Folks, here is a compilation of some of the best resources available to help you counterpoint the misinformation about Israel that oozes out of the mouths of terrorist-apologists and psuedo-intellectuals.
Hat tip to Think-Israel:
An excellent introduction to the differences in perception between the Israelis and their Arab neighbors is an article by Victor David Hanson in the National Review. It is called Palestinian Pretense and Israeli Reality. You’ll find it at http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson031802.shtml
Here are some short articles that will introduce you to the History and Geography of Israel and its neighbors.
Download Twenty Facts About Israeland the Middle East from the Empower America web site. Empower America is a highly respected group; its directors include Jeane Kirkpatrick, William Bennett and Jack Kemp.
Read the page on Palestinians in The Peace Encyclopedia. It’s an eye-opener, hard-hitting and accurate, laying out the stages in the bogus creation of a Palestinian people.
FLAME is an organization that buys space in different magazines to present factual and well-written articles on Israel and its neighbors. Its aim is to counteract the nonsense that passes as truth in so much of the media. You can read their articles on their web site: http://www.factsandlogic.org.
By now, you should be ready for real detail. These are some excellent background books:
Mitchell G. Bard: Myths and Middle East. It is easy to read and accurate. You will probably want to own a copy. But you can read it online at Middle East Myths.
Steven Emerson: Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us. Emerson is an authority on American-based organizations that aid and abet Arab terrorists.
Joan Peters: From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine. This was one of the first books to expose the Arab lies that underlie the Arab claims to the Land of Israel.
Mitchell Geoffrey Bard: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Middle East Conflict. As the review in Amazon.com from the AOL Jewish Community Newsletter says: “Don’t let your brain get parched. This useful book sorts through the political and military quagmire of the Middle East in language anyone can understand.”
The internet has superb websites that are informative, and often with excellent graphics. Israel Science and Technology has factual articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including statistical tables and graphics. The home page is a compendium of essential information on Israeli science and technology: universities, departments, businesses, libraries, professional association, jobs, etc.
Maps of Israel from the Kingdom of David and Solomon to the present are presented in good detail. There are also maps comparing population, literacy, GNP, etc between Israel and its neighbors.
Middle East Information is dedicated to advancing democracy and pluralism innets the Arab world. Its Resources Links – libraries with internet Middle East collections, bibliographies and maps – are outstanding.
Use the virtual library of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) as an online encyclopedia of Jewish subjects. You can retrieve original documents and essays indexed as: maps, references, history, religion, Judaic treasures at the Library of Congress, and so forth. Log into www.us-israel.org.
Palestine facts is a site “dedicated to providing comprehensive and accurate information regarding the historical, military, and political background to the on-going struggle between the State of Israel and the Arab Palestinians.” It is superbly organized and can well serve as a single-source resource.
Legal and diplomatic documents relevent to the history of the Middle East can be viewed by logging into the Avalon Project of the Yale Law School: Avalon Project.
Jews, Arabs and Eretz Israel is a succinct but excellent summary of the conflict between Jews and Arabs. It was composed by Samuel Kurinsky and includes an excellent summary of the history of Israel.
“Facing Jihad” by Dr. Asher Eder has an excellent monograph on the necessity of renouncing Jihad, if there is ever to be peace between Israel and Islam. Sol Jacobs has constructed a downloadable PDF file on the Arab initiation of the Six-Day War, as recorded on newspapers of the time.
Our Enemies is both entertaining (delightful graphics) and instructive. In association with www.masada2000.org, they present an excellent history of the “Palestinian” people. Articles are thought-provoking. They discuss not only Jewish self-haters but Christian self-haters such as Hanan Ashrawi, mouthpiece for the PLO.
As background for why the Arab young people hate Jews enough to sacrifice their own lives, you need to know what Arabs have been teaching their children in recent years. Mitchell G. Bard, Rewriting History in Textbooks is a monograph written in the early 90’s on factual errors about Jews and Israel in several history texts. Read it by logging in to http://www.us-israel.org/pub/texts.html. And read Jews, Israel and Peace in Palestinian School Textbooks by logging into http://www.edume.org/reports/index.htm, the web site of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace.