Wednesday, August 8, 2007

"From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters

With the unprecedented plethora of books, articles, documentaries, magazines, news reports, blogs, websites, multimedia telecommunications coverage, etc. dealing with the Middle East conflict, one single book stands out like a shining lodestar of rationality and objectivity in the swirling maelstrom of controversy surrounding Israel's existence.

That book is "From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters.

Ms. Peters began her investigation into the Arab-Israeli conflict as an avowed pro-Arabist, her only previous information on the situation coming from the superficial mass media reports, each of which had their own special interest influencing the perspective of that coverage. The vast majority, of course, being antithetical to Israel for political, economic and religious reasons at the time.

During the course of her research, Ms. Peters dug deeper in various Arab, Israeli, British and American government archives than any previous historian, personally interviewed many of the principals intimately involved in the shifting quicksands of Middle East politics, and did one of the most detailed and impeccably verified tasks of supporting each point presented in her book.

Ms. Peters needed to use no emotive or provocative terms to convey the importance and historical uniqueness of Israel's re-birth. Hers is, without a doubt, one of the most dispassionate and objective historical works ever written.

For Ms. Peters, the facts speak for themselves.

One telling anecdote regarding the reaction of the pro-Arabists and the Mohammedans to Ms. Peter's book was that a concerted campaign was launched shortly after the publication of this book to remove, by any means, all copies of her book from library shelves across the U.S, Canada and Britain.

You might check and see if there's one available in your local library . . .

If not, the book is easily available through

Propaganda crumbles in the face of the facts . . .

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