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​Winner of the 2024 Sami Rohr Prize

A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2023

Finalist, National Jewish Book Awards

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About Oren Kessler

Oren Kessler is a journalist and political analyst based in  Tel Aviv and New York. He has served as deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London, Arab affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, and an editor and translator at Haaretz English edition.

Raised in Rochester, New York, and Tel Aviv, he holds a BA in history from the University of Toronto and an MA in diplomacy and conflict studies from Reichman University.

Kessler’s work has appeared in media outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Politico.

Palestine 1936 is his first book.

Proof that yesterday’s history is today’s news, Oren Kessler’s account of the Great Revolt of 1936 shows how Jewish-Arab relations were altered ever after.

The author skillfully uses English, Hebrew and Arabic sources to find human stories in a battle of ideas and identities, providing rare insight into the grim pattern of conflict that grinds on in the region.


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