UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY LAND by Mitch Frank
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UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY LAND

Answering Questions About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This very balanced presentation of the historical background to and causes of the age-old enmity between the two groups is suited to older students and adult readers alike. Frank’s account, laid out in a question-and-answer format, is clearly written but not simplistic. He discloses truths and the misconceptions that each side has about the other, and he finds fault on both sides as well. Readers will have no trouble understanding from this intelligent work that both groups have ample reason to lay deep historic, religious and ethnic claims to the small plot of land that is Israel and that there is justification for their various demands. The author, a reporter for Time, backs up his arguments about each side’s plight and profound distrust for the other with solid, unemotional, focused writing. Teachers, take note: This is an excellent springboard to current-events discussions. (maps, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-670-06032-1
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2005




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