Top Titles for 2016

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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 :   See also  : R. Bocco : UNWRA and the Palestinian Refugees : A History within History, in : Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 78, Nos. 2-3 (2010), pp 229-252.


Ghada Ageel, editor (University of Alberta & columnist for Middle East Eye)

Apartheid in Palestine : Hard Laws and Harder Experiences  (University of Alberta Press, 2016)  Contirbutors : Abigail B. Bakan, Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Keith Hammond, Sherene Razack, Edward C. Corrigan, Ramzy Baroud, Rafeef Ziadah, Richard Falk, Samar El-Bekai, Reem Skeik, Tali Shapiro, Rela Mazali, Huwaida Arraf, James Cairns, Susan Ferguson


Aida Refugee Camp

Aida Camp Alphabet  (Aida Refugee Camp Lajee Centre, 2016)   Bilingual art collage book by children, based on Arabic alphabet.

The Boy and the Wall   (Aida Refugee Camp Lajee Centre, 2016)   Bilingual book by children at the camp.


Yossi Alpher (former Israeli intelligence analyst – Mossad agent)

No End of Conflict  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)  Caution against the rise of messianic rage in Israel.


Atef Alshaer – SOAS Research Fellow and translator

Language and National Identity in Palestine : Representations of Power and Resistance in Gaza  (IB Tauris, due September 2016)


Khalid Arar (Sakhnin Academic College, Israel) & Kussai Haj-Yehia (Beit Berl Academic College, Israel)

Higher Education and the Arab Minority in Israel  (Palgrave Macmillan, due February 2016)


Sanjay Asthana (Tennessee State University) and Nishan Hanvandjan (Qatar University)

Palestinian Youth Media and the Pedagogies of Estrangement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) An investigation on how Palestinian youth appropriate low-end information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital media forms , Sanjay Asthana and Nishan Havandjian analyze how certain developments in globalization and media convergence enable young people to create new civic spaces.


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

Hijra  (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016)

See also : FICTION and POETRY


Emile Badarin

Palestinian Political Discourse : Between Exile and Occupation  (Routledge, due April 2016)


Lauren Banko (University of Manchester)

The Invention of Palestinian Citizenship, 1918-1947  (Edinburgh University Press, July/August 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “This book situates the evolution of citizenship at the centre of state formation under the quasi-colonial mandate administration in Palestine. It emphasises the ways in which British officials crafted citizenship to be separate from nationality based on prior colonial legislation elsewhere, a view of the territory as divided communally, and the need to offer Jewish immigrants the easiest path to acquisition of Palestinian citizenship in order to uphold the mandate’s policy. In parallel, the book examines the reactions of the Arab population to their new status. It argues that the Arabs relied heavily on their pre-war experience as nationals of the Ottoman Empire to negotiate the definitions and meanings of mandate citizenship.”


Amjad Ab El Ezz Banishamsa (political adviser to the British American Security Information Council)

The European Union and the Palestinians (Routledge, 2016) – Note : due to be published July 2016.


Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon (Jerusalem Post writer until her death in 1950)

Writing Palestine, 1933-1950  (Boston : Academic Studies Press, 2016; edited by Esther Carmel Hakim & Nancy Rosenfeld )  Writings for the Jerusalem Post offer a window on the pre-state life of the Zionists of the era.


Petter Bauck (Norwegian Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine) and Mohammed Omer (journalists, author of Shell Shocked : On the Ground under Israel’s Gaza Assault, 312pp, 2015), editors

The Oslo Accords : A Critical Assessment  (American University in Cairo Press, 2016)  Forewords by Desmond Tutu and Össur Skarphédinsson; Contents : Noam Chomsky : The Oslo Accords: Their Context, Their Consequences / IlanPappé : Revisiting 1967 – The False Paradigm of Peace, Partition, and Parity / Hilde Henriksen Waage : Champions of Peace?  Tools in Whose Hands?  Norwegians and Peace Brokering in the Middle East / Amira Hass : The Illusion of Palestinian Sovereignty / Liv Tørres : The Oslo Accords and Palestinian Civil Society / Lotta Schüllerqvist : “We Have Opened Doors, Others Have Been Closed”- Women under the Oslo Accords / Richard Falk : After Oslo: A Legal Historical Perspective / John V. Whitbeck : A Legal Perspective on Oslo / Petter Bauck : The Oslo Accords: A Common Savior for Israel and the PLO in Exile? / Ahmed Yousef : Out of the Ashes of Oslo: The Rise of Islamism and the Fall of Favoritism / Are Hovdenak : Hamas in Transition -The Failure of Sanctions / Dr. Sufian Abu Zaida : Palestinian Prisoners from Oslo to Annapolis / Mohammed Omer : Some Gaza Impressions, Over Two Decades after Oslo / Gideon Levy : The Shattered Dream / Ahmed Abu Rtema : Palestinian Identity in the Aftermath of Oslo / Mads Gilbert : Israeli Impunity / Haakon Aars : Public and Primary Healthcare before and after the Oslo Accords: A Personal Reflection / Matt Sienkiewicz : Facts in the Air: Palestinian Media Expression since Oslo / Helga Tawil-Souri : Networking Palestine: The Development and Limitations of Television and Telecommunications since 1993 / Harry van Bommel : The European Union and Israel since Oslo / Laura Dawn Lewis : A War of Ideas: The American Media on Israel and Palestine post Oslo / Yasmine Gado : Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Abuses under Oslo.


Gilad Ben-Nun  (University of Verona)

Seeking Asylum in Israel : Refugees and Migration Law  (IB Tauris, 2016)  Tangental to the right of return.


Birzeit University Institute of Law

Law and Politics of the Gaza Strip : The Impact of the Palestinian Internal Political Division on the Rule of Law (Birzeit University Institute of Law, 2016) Contributors include : Mohammed Abu Matar, Mahmoud Alawneh, Alaa’ Hammad, Razan al Barghouthi, Adnan al Hajjar, Ibrahim Abu Shammalah, Mohammed al Tilbani, Zeinab Abdul Fattah al Ghuneimi, Omar Sha’ban, Haya Hajj Ahmed, and Nidhal Barham.  Topics range from “judicial reality,” the security services, women’s access to justice, and tax regulations.


Björn Brenner  (Swedish Defence University)

Gaza Under Hamas : From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance (IB Tauris, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “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.”


Ahlam Bsharat (Tammun/Jenin/Ramalah writer-broadcaster)

Code Name : Butterfly  (Neem Tree Press, 2016)  Young adult novel.  Translated by Nancy Roberts.


Iyad Burnat aka Purnat (Head of Bil’in Popular Committee against the Wall)

Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance (author, 208pp, 2016)


Noam Chomsky  (Linguist and historian, with numerous overlapping books on the Palestinian struggle)

Fateful Triangle : The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Pluto Press, 1999 enlarged edition from 1983 original, with further expanded edition due May 2016)


Richard Davis (former White House policy advisor)

Hamas, Popular Support and War in the Middle East : Insurgency in the Holy Land  (Routledge, due March 2016)


James M. Dorsey

The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer  (Hurst & Co., 2016)


Ben Ehrenreich

The Way to the Spring : Life and Death in Palestine (Granta, 2016) Travel reportage 2011-2014; stories of resistance.


Ashraf Fayadh (Palestinian-Saudi poet)

Instructions Within  (The Operating System, 2016) Poems translated by Mona Kareem.


Ru Freeman

Extraordinary Rendition : (American) Writers on Palestine (O/R Books, 2015/2016)  Contributors : Corban Addison, Mariana Aitches, Xhenet Aliu, Ammiel Alcalay, Kazim Ali, Sinan Antoon, Phillip B. Williams, Kafah Bachari, Frank Barat, Matt Bell, Dwayne Betts, Chana Bloch, Nate Brown, Hayan Charara, Teju Cole, Michael Collier, Ted Conover, Ramola Dharmaraj, Marlene Dumas, Mary Jane Nealon, Duranya Freeman, Tess Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Suzanne Gardinier, David Gorin, Marilyn Hacker, Nathalie Handal, Jane Hirshfield, Fanny Howe, Leslie Jamison, Kim Jensen, Lawrence Joseph, Nancy Kricorian, Rickey Laurentiis, Kiese Laymon, Farid Matuk, Colum McCann, Askold Melnyczuk, Christopher Merrill, Claire Messud, Philip Metres, Peter Mountford, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Dina Omar, Alicia Ostriker, Ed Pavlic, Tomas Q. Morin, Roger Reeves, Alice Rothchild, George Saunders, Jason Schneiderman, Sarah Schulman, Alan Shapiro, Robert Shetterly, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tom Sleigh, Ahdaf Soueif, Adam Stumacher, William Sutcliffe, Janne Teller, Philip Terman, Diego Vazquez Jr., Alice Walker, Steve Willey, Tiphanie Yanique, and Clarence Young.


Nell Gabiam (Iowa State University)

The Politics of Suffering : Syria’s Palestinian Refugee Camps (Indiana University Press, 2016). Publisher’s blurb : “The Politics of Suffering examines the confluence of international aid, humanitarian relief, and economic development within the space of the Palestinian refugee camp. Nell Gabiam describes the interactions between UNRWA, the United Nations agency charged with providing assistance to Palestinians since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, and residents of three camps in Syria. Over time, UNRWA’s management of the camps reveals a shift from an emphasis on humanitarian aid to promotion of self-sufficiency and integration of refugees within their host society. Gabiam’s analysis captures two forces in tension within the camps: politics of suffering that serves to keep alive the discourse around the Palestinian right of return; and politics of citizenship expressed through development projects that seek to close the divide between the camp and the city. Gabiam offers compelling insights into the plight of Palestinians before and during the Syrian war, which has led to devastation in the camps and massive displacement of their populations.”


Chaim Gans

A Political Theory for the Jewish People  (Oxford University Press, due April 2016)  – Contrasting analysis of Zionism with models of post-Zionism.


Irene L. Gendzier  (Professor of Political Science, Boston University)

Dying to Forget : Oil, Power, Palestine, and the Foundations of US Policy in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2016)


Maayan Geva (University of Roehampton)

Law, Politics and Violence in Israel/Palestine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “This book investigates the Israeli engagement with international law in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) between 1967 and 2009. Grounded in a field-based study of the military International Law Department, it examines the dynamic position and impact that international law has had in the OPT. By analysing the Israeli 2008/9 offensive in Gaza as an example of contemporary warfare, the author argues that law and military agenda have become intertwined in ‘lawfare’, a condition sanctioning new forms of law and violence. The military legal system is central to the Israeli management of the OPT, yet despite the great interest in the legal aspects of the Israeli occupation, scholarly accounts of this institution are scarce. This discussion also has wider international relevance, particularly in the backdrop of the contemporary prominence of international law in Western militaries’ operations. This book will appeal to researchers, practitioners and students interested in international relations, political theory, human rights, Middle Eastern politics, and legal studies.”


Wafa Ghnaim, author / editor

Tatreez and Tea Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora  (author, 2016)  Monograph published only in digital form.  Contents include :

  • 27 design patterns total, including six complete sets of patterns to create a full traditional dress (chest, sleeve and panel);
  • Seven organic family tea recipes passed on through generations of Palestinian women;
  • Detailed traditional Palestinian embroidery technique and rare northern Palestinian Arabic craft terminology;
  • Complete guide to the techniques, meanings and origins of each embroidery thread stitch and color;
  • Guidance and instructions detailed enough for inexperienced embroiderers, and inspiration ideas for those with needlework experience;
  • Design histories and meanings of traditional and popular Palestinian embroidery designs in the diapora, including The Missiles, The Birds, The Snakes, The Ducks, The Scorpions, The Story of Cleopatra, The Gardens and The Wheat Harvest.


Terri Ginsberg (American University in Cairo)

Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle : Towards a Critical Analytic of Palestine Solidarity Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “This book offers a much-needed focus on Palestine solidarity films, supplying a critical theoretical framework whose intellectual thrust is rooted in the challenges facing scholars censored for attempting to rectify and reverse the silencing of a subject matter about which much of the world would remain uninformed without cinematic and televisual mediation. Its innovative focus on Palestine solidarity films spans a selected array of works which began to emerge during the 1970s, made by directors located outside Palestine/Israel who professed support for Palestinian liberation. Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle analyzes Palestine solidarity films hailing from countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Iran, Palestine/Israel, Mexico, and the United States. Visualizing the Palestinian Struggle is an effort to insist, constructively, upon a rectification and reversal of the glaring and disproportionate minimization and distortion of discourse critical of Zionism and Israeli policy in the cinematic and televisual public sphere.”


Toufic Haddad (formerly with the United Nations in Jerusalem)

Palestine Ltd. : Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territories  (IB Tauris, 2016) Part of the SOAS Palestine Studies series.  Publisher’s blurb : “Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Occupied Palestinian Territory has been the subject of extensive international peacebuilding and statebuilding efforts coordinated by Western donor states and international finance institutions. 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. This book is essential for students and scholars interested in Middle East Studies, Arab-Israeli politics and international development.”


Nadya Hajj (Wellesley College)

Protection amid Chaos : The Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps  (Columbia University Press, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “The right to own property is something we generally take for granted. For refugees living in camps, in some cases for as long as generations, the link between citizenship and property ownership becomes strained. How do refugees protect these assets and preserve communal ties? How do they maintain a sense of identity and belonging within chaotic settings? Protection Amid Chaos follows people as they develop binding claims on assets and resources in challenging political and economic spaces. Focusing on Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan, it shows how the first to arrive developed flexible though legitimate property rights claims based on legal knowledge retained from their homeland, subsequently adapted to the restrictions of refugee life. As camps increased in complexity, refugees merged their informal institutions with the formal rules of political outsiders, devising a broader, stronger system for protecting their assets and culture from predation and state incorporation. For this book, Nadya Hajj conducted interviews with two hundred refugees. She consults memoirs, legal documents, and findings in the United Nations Relief Works Agency archives. Her work reveals the strategies Palestinian refugees have used to navigate their precarious conditions while under continuous assault and situates their struggle within the larger context of communities living in transitional spaces.”


Nahida Halaby Gordon , editor

Palestine Is Our Home: Voices of Loss, Courage and Steadfastness (Palestine Books, 2016)  Memories of the Nakba.  With introduction by Mitri Raheb


Duaa Abu Hamde

Performance Measurement in Palestinian Companies : The Use of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) Method by Private Firms Operating in Ramallah (GRIN Verlag, 38pp, 2016) Bachelor Thesis from the year 2013 based on research of  46 private Palestinian firms operating in Ramallah from different sectors, allowing for non-financial measures in the evaluation mix.


Jeffrey R. Hammond (Publisher/Editor of Foreign Policy Journal)

Obstacle to Peace : The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Worldview Publications, 2016) with foreword by Richard Falk. Endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Paul Craig Roberts (Former Editor, Wall Street Journal), Max Blumenthal, etc.


Anaheed Al-Hardan (American University of Beirut, 2016)

Palestinians in Syria : Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities  (Columbia University Press, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “One hundred thousand Palestinians fled to Syria after being expelled from Palestine upon the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. Integrating into Syrian society over time, their experience stands in stark contrast to the plight of Palestinian refugees in other Arab countries, leading to different ways through which to understand the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe, in their popular memory. Conducting interviews with first-, second-, and third-generation members of Syria’s Palestinian community, Anaheed Al-Hardan follows the evolution of the Nakba-the central signifier of the Palestinian refugee past and present-in Arab intellectual discourses, Syria’s Palestinian politics, and the community’s memorialization. Al-Hardan’s sophisticated research sheds light on the enduring relevance of the Nakba among the communities it helped create, while challenging the nationalist and patriotic idea that memories of the Nakba are static and universally shared among Palestinians. Her study also critically tracks the Nakba’s changing meaning in light of Syria’s twenty-first-century civil war.”


Shai Har-El (Israeli historian, educator, writer, poet, rabbi, philanthropist, and founder of the Middle East Peace Network in Chicago.)

In Search of Israeli-Palestinian Peace : An Urgent Call for a New Approach to Middle East Peace  (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2016)


Eldad Harouvi (Director of the Palmach Archive, Tel Aviv)

Palestine Investigated : The Criminal Investigation Department of the Palestine Police Force, 1920-1948  (Sussex Academic Press, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “This book tells the story of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Palestine Police Force (PPF) in the historical context which impacted the CID’s missions, methods, and composition. At first, the CID was engaged in providing technical assistance for criminal investigation. Following the PPF’s poor performance in the Arab Riots in 1929, a commission of inquiry, headed by Sir Herbert Dowbiggin, recommended adding intelligence gathering and surveillance of political elements to police functions. Teams were set up and a Special Branch established.  From 1932 the CID deployed a network of “live sources” among the Arabs and Jews, and issued intelligence summaries evaluating Arab and Jewish political activity. Post-1935 the security situation deteriorated: Arab policemen and officials joined the Arab side, thus drying-up sources of information; the British therefore asked for assistance from the Jewish population. In 1937 Sir Charles Tegart recommended that the CID invest in obtaining raw intelligence by direct contacts in the field. In 1938 Arthur Giles took command and targeted both the Revisionist and Yishuv movements. Although the CID did not succeed in obtaining sufficient tactical information to prevent Yishuv actions, Giles identified the mood of the Jewish leadership and public – an important intelligence accomplishment regarding Britain’s attitude towards the Palestine question. But British impotence in the field was manifested by the failure to prevent the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.  Towards the end of the Mandate, as civil war broke out following the UN General Assembly resolution of November 1947, the CID was primarily engaged in documenting events and providing evaluations to London whose decision-makers put high value on CID intelligence as they formulated political responses.”


Norma Hashim (Viva Palestina Malaysia), editor

Dreaming of Freedom : Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak  (Malaysia : Saba Islamic Media, 2016) – foreword by Richard Falk; translated by Yousef M. Aljamal


Human Rights Defenders Fund

Disturbing the Peace: The Use of Criminal Law to Limit the Actions of Human Rights Defenders in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Jaffa : HRDF, 2016, 80pp)   Report also offers chilling firsthand testimonies of brutal arrests, savage beatings, and many accounts of inventive punishments and humiliations of activists (very often women) by police and soldiers.


Donn Hutchison (Ramallah teacher)

The Well  (author, 2016) – Part two of ‘A Palestinian Saga’ fiction.  Continuation of When I was a Girl and not very Pretty – Hasna’s Story (author, 2015)


Martin Jones

Failure in Palestine : British and United States Policy after the Second World War  (Bloomsbury, 2016)


Mehran Kamrava (Georgetown University, Qatar)

The Impossibility of Palestine : History, Geography and the Road Ahead  (Yale University Press, 2016)  Author argues that Israel’s “state-building” process has never risen above the level of municipal governance, and its goal has never been Palestinian independence.


Sayed Kashua  (Palestinian-Israeli expat novelist)

Native : Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life  (Grove Press/Atlantic Monthly Press, due March 2016)

Dancing Arabs  (Grove press, 2004) – translated by Miriam Shlesinger.


Amjad Abu Khalaf

Palestinian Refugees and International Law : The International Legal Framework Governing Assistance, Protection and Durable Solutions  (TellerBooks, 2016)


Elvira King

The Pro-Israel Lobby in Europe : The Politics of Religion and Christian Zionism in the European Union  (IB Tauris, 2016)


Noam Leshem

Life after Ruin : The Struggles over Israel’s Depopulated Arab Spaces (Cambridge University Press, 2016) -with special spacial focus on the Arab-Palestinian village of Salama.



Raba’i al-Madhoun 

Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and Nakba” (Soon to be published in English – won the International Prize for Arab Fiction, April 2016)


Vared Maimon (Tel Aviv University) and Shiraz Grinbaum  (curator, Activestills Collective)

Activestills : Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel  (Pluto Press, 2016) – documenting the long-running demonstrations in Bil’in.  See aslso Iyad Burnat


Mohammad Malas

The Dream : A Diary of a Film  (American University in Cairo Press, 2016) backstory to the making of the documentary on the lives of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon during the civil war, based on 400 interviews.


Dina Matar (SOAS) & Helga Tawil-Souri (New York University), editors

Gaza as Metaphor  (Hurst & Col, 2016)  Contents –  Helga Tawil-Souri : Gaza as Larger Than Life / Haidar Eid : Diary July 20, 2014 – Signposts on the Road to Liberation / Said Shehadeh : Ghazeh el Sumud – Confronting Israeli Mass Torture / Pierre Krähenbühl : Gaza as a Metaphor for Unsustainability /  Mouin Rabbani : Israel Mows the Lawn
/ Naim Al Khatib : On War and Shit  / Khaled Hroub : Tunnels – Love, Lions and Absurdities / Jehad Abusalim : From Fence to Fence: Retelling Gaza’s Story / Ilana Feldman : Gaza- Isolation / Salman Abu Sitta : The Gaza Strip and the Lessons of History
/ Glenn Bowman : Gaza – Encystation / Selma Dabbagh : Inventing Gaza / Ramzy Baroud : Fighting Another Day – Gaza’s Unrelenting Resistance / Atef Alshaer : In the Company of Frantz Fanon, the Israeli Wars and the National Culture of Gaza /  Ilan Pappé :  Can the Pen be Mightier than the Sword?  Permission to Narrate Gaza /  Dina Matar : Gaza Image Normalization  /  Darryl Li :  Gaza at the Frontiers of Zionism /  Ariella Azoulay : Concentration-Place  /  Nimer Sultany :  Repetition  /  Sara Roy : Gaza, no se Puede Mirar – One Cannot Look, a Brief Reflection /  Sherene Seikaly : Gaza as Archive


Emily McKee (Northern Illinois University)

Dwelling in Conflict : Negev Landscapes and the Boundaries of Belonging  (Stanford University Press, 2016).  Publisher’s blurb : ”

Land disputes in Israel are most commonly described as stand-offs between distinct groups of Arabs and Jews. In Israel’s southern region, the Negev, Jewish and Bedouin Arab citizens and governmental bodies contest access to land for farming, homes, and industry and struggle over the status of unrecognized Bedouin villages. “Natural,” immutable divisions, both in space and between people, are too frequently assumed within these struggles.  Dwelling in Conflict offers the first study of land conflict and environment based on extensive fieldwork within both Arab and Jewish settings. It explores planned towns for Jews and for Bedouin Arabs, unrecognized villages, and single-family farmsteads, as well as Knesset hearings, media coverage, and activist projects. Emily McKee sensitively portrays the impact that dividing lines―both physical and social―have on residents. She investigates the political charge of people’s everyday interactions with their environments and the ways in which basic understandings of people and “their” landscapes drive political developments. While recognizing deep divisions, McKee also takes seriously the social projects that residents engage in to soften and challenge socio-environmental boundaries. Ultimately, Dwelling in Conflict highlights opportunities for boundary crossings, revealing both contemporary segregation and the possible mutability of these dividing lines in the future.”


Yonatan Mendel (Hebrew University & Cambridge University) & Ronald Ranta (Kingston University, London)

From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self : Palestinian Culture in the Making of Israeli National Identity  (Routledge, 2016) The appropriation of Arab language and cuisine by Israelis in forming their separate culture.


Katie Natanel (SOAS)

Sustaining Conflict : Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine (University of California Press, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “It examines how the status quo is maintained in Israel-Palestine, even by the activities of Jewish Israelis who are working against the occupation of Palestinian territories. The book shows how hierarchies and fault lines in Israeli politics lead to fragmentation, and how even oppositional power becomes routine over time. Most importantly, the book exposes how the occupation is sustained through a carefully crafted system that allows sympathetic Israelis to “knowingly not know,” further disconnecting them from the plight of Palestinians. While focusing on Israel, this is a book that has lessons for how any authoritarian regime is sustained through apathy.”


Cary Nelson, editor  :  Dreams Deferred : A Concise Guide to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Movement to Boycott Israel  (MLA [Modern Languages Association] Members for Scholars’ Rights / Indiana University Press, 396 pages, 2016)  60 mini-essays.  See also as co-editor with Babriel Noah Brahm The Case against Academic Boycotts of Israel  (MLA [Modern Languages Association] Members for Scholars’ Rights, 549 pages, 2015)   Essays against academic boycott.


Timothy J. Paris

In Defence of Britain’s Middle Eastern Empire : A Life of Sir Gilbert Clayton (Sussex Academic Press, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “T E Lawrence (of Arabia) described his war-time chief as “”the perfect leader””, a man who “”worked by influence rather than by loud direction. He was like water, or permeating oil, creeping silently and insistently through everything. It was not possible to say where Clayton was and was not, and how much really belonged to him””. This is the first biography of General Sir Gilbert Clayton (1875-1929), Britain’s pre-eminent “”man-on-the-spot”” during the formative years of the modern Middle East. Serving as a soldier, administrator and diplomat in ten different Middle Eastern countries during a 33-year Middle Eastern career, Clayton is best known as the Director of British Intelligence in Cairo during the Great War (1914-16), and as the instigator and sponsor of the Arab Revolt against the Turks. Dedicated to the preservation of Britain’s Middle Eastern empire, Clayton came to realize that in the transformed post-war world Britain could ill afford to control all aspects of the emerging nation-states in the region. In his work as adviser to the Egyptian government (1919-22), he advocated internal autonomy for the Egyptians, while asserting Britain’s vital imperial interests in the country. As chief administrator in Palestine (1923-5), he sought to reconcile the Arabs to Britain’s national home policy for the Jews, and, at the same time, to solidify Britain’s position as Mandatory power. In Arabia, Clayton negotiated the first post-war treaties with the emerging power of Ibn Saud, (1925, 1927), but curtailed his designs on the British Mandates in Iraq and Transjordan. And, in Iraq, where Clayton served as High Commissioner (1929), he backed Iraq’s independence within the framework of the British Empire.”


Laila Parsons (McGill University / Harvard University / Oxford University)

The Commander : Fawzi al-Qawaqji and the Fight for Arab Independence, 1914-1948  (Hill & Wang, 2016 / Saqi Books, 2017)  An astonishing yet well-nuanced biography of a dedicated military commander, who was unjustly ignored by post-1948 Arab political activists.   The author shares varied period opinions of the Nakba, which is generous as most historians simply wouldn’t.   Publisher’s blurb : “Revered by some as the Arab Garibaldi, maligned by others as an intriguer and opportunist, al_Qawaqji manned the ramparts of Arab history for four decades. As a young officer in the Ottoman Army, he fought the British in World War I and won an Iron Cross. In the 1920s, he mastered the art of insurgency and helped lead a massive uprising against the French authorities in Syria. A decade later, he reappeared in Palestine, where he helped direct the Arab Revolt of 1936.  When an effort to overthrow the British rulers of Iraq failed, he moved to Germany, where he spent much of World War II battling his fellow exile, the Mufti of Jerusalem, who had accused him of being a British spy. In 1947, Qawuqji made a daring escape from Allied-occupied Berlin, and sought once again to shape his region’s history. In his most famous role, he would command the Arab Liberation Army in the Arab-Israeli War of 1948.”


Yoav Peled & John Ehrenberg, editors

Israel and Palestine: Alternative Perspectives on Statehood  (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)  Contents : Stephen Eric Bronner  – Facing the Music: Israel, Palestine, and the Politics of Partisan Delusions / Ian S. Lustick  -Making Sense of the Nakba: Ari Shavit, Baruch and Zionist Claims to Territory / Richard Silverstein –  Israel and the Closing of the American Jewish Mind / Jeffry Frieden –  The Root Causes Of Enduring Conflict: Can Israel And Palestine Co-Exist? / Micheline Ishay an dDavid Kretzmer – Reclaiming Human Rights: Alternative Paths to an Israeli/Palestinian Peace / Honaida Ghanim – Not Exactly Apartheid: Between Settler Colonialism and Military Occupation / Assaf Sharon – The One-State Delusion / Yoav Kapshuk – To What Extent Reconciliation? An Analysis of the Geneva Accord between Israelis and Palestinians / Rassem Khamaisi  – One Homeland, Two States: Planning Alternative Spatial Relations between Palestine and Israel / Horit Herman Peled and Yoav Peled – The Way Forward in the Middle East /  Leila Farsakh – The One-State Solution and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Palestinian Challenges and Prospects / Raif Zreik –  A One-State Solution? From a ‘Struggle Unto Death’ to ‘Master-Slave’ Dialectics /  Moshe Behar  – Past and Present Perfect of Israel’s One-State Solution / Oren Barak – Towards a Shared Vision of Israel and Israel/Palestine  /  Lev Luis Grinberg  – Neither One nor Two: Reflections about a Shared Future in Israel-Palestine / Oren Yiftahel  – Between One and Two: Apartheid or Confederation for Israel/Palestine? / Amal Jamal  – Beyond Traditional Sovereignty Theory in Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Israel/Palestine / John Ehrenberg – Out of the Darkness


John Quigley (Ohio State University)

The International Diplomacy of Israel’s Founders : Deception at the United Nations in the Quest for Palestine  (Cambridge University Press, 2016) –  The Zionist Lobby was on solid foundation well before the UN’s scaffolding was erected, and has renovated its own Babel ever since, a clever hoodwinking by the ‘only democracy in the Middle East.’


Yakov M. Rabkin (University of Montréal)

What is Modern Israel ?  (Pluto Press, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “Usually, we think of the state of modern Israel, as well as the late nineteenth-century Zionist movement that led to its founding, as a response to anti-Semitism which grew out of cultural and religious Judaism. In What Is Modern Israel?, however, Yakov M. Rabkin turns this understanding on its head, arguing convincingly that Zionism, far from being a natural development of Judaism, in fact has its historical and theological roots in Protestant Christianity. While most Jewish people viewed Zionism as marginal or even heretical, Christian enthusiasm for the Restoration of the Jews to the Promised Land transformed the traditional Judaic yearning for ‘Return’—a spiritual concept with a very different meaning—into a political project.  Drawing on many overlooked pages of history, and using on a uniquely broad range of sources in English, French, Hebrew, and Russian, Rabkin shows that Zionism was conceived as a sharp break with Judaism and Jewish continuity. Rabkin argues that Israel’s past and present must be understood in the context of European ethnic nationalism, colonial expansion, and geopolitical interests rather than—as is all too often the case—an incarnation of Biblical prophecies or a culmination of Jewish history.”


Dorit Rabinyan

Borderlife aka All the Rivers  (Serpent’s Tail, 2016/ 2017)  Novel in which a Jewish-Israeli woman and Arab-Palestinian man fall in love in New York City.  Banned by the Israeli Ministry of Education from the high school curriculum.


Hamde Abu Rama (photo-journalist)

Roots Run Deep : Life in Occupied Palestine (author, 2016)


Ronald Ranta (University College London / Kingston University UK)

as co-author, with Yonatan Mandel :  From the Arab Other to the Israeli Self : Palestinian Culture in the Making of Israeli National Identity  (Routledge, 2016)


Nicholas E. Roberts

Islam under the Palestine Mandate : Colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council  (IB Tauris, due 2016)  Britain’s cynical management of religious law to maintain the status quo.


Laura Robson (Portland State University)

-as editor : Minorities and the Modern Arab World : New Perspectives  (Syracuse University Press, 2016) – includes the editor’s own chapter : Arab Christians in Twentieth Century Palestine.  See also her solo work : Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine  (University of Texas Press, 2011), in which the author argues that the British transformed Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious identities into legal categories, ultimately marginalising the Christians.


Celia E. Rothenberg (McMaster University)

On Doing Field Work in Palestine  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “This book, based on the author’s ethnographic fieldwork in the Palestinian West Bank from 1995 to 1996, aims to provide an honest, authentic, and accurate accounting of the nitty-gritty, day-to-day challenges, rewards, failures, and successes of doing fieldwork in a conservative village setting. By focusing on the intimate, typically obscured aspects of the fieldwork experience this memoir is intended for students planning to do fieldwork in any locale.”


Steve Sabella (Jerusalem-born, Berlin-residing Palestinian artist-photographer)

The Parachute Paradox : Steve Sabella  (Berlin : Kerber Verlag, 2016)  Memoir of three decades of the artist’s life under Israeli occupation.


Stephen Salaita  (American University of Beirut)

Inter/Nationalism : Decolonizing Native America and Palestine  (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : ” Steven Salaita argues that American Indian and Indigenous studies must be more central to the scholarship and activism focusing on Palestine. His discussion includes a fascinating inside account of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement; a wide range of Native poetry; the speeches of U.S. President Andrew Jackson; and the discourses of “shared values” between the United States and Israel.”


Lotte Buch Segal (University of Copenhagen)

No Place for Grief : Martyrs, Prisoners, and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).  Publisher’s blurb : ”

Westerners ‘know’ Palestine through images of war and people in immediate distress. Yet this focus has as its consequence that other, less spectacular stories of daily distress are rarely told.  Those seldom noticed are the women behind the men who engage in armed resistance against the military occupation: wives of the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention and the widows of the martyrs. In Palestine, being related to a detainee serving a sentence for participation in the resistance activities against Israel is a source of pride. Consequently, the wives of detainees are expected to sustain these relationships through steadfast endurance, no matter the effects upon the marriage or family. Often people, media, and academic studies address the dramatic violence and direct affliction of the Palestinians. Lotte Buch Segal takes a different approach, and offers a glimpse of the lives, and the contradictory emotions, of the families of both detainees and martyrs through an in-depth ethnographic investigation.  No Place for Grief asks us to think about what it means to grieve when that which is grieved does not lend itself to a language of loss and mourning. What does it mean to “endure” when ordinary life is engulfed by the emotional labor required to withstand the pressures placed on Palestinian families by sustained imprisonment and bereavement? Despite an elaborate repertoire of narrative styles, laments, poetry, and performance of bodily gestures through which mourning can be articulated, including the mourning tied to a political cause, Buch Segal contends that these forms of expression are inadequate to the sorrow endured by detainees’ wives. No Place for Grief reveals a new language that describes the entanglement of absence and intimacy, endurance and everyday life, and advances an understanding of loss, mourning, and grief in contemporary Palestine.”


Sherene Seikaly

Men of Capital : Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016)  Unpacking the middle class.  “Seikaly is a wonderfully engaging writer…with clarity and verve. An absolute must-read.” – Sarah Irving, Electronic Intifada.  see also : Barbara J. Smith : The Roots of Separatism in Palestine – British Economic Policy, 1920-1929  (Syracuse University Press, 1993)


Nabil Sha’ath aka Nabeel Shaath (long-time Palestinian negotiator, Fatah Central Committee)

My Life from Nakba to Revolution (unconfirmed in English, 2016)


Keren Sharvit & Eran Halperin, editors

A Social Psychology Perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 2016 – Volume 2 – Celebrating the Legacy of Dr Daniel Bar-Tal  (Springer, due February 2016) – Theory compendium


Ruth Sheldon (Birkbeck College)

Tragic Encounters and Ordinary Ethics : Palestine-Israel in British Universities  (Manchester University Press, 2016)


Salman Abu Sitta

Mapping My Return : A Palestinian Memoir (IB Tauris, due 2016)  Memories of the famous polymath who has single-handedly made available crucial mapping work on Palestine, and contains back-story to his lifetime cartographic effort.  Equally important are political and personal insights not found elsewhere.  No index.


Samia Halaby with Salman Abu-Sitta Drawing the Kafr Massacre  (The Netherlands : Schlit Publishing, September 2016/ January 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “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. Two other massacres took place during the ensuing days in the cities of Rafah and Khan Younis, where over 400 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered by Israeli troops on their way to Egypt. 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.”


Erik Skare (Norwegian editor of infofada website)

Digital Jihad : Palestinian Resistance in the Digital Era (Zed Books, 2016)  Publisher’s blurb : “A new and innovative form of dissent has emerged in response to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dubbed ‘electronic jihad’, this approach has seen organized groups of Palestinian hackers make international headlines by breaching the security of such sites as the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, AVG, Avira, Whatsapp, and BitDefender. Though initially confined to small clandestine groups, ‘hacktivism’ is now increasingly being adopted by militant Palestinian parties, including Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who have gone so far as to incorporate hackers into their armed brigades. Digital Jihad is the first book to explore this rapidly evolving and still little understood aspect of the Palestinian resistance movement. Drawing on extensive interviews with hackers and other activists, it provides a unique and fascinating new perspective on the Palestinian struggle.”

Website note : Internet hacking is considered illegal, except when governments do it.


Thomas Suarez

State of Terror : How Terrorism Created Modern Israel  (Skyscraper Books / Interlink Publications, 2016)  As described by the eminent Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, the book is “A tour de force, based on diligent archival research that looks boldly at the impact of Zionism on Palestine and its people in the first part of the 20th century. The book is the first comprehensive and structured analysis of the violence and terror employed by the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel against the people of Palestine.” Former US Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney said that it exposes “the reality of the ‘conflict’ through the simple act of documenting why a tolerant, multi-cultural Palestine became the battleground it is today,” and in the UK Baroness Jenny Tonge wrote that “I thought I knew a fair bit about the Middle East after all the years I’ve been involved in its politics but this book came as an eye-opener.” Seven years in the making, the book is based predominantly on declassified source documents in the National Archives of Great Britain.


Yasir Suleiman, editor (Kings College, Cambridge)

Being Palestinian : Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora  (Edinburgh University Press, due February 2016) 102 Palestinians in the UK and North America explain diasporic diversity.


Lilas Taha

Bitter Almonds  (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, 2016)  Set in refugee community in Damascus.


Guiliana Tiripelli (University of Sheffield)

Media and Peacein the Middle East : The Role of Journalism in Israel-Palestine  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) A study of ‘Peace Journalism.”


Vacy Vlazna, editor

I Remember My Name, poetry by Ramzy Baroud, Samah Sabawi and Jehan Bseiso  (Novum Publishing, 2016)


Haim Yacobi
  (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

Israel and Africa : A Geneology of Moral Geography  (Routledge, 2016) Publisher’s blurb : “Israel and Africa critically examines the ways in which Africa – as a geopolitical entity – is socially manufactured, collectively imagined but also culturally denied in Israeli politics. Its unique exploration of moral geography and its comprehensive, interdisciplinary research on the two countries offers new perspectives on Israeli history and society.”


Ofra Yeshua-Lyth (Journalist with Ma’ariv)

Politically Incorrect : Why a Jewish State is a Bad Idea (Skyscraper Books, 2016)   Although in part a memoir of family and professional life, this book is revealing for the attitudes and contradictions which go to the heart of the exclusivity that threads through the Jewish Israeli society.  Cultural quarter-tones sing from the pages.


Raed Zanoon & Julie-Anne Skyley

Escaping Gaza : Raed Zanoon the Peace Seeker  (O-Books, due April 2016) Personal story of Gazan Christian’s escape to Darwin.