The Hundred Years' War on Palestine

A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017

hardcover, 336 pages

Published Jan. 28, 2020 by Metropolitan Books.


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5 stars (1 review)

A landmark history of one hundred 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 …

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An excellent book on the history of Palestine and its repression

5 stars

I really liked the hundred years' war on Palestine, it is a book that is well written, very documented and present a thorough history of Palestine through 6 key moments, from 1917 to the second Intifada. Rashid Khalidi makes the book really interesting, by focusing on key moments and mixing the historical narrative with his and his family history. Two of the strong arguments of this book are that there is a Palestinian nation and population (something that is regularly denied by Israel) and that the Zionist and Israeli project is by its nature colonial. While these are strong arguments in favour of a free Palestine, the author doesn't fall into an easy demonization of Jewish people in Israel and concludes that whoever claim Palestinian and Israelis have on this land, they both need to find a way to live together, without colonial and repression of Palestinian.