For more than a century, the conflict between Arabs and Israelis has been a major international problem. One cannot open a newspaper or turn on a television newscast without hearing about violence in the Middle East.
Kumaraswamy, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, has written a brief handbook covering this conflict. A list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, and an introduction providing historical context open the work. The author is careful to present the material objectively, using neutral terms so that readers may draw their own conclusions. The alphabetical entries range in length from one paragraph to five pages. They include people (Mahmoud Abbas, David Ben-Gurion); places (Jerusalem, Russia ); and events (Hindawi affair, Nabi Musa riots ). Political parties (Hezbollah, Likud ); organizations (League of Nations ); and a variety of policies (Oslo Accords, Resolution 242 ) also appear. An extensive bibliography with introductory notes will be very useful for researchers.