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Why We Need Information: A Brief Explanation
It is our position that the people of Palestine suffer from longstanding oppressive conditions generated by Zionism, a political program originating in the 19th century with one overarching goal: to establish on Palestinian land an independent nation for Jewish people worldwide, the state of Israel. Although the history of Zionism has involved a multitude of complex factors, the achievement of the Zionist program since 1948 has required the systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinian land, the relentless subjugation of the Palestinian people, and the massive obliteration of both historical record and current events through an intense campaign of propaganda and violence. Day by day, this political program continues to expand its reach through its continuing annexation of land and ongoing assault on human rights.
The United States government has financed the Zionist program and insured its successful growth, viewing the state of Israel as a crucial ally in the maintenance of the USA’s long term strategic position in the Middle East.
The state of Israel maintains extensive institutional organizations with the goal of discrediting criticism of Zionism, justifying its policies, and spreading its ideology as “public diplomacy” through HASBARA—literally (in Hebrew) “explanation.” Some of the foundational planks of Zionist propaganda assert that:
- The state of Israel represents the best interests of Jewish people worldwide.
- Israel is a vibrant democracy which must protect itself through the reluctant adoption of security measures which outsiders do not have the right to criticize.
- Questioning Israeli policy is the work of terrorists or anti-Semites; Jews who question Israeli policy are “self-hating” and disloyal enemies of their own people.
Each of these assertions is a falsehood. But refuting these statements requires facts, and the black-out of genuine information about Palestine has made facts hard to come by.
We have assembled here a list of resources to help the reader reconsider the facts through the lens of various viewpoints independent of Zionist ideology. The resources are organized as News Venues, Books, Journal Articles, Personal Reflections, Online Films and Documentaries, and Organizations—with brief commentaries offered for some of the resources to assist the reader in navigating among them. These materials contain hyperlinks to a full text when possible (we recognize that not all online links remain functional and apologize for inadequacies or inaccuracies which may evolve).
This list is neither comprehensive nor intended to serve as a self-sufficient platform for academic research, but assembled to indicate some of the breadth and depth of discussion on Palestine that is available and to stimulate further exploration. We welcome suggested additions at USA Contact Us. The USA Palestine Mental Health Network does not necessarily endorse every idea put forward by the individual journalists, authors, and scholars noted here.
Online news venues covering Palestine available in English:
Addressing background themes of racism, imperialism, colonialism in various settings, by foundational thinkers who have had a special interest in Palestine:
Angela Y. Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, 2016
Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth, 1961
Edward W. Said, Orientalism, 1978
Addressing Palestine specifically:
Musa Budeiri, The Palestine Communist Party 1919-1948: Arab and Jew in the Struggle for Internationalism, 2010.
Joseph Massad, The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians, 2006.
Edward Said, The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination. 1994.
———- The Question of Palestine, 1979.
Shira Robinson, Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State,2013.
Addressing the history and conditions of Palestine under Israeli occupation:
Izzeldin Abuelaish, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, 2010.
Atef Abu Saif, The Drone Eats with Me: A Gaza Diary, 2014.
Salman H. Abu Sitta, The Palestinian Nakba 1948: Register of Depopulated Localities in Palestine, 2000
———- Atlas of Palestine 1917-1966, 2010
Refaat Alareer, Gaza Unsilenced, 2015
Ariella Azoulay and Adi Ophir, One State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine, 2012.
Anna Baltzer, Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories,2007.
Max Blumenthal Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, 2013
Breaking the Silence (author), Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010, 2012.
Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, On Palestine, 2015.
Jonathan Cook, Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair, 2013.
Ben Erenreich, The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine, 2016.
Neve Gordon, Israel’s Occupation, 2008.
Jeff Halper, An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel. 2008
——–War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, 2015.
Gideon Levy, The Punishment of Gaza, 2010.
Saree Makdisi, Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation, 2008.
Nur Masalha, The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 2003
Ilan Pappe, The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge, 2014
——The Bureaucracy of Evil: The History of the Israeli Occupation, 2012
——-“The boycott will work: An Israeli perspective” in Audrea Lim (ed.) The Case for Sanctions Against Israel. 2012
——–The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel, 2011
——–Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel, 2010
——–The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, 2006
——–The Israel-Palestine Question, 2006
——–A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples, 2004
———The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1947–1951, 1994
Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War
Alice Rothchild, Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine. 2016.
Eyal Weizman, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation, 2007
Ben White, Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide, 2009
Addressing the role of the USA in the oppression of the Palestinian community:
Jimmy Carter, Peace not Apartheid, 2006.
Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe, Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on the US-Israeli War Against Palestinians,” 2013.
Rashid Khalidi, Brokers of Deceit: How the US has undermined peace in the Middle East,2013.
Mark Levine and Matias Mossberg, One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States, 2014.
Josh Ruebner, Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, 2013
Sara Roy, Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, 2007.
Edward Said, Peace and Its Discontents: essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process,1996.
Addressing the manipulation of public opinion regarding the Holocaust and countering claims of Anti-Semitism:
Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry, 2000
——— Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History (second edition), 2008
Addressing Zionism from the perspective of Jewish identity:
Meron Benvenisti, Son of the Cypresses: Memories, Reflections and Regrets from a Political Life, 2007.
Stanley Cohen, States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering, 2001.
Ran Greenstein, Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent, 2014.
Joel Kovel, Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, 2007.
Miko Peled, The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. 2012.
Jacqueline Rose, The Last Resistance, 2007.
Lilian Rosengarten, Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Boat to Gaza, 2015.
A scholarly journal focusing on broad aspects of the Palestinian situation, published by the Institute for Palestine Studies:
Health in Palestine comprehensively discussed in the British medical journal, Lancet
Mental health needs and services in Palestine summarized
Jabr,S., Morse, M., El Sarraj,W., Awidi, B. (2013). Mental health in Palestine: Country Report. Arab Journal of Psychiatry, 24 (2), 174-178.
Three key researchers in the field of mental health and well-being in Palestine:
The late Eyad El Sarraj and his group at the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme articles:
Brian Barber and his colleagues, “Mental Suffering in Protracted Political Conflict: Feeling Broken or Destroyed” and The Situation in Gaza: an interview with Brian Barber
The psychiatrist Samah Jabr, based in East Jerusalem, has co-authored with USA-Palestine Mental Health Steering Committee member Elizabeth Berger a number of professional publications. Some of these are:
“The survival and well-being of the Palestinian people under occupation” in H. Tilouine & R. Estes (Eds.) The State of Social Progress in Islamic Societies: Social, Economic, Political, and Ideological Challenges (Springer, 2016)
“The trauma of humiliation in the occupied Palestinian territory,” (2017) in The Arab Journal of Psychiatry
Samah Jabr and Elizabeth Berger with additional co-authors Michael Morse and Bushra Awidi, “Mental health care in Palestine: Barriers to excellence in The Washington Psychiatrist (2014, Spring)
In 2016, an issue of a scholarly journal of particular interest to mental health workers, the Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, was devoted to the theme of Israel/Palestine. The publisher of the Journal, Palgrave, has kindly permitted us to publish the following “read only” links to the articles in this special issue:
Stephen Frosh, the editor of this issue, “Introduction to special issue on ‘Acknowledgment and accountability in the Israel-Palestinian conflict”
Jessica Benjamin, “Non-violence as respect for all suffering: thoughts inspired by Eyad El Sarraj”
Samah Jabr and Elizabeth Berger, “An occupied state of mind: clinical transference and countertransference across the Israeli/Palestinian divide”
Fakhry Davids, “Psychoanalysis and Palestine-Israel: A personal angle”
Nancy Caro Hollander, “Trauma as identity: Accountability in the ‘intractable conflict’”
Lara Sheehi and Stephen Sheehi, “Enactments of otherness and searching for a third space in the Palestine-Israel Matrix”
From the prolific activist Ruchama Marton, “Human rights violations during Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip: 27 December 2008 to 19 January 2009” in Global Public Health
Two articles from the psychoanalyst Martin Kemp, Steering Committee member of the UK-Palestine Mental Health Network:
(2011). Dehumanization, guilt and large group dynamics with reference to the west, Israel and the Palestinians. British Journal of Psychotherapy. 27. 383-405
(2015). Collusion as a defense against guilt: Further notes on the West’s relationship with Israel and the Palestinians. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies. 12. 192-222
A sampling of additional journal articles on mental health in Palestine:
Abdel Hamid Afana, “A Model for Community Care in Gaza: Conclusions drawn form a community-based approach to mental Health Care in Gaza,” Palestine-Israel Journal, 2003; Vol 10, No.4.
Lena Maeri, Sumud: A Palestinian Philosophy of Confrontation in Colonial Prisons. In South Atlantic Quarterly, Summer 2014.
Amer Shehadeh, Gerrit Loots, Johan Vanderfaeillie and Ilse Derluyn, “The Impact of Men’s Detention on the Psychological Wellbeing of Palestinian Women,” Mental Health in Family Medicine, 2016; 12:200-204.
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, “Childhood: A Universalist Perspective for How Israel is using Child Arrest and Detention to Further its Colonial Settler Project,” International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 2015; 12-3: 223-244.
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS AND OPINION PIECES:
Reflections from Gaza by mental health clinician Wasseem El Sarraj:
——“Fathers and Sons in Gaza,” The New Yorker, July 26, 2014.
An opinion piece by USA-Palestine Mental Health Network Steering Committee member Rebecca Fadil, Praise for Mandela’s South Africa but silence for Palestine, pages 4-8
Essays by mental health clinicians:
Khouri, Lama, “The First Hundred Days: Indefensible”
Ruchama Marton, “Forced Existence,” Mondoweiss, December 21, 2016.
Seikaly, Razan, “Trauma and Identity Development: A Palestinian American Experience,”
Web postings exploring the distinctions between anti-Semitism, anti-Jewish racism, and anti-Israel activism:
“Engaging Critics of BDS“Quaker Palestine Israel Network
ONLINE FILMS, VIDEOS, AND DOCUMENTARIES:
Born Equal, testimonies from families living under occupation
Censored Voices, a film trailer
They Do Not Exist, a film by Mustafa Abu Ali
Ruchama Marton interviewed
Women in Palestine, an interview with Samah Jabr directed by Alexandra Dols
The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the US, Narrated by Roger Waters
Short video on Israel / Palestine by the organization Jewish Voice for Peace
To purchase the documentary “Occupation 101”
This list offers only a brief sampling of the many organizations involved in furthering human rights for Palestinians. There is often overlap between activism, research, news reportage, and the provision of direct services and many organizations have multiple missions:
Activist organizations based in the USA or internationally with branches in the USA:
Organizations involved in provision of both advocacy and direct services in Palestine:
United Nations Relief and Works Agency USA
International organization providing mental health training and consultation in Palestine:
Israeli organization providing soldiers an opportunity to talk about the occupation:
Palestinian organization providing LGBT advocacy and services:
Information-oriented organizations providing facts for journalists, scholars, researchers, and the public: