Israel Books


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The Creation of Israel

By Linda Jacobs Altman
In 1947, the State of Israel was carved out of the ancient land of Palestine. Created as a homeland for the Jews fleeing war and persecution in Europe, Israel is viewed as a sanctuary by its inhabitants and an aberration by its Arab neighbors.

The Creation of Israel provides a historical overview of the treatment of Jews and discusses the role of various individuals and specific events in leading to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

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Israel :
The Land

(Lands, Peoples & Cultures)
Readers will enjoy reading about this ancient land, its unique landscape, and modern personality. A section on archaeology describes great discoveries.

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Israel :
The People

(Lands, Peoples & Cultures)
The importance of religion, school, work, and the family to Jews, Muslims, and Bedouin are explained using lively photos and text.

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Israel :
The Culture

(Lands, Peoples & Cultures)
Millions of people throughout the world look to Israel as a center of faith. This book celebrates Israel's art, music, dance, literature, and clothing.

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Life on an Israeli Kibbutz
A well-researched summary of the history and development of the kibbutz. Altman traces its roots in the yearnings of a persecuted people in pogrom-ridden Russia to the sophistication of today's communities and enterprises, including the social, psychological, and educational results of kibbutz philosophy and living. Although divided into six brief chapters and subdivided into paragraphs with topical headings, this well-organized investigation is replete with anecdotes and quotes from books by such well-known sociologists, journalists, and psychologists as Melford E. Spiro, David Shipler, and Bruno Bettelheim. Black-and-white photographs illustrate the text. The book will provide new insights even for those who diligently follow Israeli events, for as peace is accomplished, new information about the past comes forward.

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Altman covers the history, development, and politics of kibbutzim, including firsthand accounts of their founders and residents. Also discussed are relations with Arab neighbors and changes in the kibbutz system today. The text is informative and well written, and the notes and list of sources are helpful.

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Jerusalem Mosaic:
Young Voices from the Holy City

By I. E. Mozeson
Beyond folktales and Bible stories, there are few books for YAs about the people of the Middle East. These 36 lively monologues, based on interviews with teenagers living in Jerusalem today, include a wide range of contemporary voices, Jew and Arab, Muslem and Christian. Whether moderate or fanatic, naive or sophisticated, they speak loudly and clearly. Nearly all of them love their city and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. They are candid and passionate about politics, family, religion, love, work, and war. Except for a brief historical overview, the authors offer no analysis. A few lines of introduction to each speaker would have been helpful, especially since the arrangement is simply alphabetical by first name. However, the very randomness of the order dramatizes the differences and connections among these people who live so closely together. Readers will see the diversity not only between ethnic groups, but also within each group; the closer you get, the more individuals defy stereotype. In many ways, the religious Muslims, Jews, and Christians have more in common with one another than with the atheists of their own ethnic groups. One Jewish speaker rants against the Orthodox Jews and Muslems ("This G-d thing certainly makes the Arabs crazy, too. What the hell do they want?"). Then a religious Jew speaks about his way of life (including his arranged marriage at 16) and about his belief that "secular culture is the Hitler of our time." The monologues lend themselves to reader's theater and are sure to spark lively debate.

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West Bank/Gaza Strip

By Rebecca Stefoff
The West Bank and Gaza Strip, both of which lie within the borders of the modern state of Israel, have been a subject of controversy for more than four decades. Palestinians feel that Israel should relinquish this part of their land, while the people of Israel feel this would leave them open to attack. There is some hope this volatile situation can be resolved.

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Israel
(Countries and Cultures)

By Tracey Boraas
Countries and Cultures books explore each nation in detail, including its climate, landforms, wildlife, history, government, economics, people, and traditions. Additional features include maps, sidebars explaining the country's money and national symbols (including the flag and seal), a time line of history, and even a traditional recipe. Come discover the world!

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Understanding Israel

By Sol Scharfstein
A full color, story of ancient and modern State of Israel.

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This glossy, oversized volume provides a highly pictorial overview of the modern state from its beginnings in Palestine up to the present. Scharfstein describes the land and peoples of Israel, its history, government, culture, economy, archaeology, and religion. The country's role in the politics, powerplays, and wars of the Middle East are also summarized. The author explains why, after so many years of negotiations, the Arab countries are now willing to sign peace agreements. The writing is straightforward with brief declarative sentences and from one to two pages devoted to a topic. Maps, diagrams, and full-color and black-and-white photos and reproductions appear throughout. This publisher formerly published Amos Elon's Understanding Israel (1976), and Scharfstein's book appears to be an adaptation and update of it. David Bamberger's A Young Person's History of Israel (1985; both Behrman) is for slightly older audiences. It is written in a flowing narrative that discusses, rather than outlines, the topics and editorializes more than this book, which strives to be objective.

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Israel
(True BooksGeography: Countries)
Surveys the history, government, people, culture, and economy of Israel.

Jerusalem and the Holy Land: Chronicles from National Geographic

By Fred L. Israel
Articles from National Geographic present an account of Muslim village life, the travel impressions of a British historian, and a description of the Passover celebration of a small group of Orthodox Jews known as Samaritans.

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