Between the Lines: Palestine 1936

By :  Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Nov 7, 2023 / 5784 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines Library Programs | Israel

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Oren Kessler discusses his book Palestine 1936 which tells the epic story—for the first time in English—of the 1936–1939 Arab Revolt in British Mandate Palestine, the forgotten first “Intifada” that was a seminal event in the birth of Israel and the Middle East conflict, with lasting repercussions.


Oren Kessler is a journalist and political analyst based in Tel Aviv. He has served as deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, Middle East 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, Kessler holds a BA in history from the University of Toronto and an MA in diplomacy and conflict studies from Reichman University (IDC Herzliya). Kessler’s work has appeared in media outlets such as Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and PoliticoPalestine 1936 is his first book.