Dispatches from Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process

  • Title: Dispatches from Palestine: The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Graham Usher (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 1999
  • ISBN-10: 0745313426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745313429
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
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Description: The 1994 Oslo accords between Israel and the Palestinians were hailed as the start of a process that would bring about resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Five years later, Oslo must be judged a failure. For the Arab and Islamic world, Israel remains what it was at the outset of Oslo — a pariah state illegally occupying Arab lands.Gaza-based journalist Graham Usher witnessed many of the pivotal events of the peace process, and his insightful new book gives voice to the people of Palestine. In addition to presenting the views of ordinary individuals on the street, the book includes interviews with many of the leading commentators and figures from Palestinian Hamas and Fatah, Lebanese Hezballah, and Shas (the Sephardic Jews within Israel). Among the key figures interviewed are Azmi Bishara (Arab activist/Israeli citizen running for President), Yossi Beilin (former Israeli Labour Cabinet member) Aryeh Deri (Shas), Marwan Barghouti (Fatah), and Ibrahim Ghoshah (Hamas). The collection also contains longer, analytical pieces that describe the rise of Hamas in the occupied territories; the growing authoritarianism of Yassar Arafat’s Palestinian Authority; the politics of Hezballah in Lebanon; and the causes behind the nihilistic violence of the Gamaa Islamiyya in Egypt. Dispatches from Palestine offers the contemporary history of a process that has irreversibly changed the nature of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict — and one whose failure is bound to leave its mark on the region and the world in the future.

Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide, Second Edition

  • Title: Hamas: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Khaled Hroub (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2010
  • Edition: 2nd
  • ISBN-10: 0745329721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745329727
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 224
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Description: This beginner’s guide to Hamas has been fully revised and updated. It now covers all the major events since the January 2006 elections, including the conflict with Fatah and Israel’s brutal offensive in Gaza at the end of 2008. Explaining the reasons for Hamas’s popularity, leading Al-Jazeera journalist and Cambridge academic Khaled Hroub provides the key facts that are so often missing from conventional news reports. It’s a one-stop guide that gives a clear overview of Hamas’s history, key beliefs, and its political agenda. This unique book provides a refreshing perspective that gets to the heart of Hamas.

Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

  • Title: Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Sara Roy (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2006
  • ISBN-10: 0745322344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745322346
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 408
  • Size / Format: 3,8 mb / pdf
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Description: This book is the culmination of 20 years of research, fieldwork and analysis on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the impact of Israeli occupation. Discussion of Israeli policy toward Palestinians is often regarded as a taboo subject, with the result that few people — especially in the U.S. — understand the origins and consequences of the conflict. Roy’s book provides an indispensable context for understanding why the situation remains so intractable. The focus of Roy’s work is the Gaza Strip, an area that remains consistently neglected and misunderstood despite its political centrality. Drawing on more than two thousand interviews and extensive first-hand experience, Roy chronicles the impact of Israeli occupation in Palestine over nearly a generation. Exploring the devastating consequences of socio-economic and political decline, this is a unique and powerful account of the reality of life in the West Bank and Gaza. Written by one of the world’s foremost scholars of the region, it offers an unrivalled breadth of scholarship and insight.

More Bad News from Israel

    • Title: More Bad News from Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Greg Philo (Author), Mike Berry (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • Edition: Reprint
    • ISBN-10: 0745329780
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329789
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 486
    • Size / Format: 6,9 mb / pdf
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Description: Building on rigorous research by the world-renowned Glasgow University Media Group, More Bad News From Israel examines media coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East and the impact it has on public opinion. The book brings together senior journalists and ordinary viewers to examine how audiences understand the news and how their views are shaped by media reporting. In the largest study ever undertaken in this area, the authors focus on television news. They illustrate major differences in the way Israelis and Palestinians are represented, including how casualties are shown and the presentation of the motives and rationales of both sides. They combine this with extensive audience research involving hundreds of participants from the USA, Britain and Germany. It shows extraordinary differences in levels of knowledge and understanding, especially amongst young people from these countries. Covering recent developments, including the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, this authoritative and up-to-date study will be an invaluable tool for journalists, activists and students and researchers of media studies.

My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story

    • Title: My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ramzy Baroud (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745328822
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328829
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 227
    • Size / Format: 2,9 mb / pdf
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Description: The frontline in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza is constantly reported as a place of violence and terror. Ramzy Baroud’s memoir explores the daily lives of the people in that turbulent region: the complex human beings — revolutionaries, mothers and fathers, lovers, and comedians — who make Gaza so much more than just a disputed territory. At the heart of Baroud’s tale is the story of his father who, driven out of his village to a refugee camp, took up arms to fight the occupation while trying to raise a family.

“Ramzy Baroud’s sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril. Few are spared his perceptive eye, and only the morally callous will fail to respond to his pleas to look into the mirror honestly, to question comforting beliefs that protect us from facing our elementary responsibilities, and to act to remedy the terrible misery and injustice that he exposes to our view, as we surely can.”  — Noam Chomsky

Palestine Our Route Humanitarian Aid Our Load” Flotilla Campaign Summary Report

    • Title: Palestine Our Route Humanitarian Aid Our Load” Flotilla Campaign Summary Report
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Yasin Onat (Author)
    • Publisher: Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH)
    • Year: 2010
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 42
    • Size / Format: 8,4 mb / pdf
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Description: While Israel continues to distort the truth and extend disinformation, this report provides information about the purpose and content of the flotilla that set out for humanitarian purposes, the Israeli attack it was subjected to, the way in which the attack took place and the losses that came as a direct result of the attack.

UN Report on Mavi Marmara: In the wake of the Gaza attacks that lasted between December 2008 and January 2009 Israeli officials stated they were not allowing humanitarian materials into Gaza. Based on this, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation applied to Israeli authorities to let the foundation take humanitarian aid to Gaza by land and sea in January 2009. However, the authorities did not respond to the application although it was renewed several times in the same year. Upon deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which has been active in Palestine for years, launched “Set out for Palestine” initiative in January 2010 to break the embargo and bring aid to the people of Gaza. The objective after the accomplishment of the land convoy that included hundreds of vehicles was to break the Gaza blockade from sea with an aid flotilla of nine ships.

Crimes Committed in Israeli Attack: The UN report stated that evidence clearly showed Israel had committed the crimes listed in article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The crimes stated in the Geneva Convention and that were perpetrated by Israel are as follows:

    * Willful killing,

* Torture,

* Inhuman treatment,

* Willfully causing suffering to health,

* Causing serious injury.

The report also said Israel repeatedly violated its obligations under international human rights law as per the following articles:

* Right to life (article 6, ICCPR / International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)

* Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 7, ICCPR; CAT/ Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)

* Right to liberty and security of the person and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention (article 9, ICCPR)

* right of detainees to be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person (article 10, ICCPR)

* Freedom of expression (article 19, ICCPR)

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Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict

    • Title: Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Moustafa Bayoumi (Editor)
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 1608461211
    • ISBN-13: 978-1608461219
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 280
    • Size / Format: 1,2 mb / pdf
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Description: “We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates. . . . The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal.”—Henning Mankell, aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

At 4:30 AM on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.

Within hours, outrage at Israel’s action echoed around the world. Spontaneous demonstrations occurred in Europe, the United States, Turkey, and Gaza itself to denounce the attack. Turkey’s prime minister described it as a “bloody massacre” and “state terrorism.”

In these pages, a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that May night. Mixing together first-hand testimony and documentary record with hard-headed analysis and historical overview, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel’s Selma, Alabama moment: the beginning of the end for an apartheid Palestine.

Moustafa Bayoumi is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. He is co-editor of The Edward Said Reader and the author of the American Book Award-winning How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America.

Publish it not!

    • Title: Publish it not!
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jonathan Cook (Author)
    • Publisher: ColdType
    • Year: 2011
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 25
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Description: A series of later professional shocks as a freelance journalist reporting on Israel would shatter my assumptions about both Israel and courageous reporters

Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians

    • Title: Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Noam Chomsky (Author), Ilan Pappe (Author).
    • Publisher: Haymarket Books
    • Year: 2010
    • elSBN: 978-1-608-46098-4
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 248
    • Size / Format: 1,0 mb / pdf
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Description: From the targeting of schools and hospitals, to the indiscriminate use of white phosphorus, Israel’s conduct in ‘Operation Cast Lead’ has rattled even some of its most strident supporters. In this book, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappe survey the fallout from that devastation, and place the massacre in Gaza in the context of Israel’s long-standing war against the Palestinians. “Gaza in Crisis” is a rigorous, historically informed and much-needed analysis of the situation and will be welcomed by all those eager for Chomsky’s insights into yet another political catastrophe.

Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza

    • Title: Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Lisa Hajjar (Author)
    • Publisher: University of California Press
    • Year: 2005
    • ISBN-10: 0520241940
    • ISBN-13: 978-0520241947
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 335
    • Size / Format: 2,6 mb / pdf
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Description: Israel’s military court system, a centerpiece of Israel’s apparatus of control in the West Bank and Gaza since 1967, has prosecuted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. This authoritative book provides a rare look at an institution that lies both figuratively and literally at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lisa Hajjar has conducted in-depth interviews with dozens of Israelis and Palestinians–including judges, prosecutors, defense lawyers, defendants, and translators–about their experiences and practices to explain how this system functions, and how its functioning has affected the conflict. Her lucid, richly detailed, and theoretically sophisticated study highlights the array of problems and debates that characterize Israel’s military courts as it asks how the law is deployed to protect and further the interests of the Israeli state and how it has been used to articulate and defend the rights of Palestinians living under occupation.