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From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine Paperback – Feb 1 2001


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  • Paperback: 601 pages
  • Publisher: JKAP Publications (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963624202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963624208
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 14.2 x 18.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "belize042" on Dec 12 2002
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Creekmore on Aug. 13 2002
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Of all the books I have read on the subject, this book is the best researched and factual account of the history of Palastine and the problems arising from the return of the Jewish people to their homeland. This book is "must" reading for all those who are genuinely interested in an unbiased account of the historical facts. The author has spent many years and much effort in bringing an unbiased view of the true story of the Israeli-Palastinian "problem".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Perez on April 9 2002
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This book was recommended to me to help understand the madness of the Middle East. Interestingly enough I browsed through the reviews prior to purchasing the book. It was interesting to see how the ratings and comments where on opposite sides of the rating scales (i.e. one star or 5 five stars).... So I was captivated to read this book.
Everyone interested in finding out the history of this conflict shoud read this book - regardless of ideology and stance.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen on Oct. 9 2001
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Peters spent 7 years searching Arab, United Nations, League of Nations, British, French, Israeli, Turkish and Ottoman and other records. This book, with more than 1,800 citations, should be required reading for every Middle East reporter.
Peters shows that for 70 years before Israel's independence, there was considerable Arab immigration INTO Palestine--a history confirmed among others by Arieh Avneri's pre-Peters book, Claim of Dispossession: Jewish Land Settlement and the Arabs 1878-1948. This began in 1878, when Jewish settlers joined tens of thousands of Jews whose families lived in Palestine for two millennia after it was sacked by the Romans in 70 AD.
She shows at length that while Palestine was later conquered by a long parade of others--including Muslims, Crusaders, Saracens, and finally the Ottoman Empire--none ever drove the Jews out completely.
Peters provides documentation by many non-Jewish 19th century travelers, including Mark Twain (Innocents Abroad) and French and British envoys, of a desolate Palestine, whose small population included long-established Jewish communities in Jerusalem, Safed, Nablus, Jericho and other towns. In the 1870s, Jewish settlers from the Middle East and Europe began joining their co-religionists in Palestine. Arab immigration increased as Jewish development raised economic conditions far above those of neighboring Arab countries. Jewish farmers bought land at above-market prices from absentee effendi landlords in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere, employing both Arabs and Jews. Arabs also came for jobs in the government and building the railroads, roads and Haifa port.
Peters also notes a long history of Arab aggression against Israel, and before that, Jews.
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The book "From time Immemorial" by Joan Peters is a very insight evalation of the Middle East conflict.
It descibes the differences between the Jewish and Arabic claim of ownership of what nowadays is called
"Palestine" She has done much research of the history of the disputed real state what is now called by its historical
name "Israel". She comes to the final conclusion that the Jewish people indeed have the oldest claims of ownership,
from times immemorial. She comes with facts and figures, which are very hard to be disputed.
It is therefore recommend reading,
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By H. Newman on Jan. 12 2002
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This is the best book on the middle east crisis bar none. It is concise and factual and written from a completely impartial prospective. If you read nothing else on the Israeli/Arab conflict please read this book.
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