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Suggested Resources: Israel - Hamas War


The resources below have been selected by Baker librarians to help members of our community learn more about the conflict. 

The list attempts to incorporate a wide range of perspectives to enable the reader to form their own considered views.  The approach to curation of these resources is to balance different perspectives and not limited to "neutral" sources.  We encourage you to engage with multiple sources and perspectives through this list and beyond.

These resources have been selected by Baker librarians based on professional experience, not foreign policy expertise. The list does not represent an endorsement of any views by Baker Library, the School, or any member of the HBS community.

We welcome your feedback - contact Baker Library at with suggestions.

Coverage of current events

General News and Business Outlets:*

Regional News Sources:

History, background, and analysis

Alexander Street Video (Harvard access)
Current and historical videos on the region from PBS, BBC, NBC and other providers. 

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) - Questions, Complexities and Context: Insights into Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
ADL’s backgrounder exploring historical and contemporary developments, issues and challenges regarding Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the pursuit of peace.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace One-State Reality vs Two-State Solution (video)
From July 2023 - A discussion on Palestinians' future in a one-state reality, featuring Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and analyst, Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen, director of the U.S. Institute of Peace's Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and the Region program; Michael Koplow, chief policy officer of the Israel Policy Forum; and Nathan Brown, Carnegie nonresident senior fellow and professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. More analysis from CEIP.

Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)
CSIS in a bipartisan think tank where leading experts across the organization provide comprehensive analysis on the conflict in Israel and potential outcomes in the days ahead.

Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East and the Arab World
The Congressional Research Service is a public policy research institute of the United States Congress. Operating within the Library of Congress, it works primarily and directly for members of Congress and their committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis.

Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Founded in 1921, CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy.

Deutsche Welle - Speech by German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck  (Video)
Commentary on the War by German Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck. (Full transcript also available from the National Post).

Frontline - Shattered Dreams of Peace | Israeli-Palestinian Relations After Oslo (video)
From PBS Frontline, 2002 documentary on how the Israeli-Palestinian peace process begun at Oslo was derailed and ultimately undone by the dynamics of politics and violence on both sides.

Hamas and Israel: What happened, what does it mean, and what's next? (video)
From the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard Library Journals on Jewish-Arab Relations
Periodicals available in Harvard Library collections covering Jewish-Arab relations.

International Crisis Group – Israel/Palestine Analysis
The International Crisis Group is an independent organization working to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world. Since 2002, Crisis Group has been working to advance an inclusive peacemaking model for Israelis and Palestinians and to reduce the likelihood of deadly conflict among Palestinians and between Israel and its neighbors.

Middle East Institute
Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East.  MEI experts from a variety of disciplines provide analyses of the Israel – Hamas War.


Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East (eBook)
An Israeli, a Palestinian and an Egyptian scholars present a broader Arab perspective on the regional conflict in this textbook.

The best books to understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Financial Times)

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