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Your non-preachy guide to online learning about Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Antisemitism, and where to get good shakshuka in Israel!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 year on campus!

While you’re enjoying all that college life has to offer, it’s also quite possible that you’ll bump up against some negative opinions about Israel and about Jewish people. Here are some ways, using videos, podcasts, newsfeeds, and social media feeds to learn more (including some great places to check out when you go on Birthright Israel or other Israel experiences): 

Good Stuff About Israel - History and Culture

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict & Our Hopes for Peace

Other Helpful Links

Peeps you should know, follow and read on all things Jewish and Israel

Look for their Instagram, Twitter, Op-Eds. etc

Daniel Gordis
David Horowitz
Bret Stevens
Khaled Abu Toameh
Yossi Klein Halevi
Bari Weiss
Blake Flayton
A Wider Bridge
Jonathan Greenblatt 
Noa Tishby
Adar Weinreb
Hen Mazzig
Ashager Araro
Emily Schrader
JewishonCampus
JewishUnpacked
Michael Dickson
Yoseph Haddad 
Muhammad Zoabi

Great Israel / Jewish news feeds to follow or subscribe via email

Times of Israel
The Daily Alert
Jewish News Syndicate
Jerusalem Post

Forty suggested books to read about Israel so you know your stuff

GENERAL HISTORY HISTORIES

1.     Anita Shapira – Israel: A History

2.     Daniel Gordis – Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

3.     Walter Laqueur – History of Zionism

4.     Shlomo Avineri – The Making of Modern Zionism: Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State

5.     Howard Sachar – From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time

6.     Tishby- Israel – A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth

FOUNDATIONAL CLASSICS

7.     Theodor Herzl – Altneuland

8.     Theodor Herzl – The Jewish State

9.     Moses Hess – Rome and Jerusalem

10.  Gil Troy – The Zionist Ideas

HOLOCAUST AND ISRAEL

11.  Tom Segev – The Seventh Million

12.  Hannah Arendt – Eichmann in Jerusalem

WARS

13.  Bennis Morris – 1948

14.  Michael Oren – Six Days of War

15.  Yossi Klein Halevi – Like Dreamers

16.  Matti Friedman – Pumpkin Flowers

BIOGRAPHIES

17.  Daniel Gordis – Menachem Begin

18.  Yehudah Avner – The Prime Ministers

19.  Landau – Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

20.  Hillel Halkin – Jabotinsky

21.  Shlomo Avineri – Herzl

22.  Anita Shapira – Ben Gurion

23.  Klabgsbrun – Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

24.  David Makovsky and Dennis Ross – Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny

VERY MODERN ISRAEL

25.  Thomas Friedman – From Beirut to Jerusalem

26.  Dan Senor & Saul Singer – Start-Up Nation

27.  Gil Troy – Moynihan’s Moment

28.  Daniel Gordis- We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel

29.  Seth Siegel – Let There Be Water

30.  Shmuel Rosner and Camil Fuchs – #IsraeliJudaism: Portrait of a Cultural Revolution

31.  Micha Goodman – The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity

CONFLICT WITH THE PALESTINIANS

32.  Yossi Klein Halevi – Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

33.  Dennis Ross – Doomed to Succeed

34.  Dennis Ross – The Missing Peace  

35.  Micha Goodman – Catch 67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six Day War

36.  Gershom Gorenberg – Accidental Empire

37.  Benny Morris – Righteous Victims

38.  Benny Morris – The Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

PALESTINIAN WRITINGS

39.  Sari Nusseibeh – Once Upon a Country

40.  Sayed Kashua – Dancing Arabs


(Deep appreciation to OpenDor Media / Unpacked, Hillel, Stand With Us, AIPAC, Anti-Defamation League, and Jewish Federations of North America for their collaboration in creating this toolkit).