Generation Palestine

Generation Palestine : Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

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The unique model of apartheid, colonisation and military occupation that Israel imposes on the Palestinians, along with myriad violations of international law, have made Palestine the moral cause of a generation. Yet many people continue to ask, 'what can we do?'

Generation Palestine helps to answer this question by bringing together Palestinian and international activists in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The movement aims to pressure Israel until it complies with International Law, mirroring the model that was successfully utilised against South African apartheid.

With essays written by a wide selection of contributors, Generation Palestine follows the BDS movement's model of inclusivity and collaboration. Contributors include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ken Loach, Iain Banks, Ronnie Kasrils, Professor Richard Falk, Ilan Pappe, Omar Barghouti, Ramzy Baroud and Archbishop Attallah Hannah, alongside other internationally acclaimed artists, writers, academics and grassroots activists.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15.24mm | 294.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332439
  • 9780745332437
  • 681,527

Table of contents

Acknowledgements by Rich Wiles

Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Part I: BDS: The Historical Context

1. BDS: Palestine's Global Battle that must be Won by Ramzy Baroud

2. Boycott, Bricks and the Four Pillars of the South African Struggle by Ronnie Kasrils

3. India's Freedom Struggle and Today's BDS Movement by Prabir Purukayathra and Ayesha Kidwai

4. The US Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movement: Lessons and Applications for the Palestinian Liberation Movement by Kali Akuno

Part II: The Palestinian Call for BDS

5. The 2005 Palestinian Call for BDS - Official Text of the BDS Call

6. Why Palestinians Called for BDS by Raji Sorani

7. Self-Determination and the Right of Return: Interlinked and Indivisible Rights by Nidal al-Azza 8. Levelling the Scales by Force: Thoughts on Normalisation by Rifat Odeh Kassis

9. International Law, Apartheid, and Israeli Responses to BDS by Richard Falk

10. Towards a Just and Lasting Peace: Kairos Palestine and the Lead of the Palestinian Church by Archbishop Atallah Hanna

Part III: Economy, Academia and Culture

11. BDS: Perspectives of an Israeli Economist by Shir Hever

12. Colonialism, the Peace Process and the Academic Boycott - Ilan Pappe

13. Faithless in the Holy Land: A Musician's Journey to Boycott by Dave Randall

14. Our People by Iain Banks

15. Why We Back the Boycott Campaign by Ken Loach, Paul Laverty and Rebecca O'Brien

Part IV: Activists and Activism

16. Derailing Veoli by Adri Nieuwhof

17. The Case of the Edinburgh 5 by Mick Napier

18. Worker to Worker Solidarity: BDS in the Trade Union Movement - Rafeef Ziadeh

19. The Derry versus Raytheon Struggle by Eamonn McCann

20. Israeli Apartheid Week: A Gauge of the Global BDS Campaign by Hazem Jamjoum

Part V: BDS - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

21. Palestine's South Africa Moment has Finally Arrived by Omar Barghouti

Notes on Contributors

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'Essential reading for all who believe in changing this world for the better. Never again should we ask 'What can we do?' Rich Wiles' excellent book, and the BDS movement, provide us with the answers' -- Stephane Hessel is a diplomat, writer, concentration camp survivor, former French resistance fighter, and editor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

'The BDS movement is the most enlightened, imaginative, moral, fearless and dynamic blow for freedom I have known for many years. I believe it will be a vital factor in the liberation of Palestine. The inspiring voices in this book will help achieve that goal' -- John Pilger 'Reading this book, talking about it and acting upon its ideas is a further political act against an injustice that has lasted a lifetime' -- John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing
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About Rich Wiles

Rich Wiles is a photographic artist, writer and activist, whose work has been widely exhibited internationally. His books include Behind the Wall (Potomac Books, 2010) and Generation Palestine (Pluto, 2013).
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