Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

  • Title: Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Joel Kovel (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2007
  • ISBN-10: 074532570X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745325705
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
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Description: “Joel Kovel has given us an impressive and important book … He writes beautifully, even poetically, not just on Zionism’s sordid history, but on its ideology, its ethics, and even on the terrible ecological devastation in Israel itself, where every river is polluted, some to lethal levels. And he writes with courage and hope.”
Socialism and Democracy

“This detailed description of what a single secular state could look like is fascinatingly useful.”
Socialist Review

“An impressive, important book. … I think that if persons following the current discussion and concerned about the problems of Jews and Zionism and Isreal and the Middle-East, even world peace, could have but one book on the subject on their shelf, it should be this one.”
Media Lens

“This book is absolutely fundamental for those who reject the unfortunate confusion between Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel – a confusion which is the basis for systematic manipulation by the imperialist power system. It convincingly argues in favour of a single secular state for Israelis and Palestinians as the only democratic solution for the region.”
— Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum

“Joel Kovel’s uncompromising criticism of Zionism is rooted in a very deep feeling of empathy and solidarity with his fellow-Jews caught in the death-trap of the Zionist adventure. The way out Kovel is suggesting – a bi-national Israeli-Palestinian state – may be challenged, but definitely not ignored.”
— Michel Warschawski, former director of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem

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.

My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle

  • Title: My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Shafiq Al-hout (Author), Jean Said Makdisi (Editor), Martin Asser (Editor), Hader Al-Hout (Translator), Laila Othman (Translator)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0745328849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328843
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
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Description: This is the inside story of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), from its beginnings in 1964 to the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993. For over three decades, the main goal of the PLO was to achieve a just peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to build a democratic state in Palestine for all its citizens. Shafiq Al-Hout, a high ranking PLO official until his resignation in 1993, provides previously unavailable details on the key events in its history such as its recognition by the UN and the Oslo peace negotiations. Taking us right to the heart of the decision making processes, this book explains the personalities and internal politics that shaped the PLO’s actions and the Palestinian experience of the twentieth century. Although he was an insider, Al-Hout’s book does not shy from analyzing and criticizing decisions and individuals, including Yasser Arafat. This book is an essential piece of history that sheds new light on the significance of the PLO in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

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.

Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean

  • Title: Hidden Histories: Palestine And The Eastern Mediterranean
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Basem L. Ra’ad (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2010
  • ISBN-10: 074532830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328300
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 244
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Description: For thousands of years, Palestine and the East Mediterranean have been subject to constant colonial interference which has denied the indigenous population an independent, authentic historical narrative. Basem L. Ra’ad uncovers this history and begins the process of reconnecting it to contemporary peoples. Perceptions of the region have been influenced by the operation of “Western civilization” and by many other inherited cultural-religious preconceptions. The region itself has been disenfranchised and prevented from developing its own comprehensive cultural history. Ra’ad’s findings are an important step towards reconstructing an alternative history, one which dispels many of the myths and traps relating to religions, languages, peoples and sites. This highly original work is an essential text for students of Middle Eastern history, politics and culture.

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
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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.

From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950

 

  • Title: From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950
  • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ariella Azoulay (Author)
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN-10: 0745331696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745331690
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
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Description: The present photobook uses a new approach to the explanation of the Palestine/Israel conflict. By reading over more than 200 photographs, Ariella Azoulay recounts the four crucial years that determine the history of this conflict till today. She analyses the photos as historical documents and presents them in a way to write and interpret history anew. With this presentation she created a civil archive “which makes it possible to view the catastrophe they recorded”. Years of research made it clear “that the occupation is part of the Israeli political regime, and that reconstructing its schema should start in 1948”. Indirectly, this statement repudiates the argument put forward by the Zionist left that Israel went wrong after it occupied the rest of Palestine in the June war of 1967. This photobook proves through pictures that the cause of the conflict is based on the forceful expulsion of the indigenous owners of the Land of Palestine by the Zionist forces.

Ariella Azoulay teaches political philosophy and visual studies. She directs the Photo-Lexic project at the Minerva Humanities Centre at Tel Aviv University. She has written several books; her latest “Civil Imagination: Political Ontology of Photography” was just published. In 2002, she won the Infinity Award for Writing, presented by the International Center of Photography for excellence in the field of photography.

This book traces the constituent violence carried out by the Zionist military and political leadership. The transformation of Palestine into the State of Israel was not achieved during an unavoidable war between the two peoples, “but by the exercise of systematic and planned violence to create a clear Jewish majority that would correspond to and justify the formation of a Jewish state and the Jewification of the state organs. This violence was called the `War of Liberation`.” The author makes clear that the term “War of Liberation” is a misnomer. Why did the Zionists wanted to `”liberate” a territory from the British, the Palestinians or the Arab states? The terminology “liberation” or “independence” implies a decolonization project, liberation from a foreign power, in a manner that camouflaged the colonization of Palestine by the State of Israel, the author writes. None of these reasons existed in Palestine.

In seven chapters, the photos show a process of the newly established state that destroyed Palestinian society by killing, dividing, expropriating, expelling and preventing those expelled from returning. In order to pretend a democratic façade, the Israelis had to transform the catastrophe imposed on the Palestinians into a non-catastrophe, into what Azoulay calls the “catastrophe from their point of view” – “their”, of course, referring to the Palestinians. The author sets the Zionist narrative, beginning with the dream of return to Zion and ending with the establishment of the State of Israel, and the Arab one, which situates the Nakba as the constitutive event of Palestinian existence and identity, aside. Instead of sticking to the drawing line between Jews and Arabs, Azoulay tries to understand its institutionalization as a central ruling principle of the Jewish state. She presents the catastrophe from a civil perspective and does not present it as an outcome of war that preceded “the creation of the Israeli regime, but as a component and as a product of that regime”.

The photos show that expulsion of the population and the destruction of their homes was done in an organized and well-planned manner. The Zionist myth that all happened in the cause of war lies beside the truth. From its inception, the Israeli government eliminated every possibility of civil life, according to the author. The government did everything that the civil disaster which occurred in Palestine appeared as a “natural phenomenon” or a “necessary evil”. To the detriment of Zionist mythology, the photos tell a different story. Perhaps this photobook is more convincing than thousands of history books because it allows the readers to visually participate in the great injustice that was inflicted upon the Palestinian people by a movement that views itself as a “liberation movement” for Jews but was in fact just a mere colonial one for the Palestinians. This extraordinary set of photographs reawakens not only the disappearance of a country but also the invisibility of its real inhabitants. Impressive!

 

Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation: Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

    • Title: Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation: Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Asa Winstanley (Editor), Frank Barat (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745331602
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745331607
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a people’s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on Vietnam that was set up by Bertrand Russell in the 1960s. This book contains a selection of the most vital evidence and testimonies presented at the London session. Examining the involvement of corporations in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, the tribunal of 2010 generated widespread media coverage. The book identifies companies and corporations participating in such illegality and possibilities for legal action against them are discussed. Released to coincide with the South Africa session at the end of 2011, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation is a vital resource to lawyers, journalists, and activists hoping to take informed action against Israeli war crimes and occupation.

As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. — Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement It is vitally important to pursue the complicity of any corporations which aid or abet human rights violations in any country in the world. The Russell Tribunal is to be commended for calling to account those who share responsibility for the continuing devastation of Gaza. — Julie Christie, actress, activist and patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign This excellent book presents compelling evidence of corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of international law. — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate Like the landmark Russell Tribunal on Vietnam, this examination of the forces that maintain the epic injustice in Palestine is timely and critically necessary. — John Pilger The Russell Tribunal on Palestine’ brings together vital documentation for understanding how big business supports illegal Israeli practices. A very important book. — Ghada Karmi This Tribunal surely helps prevent the crime of silence in the pressing case of Palestine. — Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation This book is a searing indictment of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It is a weapon for those who are compelled by human decency to mobilise solidarity in order to overcome one of the greatest injustices of modern times. It speaks out against the crime of silence – one of Bertrand Russell’s immortal injunctions! — Ronnie Kasrils, writer, activist, former South African government minister This report from the Russell Tribunal is essential reading. Many of the corporations that trade with Israel have manifestos and Human Rights commitments that, they claim, inform their business decisions. The Tribunal tests these claims and finds them wanting. We hope the shareholders and customers of these companies, whether individuals or institutions, will look at the conclusions of the Tribunal and demand that integrity replaces unprincipled greed. — Ken Loach The apartheid wall means business and profit for many. The apartheid state is made up of tens of thousands of little corporate decisions that hold the structure in place. Every flower reaching our supermarkets from occupied territory, every nut and every bolt for each illegal settlement, every drill bit piercing the aquifer, plays its part. The Russell Tribunal unpicks the tangled but systematic corporate collusion that cements it all together. Walls have a history of tumblin’ down. — Paul Laverty, screenwriter

Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    • Title: Partitioning Palestine: Legal Fundamentalism in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): John Strawson (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745323235
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745323237
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 264
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Description: Law lies at the roots of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Jews sought a national home by “Public Law” while Palestinians reject the project as illegal. Britain, the League of Nations and the United Nations all mobilised international law to justify their interventions. After the 1967 war, Israel organised an occupation with excessive legalism that most of the world viewed, in fact, as illegal.

Partitioning Palestine focuses on three key moments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict: the League of Nations Mandate, the United Nations partition plan and the Oslo agreements. None of these documents are neutral but, rather, encode a variety of meanings. The book traces the way in which these legal narratives have both shaped national identity and sharpened the conflict.

In this pioneering text, John Strawson argues that a committed attachment to the belief in legal justice has hampered the search for a settlement. Law, far from offering conflict resolution, has reinforced the trenches from which Palestinians and Israelis confront one another.

Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

    • Title: Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Abeer Baker (Editor), Anat Matar (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745330215
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745330211
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 288
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Description: Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel’s security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners’ actions and their desire for liberty. By highlighting the various images of Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar chart their changing fortunes. Essays written by prisoners, ex-prisoners, Human rights defenders, lawyers and academic researchers analyze the political nature of imprisonment and Israeli attitudes towards Palestinian prisoners. These contributions deal with the prisoners’ status within Palestinian society, the conditions of their imprisonment and various legal procedures used by the Israeli military courts in order to criminalize and de-politicize them. Also addressed are Israel’s breaches of international treaties in its treatment of the Palestinian prisoners, practices of torture and solitary confinement, exchange deals and prospects for release.  This is a unique intervention within Middle East studies that will inspire those working in human rights, international law and the peace process.

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
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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
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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

Israel’s Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine

    • Title: Israel’s Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Uri Avnery (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745328237
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328232
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
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Description: Uri Avnery is one of the best-known peace activists in Israel and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement. He has been involved in, and written about, all major events in Israel’s history since its creation in 1948, and was the first Israeli to meet Yasser Arafat. This is a carefully selected collection of his articles from the last 10 years. Additionally, he has written a rigorous introduction that shows how peace can be achieved. Avnery offers a unique perspective on the Middle-East conflict, drawing on his enormous experience of advocating Palestinian rights from within the system as a member of parliament and from outside as a peace activist. Written with passion and wit, his articles reveal and analyse the ‘facts on the ground’, always pointing out opportunities for reconciliation between the two sides and exposing those who exacerbate the conflict. This book is a must-read for everyone who wants peace in the Middle East.

From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949

    • Title: From Coexistence to Conquest: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1891-1949
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Victor Kattan (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745325793
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745325798
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 457
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Description: From Coexistence to Conquest seeks to explain how the Arab-Israeli conflict developed by looking beyond strict legalism to the men behind the policies adopted by the Great Powers at the dawn of the twentieth century.  It controversially argues that Zionism was adopted by the British Government in its 1917 Balfour Declaration primarily as an immigration device and that it can be traced back to the 1903 Royal Commission on Alien Immigration and the Alien’s Act 1905.

The book contains the most detailed legal analysis of the 1915-6 Hussein-McMahon correspondence, as well as the Balfour Declaration, and takes a closer look at the travaux préparatoires that formed the British Mandate of Palestine.  It places the violent reaction of the Palestine Arabs to mass Jewish immigration in the context of Zionism, highlighting the findings of several British commissions of inquiry which recommended that Britain abandon its policy.  The book also revisits the controversies over the question of self-determination, and the partition of Palestine.

The Chapter on the 1948 conflict seeks to update international lawyers on the scholarship of Israel’s ‘new’ historians and reproduces some of the horrific accounts of the atrocities that took place from newspaper reports, UN documents, and personal accounts, which saw the expulsion and exodus of almost an entire people from their homeland. The penultimate chapter argues that Israel was created through an act of conquest or subjugation. The book concludes with a sobering analysis of the conflict arguing that neither Jews nor Arabs were to blame for starting it.

Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process

    • Title: Israeli Rejectionism: A Hidden Agenda in the Middle East Peace Process
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Zalman Amit (Author), Daphna Levit (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745330290
    • ISBN-13: 978-0937694701
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 216
    • Size / Format: 3,7 mb / pdf
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Description: The Palestine-Israel conflict is one of the longest running and seemingly intractable confrontations in the modern world. This book delves deep into the “peace process” to find out why so little progress has been made on the key issues. Zalman Amit and Daphna Levit find overwhelming evidence of Israeli rejectionism as the main cause for the failure of peace. They demonstrate that the Israeli leadership has always been against a fairly negotiated peace and have deliberately stalled negotiations for the last 80 years. The motivations behind this rejectionist position have changed, as have the circumstances of the conflict, but the conclusion has remained consistent — peace has not been in the interest of the state of Israel. A fascinating read, and particularly timely as the Obama administration tries once more for a peace settlement, this book draws on a wealth of sources — including Hebrew documents and transcripts — to show that it is the Palestinians who lack a viable “partner for peace.”

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

    • Title: Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shahak (Author), Norton Mezvinsky (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 1999
    • ISBN-10: 0745312764
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745312767
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 160
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Description: At the very heart of the modern world is the idea that all people are born equal. Yet the Jewish religion teaches that people of Jewish faith are special before God, and Jewish fundamentalism passionately defends this belief. This book considers the consequences of this belief in the light of the considerable political influence and power of Jewish fundamentalism. The authors make a clear distinction between the fundamentalist ideology of Israel’s Ashkenazi Jews and that of the Sephardic Jews, examining the growing impact of these two movements on Israel’s political processes and their effects at a grassroots level through the armed forces’ relations with the Palestinian population. Shahak and Mezvinsky argue that Israeli Jewish fundamentalism is closely associated with a new form of national religious Messianism which has its origins in the settling of the conquered territories during the war of 1967 and which vehemently opposes the peace process. Focusing on the consequences for Israel of these ideologies, the authors examine in particular the activities of fundamentalist groups and individuals. Shahak and Mezvinsky conclude by analyzing the possible scenario of civil war in Israel between religious fundamentalists and secularists.

Refugees in Our Own Land : Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem

    • Title: Refugees in Our Own Land : Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Muna Hamzeh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2001
    • ISBN-10: 0745316522
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745316529
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 184
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Description: This book is an eye-witness account of what it is like to live in Palestine as a refugee in your own homeland. Born in Jerusalem, Muna Hamzeh is a journalist who has been writing about Palestinian affairs since 1985. She first worked as a journalist in Washington DC, but moved back to Palestine in 1989 to cover the first Palestine Intifada – the war of stones. She then settled in Dheisheh, near Bethlehem, – one of 59 Palestinian refugee camps that are considered the oldest refugee camps in the world. Immediately accessible and fully up-to-date, the first part of the book consists of a diary which Hamzeh wrote between October 4th and December 4th 2000, telling the story of the second Intifada. Facing the tanks and armed guards of one of the best equipped armies in the world, the Palestinians have nothing. They fight back with stones. The anguish and terror that Muna and her friends face on a daily basis is tangible. Who will be the next to die? Whose house will be the next to burn down? This deeply moving personal account brings to life the harsh realities of the Palestinian struggle. The second part of the book provides the background to these current events. It describes what life has been like for Dheisheh’s refugees since 1990, and explains why the second Intifada was a natural development of the Oslo peace accord. “Refugees in Our Own Land: Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem” is a rare insider’s look into the heart and minds of Palestinian refugees. It is a tribute to the bravery of the Palestinian people, and a wake-up call to the world that has ignored so much of their struggle and their suffering.

The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance

    • Title: The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Rumina Sethi (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 0745323642
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745323640
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 192
    • Size / Format: 3,5 mb / pdf
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Description: In a period of vast global restructuring, unrestricted capital has eroded the traditional distinctions between nations and nationhood. In The Politics of Postcolonialism, Rumina Sethi devises a new form of postcolonial studies that makes sense of these dramatic changes. Returning to the origins of the discipline, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America, emphasising postcolonial politics, dissent and resistance. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, are seeking fresh ways to express their discontent. This original and persuasive work frees the discipline from its current preoccupation with hybridity and multiculturalism, giving students of politics, cultural studies and international relations a new perspective on postcolonialism.

The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation

    • Title: The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Shir Hever (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745327958
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327952
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 240
    • Size / Format: 2,3 mb / pdf
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Description: The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has many important economic aspects that are often overlooked. In this highly original book, Shir Hever shows that both sides need to address the economic dimension if progress is to be made. Hever rejects the premise that Israel keeps control over Palestinian territories for material gain, and also the premise that Israel is merely defending itself from Palestinian aggression. Instead, he argues that the occupation has reached an impasse, with the Palestinian resistance making exploitation of the Palestinians by Israeli business interests difficult, and the Israeli authorities reluctant to give up control. With traditional economic analysis failing to explain this turn of events, this book will be invaluable for students, activists and journalists struggling to make sense of the complex issues surrounding Israel’s occupation.

People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity

    • Title: People Power: Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Howard Clark (Editor)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329020
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329024
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 256
    • Size / Format: 10,5 mb / pdf
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Description: Across the world, nonviolent movements are in the forefront of resistance against repression, imperial aggression and corporate abuse. However, it is often difficult for activists in other countries to know how best to assist such movements. The contributors to Unarmed Resistance and Global Solidarity place nonviolent struggles in an international context where solidarity can play a crucial role. Yet they also warn that good intentions are not enough, solidarity has to listen to local movements. Using clear examples, the contributors assess various forms of solidarity, criticizing those in the global North who try to impose their view of what is possible and arguing that a central role of solidarity is to strengthen the counter-power of those resisting domination and oppression.

Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation

    • Title: Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University under Occupation
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Gabriel Baramki (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2009
    • ISBN-10: 0745329322
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745329321
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine’s foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit’s first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel ‘s occupation. Democracy and tolerance would be among its mandatory subjects. The West Bank institution quickly became a beacon of learning, open to the best students irrespective of income. It continues to produce scholars, administrators, leaders and confident, idealistic young people. The cost of achieving this has been shocking. Israel first tried to break the university through forced closures. Since its establishment as a university, staff and students have been detained, often without trial, throughout the period even during the 15 times of closure. Israeli soldiers have stormed the university, shooting unarmed students. Dr. Baramki has been dragged from his home at night, beaten and arrested. As Vice-Chancellor, he has been liaising with Israeli prisons and comforting bereaved Palestinian parents. This memoir should be required reading for anyone concerned about the right to learn.

Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel

    • Title: Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Ilan Pappé (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2010
    • ISBN-10: 0745327265
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327266
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 224
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Description: Even before he wrote his bestselling book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, historian Ilan Pappe was a controversial figure in Israel. In Out of the Frame, he gives a full account of his break with conventional Israeli scholarship and its consequences.Growing up in a conventional Israeli community influenced by the utopian visions of Theodor Herzl, Pappe was barely aware of the Nakbah in his high school years. Here he traces his journey of discovery from the whispers of Palestinian classmates to his realisation that the ‘enemy’s’ narrative of the events of 1948 was correct. After producing his phD at Oxford university based on recently declassified documents in the early 1980s he returned to Palestine determined to protect the memory of the Nakbah and struggle for the rectification of its evils. For the first time he gives the details of the formidable opposition he faced in Israel, including death threats fed by the media, denunciations by the Knesset and calls for him to be sacked from his post at Haifa university.This revealing work, written with dignity and humour, highlights Israel’s difficulty in facing up to its past and forging a peaceful, inclusive future in Palestine.

A courageous, honest painful personal account of what goes on in Israel to silence dissent and to curb freedom of thought and expression. A daring cri du Coeur that exposes academia and other institutions in Israel to using subtle ways of pressure to ensure conformity and loyalty to the state and alerts the world to this unseen dangerous trend that in the long run may be detrimental to Israel and to others. — Mariam C. Said In this long-awaited intellectual autobiography, Prof Ilan Pappe, Israel,s most important critical historian, who was hounded out of Haifa University for his clear-headed insistence on theorising the vital links between the 1948 Nakbah and Israel,s unabashed militarism, charts the real road map to Israel,s ideological dismantling and to reconciliation with the Palestinians via the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. — Ronit Lentin, Head of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin Pappe takes us through his own development from child of a solid zionist family into a historian in conflict with his own society’s view of its past. He describes this intellectual and moral journey in the measured tone of an academic, but also with his customary humanistic sensitivity to the suffering so many ignore. Pappe is one of the courageous few who refuse to believe in an ideology or mythology that denies the humanity of others and traps his country in a cycle of violence. — Allan Cameron, Writer and Translator In this remarkable intellectual history and autobiography, Ilan Pappe shows why he changed his mind from the Zionist consensus, and how he resisted Zionist pressure to deny his findings and his conscience. His work shines with steadfastness, humour, and hope. — Professor James Holstun, University of Buffalo, New York

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years

    • Title: Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Israel Shahak (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • Edition: 2nd
    • ISBN-10: 0745328407
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745328409
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 176
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Description: Israel Shahak was a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967. In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, Shahak embarks on a provocative study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of an invidious and potentially lethal nature. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late. Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.

An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel

    • Title: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Jeff Halper (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745322263
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745322261
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 336
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Description: Jeff Halper’s book, like his life’s work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I’ve read. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan Cook, author of Blood and Religion (2006) and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (2008)In this book, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider. While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, culture and economy, they did so at a high price: Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country’s Palestinian population policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation and discrimination, expressed most graphically in its ongoing demolition of thousands of Palestinian homes, both inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine records Halper’s journey ‘beyond the membrane’ that shields his people from the harsh realities of Palestinian life to his ‘discovery’ that he was actually living in another country: Palestine. Without dismissing the legitimacy of his own country, he realises that Israel is defined by its oppressive relationship to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a real, living country which must by necessity evolve and change, Halper asks whether the idea of an ethnically pure ‘Jewish State’ is still viable. More to the point, he offers ways in which Israel can redeem itself through a cultural Zionism upon which regional peace and reconciliation are attainable.

A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel

    • Title: A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Hatim Kanaaneh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2008
    • ISBN-10: 0745327877
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745327877
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 320
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Description: Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian doctor who has struggled for over 35 years to bring medical care to Palestinians in Galilee, against a culture of anti-Arab discrimination. This is the story of how he fought for the human rights of his patients and overcame the Israeli authorities’ cruel indifference to their suffering. Kanaaneh is a native of Galilee, born before the creation of Israel. He left to study medicine at Harvard, before returning to work as a public health physician with the intention of helping his own people. He discovered a shocking level of disease and malnutrition in his community and a shameful lack of support from the Israeli authorities. After doing all he could for his patients by working from inside the system, Kanaaneh set up The Galilee Society, an NGO working for equitable health, environmental and socio-economic conditions for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. This is a brilliant memoir that shows how grass roots organisations can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.

Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion

    • Title: Imperial Israel and the Palestinians: The Politics of Expansion
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Nur Masalha (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2000
    • ISBN-10: 0745316158
    • ISBN-13: 0745316158
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 272
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Description: In Imperial Israel and the Palestinians , Nur Masalha provides a history of Israel’s expansionist policies, focusing on the period from the June War of 1967 to the present day. He demonstrates that imperialist tendencies in Israel run the political gamut, from Left to Right.Masalha argues that the heart of the conflict between Zionist immigrants/settlers and the native Palestinians has always been about land, territory, demography and water. He documents how Israeli policy has made it a priority to expel the Palestinians, either by war or peaceful measures. But these imperialist tendencies are not restricted to extremist zealots. The author uncovers the expansionist policies found in Labour Zionism and Kookist ideology. Chapters cover the Whole Land of Israel Movement, Zionist Revisionism and the Likud Party, Gush Emunim and the religious fundamentalists, parties and movements of the far right and the evolution of Israeli Jewish public attitudes since 1967.

Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment

    • Title: Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment
    • Author(s) / Editor(s): Mazin B. Qumsiyeh (Author)
    • Publisher: Pluto Press
    • Year: 2011
    • ISBN-10: 074533069X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0745330693
    • Language: English
    • Pages: 320
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Description: The Western media paint Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation as exclusively violent: armed resistance, suicide bombings, and rocket attacks. In reality these methods are the exception to what is a peaceful and creative resistance movement. In this fascinating book, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh synthesizes data from hundreds of original sources to provide the most comprehensive study of civil resistance in Palestine. The book contains hundreds of stories of the heroic and highly innovative methods of resistance employed by the Palestinians over more than 100 years. The author also analyzes the successes, failures, missed opportunities and challenges facing ordinary Palestinians as they struggle for freedom against incredible odds. This is the only book to critically and comparatively study the uprisings of 1920-21, 1929, 1936-9, 1970s, 1987-1991 and 2000-2006. The compelling human stories told in this book will inspire people of all faiths and political backgrounds to chart a better and more informed direction for a future of peace with justice.

“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine. Mazin Qumsiyeh brilliantly evokes the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist settler colonialism. With its focus on ‘history and activism from below’, this is a work of enormous significance. Developing further his original ideas on human rights in Palestine, media activism, public policies and popular, non-violent resistance, Mazin Qumsiyeh’s book is a must read for anyone interested in justice and how to produce the necessary breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict.” — Nur Masalha, author of four books, including The Bible and Zionism (2007) and The Politics of Denial (2003)
“Qumsiyeh’s inspiring accounts of both the everyday and the most extraordinary acts of Palestinian indigenous resistance to colonialism expose the misguided claims that Palestinians have never tried nonviolence; in fact, they are among the experts, whose courage, creativity, and resilience are an inspiration to people of conscience everywhere. Even with the arms of a military superpower, the Israeli government’s failure to quell the Palestinians’ spirit and insistence on human rights reminds us that the greatest strength of all belongs to those with justice on their side, who will ultimately triumph.” — Anna Baltzer, author of Witness in Palestine
“Mazin Qumsiyeh’s insider’s chronicle of Palestinian civil resistance and its quest for self-reliance, independence, political rights, and self-liberation clearly shows that collective nonviolent action by Palestinians has been neither episodic nor an aberration, but remarkably consistent and for nearly a century. His sweeping account belongs on the bookshelves of Israelis who are fearful, Palestinians who are unsure of next steps, and a global community that has yet to take a meaningful stand for peace with justice. Anyone concerned about the future for all the peoples of the Middle East will take encouragement from his invigorating analysis.” — Mary Elizabeth King, author of A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance