We’re up to over 200 dead in the latest round of Israeli–Palestinian fighting, the most recent installment in a conflict that seems like it will never end. The Israeli–Palestinian conflict has a long and complex history, one that involves more than the two places and people of Israel and Palestine, and has layers and layers to peel away to even begin to start to understand, whether you live there or not. It’s certainly more complicated than the formula provided by the media: one country provokes the other, the other attacks, innocent people die, then some other country brokers peace. There is always an endless supply of new books and articles on the subject, but if you’re looking for a little more information, different angles and points of view, these books might be helpful places to start.
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden
American writer and comic illustrator Glidden took a Birthright Israel tour to try to understand better what drives all the tension, hatred, and conflict between Israel and Palestine. She turned her experiences into this, one of the best graphic novels of the last few years.