Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence

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Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence. By Sheila H. Katz. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016. 307 pp. $27.95.

Connecting with the Enemy purports to document a hundred years of civil society efforts to resolve or facilitate resolution of the conflict between Jew and Arab over the Holy Land. Sadly, Katz of the Berklee College of Music has produced a silly and often misleading book-as biased as it is banal.

The "Acknowledgements" alert readers to the book's political bias. The list of individuals whom the author thanks for their "foundational input" is comprised almost exclusively of hard-line, far-left critics of Israel, with virtually all the Israelis strongly supporting Palestinian claims. Nowhere in the book is there any attempt at balance.

Connecting is replete with factual inaccuracies. Thus, readers are told that the Jewish pioneers who arrived in the First Aliya, beginning in 1882, were motivated by an idea formulated almost two decades later by Theodore Herzl in his book Altneuland. …

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