A Resource Guide: The Palestinian Arab-Israeli Conflict

Jun 7, 2016 by

A Resource Guide: The Palestinian Arab-Israeli Conflict

Alex Grobman, Ph.D.

For those with little or no background about the Palestinian Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to understand the nature of the dispute and why it remains unresolved can be quite daunting. Arab success in manipulating the media against Israel has added to the confusion.

The media is being used to erode support for Israel by promoting “disproportionate and unsubstantiated allegations of human rights violations, war crimes and racism,” asserts Gerald M. Steinberg, the founder and president of NGO Monitor, that documents questionable funding and actions of many NGO’s(non-governmental organization) which support Israel-based reporters.

This guide provides resources to place the conflict in perspective.

Primary Websites

CAMERA:  The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America is a media-monitoring, research and membership organization devoted to promoting accurate and balanced coverage of Israel and the Middle East. CAMERA fosters rigorous reporting, while educating news consumers about Middle East issues and the role of the media. Because public opinion ultimately shapes public policy, distorted news coverage that misleads the public can be detrimental to sound policymaking. A non-partisan organization, CAMERA takes no position with regard to American or Israeli political issues or with regard to ultimate solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

HonestReporting.com:monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It also facilitates accurate reporting for foreign journalists covering the region. HonestReporting is not aligned with any government or political party or movement.

Jewish Policy Center: provides timely perspectives and analysis of foreign and domestic policies by leading scholars, academics, and commentators.

The JPC passionately supports a strong American defense capability, U.S.-Israel security cooperation, and missile defense. We support Israel in its quest for legitimacy and security.

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs:a leading independent research institute specializing in public diplomacy and foreign policy. The Center has produced hundreds of studies and initiatives by leading experts on a wide range of strategic topics. Dr. Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, has headed the Jerusalem Center since 2000.

Jewish Virtual Library: The Jewish Virtual Library is the most comprehensive online Jewish encyclopedia in the world, covering everything from antisemitism to Zionism.

JTA-Jewish Telegraphic Agency: a global source of breaking news and analysis on issues of Jewish interest and concern.

IMRAan extensive digest of media, polls, and significant interviews and events.

Israel National News: an Israeli media network identifying with Religious Zionism.

 ISRAEL21c: a non-partisan, nonprofit organization and the publisher of an English-language online news magazine recognized as a diverse and reliable source of news and information about 21st century Israel.

The website offers a vast resource of more than 10,000 originally researched and produced articles, videos, images and blogs by some of Israel’s leading journalists, uncovering the country’s diverse culture, innovative spirit, wide-ranging contributions to humanity, and democratic civil society.

Lawfare Project: a nonprofit legal think tank based in New York City that mobilizes public officials, media, jurists and legal experts to counter the international lawfare phenomenon: the abuse of the law as a weapon of war against Western democracy.

Proclaiming Justice to The Nations: educates media professionals, Christian leaders and Christians around the world about the biblical responsibilities to act against the “new anti-Semitism.”

The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA): a non-profit, non-partisan organization to advocate on behalf of a strong U.S. military, a robust national security policy, and a strong U.S. security relationship with Israel and other like-minded allies. JINSA’s mandate is to:  Provide leadership and affect policy on crucial issues of national security and foreign policy;   Promote American security cooperation with like-minded allies including, but not limited to, Israel; Engage the American defense community about the role Israel can and does play in securing Western, democratic interests in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions; and Improve awareness in the general public, as well as in the Jewish community of the importance of a strong American defense capability.

Middle East Forum:  In the Middle East, they focus on ways to defeat radical Islam; work for Palestinian acceptance of Israel; develop strategies to contain Iran; and deal with the great advances of anarchy.

At home, the Forum emphasizes the danger of lawful Islamism; protects the freedoms of anti-Islamist authors, activists, and publishers; and works to improve Middle East studies.

Myths and Facts:The organization is devoted to research and publication of insightful subject matters regarding global U.S. interests, including the promotion of Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights, particularly in the Middle East. The objective being to provide policymakers, national leadership, the media and the public-at-large with information and viewpoints that are founded on factual and reliable content.

NGO Monitor: provides information and analysis, promotes accountability, and supports discussion on the reports and activities of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) claiming to advance human rights and humanitarian agendas.

Scholars For Peace In the Middle EastScholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME): a not-for-profit  grass-roots community of scholars who have united to promote honest, fact-based, and civil discourse, especially in regard to Middle East issues. We believe that ethnic, national, and religious hatreds, including anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism, have no place in our institutions, disciplines, and communities. We employ academic means to address these issues.

Shurat HaDin is at the forefront of fighting terrorism and safeguarding Jewish rights worldwide. They are dedicated to the protection of the State of Israel. From defending against lawfare suits fighting academic and economic boycotts and challenging those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish State, Shurat HaDin utilizes court systems around the world to go on the legal offensive against Israel’s enemies.

The Daily Alert of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations:a digest of news and commentary about Israel and the Middle East, published … Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

The Israel Project: a non-partisan American educational organization dedicated to informing the media and public conversation about Israel and the Middle East.A one-stop source for detailed and accurate information, TIP provides facts to press, policymakers and the public on issues affecting Israel and the Middle East, the Jewish people and America’s interests in the Middle East.

The Palestinian Media Watch (PMW):an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI):  a not for profit press monitoring and analysis organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. MEMRI publishes and distributes free English language translations of Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Pashto, and Turkish media reports

Unity Coalition for Israel: has convened an alliance of Christian and Jewish organizations actively working together to generate support for the State of Israel.






Gatestone Institute

Israel Hayom

Israel National News

Jewish Voice and Opinion

Jerusalem Post


Tablet magazine

The Investigative Project on Terrorism

The Jewish Press

The Times of Israel




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Chesler, Phyllis. Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015 (Gefen Publishing House: Jerusalem, Israel, 2015).

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Cravatts, Richard L.  Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & JewsCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2012.

Dershowitz, Alan. The Case For Israel. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.

______________. The Case For Moral Clarity. Boston, Massachusetts: CAMERA, 2009.

Fernández-Morera, Dario. The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain. Wilmington, Delaware:  Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2016.

Fletcher, Jim.  It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine): How to stop worrying and learn to love these End Times.Christian Life, 2009.

Gilbert, Lela. Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner. New York: Encounter Books, 2012.

Gilder, George. The Israel Test. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Richard Vigilante Books, 2009.

Glick, Caroline B. The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East. New York: Crown Forum, 2014.

Grobman, Alex. BDS, The Movement To Destroy Israel. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: San Remo Press, 2015.

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Griffin, Bryan, with Herbert London and Jed Babbin contributors. The Encyclopedia of Militant Islam. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.

Harkabi, Y. The Palestinian Covenant and its Meaning. Totowa, N.J.: Vallentine, Mitchell and Company, LTD, 1979.

Hazony, Yoram. The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

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Heschel, Abraham Joshua. Israel: An Echo of Eternity. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969.

Hoffman, Bruce. Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

Husain, Ed. The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left.  New York: Penguin Books, 2007.

Ibrahim, Raymond.  Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians. Washington, D.C. Regnery Publishing, 2013.

Karsh, Efraim.  Palestine Betrayed. New Haven. Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2010.

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__________. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. New York: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Kotek, Joel. Cartoons and Extremism Cartoons and the Jews in Arab and Western Media. Portland, Oregon Vallentine Mitchell, 2008.

Kramer, Martin. Ivory Towers on Sand: The Failure of Middle Eastern Studies in America. Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2001.

Landes, Richard and Steven Katz. The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.(New York: NYU Press, 2011).

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Laqueur, Walter.The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Lewis, Bernard.  Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1999.

Levin, Kenneth. The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People Under Siege. Hanover, New Hampshire. Smith and Kraus Global, 2005.

Marshall, Paul, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea. Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2013.

O’Brien, Conner Cruise. The Siege: The Saga of Israel and Zionism. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.

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______________.  Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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———————. Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred.  New York: Schocken Books, 1991.

Ye’or, Bat. Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005.

________. Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide. Madison, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2002.

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Elder of Ziyon,http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com

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J.E. Dyer, Liberty Unyielding http://libertyunyielding.com/author/rightbrain/

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Richard Landes,Augean Stableshttp://www.theaugeanstables.com/

Simon Plosker, http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/simon-plosker/

Yisrael Medad,www.myrightword.blogspot.com

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UN Watch, http://www.unwatch.org/en/


Balfour Declaration 1917


The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement 18 August 1988 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hamas.asp

Declaration of Israel’s Independence May 14, 1948


The Palestinian National Charter: Resolutions of the Palestine National Council July 1-17, 1968 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/plocov.asp

San Remo Resolution April 25, 1920




Alex Grobman, a Hebrew University-trained historian, has written three new books on Israel: BDS: The Movement to Destroy Israel; Erosion: Undermining Israel through Lies and Deception; and Cultivating Canaan: Who Owns the Holy Land?

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