The focus here is mainly on primary documents and sources, and includes links to some of the most important works that have shaped the history of Palestine.
- Yale University’s Avalon Project is a database of a huge number of primary historic documents. The Middle East section covers 100 years of history from 1910 to 2010. Some of the most important documents to be found:
- The Sykes-Picot Agreement (relevant maps can be found here)
- The Balfour Declaration
- The British Mandate for Palestine
- The White Paper of 1939
- UN Resolution 181
On the origins of Zionism (some links to Zionist Websites):
- Most of the documents from the Avalon Project can also be found on the history page of the Middle East Web. These pages contain a more exhaustive list of documents, however they are not preferred, because the web sites has a bad habit of providing secondary ”commentary’ on each document before displaying the acual document, which gives a biased perspective rather than letting the reader get his own conclusions – and personally it seems the commentary given shows very heavy signs of inherent bias and a lack of historical accuracy and impartialness from the side of the author. Is using or pointing to these resources, we suggest you avoid the attempted analysis and draw your own conclusions.
- The McMahon-Husayn correspondence
- The MacDonald Weizman letter 1931
The Jewish virtual library also has some primary documents. Being an organisation mainly focused on promoting Israeli-American relations, its understood we disagree with most of the commentary and secondary analysis in the page. However, at least they keep their opinion outside the primary documents, unlike the Middle East Web above.
Most of the links to individual documents here focus on the pro-1947 history of Palestine but you can find many more documents in the above websites focusing on the entire history up to the present day.
For a study of Palestinian administration and governance:
- Here you can find the Palestinian Basic law, which acts as a temporary constitution until the final resolution of the conflict.
Maps – general:
- Map centre of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- B’Tselem map index
- Peace Now Maps and Fliers
- Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs Map centre
- Foundation for Middle East Maps
- Relief Web Map Cente
Maps – Specific:
- Human Rights Watch Maps of Israeli white phosphorus attacks in Gaza, December 2008 – January 2009
- Stop the Wall maps page of the Apartheid Wall
Highly recommended books of historic texts:
- ‘Sources in the History of the Modern Middle East’, an excellent source of documents and primary sources.