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From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine Paperback – Apr 1993


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  • Paperback: 601 pages
  • Publisher: J K a P Pubns (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963624202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963624208
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...will change the mind of our generation. If understood, it could also affect the history of the future." -- New Republic

"A remarkable document in itself. . . . The refugees are not the problem but the excuse." -- Washington Post Book World

"Contains much valuable information...deserving the attention of anyone seriously concerned with the Palestinian problem." -- S.D. Goitein, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"This book is a historical event in itself..." -- Barbara Tuchman

About the Author

Joan Peters has written and lectured widely on the Middle East, Central America, and the Soviet Union. She has contributed to Harper's, Commentary, The New Republic, The New Leader, and other periodicals, and has served as White House consultant on the Middle East.

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It was not until this book was well under way that I reluctantly confronted the historical factors underlying the "Palestinian problem." Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "belize042" on Dec 12 2002
Format: Paperback
Exhaustively researched and footnoted, Peters' book explodes numerous myths about the Middle East, past and present. Those facts about the Arab-Jewish conflict that "everyone knows?" Most of them are false.
Although thorough to a fault, the book is far from a chore to read. It's as hard to put down as some good novels, actually. And for those seeking more, the lengthy footnotes and bibliography provide an enormous wealth of resources.
Truly, you don't know enough about the conflict, which rages to this day, until you've read this book. It's that essential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 21 2003
Format: Paperback
There is fascinating research and original source material here that the author uncovered during several years of research. She claims to have changed her mind after looking into the issue. I believe her. To read this book is to be flooded with an avalanche of facts. Almost 100 pages of footnotes. And the realization that many of those debating the issue of Israel, the Palestinians, and the West Bank ignore much of history. The first casualty of any war is the truth, but the truth is that this book is worth reading for the viewpoint and hard work of the author in bringing some little-known facts to light. I have yet to see a similarly inspired work from the other side - and I've been looking...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 16 2006
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Every effort has been made to discredit this book, by the usual suspects. But the criticism does not disprove the substance of the central thesis of the book. Despite the work's minor flaws, the facts uncovered by the author are unassailable. True, her polemical excursions are sometimes harsh and the book would have benefited from better editing. But ultimately the flaws are mainly of a literary nature.

From Time Immemorial remains a brilliant refutation of media myths and public pereceptions, thoroughly documented and based on verifiable facts provided in almost 200 pages of documentation based on eyewitness reports by historians, scholars, journalists and writers like Mark Twain, interviews with Arabs and Jews, reports in the British archives and official records of the Ottoman Empire. Her discovery that there was massive Arab immigration to the area west of the River Jordan during the period in question still stands.

The book succeeds in dispelling the smog of lies that was created by ideologues and propagandists. Revealed here is the real picture of the demographic history of Israel/Jordan/Palestine. According to the evidence, the area between the Jordan and the Mediterranean was desolate and thinly populated in the latter half of the 19th century.

With the arrival of Jewish immigrants from Europe, opportunities were created that attracted people from East of the Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and Libya, amongst others. The population increase was due to immigration more than natural population growth. Arab numbers grew in direct proportion to the Jewish presence as jobs were created.

Those Arabs that fled in 1948 were Returnees rather than Refugees.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 14 2001
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Though Peters is ruthlessly partisan in her selection of source material, she raises incredibly important questions about the often overlooked issues of Arab in-migration during the British Mandate and rather than merely limiting the focus to just Palestinian refugees, she widens the view to all refugees in the twentieth century and demonstrates that for very political reasons the Arabs of Palestine who were refugees after the 1948 War of Independence were not handled in the same way that nearly every other group was, namely resettlement and assimilation.
Her work has some flaws, to be sure, but nearly every book on this subject that attempts thoughtful analysis is going to suffer to some extent from the author's personal bias. What is remarkable is that she started the book very clearly on one side of the issue and, after her research, she had come a full 180 degrees to the opposite perspective.
I rate it highly because it asks questions no one seems to be addressing and points out facts and observations that no one seems to be talking about....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Noach Zaner on Nov. 15 2001
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Joan Peters has dealt with a topic that many would prefer to ignore...namely "truth". Lies , when told time and time again, appear to be true; but they only APPEAR to be true. Deep down, beneath all the rhetoric, truth can be found if one really searches for it. Ms Peters has done just that. She has dug deep to discover the truth concerning the major issues in the Arab - Israel conflict. Ironically, she set out to bring the Israelis to justice "for their dispicable treatment of the Palestinian refugees" and discovered /learned that this was nothing more than a major "smokescreen" hiding a much greater issue. Her documentation is thorough and one can only wonder why the information, the facts, that she, and so many others have uncovered, are not in circulation in today's political spectrum. Could it be that the world does not want to know the truth? If you are looking for facts, regarding the Arab - Israel conflict, this is the best book out there. However, it may have an adverse effect upon you. You just might find yourself becoming very upset while watching the evening news' coverage of what is taking place in Israel. The media bias is obvious.
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