The Jordan – Politics, Pollution and the Death of a River – sources.

It occurred to me in what I think was literally the middle of the night last night that I should have also posted my source list for the Jordan River Valley talk I posted yesterday.

But rather than add on to an already lengthy post, I’ll slap it up now, starting here and continuing after the jump.


The Jordan – Politics, Pollution and the Death of a River


Following is a list of resources for anyone wanting to learn more about the issues I discussed at the Chicago Humanities Festival on November 11, 2007. It is necessarily incomplete, and subjective, but each of the following has been very useful to me, either in preparing specifically for my talk about the Jordan River, or generally in my efforts to cover and learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some Jordan River Valley-specific sources:

  1. Friends of Earth Middle East – I really cannot overemphasize the importance of the work that FoEME does, nor the quality of it. Rather than list links to specific articles, I encourage you to go to their site and look around on your own:
  2. World Monuments Fund – WMF named the Jordan River Cultural Landscape as one of the 100 most endangered sites around the world.
  3. PUSH Project – PUSH Project (“Promoting dialogue and cultural Understanding of our Shared Heritage”) is working to create a regional dialogue on issues of cultural and natural heritage, including working on efforts to have the Jordan River Valley named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One of the PUSH members, archeologist Dr. Mohammed Waheeb, has done extensive work on the Baptismal Site on the Jordanian side of the river, and serves as a board member for the Jordan Society for Sustainable Development.
  4. “The Conduit and the Benefit” – brief English-language abstract of a paper produced by Israeli geologist Eli Raz.
  5. “Rehabilitating the Jordan River Valley” – summary of a presentation made by FoEME and a group of regional mayors at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; click on the video link to watch the event itself:

A selection of popular press articles I consulted (including my own)

  1. Christopher Allbritton, San Francisco Chronicle: “Dead Sea, Jordan River valley face ecological disaster”
  2. Michele Chabin, Biblical Recorder News: “Pollution turns Jordan River into ‘sewage canal’”
  3. Stephen Farrell, The Times: “Shortage of water drains life from biblical river”
  4. Emily L. Hauser, E/The Environmental Magazine: “Saving the Jordan” and America – The National Catholic Weekly “Saving the Jordan” – neither is available online, but “The River Jordan’s survival is at stake as pollution peril grows” (Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles) is: For the others, feel free to drop me an email.
  5. Martin Patience, BBC News: “Action call over dying Dead Sea”
  6. J.R. Pegg, Environmental News Service: “Vanishing Jordan River Needs Global Rescue Effort”

Some books I always find useful:

  1. Ian J. Bickerton and Carla L. Klausner – A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
  2. Tamara Cofman Wittes (ed) – How Israelis and Palestinians Negotiate
  3. Amira Hass – Drinking the Sea at Gaza
  4. Rashid Khalidi – Palestinian Identity
  5. Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S. Migdal – The Palestinian People; A History
  6. Mary King – A Quiet Revolution: The First Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance
  7. Adam LeBor – City of Oranges (a good, engaging, basic history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)
  8. Uri Savir – The Process; 1,100 Days That Changed the Middle East
  9. Philip C. Winslow – Victory for Us Is to See You Suffer: In the West Bank with Palestinians and the Israelis