By mid-2004, Palestinian attacks, including suicide bombings, directed at Israelis in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and inside Israel, resulted in approximately 1,000 deaths. Israel responded by reoccupying parts of the West Bank and Gaza, killing about 3,000 Palestinians, the majority of whom were civilians. Encyclopedia of the Palestinians, Revised Edition is the definitive source for high school students, undergraduates, and general readers who want an accurate account of these people and their long history. Much has happened since the first edition was published, making this revised edition a crucial update. The revised edition includes new entries on recent developments and personalities, updates of many of the existing entries, and approximately 50 black-and-white photographs and additional maps. A document section has been added to the end of the book, including entire texts or excerpts of key documents on Palestinian history.
Philip Mattar holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He is Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and president of the Palestinian American Research Center. From 2001 to 2002 he was Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. A former director of the Institute for Palestine Studies, Mattar has been on the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch/Middle East since 1993. He has taught the history of Palestine and the Palestinians at Yale University and Georgetown University, and his articles on Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict have appeared in such publications as Foreign Policy and Middle East Journal.