Understanding the Holy Land: Answering Questions about the ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN Conflict by Frank Mitch

Bibliographic Citation: Frank, Mitch. Understanding the Holy Land: Answering Questions about the ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN Conflict. New York: Viking, 2005.     152p. ISBN: 9780670060320.

Awards/Selection Lists:

ALSC Notable Books List

Author’s Website:

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In Understanding the Holy Land, Mitch Frank offers easy-to-understand answers to questions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its influence on the modern world.

Personal Reaction:

In Understanding the Holy Land: Answering Questions about the ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN Conflict, author Mitch Frank tackles a tremendously complex topic. The book’s structure, however, is able to make sense of the chaos. Each section of Frank’s book is dedicated to answering a question concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These questions range from “what is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?” to “who were the Palestinians before they became Palestinians” and “how has the rest of the world responded to the conflict?”. As Frank answers these (and more) and more questions, he provides further insight into events and people readers may have previously heard of, but not fully understood. For example, he examines Yasser Arafat’s rise as leader of the PLO as well as the events behind the Oslo Accord.

Frank’s Understanding the Holy Land is a valuable resource for young readers. Presented in clear, un-biased language, it will assist readers in developing a greater understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as its affect on the entire world. One section that I found particularly powerful was the section on what life is like for Israelis and Palestinians today. Emphasizing the fear, hopelessness, and suffering that both groups endure, Frank adeptly communicated the reality of the conflict for those living in the middle of it.

Front Matter:

Dedication page, TOC, Introduction

Back Matter:

Timeline, Acknowledgments, Glossary, Bibliography, Index

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