Israeli Apartheid

Israeli Apartheid : A Beginner's Guide

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Indispensable for the Palestinian solidarity movement, Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide distils the work of academics and experts into a highly readable introduction. This is the book to read if you want to understand the root of the conflict and how apartheid applies to the situation in Palestine.Ben White begins by succinctly explaining the origins of Zionist colonisation and the crucial events of 1948. He then proceeds to examine the current structure of Israeli apartheid. Packed with absorbing content, the book is rooted in the author's extensive on-the-ground experience in the region. It also includes short testimonies by Palestinians about how Israeli apartheid affects their daily lives, as well as a 'Frequently Asked Questions' section.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745328881
  • 9780745328881
  • 2,209,649

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Ben White provides a lucid and essential account of the roots, nature and development of Israeli Apartheid and the continued resistance ... His work cleverly unites the relevant past to the unbearable present ... His writing is dispassionate, clear and thoroughly substantiated. -- Ramzy Baroud, editor of the Palestine Chronicle website, journalist, and author of 'The Second Palestinian Intifada' (2006) White's book helps us see much more clearly both what is happening in Israel/Palestine but also what we must do about it. If you really care about peace in the Middle East, read this book. Then commit yourself to supporting non-violent proactive ways to bring justice with peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. -- Rev. Stephen Sizer, author of 'Zion's Christian Soldiers' (2007) I am impressed by Ben White's clear-minded journalism and analysis. I have quoted from an article of his in a speech to The House of Commons. I feel sure his book will be of value in understanding the attitudes behind the Middle East division. -- Harry Cohen, Labour Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead An essential guide for understanding the reality of Israeli apartheid - both the history, and the day to day reality. -- Eyal Weizman, Israeli architect and author of 'Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation' (2007) There are always those who say the conflict in Palestine is too complicated for anyone to dare engage with it, much less understand it. ... [this book] takes on the most complex arenas of injustice and contested history, and renders them accessible, lucid, and morally compelling. Never compromising on the facts, its narrative both enlightens and inspires. -- Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University academic [This book] is a useful introduction to a vital debate. To understand the challenges of the current situation in the Middle East we must revisit the long and often painful journey that led from the creation of Israel. This challenging new work unpicks some of the myths of that story and forces us all to look again at the reality of current Israeli policy towards the Palestinians. -- Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate Is Israel an apartheid state? The answer to this question has enormous implications ... The problem is that half the population it controls... is not Jewish. ... Ben White demonstrates that indeed Israel could have become and could not continue to be a "Jewish state" unless it used discriminatory tactics that resemble and often surpass those of apartheid South Africa. -- Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of 'One Country' (2007) This book provides one of the best introductions to the Israel/Palestine conflict. It reveals what mainstream media in the West seeks to conceal from the public: that Israel has an apartheid regime which has been obsessed with demographic racism and ethnic cleansing ... The book provides an indispensable context for understanding the origins and consequences of the conflict. -- Nur Masalha, Reader in Religion and Politics, St Mary's University College (UK), and author of The Bible and Zionism (2007)

This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat even just with book titles. The reader may not agree with everything that White asserts but it is a highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject. -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

A very strong and clear voice that does not shun from exposing in full, and in a most accessible manner, the essence of Zionism and Israeli policies in Palestine. In a world confused by competing narratives, disinformation and fabrication, this book is an excellent guide for understanding the magnitude of the crimes committed against the Palestinians and the nature of their present suffering and oppression. -- Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, Israeli historian and author of 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine' (2007)
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About Ben White

Ben White is a researcher and analyst at the Middle East Monitor and Journal of Palestine Studies. He is the author of Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011) and has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Al Jazeera.
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Table of contents

Dedication and thanks

List of maps, charts, and photographs.

Foreword by John Dugard

Introducing Israeli Apartheid

Part I: Israeli independence, Palestinian catastrophe

Part II: Israeli Apartheid

Part III: Towards inclusion and peace - Resisting Israeli Apartheid

Frequently Asked Questions





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