived in the same place for hundreds of years and did NOT want their country turned into a Jewish country. The King Crane Commission recommended that: 1) Jews must find another place to put a Jewish country; 2) To put a Jewish country in Palestine would trespass on the religious and civil rights of the existing population; 3) Proof of the unfairness of the situation (they said) was the fact that it could only be maintained by a large military or police force. 90 years later and the country Israel "borrowed" from Palestine still has to be maintained a large military/police force--Israel's occupying army.
President Wilson passed on his commission's recommendation--the Jewish people must find another place to put their country. That was in 1919. The Zionists (the Jewish zealots) ignored President Wilson and kept moving Jews into Palestine and putting pressure on anyone they could. In 1948, the United Nations voted to "partition" Palestine, giving two-thirds of it to Zionists/Israel--DESPITE THE FACTS THAT: 1) The Palestinians had a two-to-one majority in population; 2) Jews owned less than 7% of Palestine; 3) the Palestinians had lived in Palestine for hundreds of years. Giving two-thirds of Palestine to Zionists was an insult to Democracy. It was blatant stealing, legalized theft.
Please don't take my word for it. All of the population numbers I have given, along with the basic facts of the King Crane Commission and the United Nations document partitioning Palestine are publicly available documents that anyone can read. The only way that 10% of a population can take over a country is by stealing it. I would gladly take a polygraph test to prove that every word in this book is as true and accurate as I could make it. Ron David--the author
Should be titled "Innocent Palestinan victims and their evil Zionist Oppressors" Dec 31, 2007
This book is just plain awful. Not only does it repeat almost every anti-Israeli conspiracy theory, that Israel had a "technological advantage" in the 1956 War (both they and the Egyptians were using WWII Shermans, a model that wasn't even the best tank of the war), that Israel deliberately displaced the Arabs living in Palestine in 1948, that the Israeli Army outnumbered the combined Arab armies of Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon during the War of Independence (!!!), that the first World Trade Center attack was an Israeli operation, etc. etc. but is also notably silent on the anti-Jewish riots in 1930s Palestine which very nearly reached pogram level, of the terrorist attacks in which Jewish women and children are target (in an effort to force the "Zionists" to negotiate) of Arafat and his routine lies while holding himself up as a "statesman." The author doesn't just try to use "moral relativism"... he does entire backflips in order to justify the idea that everything is Israel's fault.
One notable line, in trying to justify terrorists Ron David says on page 162 "More Americans die in their bathtubs than are killed by terrorists in a year." This book came out in 2001, I'm guessing before September. I hope that those 3,000 deaths makes Mr. David feel better. At last the terrorists are catching up!
Very badly biased Aug 21, 2007
This book is so brazenly pro-Arab and anti-Israel, so partizan in its selection of facts, as to be utterly breathtaking. While the back material says that the book is "relentlessly fair", it is certainly not. Nor is it, as the title suggests, some neutral bit of history for "beginners," an "Arabs and Israel for Dummies" kind of book.
The first page says, "I swear to you, I cannot see how any fair-minded person with an IQ over fifty can believe the Zionist/Jewish/Israeli version of what happened in the Middle-East." The last paragraph of the book has this conclusion: "Although I don't think that Israel benefits anyone, including the Jewish people, I don't expect Israel to quit the Middle East. So what do I want? I want a few famous American Jews...Norman Mailer...Woody Allen...to stand up and say, 'let's quit lying to the world--and to ourselves. We stole Palestine. We stole it.'"
While there are plenty of pro-Israel, anti-Arab books that are just as biased, if you're looking for balance, this isn't the book for you. The only value this book has is to learn a decidedly and profoundly pro-Arab point of view.