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Publisher's Summary

This program includes an introduction read by the author.

A landmark history of 100 years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the country had an indigenous people who would not easily accept their own displacement. He warned of the perils ahead, ending his note, “in the name of God, let Palestine be left alone.” Thus Rashid Khalidi, al-Khalidi’s great-great-nephew, begins this sweeping history, the first general account of the conflict told from an explicitly Palestinian perspective. 

Drawing on a wealth of untapped archival materials and the reports of generations of family members - mayors, judges, scholars, diplomats, and journalists - The Hundred Years' War on Palestine upends accepted interpretations of the conflict, which tend, at best, to describe a tragic clash between two peoples with claims to the same territory. Instead, Khalidi traces a hundred years of colonial war on the Palestinians, waged first by the Zionist movement and then Israel, but backed by Britain and the United States, the great powers of the age. He highlights the key episodes in this colonial campaign, from the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the destruction of Palestine in 1948, from Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon to the endless and futile peace process.

Original, authoritative, and important, The Hundred Years' War on Palestine is not a chronicle of victimization, nor does it whitewash the mistakes of Palestinian leaders or deny the emergence of national movements on both sides. In reevaluating the forces arrayed against the Palestinians, it offers an illuminating new view of a conflict that continues to this day.

Cover photograph © Amnon Bar Or--Tal Gazit Architects Ltd

©2020 Rashid Khalidi (P)2020 Macmillan Audio
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Informative and Personal

Recounts in great detail the over century long colonial project carried out by Zionists and their imperial backers to dominate and replace Palestine with a Jewish state

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Thorough and serious scholarly analysis

Hardliner neocons and ideologue Zionists will remain predictably unmoved by Khalidi's masterpiece. Everyone else can expect a thoughtful and meticulous examination of Israel's anachronistic settler-colonial project and a sensitivity to the human and civil rights of both Israelis and Palestinians when venturing into speculative, prescriptive territory regarding a future peace settlement. Highly recommended.

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Biased, out of context, lacking historic insight

The only positive I found is the naaration, which is indeed excellent, personal,... makes you identify with the author's candid pain and disappointment.

Beyond that, the author critically, and repeatedly fails on two aspects:
1. Presenting a balanced view. For example, not mentioning that while 650 thousand Arabs fled Palestine in 1947-1948, more than 800 thousand Jews fled Arab countries. Or elaborating on Jewish atrocities, while downplaying or disregarding the major atrocities carried out by Arabs, such as the 1929 Hebron massacre, or the April 1948 massacre of the Hadassah convoy, among numerous others.

2. Failing to acknowledge that the context for the 1947-48 war, birth of Israel and the Palestinian tragedy, is WW-II. These events took place on the backdrop of a massive shift in world order, borders and population movement, not to mention 10s of millions of deaths, mostly of civilians, indiscriminately bombed and massacred by Germans, Japanese, Russians, British and Americans. In that context, the population exchange of a few hundreds of thousands of Arabs and Jews is nothing more than a footnote. It is incomprehensible that this event still claims lives, and opens daily news around the world, today.

The author claims that the Palestinians were on the receiving end of injustice, but fails to acknowledge two indisputable, historic axioms, along with that claim:
1. People suffer the consequences of their leaders' decisions. The Palestinians' suffering is mainly a result of poor decisions made by their leadership, failing to grasp opportunities, overestimating their strength and support from Arab countries, and turning to violence when events turned sour...only to miserably fail again and worsen their position (...and this pattern is repeated to this day).

2. History is not about justice. If you seek justice for the 600 thousand displaced Palestinians, why not seek justice for 800 thousand Jews expelled from Arab countries? or why not start a few years earlier and seek justice for 6 Million Jews murdered in the Holocaust? or 100 thousand Japanese burned in Hiroshima? or 25 thousand Germans perished in Dresden, or the million Russians starved to death in Leningrad? or for native Americans, for that matter...

The author fails to state that three generations later, the Palestinian tragedy has been amplified sevenfold by their inability to release from the grip of their past and turn to building a furure, as did the Jews, Polish, Russians, Germans, Chinese, ... and every other people that suffered horrifically during first half of the 20th century.

Bottom line, if you want to get a balanced, realistic understanding of the Isreali-Palestinian conflict, with historical context, read a different book, there are plenty to choose from.

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Eye opening... Heart breaking...

Finished the book in 2 days. Couldn't stop listening. very educational! Narration was great and I really enjoyed it.

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fantastic, much needed narrative from palestinians

loved the work, ironically my gripe with physical book (lack of many large hi def images) is a green light for audible listeners to fully enjoy.

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Thoroughly Researched and Evidence-Based, but...

Having only heard the pro-Israeli perspective, and not even knowing about the Palestinian situation, I got this book so that I could understand the history of it, primarily it's origin.

The book was written by someone whose family has a long history in the conflict, usually representing Palestinian interests and government and foreign affairs. It therefore includes personal experience (often in the form of journals, diaries, or first-hand account) in addition to extensive official documentation. This ladder includes government documents, published statements, and other types of reliable and validated evidence.

in addition to listening to the book, I double checked some of the documents, as I had the energy and curiosity to do so. What I found is mostly borne out in the story as well (e.g., the Der Jugenstaat, The Balfour Declaration). I will say that, at least with Der Jugenstaat, the author presented a slightly biased summary of the document The document is an outline of a plan to establish a Jewish state. The author presented it in a devious way, but the document reads much less so. The author also focuses on Palestine as the target, but the author also included Argentina as an option. Finally, the author of the document had presented the plan not to replace the Palestinians, nor to instill hostilities whatsoever. It was designed to do the exact opposite. At the same time, the author recognized that what they were doing was colonialism and thus therefore questionable. those are some nuances that were not expressed in a way that could be appreciated. But the book covers a lot of history and those are some details that do not change the course of the events.

Overall, I found it highly credible and evidence-based. At the same time, and as I would recommend with all nonfiction, I encourage readers to accept any subjective descriptors with a measured hand.

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be open-minded!

As a European I've been sympathetic to the Palestinian cause, but I've been turned of by the organisations representing them. This book gives a good idea what is at stake for all people Involved over there.
Narrator was good and understandable.

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The Palestinians Need Their Own Land

As a Yoruba Jew, I want the Palestinians to have a Islamic country that does not involve staying in the same land as Jews and Christians.

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Informative and thought-provoking

The author gives a lot of context to the history and the complexities of the region and the various interests at play. It gives a much clearer picture of what is a muddled situation, at best.

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academic but essential reading

This book gives a thorough and even-handed history of the region, and makes a clear case for the continued existence of Palestine. For too long, Israel has tried to control the narrative and present itself as the victim, but the information age has broken through to the truth of the conflict. This book also looks at how different groups claiming to support Palestinians along the way used them for their own purposes, and at the critical support that Israel receives from the U.S. in maintaining its stranglehold on the Arab population.

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