On the Border

On the Border

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On the Border chronicles a radical political education in a time and place charged with idealism and danger. A Polish Frenchman and a rabbi's son, Michel Warschawski left for Israel at the age of sixteen to to study the Talmud, and eventually became one of the most renowned figures of the Israeli left.

Warschawski's involvement in radical politics led to inspiring alliances with Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Marxists. Yet as the border lines hardened, he became targeted by the Shin Bet, Israel's notorious intelligence agents. Finally arrested, incarcerated and interrogated for 20 days, Michel gives his readers an insider's view of the psychological and political pressures that Shin Bet brought to bear, even on Jews, and never lets you forget the severity of treatment that his Palestinian colleagues faced.

In touch with the Jewish diaspora, and inspired by a socialism without borders, the book mixes sharp analysis of the ongoing conflict with deep personal insight into the events of the last three decades. The lessons he draws from his experience on the border between Israel and Palestine should be instructive for all the places where cultures rub against each other for better and worse. Warschawski's perspective offers hope for the rich cultural and political exchange that these places offer their inhabitants, and hope for his adopted land.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 215mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532326X
  • 9780745323268

About Michel Warschawski

Michel Warschawski is a veteran journalist and peace activist. He is the former director of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem. He is the author of books in Hebrew and Arabic and, in French, Israel-Palestine (Textuel, 2001).
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Table of contents



PART I The desert

Interlude The discourse about the border

1. Border cities

2. David becomes Goliath

3. Preaching in the Wilderness

4. Socialism without borders

5. Against The Current

6. Smugglers

7. Encounters

8. Prisoners And Banished

PART II Openings

Interlude The two Rabbis

9. Earthquake

10. 'There is a limit!'

11. Together

12. No man's land

13. The Trial

14. The Settler of the Left

PART III The internal borders

Interlude M. Dankner and M. Shemesh

15. Separation at last?

16. Jews and Israelis

17. The Periphery Becomes The Center

18. Hallel's Prayer

19. Beyond Judea and Israel

20. Homecomings

21. Border Identities

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'Not only is On the Border a page-turner, it's also essential reading for anyone working for peace and justice in the Middle East' -- Liat Weingart, Co-Director Jewish Voice for Peace 'Equal parts theory, memoir and post-Zionist historiography, this monumental piece of writing on Israel is destined to become a classic in the literature of the Arab-Israeli conflict' -- Joel Schalit, author, Jerusalem Calling 'This is the most important book on Israel that will be published this year, or, I dare say, for many years to come' -- Daniel Boyarin, Taubmann Professor of Talmudic Culture, University of California at Berkeley 'A powerful voice that deserves to be heard in this country' -- Rashid Khalidi, author of Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness 'Michel Warschawski is a non-Jewish Jew, a non-Zionist Israeli and a non-Arab Palestinian: an embodiment of trans-border loyalty to the higher values of human solidarity' -- Gilbert Achcar, author of The Clash of Barbarisms and Eastern Cauldron 'A beautiful and stirring book, revealing that heroism continues to inform lives even in our unherioc time' -- Science & Society
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