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2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

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Most Recently Published Books

RECENT BOOKS RELATING TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE

It is planned to try to update this section every 3 to 4 months. Please contact us if you have any comments or ideas for new books to be included in a future posting.

When the page is updated, all books previously posted on this page are transferred to a set of pages organised under the following headings:

1. MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHY/ORAL TESTIMONIES
2. THE ARTS – FICTION/POETRY/PHOTOGRAPHY
3. HISTORY
4. CURRENT AFFAIRS/POLITICS

 

RECENT BOOKS RELATING TO ISRAEL/PALESTINE

Posted 28th January 2017

 

MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHY/ORAL TESTIMONIES

Nahida Gordon: Palestine is our home: Voices of loss, courage and steadfastness (2016)

David Leach: Chasing Utopia: The future of the Kibbutz in a divided Israel (2016)

Alice Rothchild: Condition critical: Life and death in Palestine/Israel (2017)

 

THE ARTS – FICTION/POETRY/PHOTOGRAPHY

Samia Halaby: Drawing the Kafr Qasem massacre (2016)

Yitzhak Laor: The myths of Liberal Zionism (2017)

Vered Maimon (Ed.): Activestills: Photography as protest in Israel/Palestine (2016)

Vacy Viazna (Ed.): I remember my name (2016)

 

HISTORY

Toufic Haddad: Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territories (2016)

Thomas Suarez: State of Terror (2016)

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS/POLITICS

Bjorn Brenner: Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic democracy to Islamist governance (2016)

Yifat Gutman: Memory activism: Reimagining the past for the future in Israel/Palestine (2016)

Julie Peteet: Space and mobility in Palestine (2017)

William Robinson & Maryam Griffin (Eds.): We will not be silenced: The academic repression of Israel’s critics (2017)

Michael Sandford (Ed.): The Bible, Zionism and Palestine: The Bible’s role in conflict and liberation in Israel-Palestine (2016)

 

 MEMOIRS/BIOGRAPHY/ORAL TESTIMONIES

Nahida Gordon: Palestine is our home: Voices of loss, courage and steadfastness (Palestine Books, 2016, paperback, £14.95)

Publisher’s description: Palestine Is Our Home contains the memories of Palestinians who have suffered loss of home, community, and country at the hands of a people who themselves have suffered greatly. The suffering and loss experienced by the Palestinians, which they call Al Nakba, continues to today and is aided by countries of the West. In spite of a brutal military occupation of their country, Palestinians have kept their identity as Palestinians and through perseverance have kept their culture vibrant and alive. They continue to build their communities in spite of the daily hardships, humiliations, and death inflicted on them by the military occupation. The book contains a brief contemporary history of Palestine, short essays, first hand testimonies from Palestinians who experienced different periods of their country’s painful recent history, and chapters on the liberation art of currently occupied Palestine and on the origins of the traditional Palestinian costume.

Reviews: none yet available

 

David Leach: Chasing Utopia: The future of the Kibbutz in a divided Israel (ECW Press, 2016, paperback, £13.99)

Publisher’s description: Say the word “Israel” today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades, the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers’ dream of founding a socialist utopia in the land called Palestine? Chasing Utopia draws readers into the quest for answers to the defining political conflict of our era. Acclaimed author David Leach revisits his raucous memories of life as a kibbutz volunteer and returns to meet a new generation of Jewish and Arab citizens struggling to forge a better future together. Crisscrossing the nation, Leach chronicles the controversial decline of Israel’s kibbutz movement and witnesses a renaissance of the original vision for a peaceable utopia in unexpected corners of the Promised Land. Chasing Utopia is an entertaining and enlightening portrait of a divided nation where hope persists against the odds

Reviews: Kirkus Reviews
Quill & Quire

 

Alice Rothchild: Condition critical: Life and death in Palestine/Israel (Just World Books, 2017, paperback, £17.50)

Publisher’s description: Since 2003, obstetrician Alice Rothchild has traveled annually to Israel/Palestine with other concerned Americans, to learn about health and human rights situation of politically marginalized communities, especially Palestinians. Condition Critical presents key blog posts and analytical essays that explore everyday life in Israel, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza up close and with searing honesty. These eyewitness reports and intimate stories depict the critical condition of a region suffering from decades-old wounds of colonization and occupation. Condition Critical dares (and inspires) its readers to examine the painful consequences of Zionism and Israeli expansion and to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice.

Reviews: none yet available

 

THE ARTS – FICTION/POETRY/PHOTOGRAPHY

Samia Halaby: Drawing the Kafr Qasem massacre (Schilt Publishing,2016, £40)

Publisher’s description: The 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre was carried out by the Israeli Border Police under cover of the tripartite attack on Egypt by England, France, and Israel. (…) In Kafr Qasem, an artifice was created to provide a fig-leaf excuse for the killing of innocent people — a curfew announced less than a half an hour before it was implemented. Workers returning home, tired and hungry, unaware of the curfew, were cold-bloodedly shot dead by members of the Israeli Border Police. Based on interviews with survivors, Samia Halaby created a set of documentary drawings on the subject. The emotions of anger and fear leap from every page of this book, enabling the reader to bear witness to the terrible suffering endured by the inhabitants of this small Palestinian village.

Reviews: Middle East Monitor

 

Yitzhak Laor: The myths of Liberal Zionism (Verso Books, 2017, paperback, £9.99)

Publisher’s description: Laor is one of Israel’s most prominent dissidents and poets, a latter-day Spinoza who helps keep alive the critical tradition within Jewish culture. In this work he fearlessly dissects the complex attitudes of Western European liberal Left intellectuals toward Israel, Zionism and the “Israeli peace camp.” He argues that through a prism of famous writers like Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua, the peace camp has now adopted the European vision of “new Zionism,” promoting the fierce Israeli desire to be accepted as part of the West and taking advantage of growing Islamophobia across Europe. The backdrop to this uneasy relationship is the ever-present shadow of the Holocaust. Laor is merciless as he strips bare the hypocrisies and unarticulated fantasies that lie beneath the love-affair between “liberal Zionists” and their European supporters.

Reviews: Electronic Intifada

 

Vered Maimon (Ed.): Activestills: Photography as protest in Israel/Palestine (Pluto, 2016, paperback, £20)

Publisher’s description: In 2005, a group of photographers took a stand alongside the people of the small town of Bil’in, and documented their fight to stop the Israeli government building the infamous West Bank Barrier. Inspired by what they had seen in Bil’in, the group went on to form Activestills, a collective whose work has become vital in documenting the struggle against Israeli occupation and everyday life in extraordinary situations. Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel examines the collective’s archive and activity from historical, theoretical, critical, and personal perspectives. It is the result of an in-depth dialogue among members of the collective and activists, journalists, intellectuals, and academics, and stands as the definitive study of the collective’s work. Combining striking full-colour photographs with essays and commentary, Activestills stands as both a major contribution to reportage on Israel/Palestine and a unique collection of visual art.

Reviews: none yet available

 

Vacy Viazna (Ed.): I remember my name (Novum Books, 2016, paperback, £12.50)

Publisher’s description: I remember my name is a moving collection of poems by three Palestinian poets whose poetic vision is at once Palestinian and universal. It is a tribute to Arabic literature and to the striving for a common justice and humaneness. It is dedicated to those who resisted, who suffered, and who live the Palestinian sumoud – steadfastness. All three poets enjoy high literary profiles in the West and the Middle East: Samah, is an author, playwright, poet and political commentator, Ramzy is an author, poet, editor, political commentator and Jehan is a poet and political commentator. All three are highly respected and renowned Palestinian activists.

Reviews: Palestine Book Awards
Palestine Chronicle

 

 

HISTORY

Toufic Haddad: Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territories (I.B.Taurus, 2016, £69)

Publisher’s description: Despite their failure to yield peace or Palestinian statehood, the role of these organisations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is generally overlooked owing to their depiction as tertiary actors engaged in technical missions. In Palestine Ltd., Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process. Drawing upon more than 20 years of policy literature, field-based interviews and recently declassified or leaked documents, he details how these frameworks have led to struggles over influencing Palestinian political and economic behaviour, and attempts to mould the class character of Palestinian society and its leadership. A dystopian vision of Palestine emerges as the by-product of this complex asymmetrical interaction, where nationalism, neo-colonialism and ‘disaster capitalism’ both intersect and diverge

Reviews: none yet available

 

Thomas Suarez: State of Terror (Skyscraper Books, 2016, £20)

Publisher’s description: The massacre of innocent Arab villagers at Deir Yassin is now generally acknowledged to be an atrocity, but has often been described as an isolated act. But this new book shows how the use of terror by supporters of the idea of a Jewish state in Palestine was systematic, routine and accepted by Jewish leaders as necessary to achieve their aims. At the height of the British Mandate in Palestine, terrorist acts were carried out at a frequency and with an intensity that has been forgotten nowadays, and that compares with the worst acts of terrorism by Palestinians in Israel, or ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In this book, Suarez present the terrorists’ own accounts in secret internal papers boasting of their successes. This book uses meticulous archive research, much of it never before published, to show the systematic way in which, from the beginning of political Zionism, violence and terror were seen as legitimate tools to deny the rights of the indigenous inhabitants to the land they had lived in for generations.

Reviews:

Mondoweiss 
Amazon

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS/POLITICS

Bjorn Brenner: Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic democracy to Islamist governance (I.B.Taurus, 2016, £25)

Publisher’s description: Hamas is designated a terrorist organization by Israel, the EU, the USA and the UN. It has made itself notorious for its violent radicalism and uncompromising rejection of the Jewish state. So after its victory in the 2006 elections the world was watching. How would Hamas govern? (…) Brenner investigates what happened after the elections and puts the spotlight on the people over whom Hamas rules, rather than on its ideas. Lodging with Palestinian families and experiencing their daily encounters with Hamas, he offers an intimate perspective of the group as seen through local eyes. The book is based on hard-to-secure interviews with a wide range of key political and security figures in the Hamas administration, as well as with military commanders and members of the feared Qassam Brigades. Brenner has also sought out those that Hamas identifies as local trouble makers: the extreme Salafi-Jihadis and members of the now more quiescent mainstream Fatah party led by Mahmoud Abbas. The book provides a new interpretation of one of the most powerful forces in the Israel-Palestine arena, arguing that the Gazan Islamists carry a potential to be much more flexible and pragmatic than anticipated – if they would think they stand to gain from it. Gaza under Hamas investigates the key challenges to Hamas’s authority and reveals why and in what ways ideology comes second to power consolidation.

Reviews: none yet available

 

Yifat Gutman: Memory activism: Reimagining the past for the future in Israel/Palestine (Vanderbilt UP, 2016, paperback, £26.95)

Publisher’s description: Set in Israel in the first decade of the twenty-first century and based on long-term fieldwork, this rich ethnographic study offers an innovative analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It explores practices of “memory activism” by three groups of Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Palestinian citizens–Zochrot, Autobiography of a City, and Baladna–showing how they appropriated the global model of truth and reconciliation while utilizing local cultural practices such as tours and testimonies. These activist efforts gave visibility to a silenced Palestinian history in order to come to terms with the conflict’s origins and envision a new resolution for the future. This unique focus on memory as a weapon of the weak reveals a surprising shift in awareness of Palestinian suffering among the Jewish majority of Israeli society in a decade of escalating violence and polarization–albeit not without a backlash. (…) The walking tour and survivor testimonies originally deployed by the state for national Zionist education that marginalized Palestinian citizens are now being appropriated by activists for tours of pre-state Palestinian villages and testimonies by refugees

Reviews: none yet available

 

Julie Peteet: Space and mobility in Palestine (Indiana UP, 2017, paperback, £24)

Publisher’s description: Peteet believes that the concept of mobility is key to understanding how place and space act as forms of power, identity, and meaning among Palestinians in Israel today. In Space and Mobility in Palestine, she investigates how Israeli policies of closure and separation influence Palestinian concerns about constructing identity, the ability to give meaning to place, and how Palestinians comprehend, experience, narrate, and respond to Israeli settler-colonialism. Peteet’s work sheds new light on everyday life in the Occupied Territories and helps explain why regional peace may be difficult to achieve in the foreseeable future.

Reviews: none yet available

 

William Robinson & Maryam Griffin (Eds.): We will not be silenced: The academic repression of Israel’s critics (Pluto Press, 2017, paperback,£14,99)

Publisher’s description: This book is a collection of first-hand testimonials by scholars and students in the United States who have been targeted for persecution by the Israel lobby over the content of their teaching, scholarship and activism with regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the Palestinian freedom struggle. As criticism continues to mount over Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and of international law, campaigns to silence and repress those who speak out against Israeli apartheid and US complicity have grown alarmingly. College and university campuses across the United States now find themselves at the centre stage of this conflict over free speech: scholars have been turned away from jobs, denied tenure and promotion, rejected for funding, and expelled from institutions, while student organisations have faced harassment and sanctions.

Reviews: none yet available

 

Michael Sandford (Ed.): The Bible, Zionism and Palestine: The Bible’s role in conflict and liberation in Israel-Palestine (Relegere Academic Press, 2016, free to download as PDF from here https://rap.relegere.org/rap/catalog/book/2)

Publisher’s description: Contributors evaluate the divisive and liberatory influences and effects of the Bible on Zionism and Palestine-Israel and, conversely, the practice of biblical interpretation in a Post-Nakba world.

Reviews: none yet available

 

 

 

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