Terror in the Holy Land
Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
by Judy Kuriansky
October 2006, 296pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-99041-1
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A compelling look at the psychological effects of decades of warlike conflict and terrorism for the people of Palestine and Israel, and an understanding of their longing for an end to the fighting.

Israelis and Palestinians have been caught in what seems a forever war with routine terror in the promised land for more than 100 years. This book is the first to bring together commentary and anguished personal insights from people on both sides of the battle. Readers get a personal look at—and a clearer, more nuanced understanding of—the psychological trauma that is common for men, women and children there. Psychologists in the regions, as well as scholars from across disciplines, tell their personal stories, interwoven with academic reflections on important issues fueling the conflict such as humiliation, revenge, hate, and the need for a homeland and identity.

Readers are brought face-to-face with controversial issues, like the psychological impact of Israel’s Separation Wall, and unique perspectives, including the stories of eight Palestinian female martyrs, the insights of a young student helping to save blasted bodies after the bombing of a bus, the compassion of a Jewish doctor treating suicide bombers, the thinking of a Jidhadist woman raised to hate Jews but now working for peace with Israelis, and a doctor bringing together Palestinians and Israelis using meditation to find peace.

Judy Kuriansky, PhD, is an internationally known, licensed clinical psychologist and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Teachers College and in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At the United Nations, she is an NGO representative for the International Association of Applied Psychology and for the World Council for Psychotherapy, and is an executive member of the Committee of Mental Health. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Peking University Health Sciences Center, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, cofounder of the APA Media Psychology Division, and on the board of the Peace Division and U.S. Doctors for Africa. A certified sex therapist by the American Association of Sex Educators and Counselors, she is a pioneer in the field of sexuality. An award-winning journalist, she hosted the popular LovePhones syndicated call-in radio show for years, was a feature reporter for WCBS-TV and CNBC, and regularly comments on news and current events on television worldwide. Her wide-ranging expertise in interpersonal and international relations is evident in her books ranging from The Complete Idiot's Guide to a Healthy Relationship and Sexuality Education: Past, Present and Future to Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians. Her website is www.DrJudy.com.


"Terror in the Holy Land: Inside the Anguish of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict offers up new analysis and psychological understanding of the ongoing and lasting traumas to the peoples on both sides, and is the first to blend analysis from both a social and psychological viewpoint in the process of describing conflicts and national identity crises. These essays cover everything from terrorism's impact to occupation's lasting conflicts, and provide a unique, multi-faceted survey of complex issues which goes far beyond the usual political focus. A top pick for any college-level collection strong in Middle East politics and psychology."—The Bookwatch/Internet Bookwatch, May 1, 2007

"Bringing together 31 contributions from professionals in mental health and related disciplines, this collection explores some of the myriad psychosocial issues relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kuriansky presents the papers in four sections that provide context and describe the overall psychological effects of the conflict; explore key psychosocial issues including revenge, humiliation, imbalance of power, and search for identity in groups; explore the experiences of women and children caught in the conflict; and discuss therapeutic and educational efforts for understanding, coping, and reconciliation."—Reference & Research Book News, February 1, 2007

"Tremendous food-for-thought for those hungry to understand the psycho-social dimensions of both suicide terrorists and their victims."—Robert Pape, Author, Dying To Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism, Professor, University of Chicago

"Judy Kuriansky's book powerfully deepens and broadens our understanding through moving personal accounts, sensitive and probing descriptions, and more formal studies. Each individual contribution is compelling, but the collection as a whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. There is no other book like it."—Bruce E. Wexler, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

"A major contribution to the field of psychology. With her expertise in relationships, conflict resolution, and journalism, as well as experience representing psychological issues at the United Nations, Judy Kuriansky has done an exemplary job in this book."—Florence Denmark, Past President American Psychological Association, APA Main Representative to the United Nations, Distinguished Research Professor, Pace University

"Terror in the Holy Land supersedes all earlier treatments. This is a genuinely great book that will leave its mark upon our time."—Abdul Basit, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Northwestern University, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Muslim Mental Health

"Up-to-date, enlightening articles include narratives from the participants and insightful analyses of the issues. The book succinctly clarifies both Palestinian and Israeli perspectives on the conflict today."—Joseph Albeck, M.D., Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Faculty, The Harvard International Negotiation Initiative

"An extremely valuable volume."—Arie W. Kruglanski, Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland

"In one word: fascinating. Brilliant, with a clarity rarely encountered in other books."—Robert Seibel, Attorney, former activist on Middle East issues

"Should be required reading for anyone interested in conflict resolution, international relations, and the psycho-social dimensions of war."—Julie Diamond, Academic Director, Process Work Institute Graduate School

"Kuriansky and her colleagues tell us of the promise for the future of a peaceful Middle East-sooner, we hope, rather than later."—Richard V. Wagner, Editor, Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology

"A comprehensive piercing read that shows how inextricably linked the Palestinians and the Israelis are. May their common experience of agony and loss bring about their common goal of peace in our time."—Tovah Feldshuh, Award-winning Broadway actress, star of Golda's Balcony

"Brings to the forefront some of the 'real' issues which governments seem to ignore."—Ibrahim Hamide, President, The Eugene Middle East Peace Group
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