Field: Palestine and Zionism
Title: A History of Palestinian Resistance
Publication: Al-Aqsa Publishers 2005
ISBN: 0-9536530-3-x
Rating: aaa
Level: Intermediate
Reviewed by: Safwan

The author has successfully presented the whole complicated history in a simple and understandable manner. The book is however, he stressed, mainly written for students studying history. It recounts the incident from as early as 1880's, when the World Zionist Organisation was founded to the Hebron Protocol in 1990's.

An example of how Zionists struggled to attain the support of World Powers was clearly depicted through the first part of the book. How years after years, and pressures upon pressures, their pursuit of a new 'homeland' in Palestine culminated in British's willingness to help.

The book gives an overview of how the Palestinians didn't just sit and watch while their lands and homes were being taken by the newcomers. As early as March 1886, even before the establishment of World Zionist Organisation, the Farmers of Mullabis stood against the occupation. The resistance got a new wave especially after the Buraq Uprising in 1929 and the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe).

Among the political actions are efforts made by Higher Arab Council, Fateh, and Palestinian Liberation Organisation. The book also highlights events that seem to have been increasingly forgotten by many- Phony War, Battle of Karamah, and Sabra Shatila massacres.

Another effort to make known to the world not only the Palestinians' sufferings, but the Palestine Question in a comprehensive overview.


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