Top Titles for 2015

Leila Abdelrazaq

Baddawi (Charlottesburg, Virginia : Just World Books, 2015)  Graphic novel.

 Baddawi

Ahmad grows up in a crowded yet vibrant community amidst mounting unrest and violence in his host country, experiencing joys such as holidays and adventures with his friends, and facing heavy burdens, from a schoolyard bully to separation from his family during the Lebanese civil war. Ahmad’s dogged pursuit of education and opportunity echoes the journey of the Palestinian people, as they make the best of their present circumstances while remaining steadfast in their determination to one day return to their homeland. A “clever use of tatreez designs running throughout the book,” with illustrations that “emphasise the surreal feelings of chaos and turmoil that surround young children in war zones.” – Ghazala Caratella, Aqsa News

 

Susan Abulhawa

The Blue Between Sky and Water  (Bloomsbury Circus, 2015) A family’s Nakba exile to Gaza.

 

Karen Koning AbuZayd

Reflecting on Palestine’s Grief, Humour and Steadfastness : Keynote Address Delivered at the Palestine Book Awards 2015  (MEMO/Middle East Monitor, 13 pages, 2015)

 

Osie Gabriel Adelfang, editor

Shifting Sands : Jewish Women Confront the Occupation (Createspace, 2015, updated from 2010 edition) Contributors include : Anna Baltzer, Sandra Butler, Tomi Laine Clark, Linda Dittmar, Hedy Epstein, Maia Ettinger, Kim Goldberg, Susan Greene, Amira Hass, Jen Marlowe, Hannah Mermelstein, Emma Rosenthal, Alice Rothchild, Starhawk.

 

Ghada Ageel, editor (Guardian newspaper)

Apartheid in Palestine : Hard Laws and Harder Experiences  (University of Alberta Press, 2015)  Contents : Richard Falk : foreword / Ghada AgeelBeit Daras – Once Upon a Land Reem Skeik I am from There, I am from HereSamar El-Bekai Palestine – Via Dolorosa Ramzy Baroud The Man with the White Beard; Uniting the Palestinian Narrative Husaida Arraf International Solidarity and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle Rafeef Ziadah Palestine Calling – Notes on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement Tali Shapiro Culture of Resistance – Why We Need You to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel Rela Mazali Complicit Dissent, Dissenting Complicity – A Story and its Context Keith Hammond Israel’s Legitimacy? Time for a European Moratorium Abigail B. Bakan Yasmeen Abu-Laban Israeli Apartheid, Canada, and Freedom of Expression James Cairns Susan Ferguson Political Truths – The Case of Pro-Palestine Discourse in Canada Sherene Razack A Hole in the Wall, A Rose at a Checkpoint – The Spatiality of Occupied Palestine Edward C. Corrigan Israel and Apartheid

 

Refaat Alareer & Leila el-Haddad, editors

Gaza Unsilenced (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2015)   Authors include : Refaat Alareer, Leila el-Haddad, Ali Abunimah, Ramzi Baroud, Diana Buttu, Jonathan Cook, Belal Dabour, Richard Falk, Chris Hedges, Hatim Kanaaneh, Rashid Khalidi, Eman Mohammed, and a great many more.

 

Jamie Allinson (University of Edinburgh / Westminster University)

The Struggle for the State in Jordan : The Social Origins of Alliances in the Middle East  (IB Tauris, 2015/2016)

 

Hala Alyan (Palestinian-American clinical psychologist in New York City)

Four Cities (Black Lawrence Press, 2015)  Poems from Detroit to Haifa

See also : FICTION and POETRY

 

Frank Barat, Angela Y. Davis & Cornel West

Freedom is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015) Frank Barat was the coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and is now the president of the Palestine Legal Action Network. His books include Gaza in CrisisCorporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation, and On Palestine.

 

Shaul Bartal  (Lecturer on Palestinian Affairs, Bar-Ilan University)

Jihad in Palestine : Political Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  (Routledge, 2015)

 

Valerie Belair-Gagnon

Social Media at BBC News : The Re-Making of Crisis Reporting  (Routledge 2015) – Tangental, as the Palestinians and Israel aren’t covered, but relevant in understanding the process of news dissemination.

 

Kai Bird

The Good Spy : The Life and Death of Robert Ames (Broadway Books/Bantam-Doubleday, 2015)  Publisher’s blurb : “On April 18, 1983, a bomb exploded outside the American Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The attack was a geopolitical turning point. It marked the beginning of Hezbollah as a political force, but even more important, it eliminated America’s most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East – CIA operative Robert Ames. What set Ames apart from his peers was his extraordinary ability to form deep, meaningful connections with key Arab intelligence figures. Some operatives relied on threats and subterfuge, but Ames worked by building friendships and emphasizing shared values – never more notably than with Yasir Arafat’s charismatic intelligence chief and heir apparent Ali Hassan Salameh (aka “The Red Prince”). Ames’ deepening relationship with Salameh held the potential for a lasting peace. Within a few years, though, both men were killed by assassins, and America’s relations with the Arab world began heading down a path that culminated in 9/11, the War on Terror, and the current fog of mistrust.”

 

Max Blumenthal

The 51 Day War : Ruin and Resistance in Gaza (Nation Books, 2015)

 

Ahron Bregman

Cursed Victory : A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories  (Penguin, 2015) Assessment of the evolving militaryoccupation since the 1967 war.  Author “enjoyed unparalleled access to high-level sources that enabled him to quote directly from top-secret memos, letters, and intelligence reports that are unlikely ever to be made public … Bregman’s account of the conflict born of the cursed victory is intelligent, informative and rich in telling details.” (Avi Shlaim, Guardian)

 

Shahar Burla (Sydney Jewish Museum)

The Diaspora and the Homeland : Political Goals in the Construction of Israeli Narratives to the Diaspora  (Routledge, 2015)

-as co-editor, with Dashiel Lawrence, editors : Australia & Israel : A Diasporic, Cultural and Political Relationship (Sussex Academic Press, 2015)

 

Neil Caplan

Futile Diplomacy – Vol. 4 : Operation Alpha and the Failure of Anglo-American Coercive Diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1954-1956  (Routledge, 2015)

Futile Diplomacy – Vol. 3 : The United Nations, the Great Powers and Middle East Peacemaking, 1948-1954  (Routledge, 2015)

Futile Diplomacy – Vol. 2 : Arab-Zionist Negotiations and the End of the Mandate (Frank Cass, 1986 / Routledge, 2015)

Futile Diplomacy – Vol. 1 : Early Arab-Zionist Negotiation Attempts, 1913-1931  (Frank Cass, 1983 / Routledge, 2015)

Palestine Jewry and the Arab Question, 1917-1925  (Frank Cass, 1978 / Routledge, 2015)

 

Centre for Democracy and Community Development

The Arab Peace Initiative and the Lebanese Track  (Centre for Democracy and Community Development, 2015)  The API’s platform, since its inception in 2002.

 

Lionis Chrisoula  (University of New South Wales)

Laughter in Occupied Palestine: Comedy and Identity in Art and Film  (IB Tauris, 2015)

 

Dan Cohn-Sherbok & Dawoud El-Alami

The Palestine-Israeli Conflict : A Beginner’s Guide (OneWorld, 2008, 2015)

 

Susan Muaddi Durraj

A  Curious Land : Stories from Home  (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015) – A book of short stories, which aren’t narratively distinct as you’d expect.

 

Marwan Darweish & Andrew Rigby (both of the Centre for Peace Studies, Coventry University)

Popular Protest in Palestine : The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance (Pluto Press, 2015)  Damning of Palestinian leadership for discouraging anything but localised protest, but lauding of the exogenous BDS campaign.  Focus includes the villages of Bil’in, Nabi Salih, the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah, and the South Hebron Hills.

 

Ashley Dawson & Bill V. Mullen, editors, with foreword by Ali Abunimah

Against Apartheid : The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities   (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015)  Contributors include Kristian Davis Bailey, Omar Barghouti, Tithi Bhattacharya, Vincente M. Diaz, Haidar Eid, Noura Erakat, Diane Feeley, David Finkel, Sami Hermez, Rima Kapitan, David Lloyd, Sunaina Maira, Joseph Massad, Nerdeen Mohsen, Nadine Naber, Rima Najjar-Merriman, David Palumbo-Liu, Ilan Pappé, Andrew Ross, Steven Salaita, Malini Schueller, Sarah Schulman, Joan Scott, Magid Shihade, Mayssun Sukarieh, Lisa Taraki, Salim Vally.

 

David De Vries (Tel Aviv University)

Strike Action and Nation Building : Labor Unrest in Palestine/Israel, 1899-1951 (Berghahn Books, 2015). Publisher’s blurb : “Strike-action has long been a notable phenomenon in Israeli society, despite forces that have weakened its recurrence, such as the Arab-Jewish conflict, the decline of organized labor, and the increasing precariousness of employment. While the impact of strikes was not always immense, they are deeply rooted in Israel’s past during the Ottoman Empire and Mandate Palestine. Workers persist in using them for material improvement and to gain power in both the private and public sectors, reproducing a vibrant social practice whose codes have withstood the test of time. This book unravels the trajectory of the strikes as a rich source for the social-historical analysis of an otherwise nation-oriented and highly politicized history.”

 

Jasmine Donahaye  (Swansea University)

Losing Israel (Seren, 2015)  Author discovers her grandparent kibbutzniks’ displacement of fellahin “by capital in the 1920s and 1930s, and by war in 1948.”

 

Robert Eisenman

Islamic Law in Palestine and Israel : A History of the Survival of Tazimat and Sharia in the British Mandate and the Jewish State   (Grave Distractions Publications, 2015)

 

Richard Falk

Chaos and Counterrevolution after the Arab Spring (Charlottesville, Virginia : One World Books, 2015) Princeton University international law professor’s essays and blogs on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

 

Ilana Feldman

Police Encounters : Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule  (Stamford University Press, 2015)

-Publisher’s blurb : Egypt came to govern Gaza as a result of a war, a failed effort to maintain Arab Palestine. Throughout the twenty years of its administration (19481967), Egyptian policing of Gaza concerned itself not only with crime and politics, but also with control of social and moral order. Through surveillance, interrogation, and a network of local informants, the police extended their reach across the public domain and into private life, seeing Palestinians as both security threats and vulnerable subjects who needed protection. Security practices produced suspicion and safety simultaneously. “Police Encounters” explores the paradox of Egyptian rule. Drawing on a rich and detailed archive of daily police records, the book describes an extensive security apparatus guided by intersecting concerns about national interest, social propriety, and everyday illegality. In pursuit of security, Egyptian policing established a relatively safe society, but also one that blocked independent political activity. The repressive aspects of the security society that developed in Gaza under Egyptian rule are beyond dispute. But repression does not tell the entire story about its impact on Gaza. Policing also provided opportunities for people to make claims of government, influence their neighbors, and protect their families.”

 

Keith P. Feldman (University of California at Berkeley, 2015)

A Shadow over Palestine : The Imperial Life of Race in America  (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)  Publisher’s blurb : “Focusing on the period from 1960 to 1985… Feldman deftly analyzes how artists, intellectuals, and organizations—from the United Nations, the Black Panther Party, and the Association of Arab American University Graduates to James Baldwin, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Edward Said, and June Jordan—linked the unfulfilled promise of liberal democracy in the United States with the perpetuation of settler democracy in Israel and the possibility of Palestine’s decolonization.”

 

Lisa Maria Franke

At the Doors of Paradise : Discourses of Female Self-Sacrifice, Martydom and Resistance in Palestine (Würzburg : Ergon, 2015).  Publisher’s blurb : “The participation of Palestinian women in active combat has triggered complex – verbal, visual, written – discourses about the istishadiyat within Palestinian society, which are analysed from a gender perspective.  The present study demonstrates that no single discourse regarding the istishadiyat prevails in Palestinian society. It is rather a conglomerate of power relations and interests in which this controversial topic is negotiated.”

 

Klaus Gensicke (Berlin-based historian)

The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazis : The Berlin Years (Vallentine Mitchell, 2015) Publisher’s blurb : “Amin al-Huseini is undeniably one of the key figures of the twentieth century. He was the religious head of the Palestinian Muslims for sixteen years, their political leader for thirty years and for a time he was the most important representative of the Arab world. Gensicke examines the time that Amin al-Husaini spent in Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1945. He looks at what the Mufti was hoping to gain politically and ideologically while he was there. His interest is directed primarily at the four years which the Mufti of Jerusalem with his staff of some 60 persons and a secret service of his own spent in Berlin as a guest and at the expense of the Third Reich. Only a matter of four years and yet even today they continue to poison the Israeli-Arab relationship. Al-Husaini cooperated eagerly with the Nazis to prevent Jews emigrating from Europe to Palestine. Aware of what was happening he wanted to see the Jews destroyed. He also expected a high position for himself in the Arab World after the Nazis had won the Second World War. Germany s enemies became his enemies and he waged a campaign of hate against the British and Americans, who were, he claimed, pawns of the Jews. This began the path towards anti-Americanism and the struggle against Western depravity in the name of Islam. The book shows how he used murder, terrorism, intrigue, extortion and the abuse of religion to obtain his goals. His broadcasts to the Muslims in North Africa during the Second World War were appeals for martyrdom in order to help the Germans as that would guarantee Paradise. After the War he continued to act in precisely the same manner. His greed for wealth, hunger for power, despotism, ruthlessness and intransigence were all factors that brought disaster upon his people and have, unfortunately, set a standard that remains valid in Palestinian politics today.”

 

Israel Gershoni (Tel Aviv University)

Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism  (University of Texas Press, 2015)  Contains two chapters directly on Palestine – Rene Wildangel : More than the Mufti : Other Arab-Palestinian Voices on Nazi Germany, 1933-1945; Mustafa Kabha : The Spanish Civil War as Reflected in the Contemporary Palestinian Press.

 

As’ad Ghanem (University of Haifa) & Dan Bavly (University of Haifa)

Towards a Bi-National Homeland for Israelis and Palestinians : In Search of a Double Solution – A United Democracy  (Saarbrücken, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015)

 

Dr. Mads Gilbert

Night in Gaza (Skyscraper Publications, 2015) with foreword by Max Blumenthal; afterword by Mohammed Omer.  Norwegian surgeon’s lengthy experience, with many photographs, of the Israelis’ aerial bombardment assaults on Gaza’s 1.8 million residents since 2008 (‘Operation Cast Lead’), with an emphasis on the most severe, ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in 2014.

 

Nina Gren

Occupied Lives : Maintaining Integrity in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in the West Bank  (American University in Cairo Press, 2015)  – An ethnographic study of Dheisheh Refugee Camp, the largest Bethlehem camp, 2003-2004

 

Dr. Mary Grey

The Spirit of Peace : Pentecost and Affliction in the Middle East  (Sacristy Press, 2015)

 

Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (Rutgers University)

Unsettled Belonging : Educating Palestinian American Youth after 9/11  (University of Chicago Press, 2015) Publisher’s blurb : “Unsettled Belonging tells the stories of young Palestinian Americans as they navigate and construct lives as American citizens. Following these youth throughout their school days, Thea Abu El-Haj examines citizenship as lived experience, dependent on various social, cultural, and political memberships. For them, she shows, life is characterized by a fundamental schism between their sense of transnational belonging and the exclusionary politics of routine American nationalism that ultimately cast them as impossible subjects. Abu El-Haj explores the school as the primary site where young people from immigrant communities encounter the central discourses about what it means to be American. She illustrates the complex ways social identities are bound up with questions of belonging and citizenship, and she details the processes through which immigrant youth are racialized via everyday nationalistic practices. Finally, she raises a series of crucial questions about how we educate for active citizenship in contemporary times, when more and more people’s lives are shaped within transnational contexts. A compelling account of post-9/11 immigrant life, Unsettled Belonging is a steadfast look at the disjunctures of modern citizenship.”

 

Jeff Halper (head of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions)

War Against the People : Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification  (Pluto Press, 2015) -publisher’s blurb : “Long-awaited, War Against the People is a powerful indictment of the Israeli state’s “securocratic” war in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper draws on firsthand research to show the pernicious effects of the subliminal form of unending warfare conducted by Israel, an approach that relies on sustaining fear among the populace, fear that is stoked by suggestions that the enemy is inside the city limits, leaving no place truly safe and justifying the intensification of military action and militarization in everyday life. Eventually, Halper shows, the integration of militarized systems—including databases tracking civilian activity, automated targeting systems, unmanned drones, and more—becomes seamless with everyday life. And the Occupied Territories, Halper argues, is a veritable laboratory for that approach.”

 

Liora R. Halperin (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Babel in Zion : Jews, Nationalism and Language Diversity in Palestine, 1920-1948  (Yale University Press, 2015)  Tangental to the Palestinians.

 

Nathalie Handal (Bethlehem born)

The Republics  (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)

 

Jennifer Heath (editor)

“The Map is Not the Territory : Parallel Paths – Palestinian, Native Americans, Irish (Boulder, Colorado : Baksun Books & Arts, (2015) Book accompanying the touring art exhibition, with themes of maps, walls, resistance, food, identity, diaspora and persistence.  Includes essays by Aisling B. Cormack, Valeria Behiery, Phoembe Farris, Farah Mébarki, Germán Gil-Curiel, John Halaka, Valentin Lopez, Rawan Arar, and Nessa Cronin.

 

Gil Z. Hochberg (UCLA)

Visual Occupations : Violence and Visibility in a Conflict Zone (Duke University Press, 2015).  Publisher’s blurb : “Hochberg shows how the Israeli Occupation of Palestine is driven by the unequal access to visual rights, or the right to control what can be seen, how, and from which position. Israel maintains this unequal balance by erasing the history and denying the existence of Palestinians, and by carefully concealing its own militarization. Israeli surveillance of Palestinians, combined with the militarized gaze of Israeli soldiers at places like roadside checkpoints, also serve as tools of dominance. Hochberg analyzes various works by Palestinian and Israeli artists, among them Elia Suleiman, Rula Halawani, Sharif Waked, Ari Folman, and Larry Abramson, whose films, art, and photography challenge the inequity of visual rights by altering, queering, and manipulating dominant modes of representing the conflict. These artists’ creation of new ways of seeing—such as the refusal of Palestinian filmmakers and photographers to show Palestinian suffering or the Israeli artists’ exposure of state manipulated Israeli blindness —offers a crucial gateway, Hochberg suggests, for overcoming and undoing Israel’s militarized dominance and political oppression of Palestinians.”

 

Jacob Hoiglit, Walid Salem, Karam Dana Bilal Salameh

Islamic Hizb Ut-Tahrir in Palestine : Intellectual Foundation and the Politics between Theory and Implementation  (University of Oslo / Jerusalem : Centre for Democracy and Community Development / Hebron : Palestinian Centre for Media Research and Development, 2015)   Authors compare Hizb’s ideology to that of Hamas and Salafism, and examine its rise and growth, positions on democracy and human rights, and political Islam.

 

Mateo Hoke & Cate Malek

Palestine Speaks : Narratives of Life under Occupation  (Verso Books, 2015)

 

Cherine Hussein

The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel : Countering an Illusion  (Routledge, 2015)

 

Donn Hutchison (Ramallah teacher)

When I was a Girl and not very Pretty – Hasna’s Story (author, 2015) – Part one of ‘A Palestinian Saga’ fiction.

 

Emily Jacir

with Omar KholeifEmily Jacir – Europa  (Prestel, 2015) Publisher’s blurb : “This book focuses on this award-winning artist’s relationship to Europe and the Mediterranean and explores how one relates to a particular place. Incorporating historic archival material, Jacir traces Europe through its history of colonialism and trade routes, reanimating it through performative gestures. Her work offers uniquely personal revelations about Europe s culture of exile and surveillance, etymology and language, as well as the tension between figuration and abstraction in art. Jacir utilises conceptual tools that reveal the political limitations of society, creating scenarios that erode or question communal boundaries and borders. The book includes reproductions of Jacir s works such as Material for a Film (2004-ongoing), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, as well as stazione (2009) and Lydda Airport (2009). It also includes original essay contributions from Jean Fisher, Lorenzo Fusi and Omar Kholeif, among others. Published in association with Whitechapel Gallery, London.”

 

Lena Jayyusi, editor

Jerusalem Interrupted : Modernity and Colonial Transformation, 1917-Present (Olive Branch Press / Interlink Press, 2015)

This groundbreaking collection of essays brings together distinguished scholars and writers and follows the history of Jerusalem from the culturally diverse Mandate period through its transformation into a predominantly Jewish city.  Essays detail often unexplored dimensions of the social and political fabric of a city that was rendered increasingly taut and fragile, even as areas of mutual interaction and shared institutions and neighborhoods between Arabs and Jews continued to develop.  Contributors include: Lena Jayyusi, Issam Nassar, Samia A. Halaby, Elias Sahhab, Andrea Stanton, Makram Khoury-Machool, Sandy Sufian, Awad Halabi, Ellen L. Fleischmann, Widad Kawar, Rochelle Davis, Subhi Ghosheh, Mohammad Ghosheh, Tom Abowd, Nadia Abu El-Haj, Michael Dumper, Nahed Awwad, Ahmad J. Azem, Nasser Abourahme.

 

Noga Kadman (Israeli tour guide and activist researcher for B’Tselem)

Erased from Space and Consciousness : Israel and the Depopulated Villages of 1948  -Translated from the 2008 Hebrew original edition by Dimi Reider (Indiana University Press, 2015)  An examination of Israeli attitudes to the land captured during the Nakba, with former Palestinian villages seen by successive Zionist settlers as having been bases for “Arab gangs” in 1948.

 

Lorenzo Kamel (Bologna & Harvard Universities)

Imperial Perceptions of PalestineBritish Influence and Power in Late Ottoman Times  (IB Tauris, 2015).  Publisher’s blurb : “The Palestine Exploration Fund, established in 1865, is the oldest organization created specifically for the study of the Levant. It helped to spur evangelical tourism to the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which in turn generated a huge array of literature which presented Palestine as a ‘Holy Land’, in which the Arab population and the Jewish minority were often portrayed as a simple appendix to well-known Biblical scenarios. In the first book focused on modern and contemporary Palestine to provide a top-down and a bottom-up perspective on the process of simplification of the region and its inhabitants under British influence, Lorenzo Kamel offers a comprehensive outlook that spans a variety of cultural and social boundaries, including local identities, land tenure, toponymy, religious charges, institutions and borders. By observing the process through which a region of different races, cultures and societies has historically been simplified, the author explores how perceptions of Palestine have been affected today.”

 

Hatim Kanaaneh

Chief Complaint : A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2015)  Short stories based on his earlier, non-fiction work, A Doctor in Galilee.

 

Remi Kanazi

Before the Next Bomb Drops : Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015) – the poet’s second collection of verse.

 

Eran Kaplan (San Francisco State University)

Beyond Post Zionism (State University of New York Press, 2015)  Was post-Zionism a brief window in Israeli discourse, now no longer critical of past Zionist violence?

 

Ghada Karmi

Return : A Palestinian Memoir   (Verso Books, 2015)

 

Ismail Khalidi & Naomi Wallace, editors, with introduction by Nathalie Handal(see POETRY section)

Inside / Outside : Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora  (Theatre Communications Group, 2015) – Contents : Ismail Khalidi : Tennis in Nablus  / Dalia Taha : Keffiyeh – Made in China  / Hannah Khalil : Plan D / Abdelfattah Abusrour : Handala / Betty Shamieh : Territories  / Imad Farajin : 603.

 

Elias Khoury

The Broken Mirrors : Sinalcoltranslated by Humphrey Davies (MacLehose Press, 2015) The Lebanese Civil War seen through the lives of two brothers.

 

Hagar Kotef

Movement and the Ordering of Freedom (Duke University Press, 2015) Publisher’s blurb : “We live within political systems that increasingly seek to control movement, organized around both the desire and ability to determine who is permitted to enter what sorts of spaces, from gated communities to nation-states. In Movement and the Ordering of Freedom, Hagar Kotef examines the roles of mobility and immobility in the history of political thought and the structuring of political spaces. Ranging from the writings of Locke, Hobbes, and Mill to the sophisticated technologies of control that circumscribe the lives of Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank, this book shows how concepts of freedom, security, and violence take form and find justification via “regimes of movement.” Kotef traces contemporary structures of global (im)mobility and resistance to the schism in liberal political theory, which embodied the idea of “liberty” in movement while simultaneously regulating mobility according to a racial, classed, and gendered matrix of exclusions.”

 

Adi Kuntsman & Rebecca L. Stein

Digital Militarism : Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age  (Stanford University Press, 2015)

 

Betty Dagher Majaj

A War Without Chocolate : One Woman’s Journey through Two Nations, Three Wars, and Four Children  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

 

Chibli Mallat (international lawyer and law professor at University of Utah and St Joseph’s University in Lebanon)

Philosophy of Non-Violence : Revolution, Constitutionalism, and Justice Beyond the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2015)  Contains significant focus/examples on Palestinians.

 

Padraig O’Malley

The Two-State Delusion : Israel and Palestine – A Tale of Two Narratives  (Viking Press, 2015)

 

Rachel Mairs

The Untold Lives of Dragomans : The Dragoman Solomon Negime and His Clients (Bloomsbury, 2015)  Christian Palestinian tour guide in Jaffa and Jerusalem, from the 1880s until the Great War.  Period accounts of both Negime and his customers.

 

Ahmed Masoud  (author, playwright, founder of the Zaytouna Dance Theatre)

Vanished : The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda  (Rimal Publications, 2015)

Despite the back cover stating that “the novel does not aim to put forth any political arguments,” political collaboration is the running theme in this keen thriller.  A young man searches to find his father in Gaza but the narrative is all about the deceptions of one’s neighbours.

 

Sean McMeekin

The Ottoman Endgame : War, Revolution and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923  (Allen Lane, 2015)  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov fingered as prime mover of the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement.

 

Faten Nastas Mitwasi

Reflections on Palestinian Art : Art of Resistance or Aesthetics  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015) – overview of 20th and early 21st century work.

 

Daniel Monterescu

Jaffa : Shared and Shattered – Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine   (Indiana University Press, 2015)

 

Dervla Murphy

Between River and Sea : Encounters in Israel and Palestine  (Eland Books, 2015) – At over 400 pages, this volume is almost bursting with things you probably don’t know: Rape is not yet a crime; an “International” can marry a Palestinian, but don’t be surprised if the native spouse gets arrested on no charge and then held indefinitely; an Israeli judge can change his own verdict; and five legal systems coexist in the OPT, even Ottoman.  Dervla Murphy can’t recommend conventional tourism in the Occupied Territories because “the Palestinians’ sufferings and the landscape’s despoliation complement each other”. But if you want truth and insight, Between River and Sea is not only a serious travel book for today, for it will surely stand as a landmark assessment of life in the West Bank. In sheer scope, there surely can’t be a better book.

 

Mansour NasasraSophie Richter-DevroeSarab Abu-Rabia-Queder, & Richard Ratcliffe, editors

The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism : New Perspectives  (Routledge, 2015)

 

Timothy Niedermann

Wall of Dust  (Deux Voiliers Publishing, 2015)  -from the publisher : Aisha, a Palestinian schoolteacher, becomes deranged after most of her class is accidentally killed by a missile fired from an Israeli gunship. She begins a strange ritual, throwing stones at the “security barrier,” the eight-meter tall concrete wall that separates much of the West Bank from Israel. She shouts the name of each dead child and hurls a stone at the concrete monolith. Initially alone, she is soon joined by others and her little ritual takes the form of a mass protest.

 

Mohammed Omer  (Gaza journalist)

Shell-Shocked : On the Ground under Israel’s Gaza Assault  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015)

 

Ilan Pappé 

-as editor : Israel and South Africa – The Many Faces of Apartheid  – (Zed Books, 2015)  Contents : Ronnie Kasrils : Birds of a Feather : Israel and Apartheid South Africa – Colonialism of a Special Type  / Ilan Pappé : The Many Faces of European Colonialism – The Templars, The Basel Mission, and the Zionist Movement  / Oren Ben-Dor : Apartheid and the Question of Origin  / Jonathan Cook :‘Visible Equality as Confidence Trick / Leila Farsakh : Apartheid, Israel, and Palestinian Statehood / Anthony Löwstedt : Femicide in Apartheid – The Parallel Interplay between Racism and Sexism in South Africa and Palestine-Israel / Amneh Badran : The Many Faces of Protest – A Comparative Analysis of Protest Groups in Israel and South Africa / Steven Friedman : The Inevitable Impossible – The South African Experience and a Single State / Virginia Tilley : Redefining the Conflice in Israel-Palestine – The Tricky Question of Soverignty / Ran Greenstein : Israel-Palestine and the Apartheid Analogy – Critics, Apologists and Strategic Lessons 

 

Ilan Pappé & Noam Chomsky

On Palestine  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015)  – Edited by Frank Barat; sequel to the pair’s Gaza in Crisis : Reflections on Israel’s War Against the Palestinians (Haymarket Books, 2010 / Penguin, 2011)

 

Andrew Patrick (Tennessee State University)

America’s Forgotten Middle East Initiative : The King-Crane Commission of 1919  (IB Tauris, 2015)

 

Susan Pedersen

The Guardians : The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire  (Oxford University Press, 2015)

 

Nick Pengelley 

Ayesha Ryder detective series (featuring a Palestinian-British academic historian as investigator) :

Ryder : Bird of Prey  (Canada : HarperCollins, paperback/ Alibi, Kindle, 2015)

Ryder : American Treasure (Canada : HarperCollins, paperback/ Alibi, Kindle, 2015)

 

Nicola Perugini (Brown University) & Neve Gordon  (Ben-Gurion University)

The Human Right to Dominate  (Oxford University Press, 2015) – The “settlers’ rights” movement and the manipulation of Israeli law to justify violence against Palestinians in the West Bank.

 

Vijay Prashad

Letters to Palestine : Writers respond to War and Occupation  (Verso Books, 2015)  Almost twenty contributors write about “normal” conditions, war reports, and hardening politics.  Includes Kevin Coval’s piece, Reflections on the Israeli Army Shutting Down the Palestine Literature Festival (2009).

 

Ahmed Qurie (Abu Ala)

Peace Negotiations in Palestine from the Second Intifada to the Roadmap (IB Tauris, 2015) Former Palestinian Prime Minister details the ‘peace process,’ from 2000 to Hamas’ 2006 electoral win.

 

Itamar Radai (Tel Aviv University)

Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948 : A Tale of Two Cities (Routledge, 2015)  Publisher’s blurb : This book reveals that the most important internal factors to the Palestinian defeat were the social changes that took place in Arab society during the British Mandate, namely internal migration from rural areas to the cities, the shift from agriculture to wage labour, and the rise of the urban middle class. By looking beyond the well-established external factors, this study uncovers how modernity led to a breakdown within Palestinian Arab society, widening social fissures without producing effective institutions, and thus alienating social classes both from each other and from the leadership.”

 

Najat Rahman (University of Montreal)

In the Wake of the Poetic : Palestinian Artists after Darwish  (Syracuse University Press, 2015)  Publisher’s blurb : “Heralding a new period of creativity, In the Wake of the Poetic explores the aesthetics and politics of Palestinian cultural expression in the last two decades. As it increasingly gains a significant presence on the international scene, much of Palestinian art owes a debt to Mahmoud Darwish, one of the finest contemporary poets, and to Palestinian writers of his generation. Rahman maps the immense influence of Darwish’s poetry on a new generation of performance artists, visual artists, spoken-word poets, and musicians.  Through an examination of selected works by key artists—such as Suheir Hammad, Ghassan Zaqtan, Elia Suleiman, Mona Hatoum, Sharif Waked, and others—Rahman articulates an aesthetic founded on loss, dispersion, dispossession, and transformation. It interrupts dominant regimes, constituting acts of dissension and intervention. It reinscribes belonging and is oriented toward solidarity and future. This innovative wave of experimentation transforms our understanding of the national through the diasporic and the transnational, and offers a profound meditation on identity.”

 

Ronald Ranta (University College London / Kingston University UK)

Political Decision Making and Non-Decisions : The Case of Israel and the Occupied Territories  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) Focus on Gush Emunim and the last decade of the Labour Party’s governing policies, 1967-1977.

 

James Rodgers

Headlines from the Holy Land : Reporting the Israeli-Palestine Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)  Publisher’s blurb  “Based on new archive research and original interviews with leading correspondents and diplomats. Inspired by the author’s own experience as the BBC’s correspondent in Gaza from 2002-2004, and subsequent research, this book draws on the insight of those who have spent years observing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Starting from a historical perspective, it identifies the challenges the conflict presents for contemporary journalism and diplomacy, and suggests new ways of approaching them.”

 

Eugene Rogan (Director, Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford)

The Fall of the Ottomans : The Great War in the Middle East, 1914-1920 (485pp, Allen Lane, 2015 / 512pp, Basic Books, 2015/2016)

 

 Lillian Rosengarten

From the Shadows of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Boat to Gaza (Just World Books, 2015)

 

Sharon Rotbard

White City – Black City : Architecture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa  (Pluto, 2015)  “It is not exactly a study of history or architecture… But it is compelling as a ghost story, in which the perpetual fictions created about Tel Aviv cannot obscure its past.” – Tom Sperlinger, Electronic Intifada

 

Mahannad Sabry (Egyptian journalist for the right wing Washington Times, the centrist USA Today and the online GlobalPost and Al-Monitor services)

Sinai : Egypt’s Linchpin, Gaza’s Lifeline, Israel’s Nightmare  (IB Tauris, 2015)

 

Atef Abu Saif

The Drone Eats with Me (Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Publication, 2015)

On 7 July 2014, in an apparent response to the murder of three teenagers, Israel launched a major offensive against the Gaza Strip, lasting 51 days, killing 2145 Palestinians (578 of them children), injuring over 11,000, and demolishing 17,200 homes.  The global outcry at this collective punishment of an already persecuted people was followed by widespread astonishment at the pro-Israeli bias of Western media coverage. The usual news machine rolled up, and the same distressing images and entrenched political rhetoric were broadcast, yet almost nothing was reported of the on-going lives of ordinary Gazans – the real victims of the war.  One of the few voices to make it out was that of Atef Abu Saif, a writer and teacher from Jabalia Refugee Camp, whose eye-witness accounts (published in The GuardianThe New York Times, and elsewhere) offered a rare window into the conflict for Western readers. Here, Atef’s complete diaries of the war allow us to witness the full extent of last summer’s atrocities from the most humble of perspectives: that of a young father, fearing for his family’s safety, trying to stay sane in an insanely one-sided war.

 

Steven Salaita (American University of Beirut)

Uncivil Rites : Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015)

 

Elias Sanbar

The Palestinians : Photographs of a Land and its People, 1839 to the Present Day  (Yale University Press / Paris : Editions Hazan, 2015) A crossroads of religions, politics, and cultures with deep symbolic and historical significance, the holy land of Palestine has a resonance far greater than its size. Notably, the centuries-old conflict there has catapulted this tiny area to the center of the world stage. For reasons such as these, Palestine has long been a source of fascination for photographers, and it is one of the most frequently photographed places in the world. This engrossing publication examines images of Palestine taken over the course of nearly 200 years, showing the various phases of its pictorial history. Elias Sanbar provides commentaries on this impressive and visually stunning opus, showing how a highly symbolic place and its people have been both captured and abstracted by the camera. Gripping and poignant, the photographs in this publication assert not only the global importance of Palestine, but the beauty that emerges amid its complicated history.   150 color + 500 duotone illustrations.

 

Yusif Abdallah Sayigh

-edited by Rosemary Sayigh : Yusif Sayigh  : Arab Economist, Palestinian Patriot – A Fractured Life Story (original Arabic edition 2009; English edition via American University in Cairo Press, 2015)  The first half is a fascinating micro-history of life under the Mandate.  Sayigh was diligent in trying to block land sale to the Zionist Jews.  When an internationally-induced, two-state solution was being slapped onto the front pages, he wrote the Arab Land Hunger Report, classifying dunums not just by their flat map measurement but also by their agricultural worth.  He ran the Arab National Treasury, which, like the Arab Higher Committee, meant Christian and Muslim Palestinian.  The immediate period before the Nakba is detailed as a kind of de facto Israeli garrison era, with settler checkpoints, as the British were reduced to either reacting or packing-up.  He likens it to “Beirut in the civil war.”  Palestinian efforts at armed defence were comparatively weak, as Yusif tried in vain to raise the necessary funds.  Soon, in 1948, he became a prisoner of war.  Later, to Yasser Arafat : “I argue things out with Abu Ammar himself, or with people even more important than Abu Ammar [ouch!].  I will never relinquish my right to argue.”

 

Stuart Schaar (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

Eqbal Ahmad : Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age  (Columbia University Press, 2015).  Tangental to Palestinian history, this remembrance and analysis of Ahmad (ca. 1930-1999), who was the reputation of having been first to recognise that former ally Washington ally Osama bin Laden would turn against the United States.

 

Erika Schwarze 

Public Opinion and Political Response in Palestine : Leadership, Campaigns and Elections Since Arafat  (IB Tauris, 2015)  Author ran NGO education programmes in the West Bank and Gaza in the 1990s.

 

Bartal Shaul

Jihad in Palestine: Political Islam and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict  (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

 

Raja Shehadeh [Ramallah-based human rights lawyer and author]

Language of War, Language of Peace : Palestine, Israel and the Search for Justice(Profile Books, 2015) The well-structured ramblings of a seasoned rambler, with insightful trivia that manages not to be trivial.  His legal mind will always be bemused by the Palestinian leadership’s wilful ignoring of legal standards.

 

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Security, Theology Surveillance and the Politics of Fear  (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

 

Colin Shindler

The Rise of the Israeli Right : From Odessa to Hebron (Cambridge University Press, 2015) – Publisher’s blurb : “The Israeli Right first came to power nearly four decades ago. Its election was described then as ‘an earthquake,’ and its reverberations are still with us. How then did the Right rise to power? What are its origins? Colin Shindler traces this development from the birth of Zionism in cosmopolitan Odessa in the nineteenth century to today’s Hebron, a centre of radical Jewish nationalism. He looks at central figures such as Vladimir Jabotinsky, an intellectual and founder of the Revisionist movement and Menahem Begin, the single-minded politician who brought the Right to power in 1977. Both accessible and comprehensive, this book explains the political ideas and philosophies that were the Right’s ideological bedrock and the compromises that were made in its journey to government.”

 

Tamir Sorek (University of Florida)

Palestinian Commemoration in Israel : Calendars, Monuments, and Martyrs  (Stanford University Press, 2015)

 

Jon Soske & Sean Jacobs, editors, with foreword by Achille Mbembe

Apartheid Israel : The Politics of an Analogy  (Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2015)  Contributors include Teresa Barnes, Andy Clarno, Bill Freund, Kelly Gillespie, Ran Greenstein, Heidi Grunebaum, Shireen Hassim, M Neelika Jayawardane, Robin D. G. Kelley, Melissa Levin, Arianna Lissoni, Mahmood Mamdani, Achille Mbembe, Marissa J. Moorman, Suren Pillay, Ishtiyaq Shukri, T. J. Tallie, and Salim Vally.

 

Tom Sperlinger

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine : Teaching under Occupation (Zero Books, 2015)  University of Bristol lecturer’s five-month term teaching English Literature at Al-Quds University reveals news relevancies of the classics.  The students, at first variably lazy, jaded, and disheartened, take to Shakespeare.

 

Janice Terry (Eastern Michigan University)

William Yale : Witness to Partition in the Middle East, WWI-WWII  (Rimal Publications, 2015).  Subject knew TE Lawrence, attended the Versailles Peace Conference, the King-Crane Commission and the UN Conference in San Francisco.

 

Lorenzo Veracini (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne; editor of the journal, Settler Colonial Studies)

The Settler Colonial Present  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

 

David Weisburd, Tal Jonathan-Zamir Badi Hasisi, editors

Policing in Israel : Studying Crime Control, Community Policing and Counter-Terrorism  (Boca Raton, Florida : CRC Press, 2015)  Much on the Palestinian-Israeli minority.

 

Eyal Weizman (text) & Fazal Sheikh (photography)

The Conflict Shoreline (Steidl, 2015) 96pp.  A study Israel’s displacement of bedouins from the arable part of the Negev Desert to make way for the state’s chosen residents, with aerial photographic evidence.  Highlights al-Araqib, a Bedouin community repeatedly bulldozed.

 

The World Bank : Husein Abdul-HamidHarry PatrinosJoel ReyesJo Kelcey Andrea Diaz Varela

Learning in the Face of Adversity : The UNWRA Education Program for Palestinian Refugees  (Washington, DC : International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, 60 pages, 2016)  Also available online as PDF : https://elibrary.worldbank.org/doi/abs/10.1596/978-1-4648-0706-0.   See also  : R. Bocco : UNWRA and the Palestinian Refugees : A History within History, and M. Rosenfeld : From Emergency Relief Assistance to Human Devewlopment and Back : UNWRA and the Palestinian Refugees, 1950-2009,  in : Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 78, Nos. 2-3 (2010), pp 229-252; UNWRA : What Protection Means for UNWRA in Concept and Practice : http://www.unwra.org/userfiles/20100118155412.pdf.

 

Ido Zelkovitz (University of Haifa)

Students and Resistance in Palestine : Books, Guns, and Politics  (Routledge, 2015) Covers the General Union of Palestinian Students (GUPS) and student political opportunities from the Nakba until the Second Intifada.

 

Elia Zureik (Queens University Ontario / Doha Institute)

Israel’s Colonial Project in Palestine : Brutal Pursuit  (Routledge, 2015).  Publisher’s blurb : ”

Colonialism has three foundational concerns – violence, territory, and population control – all of which rest on racialist discourse and practice. Placing the Zionist project in Israel/Palestine within the context of settler colonialism reveals strategies and goals behind the region’s rules of governance that have included violence, repressive state laws and racialized forms of surveillance.  In Israel’s Colonial Project in Palestine: Brutal Pursuit, Elia Zureik revisits and reworks fundamental ideas that informed his first work on colonialism and Palestine three decades ago. Focusing on the means of control that are at the centre of Israel’s actions toward Palestine, this book applies Michel Foucault’s work on biopolitics to colonialism and to the situation in Israel/Palestine in particular. It reveals how racism plays a central role in colonialism and biopolitics, and how surveillance, in all its forms, becomes the indispensable tool of governance. It goes on to analyse territoriality in light of biopolitics, with the dispossession of indigenous people and population transfer advancing the state’s agenda and justified as in the interests of national security. The book incorporates sociological, historical and postcolonial studies into an informed and original examination of the Zionist project in Palestine, from the establishment of Israel through to the actions and decisions of the present-day Israeli government.  Providing new perspectives on settler colonialism informed by Foucault’s theory, and with particular focus on the role played by state surveillance in controlling the Palestinian population, this book is a valuable resource for students and scholars interested in the Arab-Israeli Conflict and Colonialism.”

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