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A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East told through pivotal events and family historyIn 1899 Yusuf Diya al Khalidi mayor of Jerusalem alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement He warned of the perils ahead ending his note “in the name of God let Palestine be left alone” Thus Rashid Khalidi al Khalidi’s great great nephew begins this sweeping h. Once a person starts reading about the Palestine conflict they can never un see Israel and USA's stance on this issue It is mind boggling how this matter has been mishandled misrepresented and ignored for than a century now And one can never go back to seeing Jews as only victims of another mind boggling genocide Truly a heart wrenching and deeply insightful book

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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance 1917 2017S the great powers of the age He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948 from Israel’s 1982 invation of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process Original authoritative and important The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides In reevaluting the forces arrayed against the Palestinians it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this d. This an extremely thorough and concise history of the ongoing colonisation of Palestine I would highly recommend it to all readers as it is simultaneously accessible to newcomers and enlightening for those familiar with the subjectAt first I was a bit skeptical of Khalidi's focus on his own family one of the most important families of mandate era Palestine thinking that this was going to be a navel gazing and horn trumpeting history through the lens of his family ego I was happily proven wrong and fairly uickly His use of his own family history only adds a dimension that is often missing from history books on this subject especially when written by non Palestinians and overly reliant on Israeli source material His personal connection to the history is littered throughout the book as he was a negotiator during the 1991 so called Peace Process and was living in Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion Regardless he is never overly reliant on the personal to tell this story as the book is replete with sources both primary and secondary and across the temporal spectrumThis leads me to another praise of this book its bibliography Not only does this book concisely unravel the complicated knot of history that is the last 100 years of Palestine but it also leaves us with a library of books articles and films to go to when the book is done and we are left wanting depth nuance and understanding We do not desire this because the book is lacking but rather because this book sets the stage so well for the reader to go deeper That is what is invaluable about this bookOverall I was deeply impressed by Khalidi's ability to somehow tell the story of the ongoing colonisation of Palestine with nuance and depth in only 250 pages though let's not forget the 50 pages of footnotes this being my one criticism of the book why not just make the main text a little longer in an accessible way that doesn't dumb down or oversimplify the complexity of the history leaving both the new and seasoned with something to write home about

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review The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler-Colonial Conquest and Resistance, 1917-2017 103 È A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East told through pivotal events and familIstory the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspectiveDrawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members mayors judges scholars diplomats and journalists The Hundred Years' War on Palestine upends accepted interpretations of the conflict which tend at best to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory Instead Khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel but backed by Britain and the United State. Comprehensive accessible and clear Even if you're already down with the cause this provides a lot of context and I appreciated the author's personal insights wherever they appeared I wish I could've read this years ago