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Books & Documentaries about
Nonviolence, Healing Trauma, and the Conflict in the Holy Land
Top General Books / Resources on Nonviolence
- Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice And 21st Century Potential (Gene Sharp)-Author Gene Sharp, who has worked for over fifty years in the field of non-violence, lays out how non-violence has been utilized all over the world by means of resistance, and how such non-violent strategies can be applied in various situations.
- Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life (Marshall B. Rosenberg)-In Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, Marshall Rosenberg provides readers with the language and and methods needed for both individuals and communities to resolve conflicts non-violently.
- Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence (Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb)-Targeting everyone- from families to nations- this book outlines what the Torah says about nonviolence and peace, and how such ancient teachings are applicable to modern day issues.
- Nonviolence and Peacebuilding in Islam: Theory and Practice (Mohammed Abu-Nimer)-“Written by a Muslim scholar, lecturer, and trainer in conflict resolution, this book examines the largely unexplored theme of nonviolence and peacebuilding in Islamic religion, tradition, and culture.”
- Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Erica Chenoweth & Maria J. Stephan)-By looking at countries such as Burma, the Palestinian territories, Iran, and the Philippines, Gene Sharp analyzes how different people groups under different forms of government have used nonviolence as a way to bring justice.
- The Methods of Nonviolent Actions (Gene Sharp)-Gene Sharp looks at one hundred and ninety eight ways and methods to use nonviolence. Using real life and historic examples, as well as case studies, Sharp articulates the benefits of using nonviolent strategies to solve conflicts.
- The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action (Gene Sharp)-As a leader in the field of nonviolence, Gene Sharp gives readers who do not have extensive knowledge on nonviolence a tool that explains what nonviolence is, why it should be used, and how to use it.
Top General Books / Resources on Collective Trauma
- Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster (Jack Saul)-The purpose of this book is to help individuals act in response to large scale collective traumas.
- Sociodrama and Collective Trauma (Peter Felix Kellermann)-Sociodrama and Collective Trauma not only provides readers with methods on how to deal with collective traumas, but also illuminates the psychological and long-term damages that collective trauma can create.
- Healing Collective Trauma Using Sociodrama and Drama Therapy (Eva Leveton)-In her book, Eva Leveton explores how collective trauma affects different cultures- including Asian, American, African, and European. She also explains how to address collective traumas when it affects both large and small groups.
- Collective Traumas: Memories of War and Conflict in 20th-century Europe (Conny Mithander, John Sundholm)-This book look closely at how collective trauma impacted Europe in the 20th century. It also looks at the various methods that communities used to deal with this trauma, and suggests ways for readers to address collective trauma in the modern day.
- Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (Jeffrey C. Alexander, Ron Eyerman, Bernard Giesen, Neil J. Smelse, Piotr Sztompka)-Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity observes how different cultural and social groups deal with emotions, and how they the develop ‘social responsibility’. By looking at events in history that created intense cultural traumas, the authors explain to readers how traumas have been dealt with in the past, as well as how traumas can be dealt with in the future.
- Cultures under Siege: Collective Violence and Trauma: Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology (Antonius C. G. M. Robben, Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco-- Editors)-“How do people come to terms with these tragic events? This groundbreaking collection of essays by anthropologists, psychologists and psychoanalysts, drawing on field research in many different parts of the world, profits from an interdisciplinary dialogue. Providing provocative, at times deeply troubling, insights into the darker side of humanity, it also proposes new ways of understanding the terrible things that people are capable of doing to each other.” --http://www.cambridge.org/
Top General Resources / Resources on Conflict Resolution
- The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution (Dudley Weeks)-In his book, The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution, Dudley Weeks illustrates how conflicts, when dealt with correctly, can turn into substantial partnerships and friendships.
- Contemporary Conflict Resolution (Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, & Hugh Miall)-Authors Oliver Ramsbotham, Tom Woodhouse, and Hugh Miall present a variety of ways to address and initiate the process peacemaking by explaining the history of the field of conflict resolution, and highlighting how historic and modern societies have both dealt with conflict positively and negatively.
- The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide (Bernard Mayer)-This book explains the reasons and processes behind the formation of practices used and applied by professional conflict resolutionists.
- Bridging Cultural Conflicts (Michelle LeBaron)-Michelle LeBaron skillfully articulates the added complications that occur when different clash in conflict. Her book focus on and outlines the language and methods needed to resolve such conflicts.
- The Joy of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains and Heroes in the Workplace and at Home (Gary Harper)-Written by conflict resolution expert, Gary Harper, this book chronicles the reasons behind why conflicts arise so often, as well as various methods by which readers can confront them.
- The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Ken Sande)-Drawing strongly from Jesus’s call for his followers to be peacemakers, this book presents its audiences with conflict resolution methods that will not just cease the fighting, but also create peaceful relations between the parties of the conflict.
Basic Understandings for Understanding the Conflict
- A History of the Arab Israeli Conflict (Ian J. Bickerton & Carla L. Klausner)-In A History of the Arab Israeli Conflict, readers are given an unbiased, well-rounded, and easy to understand history on the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as detailed explanation behind the major events that have contributed to the conflict.
- The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Sandy Tolan)-In the form of a story, Sandy Tolan articulates the Palestinian-Israeli conflict while ‘humanizing’ both sides and creating a sense of hope.
- A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, Healing, and the Struggle for Justice in Israel and Palestine (Mark Braverman)-Mark Braverman illustrates and explains the history of the ‘Holy Land War’, and gives readers insight into the causes and potential solutions to the conflict.
- A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples (Ilan Pappe)-Tracing the history of Palestine from the Ottoman Empire to the present day, A History of Modern Palestine offers readers who desire to know about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a clear and balanced understanding.
- The Yellow Wind (David Grossman)-“Invaluable. It should be available alongside the road maps at Ben Gurion Airport, for it is a map of the psychological distances that now separate not only occupier and occupied, but willing from unwilling conquerors.” – The Wall Street Journal
- The Skeptic’s Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers (Dale Hanson Bourke)-A perfect book for individuals who do not have extensive knowledge on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but want to learn more. This book presents a clear and detailed account of the conflict in its entirety.
History of the Conflict
- The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Contested Histories (Neil Chaplin)-In this book, Neil Chaplin explains how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came to be, why it is still going on, and the various issues that have surrounded the land and its people for the last 130 years.
- My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (Ari Shavit)-Through the utilization of numerous resources (including interviews, private accounts, and documents) Ari Shavit explains the “Zionist Century”, and how it has deeply effected every person and people group living in the Holy Land.
- Righteous Victims (Benny Morris)-Righteous Victims is an historic recounting of the history of the Arabs and the Jews, and their fight to claim the land that is now modern day Israel.
- Jerusalem! (Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre)-In this book, authors Collins and Lapierre focus their writings on the city of Jerusalem. Throughout the novel, they combine the stories of the Arabs, Jews, and the British, giving readers a clear and thorough insight on the conflicts that have surrounded Jerusalem for years.
- The Israelis: Founders and Sons (Amos Elon)-The Israelis: Founders and Sons is an, “...account of the many historic and cultural forces that led to the founding of the state of Israel, and an exploration of the problems of identity that the sons of the modern Israel face-- racial, religious, and political.”-- http://www.goodreads.com/
- Blood Brothers (Elias Chacour)-The question, “Can reconciliation occur between old enemies?”, is a question that is heavily regarded in Elias Chacour’s novel Blood Brothers. In the book he paints a picture of both his personal story and the path that he took towards forgiveness and reconciliation, while still describing the history of how the Palestinian-Israeli conflict came to be.
- The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Ilan Pappe)-Proposing that from the start of the formation of Israel, there was a plan to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians from the region, Ilan Pope provides a clear and detailed history of both the history of the Palestinians and the Israelis, as well as the land.
Resolving the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
- Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid (Jimmy Carter)-Ex-President Jimmy Carter theorizes and explains that Israel’s ongoing colonization of Holy Land has hindered and in some ways disabled the Middle Eastern peace process. As the title suggests, the book argues that peace can only come when all forms of apartheid have been dissolved.
- We Belong to the Land (Elias Chacour & Mary E. Jensen)-Written by a Palestinian priest, We Belong to the Land explains his journey to bring together Christians, Israeli Jews, and Muslims, including through the construction of children’s summer camps that aim to help the youngest generations grow up with a desire to know the ‘other’.
- Israeli and Palestinian Identities and Dialogues: The School for Peace Approach (Rabah Halabi)-This book, which was produced by the School of Peace, is a collection of essays that aim to teach young Palestinians and Israelis about conflict resolution and using dialogue as a way to defuse hatred.
- The Much to Promised Land (Aaron David Miller)-The Much to Promised Land takes a look at how politicians and national leaders have attempted to, and are currently attempting to bring peace to the Holy Land. The book contains recounts of political events, personal stories, and interviews with political activists, presidents, and people of influence.
- One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict (Benny Morris)-Benny Morris lays out the principles of the Palestinian National Movement and the Israeli Zionist Movement and how each has contributed to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. He also addresses the issues surrounding the one state and two state solutions, as well as the possibility of diffusing the conflict through compromise.
- Healing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Peace and Reconciliation (Rabbi Michael Lerner)-Asserting that peace can be possible when individuals begin to see themselves as both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian, Rabbi Lerner lays out a plan for a peace settlement in the Holy Land, and argues that re-humanizing ‘the other’ is essential in establishing peace.
Religion and Theory
- I am a Palestinian Christian (Mitri Raheb)-Mitri Raheb, who is a pastor at a church in Bethlehem, explains the history of Christianity in Palestine, as well as its interaction with Judaism and Islam.
- Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land (Mark Braverman)-In his book, Mark Braverman illustrates how the measures that need to be met in order to bring peace to the Holy Land have been hindered by the Christian desire to ‘make-up’ for years of practicing anti-semitism, as well as the Jewish grasp for power and protection.
- Christian Zionism: Road-map to Armageddon? (Stephan Sizer)-Christian Zionism by Stephan Sizer traces the history, theology, politics, and different forms that Zionism has taken within Christianity.
- Whose Land? Whose Promise? (Gary Burge)-Gary Burge’s book, Whose Land? Whose Promise?, address and discusses the questions that weigh heavy on the hearts of many Western Christians, such as “How do I celebrate the birth of this nation Israel when I also mourn the suffering of Arab Christians who are equally my brothers and sisters in Christ?”.
- The Land Cries Out (Salim J. Munayer & Lisa Loden)-In their book The Land Cries Out, Salim Munayer and Lisa Loden analyze the various issues that surround the Holy Land through utilizing the outlooks held by scholars of both Messianic Jewish and Palestinian Christian backgrounds.
- Bethlehem Caught in the Crossfire (produced by Kensington Church, Detroit)-“This 23-minute video highlights the struggles and hopes of the Palestinian Christian community.”-- Lynne Hybels
- Our Land (produced by Anna Medearis)-“Our Land tells the stories of four people from different faith backgrounds who find common ground in pursuing forgiveness in the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict.”-- withinbrokenborders.com