For novels and general books Stimatsky Stores are available all over Israel and some of them sell English language books.  There is an import tax which makes books a bit more expensive than in the West.  The selection includes novels, etc. but, since this is an Israeli store, it does not include books about Palestinian concerns.  The store on Jaffa Rd. in Jerusalem is good for English language books.  There are also some used-book bookstores in Jerusalem selling English language books.  Some of the Fair trade stores sell books, although they do not have a large selection.

A number of bookstores are especially helpful if you want books about peace and justice or books about Palestinian issues.  These are my favorites:

The American Colony Hotel Bookshop
(Excellent collection of fiction and non-fiction, both general and about the area)
    At the American Colony Hotel on Nablus Rd., Jerusalem
    Tel. and Fax: +972-2-627-9731

Educational Bookshop
(Newspapers, stationery, maps and books about Palestinian situation, documents).  This is a must stop.
    On Salah Eddin St. about 1 1/2 block from Herod’s Gate
    Tel. +972-2-628-3704; Fax: +972-2-628-0814

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
(Books about liberation theology and Christian Palestinians.)
    On Nablus Rd. beyond St. George’s cathedral
    Sheikh Jarrah, POB 49084
    Jerusalem 91491
    Tel.: +972-2-532-7136; Fax: +972-2-32-7137

Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies
(Books on archeology, bible studies and theology.  Call in advance.)
    Just before Bethlehm checkpoint on Hebron Rd. corner of road to Gilo
    POB 19556, Jerusalem 91194
    Tel.: +972-2-676-0911; Fax: +972-2-676-0914
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