The often explosively violent conflict between the state of Israel and the disenfranchised Palestinian people occupies newspaper headlines and television news every day. Yet it is surprising how very little is understood about the cause of this all - but- undeclared war. Untenable promises of former colonizers, access to water, religious and cultural traditions as entwined as they are distinct - all have contributed to what is arguably the greatest global problem of our time. The Dictionary of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict covers the history of the conflict, going back to the birth of Zionism at the end of the 19th century including the five Arab-Israeli wars, and provides biographies of political personnel in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and the occupied territories. The Dictionary provides clear definitions and comprehensive explanations of the elements at play - history, geography, religion, demographics, etc. It supports the acquisition of knowledge about this topic - not just dissemination of information. It is designed as a complement to the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. conflict, it provides an exhaustive picture of all political participants - individuals as well as parties and organizations - in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The definitions cover the history, geography, political parties, cultures, religions, and languages of the region, as well as of the various and numerous resolutions voted by the United Nations."