Top Titles for 2017

Faiha Abdulhadi

Living Memories: Testimonies of Palestinians’ Displacement in 1948 (Al Rowat for Studies and Research, 2017)  Slim volume of testimonies from six Palestinians who experienced the Nakba.


Tamim Al-Barghouti

In Jerusalem and other Poems  – Poetry from 1996-2016, translated by Radwa Ashour (the poet’s mother) and Ahdaf Soueif (Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Publications, 2017)


Rana Alhelsi  (Head of the Technical Assistance Unit Office of Mr Ahmad Qurei, Chief Palestinian Negotiator to Final Status Negotiations, Ex-Prime Minister)

Post-Oslo Palestine : Public Policy and State Building  (Routledge, 2017 ?)  The author examines the policy decision making process inside the Palestinian authority since Oslo. In particular the book explores the context, structures and participants involved.  See author’s 2008 University of Ulster PhD thesis, Public Policy Decision-Making in Post-Oslo Palestine : A Case Study of Three Policy Areas, available in electronic form via the British Library, with shelfmark : Document Supply DRT 479023.


Farhad Analoui Mohammed Al-Madhoun

Empowering SME Managers in Palestine  (Routledge, 2017)


Colin Andersen

Balfour in the Dock (Skyscraper Publications, 2017)   Biography of J.M.N. Jeffries, with excerpts from his writings.  See also : JMN Jeffries


Iasmin Omar Ata

Mis(h)adra   (Simon & Schuster, 2017) Graphic novel merging Palestinians with non-Palestinians who have disabilities, in this case, Epilepsy.


Hala Alyan (Palestinian-American clinical psychologist)

Salt Houses   (Hutchinson/Random House, 2017)  See also : POETRY


Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi

Syria: Recipes from Home (Trapeze, 2017)  Authors’ research includes work with Syrian refugee women in Lebanon.


Ibtisam Barakat  (Palestinian-American teacher and poet)

Balcony on the Moon : Coming of Age in Palestine  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan, 2016-2017)  Memoir, 1971-1981

Tasting the Sky : A Palestinian Childhood (Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007) Memoir to 1971.


Golbarg Bashi aka Dr. Bashi (text) and Golrokh Rafisi (illustrations)

P is for Palestine : A Palestine ABC Book  (authors, USA, 2017)


Liora Bigon (Hebrew University ) and Yossi Katz (Bar-Ilan University)

Garden Cities and Colonial Planning : Transnationality and Urban Ideas in Africa and Palestine  (Manchester University Press, 2017) One half-the book is on Palestine.


Ian Black (36 years with The Guardian newspaper, becoming Middle East Editor; LSE)

Enemies and Neighbours : Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017  (Allen Lane, 2017)


Björn Brenner (Swedish Defence University, Stockholm)

Gaza under Hamas : From Islamic Democracy to Islamic Governance  (IB Tauris, 2016-2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Lodging with Palestinian families and experiencing their daily encounters with Hamas, he offers an intimate perspective of the group as seen through local eyes. 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.”


Reja-e Busailah (Indiana & Birzeit Universities)

In the Land of My Birth : A Palestinian Boyhood  (Institute for Palestine Studies, 2017)  Abstract : “In the Land of My Birth recounts the coming of age of a blind Palestinian boy of modest milieu during the turbulent years leading up to the fall of Palestine in 1948. Above all, it is the boy’s life—his struggles to make his way in the sighted world, his upbringing, schooling, friendships, and adventures. It is a compelling human story with a mine of information on popular culture and customs, the educational system, and Palestinian life. While the looming conflict forms the essential backdrop, it comes to the fore only when it impinges directly on the boy’s world. The fact that the memoir unfolds largely in “real time,” with events, conversations, and situations recounted not retrospectively but as they are experienced, provides a rare window on the political attitudes, social views, legends, prejudices, perceptions and misperceptions of ordinary Palestinians at the time, unmediated and unvarnished. Essential reading for anyone interested in the cultural, social, and political history of Palestine, the condition of blindness, and the education of the blind.”  With forward by Elias Khoury : “the most eloquent account of Lydda’s tragedy that exists : the expulsions, the killings, and the terrible march through the wilderness forced upon the city’s inhabitants by the Israeli occupiers.”  See also memoirs : Edward Said‘s Out of Place and Jabra Ibrahim Jabra‘s The First Well


Mae Elise Cannon, editor :  A Land Full of God : Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land  (Cascade Books, 2017)


Paola Caridi

Jerusalem without God : Portrait of a Cruel City (American University Press in Cairo, June 2017)


David Carter (Middle East Evangelical Concern, Leicester)

Mistaken Identity : Who is Who?  And Why it Matters  (author, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Prompted by an ‘unexpected pilgrimage’ this book seeks to follow the story and understand the identity of God’s people from the garden to The Cross. It examines God’s purpose in calling people for mission. Asking about the people, the land, the promises and the Jewish messiah leads to answers that challenge the accepted tenets of Christian Zionism.”


Edward Cavanagh and Lorenzo Veracini, editors

The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism  (Routledge, 469 pages, 2017)  Contents include two chapters on Palestine :   Gershon Shafir : Theorizing Zionist Settler Colonialism in Palestine  Arnon Degani A Dying Settler Colonialism: Israel and the Palestinians after 1948.


David Cronin

Balfour’s Shadow : A Century of British Support for Zionism and Israel  (Pluto Press, 2017)


Orlando Crowcroft

Rock in a Hard Place : Music and Mayhem in the Middle East  (Zed Books, 2017)


Germana D’Acquisto

A Linguistic Analysis of Diplomatic Discourse : UN Resolutions on the Question of Palestine  (Cambridge Academic Publishing, 2017)


Myriam Denov and Bree Akesson, editors

Children Affected by Armed Conflict : Theory, Method and Practice  (Columbia University Press, 2017) – Survey that includes Palestine.


Larry Derfner  (Ha’aretz, formerly with the Jerusalem Post)

No Country for Jewish Liberals  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2017)  Los Angeles born, Israeli journalist describes a society provocatively out of step with Jewish liberals and the Left.


Catriona Drew (SOAS)

Remembering 1948 : Who’s Afraid of International Law in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? in: Gaita, R. & Simpson, G., (editors), Who’s Afraid of International Law?  (Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2017)


Kareem EstefanCarin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich, editors

Assuming Boycott : Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production  (OR Books, 2017) Contributors : Nasser Abourahme, Ariella Azoulay, Tania Bruguera, Noura Erakat, Kareem Estefan, Mariam Ghani with Haig Aivazian, Nathan Gray and Ahmet Öğüt, Chelsea Haines, Sean Jacobs, Yazan Khalili, Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich, Svetlana Mintcheva, Naeem Mohaiemen, Hlonipha Mokoena, John Peffer, Joshua Simon, Ann Laura Stoler, Radhika Subramaniam, Eyal Weizman and Kareem Estefan, and Frank B. Wilderson III.


Richard Falk (former UIN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, 2008-2014)

Palestine’s Horizon : Toward a Just Peace  (Pluto Press, 2017)


Joseph R. Farag

Politics and Palestinian Literature in Exile : Gender Aesthetics and Resistance in the Short Story  (IB Tauris, 2017)


Neil Faulkner

Lawrence of Arabia’s War : The Arabs, the British and the Remaking of the Middle East in WWI  (Yale University Press, 2017)  Lawrence’s military campaigns seen through the lens of Arab independence.


Gary Fields

Enclosure : Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror  (University of California Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Enclosure marshals bold new and persuasive arguments about the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians. Revealing the Israel-Palestine landscape primarily as one of enclosure, geographer Gary Fields sheds fresh light on Israel’s actions. He places those actions in historical context in a broad analysis of power and landscapes across the modern world. Examining the process of land-grabbing in early modern England, colonial North America, and contemporary Palestine, Enclosure shows how patterns of exclusion and privatization have emerged across time and geography. That the same moral, legal, and cartographic arguments were copied by enclosers of land in very different historical environments challenges Israel’s current rationale as being uniquely beleaguered. It also helps readers in the United Kingdom and the United States understand the Israel-Palestine conflict in the context of their own, tortured histories.”


Katharina Galor (Judaic Studies, Brown University)

Finding Jerusalem : Archaeology between Science and Ideology  (University of California Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem capture worldwide attention in various media outlets. The continuing quest to discover the city’s physical remains is not simply an attempt to define Israel’s past or determine its historical legacy. In the context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is also an attempt to legitimate—or undercut—national claims to sovereignty. Bridging the ever-widening gap between popular coverage and specialized literature, Finding Jerusalem provides a comprehensive tour of the politics of archaeology in the city. Through a wide-ranging discussion of the material evidence, Katharina Galor illuminates the complex legal contexts and ethical precepts that underlie archaeological activity and the discourse of “cultural heritage” in Jerusalem. This book addresses the pressing need to disentangle historical documentation from the religious aspirations, social ambitions, and political commitments that shape its interpretation.”


Haim GorenBrunu SchelhaasJutta Faehndrich

Mapping the Holy Land : The Origins of Cartography in Palestine  (IB Tauris, 2017)


Aeyal Gross

The Writing on the Wall : Rethinking the International Law of Occupation  (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “As Israel’s control of the Occupied Palestinian Territory nears its fiftieth anniversary, The Writing on the Wall offers a critical perspective on the international law of occupation. Advocating a normative and functional approach to occupation and to the question of when it exists, it analyzes the application of humanitarian and human rights law, pointing to the risk of using the law of occupation in its current version to legitimize new variations of conquest and colonialism. The book points to the need for reconsidering the law of occupation in light of changing forms of control, such as those evident in Gaza. Although the Israeli occupation is a main focal point, the book broadens its compass to look at other cases, such as Iraq, Northern Cyprus, and Western Sahara, highlighting the role that international law plays in all of these cases.”


Yifat Gutman (New School for Social Research, New York City)

Memory Activism : Reimagining the Past for the Future in Israel-Palestine  (Vanderbilt University Press, 200 pages, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Set in Israel in the first decade of the twenty-first century and based on long-term fieldwork, this rich ethnographic study offers an innovative analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It explores practices of memory activism by three groups of Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Palestinian citizens-Zochrot, Autobiography of a City, and Baladna-showing how they appropriated the global model of truth and reconciliation while utilizing local cultural practices such as tours and testimonies. These activist efforts gave visibility to a silenced Palestinian history in order to come to terms with the conflict s origins and envision a new resolution for the future. This unique focus on memory as a weapon of the weak reveals a surprising shift in awareness of Palestinian suffering among the Jewish majority of Israeli society in a decade of escalating violence and polarization–albeit not without a backlash. Contested memories saturate this society. The 1948 war is remembered as both Independence Day by Israelis and al-Nakba ( the catastrophe ) by Palestinians.The walking tour and survivor testimonies originally deployed by the state for national Zionist education that marginalized Palestinian citizens are now being appropriated by activists for tours of pre-state Palestinian villages and testimonies by refugees.”

See also : Zochrat, in the OLDER PALESTINE HISTORY Section


Janette Habashi (University of Oklahoma)

Political Socialization of Youth : A Palestinian Case Study  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “This book increases the awareness of youth political agency and how it relates to adults, governments, communities, and local and global discourse. It reveals the complexity of youth’s political lives as it intersects with social identifiers such as location, gender, and political status, and interacts with neoliberal discourse embedded in media, local politics, education, and religious idioms. This book fills a gap in existing research to provide a body of literature on the political socialization and its manifestation in youth political agency. The research findings aid in understanding the abilities of youth to reason, reflect upon, articulate, and act upon their political views. This research is not only pertinent to children in Palestine, but can also be applied to children living everywhere as global discourse of oppression is not limited to a location, age or a group.”


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.”


Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University), Marco Allegra (University of Lisbon), and Erez Maggor (New York University / Israel Institute), editors

Normalizing Occupation : The Politics of Everyday Life in the West Bank Settlements  (Indiana University Press, 2017)  Stressed in particular are such factors as urban planning, rising inequality and the retreat of the welfare state, and the changing political economy of industry and employment.


Richard Hardigan

The Other Side of the Wall : An Eyewitness Account of the Occupation of Palestine – with foreword by Ilan Pappe (Seattle : Cune, 2017) Account of Ramallah and Nablus, 2014.  Publisher’s blurb : “The Other Side of the Wall is an account of the author’s experiences in Palestine, where he worked on the front lines of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict with the International Solidarity Movement, a prominent organization of peace activists. He witnessed and recorded the suffering and injustices imposed on the Palestinians, such as violence meted out by both soldiers and settlers, long waits at checkpoints, travel restrictions, home demolitions, theft of natural resources, unfair economic practices, arbitrary detention and arrest, long prison sentences, and countless other forms of humiliation. The background during his stay in the West Bank, which often pushed its way into the foreground, was provided by two momentous events: the collective punishment visited upon the population of the West Bank by the Israeli army for the kidnapping of three teenaged Jewish settlers, and the subsequent military assault on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the deaths of over 2,000 Palestinians.”


Roger Hardy  (Veteran BBC World Service reporter of the region for 30 years; Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies in Oxford)

The Poisoned Well : Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East  (Hurst & Co., 2016-2017)  Much on Palestine and the considered decolonisation of the region.


William Helmreich

The Third Reich and the Palestine Question (Routledge, 2017)


Shir Hever (Economist with the Alternative Information Center/AIC, Jerusalem)

The Privatisation of Israeli Security  (Pluto Press, 2017)


Mya Guarnieri Jaradat (journalist for Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, etc).

The Unclosen : The Lives of Israel’s New Others  (Pluto Press, 2017)  On workers from Africa and Asia, but tangental to Palestinian Israelis.


JMN Jeffries [Joseph Mary Nagle]

Palestine : The Reality (Longmans, 1939)  The definitive and most revelatory analysis of the machinations behind the Balbour Declaration.  Author was the Daily Mail’s Middle East Correspondent in the 1920s and co-founder of the Palestine Information Centre in London, 1936.  Original book, 728 pages with 21 possible copies held in UK libraries. (Westport, Connecticut : Hyperion Press, 1976)  Held in the UK by the British Library, Exeter and Sheffield Universities. Chapter 11, republished as an off-print by the Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, 1969.  Reprint edition : Interlink Publishing & Skyscraper Books, 2017, with introduction by Ghada Karmi and preface by Andy Simons.


Jewish Voice for Peace (USA)

On Antisemitism : Solidarity and the Struggle for Justice in Palestine  (Chicago : Haymarket Books / JVP, 2017) – with foreword by Judith Butler (University of California Berkeley).  Anthology of a multitude of contributors, including Omar Barghouti, Judith Butler, and Rebecca Vilkomerson.


Joudie Kalla, with photography by Ria Osbourne

Palestine on a Plate : Memories from My Mother’s Kitchen (Interlink Publications, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Palestine on a Plate is a tribute to family, cooking, and home—old recipes created with love that brings people together in appreciation of the beauty of this rich heritage. Immerse yourself in the stories and culture of Palestine through the food in this book.  This is a celebration of real Palestinian food, cooked with the ingredients that Joudie’s mother and grandmother use, and their grandmothers used before them. Experience the wonderful flavors of Palestine through zingy fattet hummus (tangy yoghurt, chickpeas and hummus, served over toasted pita bread and drizzled in buttered pine nuts), satisfyingly spiced makloubeh (an upside down spiced rice dish with lamb neck and fried eggplant), eggplant and zucchini stuffed full with spiced and herbed lamb, and sublimely decadent awameh (honey dumplings) all accompanied by fresh mint tea and white coffee (not actually coffee at all, but a refreshing mix of water, orange blossom water and sugar). Colorful, stunning photography evoking the vibrancy and romance of the country will bring Palestine into your home and make you fall in love with this wonderful way to cook and enjoy food.”


Mazen Kerbaj

Beirut Won’t Cry : Lebanon’s July War – A Visual Diary  (Fantagraphics-FU, 2017)  with introduction by Joe Sacco.   Cartoon commentary witnessing the 2006 Israeli assault.


Kent Klich (photographer)

Kent Klich : Gaza Works  (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2017)  With text by : Judith Butler, Susan Meiselas, Mette SandbyeRaji SouraniEyal Weizman, Louise Wolthers Dragana Vujanovic Ostlind


Guy Laron (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

The Six-Day War : The Breaking of the Middle East  (Yale University Press, 2017)  Author assesses the military establishment keenness for war in Israel, Egypt and Syria.


Assaf Likhovski

Tax Law and Social Norms in Mandatory Palestine and Israel  (Cambridge University Press, 2017)


John Lyons (Middle East correspondent for The Australian) & Sylvie Le Clezio (filmmaker, emphasising documentaries)

Balcony over Jerusalem  (HarperCollins 2017)  Married couple’s account, 2009-2015.


Donald Macintyre (Independent newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau chief)

Gaza : Preparing for Dawn [aka Gaza – A Place of Contrasts]  (Oneworld, 2017)  Observations of Gaza residents’ resiliency under Occupation.


Karim MakdisiVijay Prashad, editors

Land of Blue Helmets : The United Nations and the Arab World  (University of California Press, 2017)  Relevant contents : Andrew Gilmour – The Role of the UN Secretary-General, a Historical Assessment Lori Allen – Palestine, the Third World and the UN as Seen From a Special Commission Richard Falk – On Behalf of the United Nations – Serving as Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council for Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967 Noura Erakat – The UN Statehood Bid – Palestine’s Flirtation with Multilateralism Asli Bâli Aziz Rana  – The Wrong Kind of Intervention in Syria Jalal Al Husseini – An Agency for the Palestinians?  Filippo Grandi – Challenged but Steadfast : Nine Years with the Palestinian Refugees and the UN Relief and Words Agency Mandy Turner – Peacebuilding in Palestine : Western Strategies in the Context of Colonization 


Bashir Abu-Manneh

The Palestinian Novel, from 1948 to the Present  (Cambridge University Press, 2016/2017) Publisher’s blurb : “What happens to the Palestinian novel after the national dispossession of the nakba, and how do Palestinian novelists respond to this massive crisis? This is the first study in English to chart the development of the Palestinian novel in exile and under occupation from 1948 onwards. By reading the novel in the context of the ebb and flow of Arab and Palestinian revolution, Bashir Abu-Manneh defines the links between aesthetics and politics. Combining historical analysis with textual readings of key novels by Jabra, Kanafani, Habiby, and Khalifeh, the chronicle of the Palestinian novel unfolds as one that articulates humanism, self-sacrifice as collective redemption, mutuality, and self-realization. Political challenge, hope, and possibility are followed by the decay of collective and individual agency. Genet’s and Khoury’s unrivalled literary homages to Palestinian revolt are also examined. By critically engaging with Lukács, Adorno, and postcolonial theory, questions of struggle and self-determination take centre stage.”


Fatima V. Mansour

Ruination  (Author / CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “What would Chicago look like if under military occupation? How does life change under a siege? Would Americans tolerate the south side of Chicago being imprisoned like the Gaza Strip? Ruination explores the issues young people encounter while under military siege.”


Mazen Masri  (City University, London)

The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism : Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State (Hart, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “What does Israel’s definition as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state mean? How does it affect constitutional law? How does it play out in the daily life of the people living in Israel? This book provides a unique and detailed examination of the consequences of the ‘Jewish and democratic’ definition. It explores how the definition affects the internal ordering of the state, the operation of the law, and the ways it is used to justify, protect and regenerate certain features of Israeli constitutional law. It also considers the relationship between law and settler-colonialism, and how this relationship manifests itself in the constitutional order. The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism offers a novel perspective on the Jewish and democratic definition rooted in constitutional theory and informed by a socio-legal approach. Relying on a wide range of court cases and statutes as well as secondary sources, the book shows how the definition is deeply embedded in the constitutional structure, and operates, as a matter of law, in a manner that concentrates political power in the hands of the Jewish citizens and excludes the Palestinian Arab citizens in Israel from the political process. Mazen Masri’s study is a timely intervention in an increasingly important question, and is essential reading for those who want to understand Israel’s character, its relationship with the constitutional order, and its impact on society.”


James G. McDonald (US Special Representative & Ambassador / Norman J. W. Goda, Richard Breitman, Barbara McDonald Stewart, and Severin Hochberg, editors

Envoy to the Promnised Land : The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1948-1951  (Indiana University Press & United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2017)


Mansour Nasasra (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, University of Exeter, Plymouth University, Hebrew University)

The Naqab Bedouins : A Century of Politics and Resistance (Columbia University Press, 2017).  Publisher’s blurb : “Conventional wisdom positions the Bedouins in southern Palestine and under Israeli military rule as victims or passive recipients. In The Naqab Bedouins, Mansour Nasasra rewrites this narrative, presenting them as active agents who, in defending their community and culture, have defied attempts at subjugation and control. The book challenges the notion of Bedouin docility under Israeli military rule and today, showing how they have contributed to shaping their own destiny.
The Naqab Bedouins represents the first attempt to chronicle Bedouin history and politics across the last century, including the Ottoman era, the British Mandate, Israeli military rule, and the contemporary schema, and document its broader relevance to understanding state-minority relations in the region and beyond. Nasasra recounts the Naqab Bedouin history of political struggle and resistance to central authority. Nonviolent action and the strength of kin-based tribal organization helped the Bedouins assert land claims and call for the right of return to their historical villages. Through primary sources and oral history, including detailed interviews with local indigenous Bedouins and with Israeli and British officials, Nasasra shows how this Bedouin community survived strict state policies and military control and positioned itself as a political actor in the region.”


Ibrahim Nasrallah  (Palestinian author-poet-teacher-journalist-translator-painter…)

Gaza Weddings  (American University in Cairo Press, 2017) – translated by Nancy Roberts.


Bahaa Ed-Din Ossama

Musiqa al-Kalimat : Modern Standard Arab through Popular Songs  (American University Press in Cairo, 2017)  An Arabic language study book (intermediate to advance levels) employing examples from singers popular through the region :  Abd al-Halim Hafez, Fairouz, Fuad Abd al-Magid, Karem Mahmoud, Kazem al-Saher, Muhammad Abd al-Wahab, Nagat al-Saghira, Rima Khashish, and Umm Kulthum.


Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter)

The Biggest Prison on Earth : A History of the Occupied Territories  (OneWorld Publications, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “Analysing the historical origins of the annexation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1920s and 30s, Pappé goes on to examine the bureaucratic apparatus that has been developed to manage this occupation, from the political, legal, financial and even dietary measures to the military and security plans put in place over almost half a century.
Based on exhaustive archival research, NGO records and eyewitness accounts, Pappé’s investigation exposes the brutalising effects of occupation, from the systematic abuse of human and civic rights, such as military roadblocks, mass arrests, property demolitions and house searches, to the forced population transfers, annexation of land, proliferation of unlawful settlements, and the infamous wall that is rapidly turning the West Bank into an open prison.”

Ten Myths About Israel  (Verso, 2017)


Susan Pederson (Harvard University / Columbia University)

The Guardians : The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire  (Oxford University Press, 2017)  Historian unpacks the Mandate scheme after the Great War.


Miko Peled

Injustice : The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five  (Just World Books, 2017-2018)  Publisher’s blurb : “In a series of early-morning raids in July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American Muslim families. They arrested the five fathers, who then became known as the Holy Land Foundation Five. The five were falsely charged with providing support to a terrorist organization, Hamas, by giving money to Palestinian charities in the West Bank and Gaza—entities with which U.S. government aid agencies and global bodies like the International Red Cross had long worked on a regular basis. In 2013, human rights activist and author Miko Peled started investigating this case. He discussed the miscarriages of justice with the men’s lawyers and heard from the men’s families about the devastating effects the case had on their lives. He also traveled to the remote federal prison complexes where the men were held to conduct deep interviews. Injustice traces the labyrinthine course of this case, presenting a terrifying picture of governmental over-reach in post-9/11 America.”


Pamela E. Pennock (University of Michigan at Dearborn)

The Rise of the Arab American Left: Activists, Allies, and Their Fight against Imperialism and Racism, 1960s-1980s  (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)  Focus on 1973 BDS effort by United Auto Workers Local 600, in Dearborn, Michigan.


Julie Peteet

Space and Mobility in Palestine (Indiana University Press, 2017) on the separation of community in the West Bank.


Itamar Rabinovich (former Israeli ambassador in Washington DC)

Yitzhak Rabin : Soldier, Leader, Statesman   (Yale University Press, 2017)


Bernard Regan (St.Mary’s University London, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the National Union of Teachers)

The Balfour Declaration : Empire, the Mandate, and Resistance in Palestine  (Verso Books, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “The truehistory of the Imperial deal that transformed the Middle East and sealed Palestine’s fate.”  Endorsed by Karma Nabulsi (Oxford), Nur Masalha (SOAS) and Moshe Machover.


Mitri Rehab (Dar al-Kalima University College, Bethlehem) & Suzanne Watts Henderson (Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina)

The Cross in Contexts : Suffering and Redemption in Palestine  (Maryknoll : Orbis Publishing, 2017)  Mainly religious analysis, including politics and the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.


Yitzhak Reiter (Ashkelon Academic College)

Contested Holy Places in Israel-Palestine : Sharing and Conflict Resolution  (Routledge, 2017)  The author analyses fourteen case studies of conflicts over holy sites in Palestine/Israel, including major holy sites such as Al-Haram al-Sharif/the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and the Cave of the Patriarchs/Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, in addition to disputes over more minor sites. It then compares these conflicts to similar cases from other regions and provides an analysis of effective and ineffective conflict mitigation and resolution tools used for dealing with such disputes.


Joshua Rickard (National University of Singapore)

The Fragmentation of Palestine : identity and Isolation in the Twenty-First Century  (IB Tauris, 2017)  Based on fieldwork in the military checkpoint-isolated West Bank villages.


Anthony Robinson (children’s author)  and Annemarie Robinson (authors who focus on refugee and homeless children, notably the Refugee Children series,  by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books )

Young Palestinians Speak : Living under Occupation  (Northampton, Massachusetts : Interlink Publications, 2017)


William I. Robinson (University of California – Santa Barbara), Maryam S. Griffin (University of California – Davis), editors, with foreword by former US Congressional Rep. Cynthia McKinney

We Will Not be Silenced : The Academic Repression of Israel’s Critics  (Pluto Press, 2017)  Contents :

1. The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics – David Theo Goldberg and Saree Makdisi
2. They Shoot Tenure, Don’t They?: How I crossed the borders of acceptable academic discourse on Holocaust film and the question of Palestine, and never came back – Terri Ginsberg
3. My Ordeal with the Israel Lobby and the University of California – William I. Robinson
4. Power, Punishment, and Perseverance – The Irvine 11
5. A Problem Grows in Brooklyn – Kristofer J. Petersen-Overton
6. Speaking Truth to Power: Advocating for Justice in/for Palestine – Rabab Abdulhadi
7. Hanlon’s Razor Cuts Both Ways – David Delgado Shorter
8. The Intolerability of Intolerance – Persis Karim
9. Responding to Columbia University’s McCarthyism – Joseph Massad
10. A Multiyear Zionist Censorship Campaign – David Klein
11. Some Thoughts on Facts, Politics, and Tenure – Nadia Abu Al-Hajj
12. Censoring and Sanctioning Students for Justice in Palestine – Max Geller
13. A So-called Self-Hating: Anti-Semitic Jew Speaks Out – Lisa Rofel
14. Interrupted Destinies: Before and After the Forthwith – Steven Salaita


Laura Robson (Portland State University)

States of Separation : Transfer, Partition, and the Making of the Modern Middle East  (University of California Press, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “States of Separation tells how the interwar Middle East became a site for internationally sanctioned experiments in ethnic separation enacted through violent strategies of population transfer and ethnic partition.  During Britain’s and France’s interwar occupation of Iraq, Palestine, and Syria, the British and French mandate governments and the League of Nations undertook a series of varied but linked campaigns of ethnic removal and separation targeting the Armenian, Assyrian, and Jewish communities within these countries. Such schemes served simultaneously as a practical method of controlling colonial subjects and as a rationale for imposing a neo-imperial international governance, with long-standing consequences for the region.  Placing the histories of Iraq, Palestine, and Syria within a global context of emerging state systems intent on creating new forms of international authority, in States of Separation Laura Robson sheds new light on the emergence of ethnic separatism in the modern Middle East.”


Noa Roei (University of Amsterdam)

Civic Aesthetics : Militarism, Israeli Art and Visual Culture  (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)


Brant Rosen

Wrestling in the Daylight : A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity (Just World Books, 2012, 2017)   The most important blogs from the Shalom Rav website, 2008-2010 and collected here by the author, a politically converted Rabbi from suburban Chicago, who is co-chair of Rabbinical Council of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).  A highlight of influence from within the American Jewish community.  Second edition contains an additional foreword.


Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman (Bar-Ilan University)

Birthrate Politics in Zion : Judaism, Nationalism, and Modernity under the British Mandate  (Indiana University Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Despite both national and traditional imperatives to have many children, the birthrate of the Jewish community in British Mandate Palestine declined steadily from 1920-1948. During these years Jews were caught in contradictions between political and social objectives, religion, culture, and individual needs. Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman takes a deep and detailed look at these diverse and decisive issues, including births and abortions during this period, the discourse about birthrate, and practical attempts to implement policies to counter the low birthrate. Themes that emerge include the effect of the Holocaust, economics, ethnicity, efforts by public figures to increase birthrate, and the understanding that women in the society were viewed as entirely responsible for procreation. Providing a deep examination of the day-to-day lives of Jewish families in British Mandate Palestine, this book shows how political objectives are not only achieved by political agreements, public debates, and battlefields, but also by the activities of ordinary men, women, and families.”


Alice Rothchild (Boston physician and filmmaker)

Condition Critical : Life and Death in Israel/Palestine  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2017)  “The three visits to Israel that she chronicles, ranging from June 2013 to March 2015, provide the narrative context for a literary trip that engages facts and ideology, individuals and organizations, towns, villages, cities, and refugee camps, the sweep of history and the present, current critical condition. And what about the future? Rothchild hints that we do not have the “privilege of despair.” Still, read the book… and weep!” – Anat Biletzki (B’Tsalem & Tel Aviv University)


Nadim M. Rouhana (Tufts University) and Sahar S. Huneidi (historian / editor East West Publications, author of A Broken Trust: Herbert Samuel, Zionism and the Palestinians (2001)


Israel and its Palestinian Citizens : Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State  (Cambridge University Press, 2017)  Contents :  Nadim N. RouhanaThe Psychopolitical Foundations of Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State  / Ian S. Lustick & Matthew BerkmanZionist Theories of Peace in the Pre-State Era : Legacies of Dissimulation and Israel’s Arab Minority / Hillel CohenThe first Israeli Government (1948-1950) and the Arab Citizens : Equality in Discourse, Exclusion in Practice / Yair BaumlIsrael’s Military Rule over its Palestinian Citizens (1948-1969) : Shaping the Israeli Segregation System Nadera Shalhoub-KevorkianSettler Colonialism, Surveillance and Fear Ahmad H. Sa’di Palestinian Social Movement and Protest within the Green Line : 1949-2001 Nadim N. Rouhana Areej Sabbagh-Khoury Memory and the Return of History in a Settler-Colonial Context : The Case of the Palestinians in Israel.  Publisher’s blurb : “This volume presents new perspectives on Israeli society, Palestinian society, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on historical foundations, it examines how Israel institutionalizes ethnic privileging among its nationally diverse citizens. Arab, Israeli, and American contributors discusses the paradoxes of democratic claims in ethnic states, as well as dynamics of social conflict in the absence of equality. This book advances a new understanding of Israel’s approach to the Palestinian citizens, covers the broadest range of areas in which Jews and Arabs are institutionally differentiated along ethnic basis, and explicates the psychopolitical foundations of ethnic privileges. It will appeal to students and scholars who seek broader views on Israeli society and its relationship with the Arab citizens, and want to learn more about the status of the Palestinian citizens in Israel and their collective experience as both citizens and settler-colonial subjects.”


Grant Rumley (Washington DC think-tank) and Amir Tibon (Israeli journalist)

The Last Palestinian : The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas  (Penguin Random House, July 2017)


Mohammad Sabaaneh 

White and Black : Political Cartoons from Palestine  (Charlottesville, Virginia : Just World Books, 2017 / Al-Saqi Books, 2018)  Introduction by Seth Tobocman


Bernard Sabella (Bethlehem University / Middle East Council of Churches)

A Life Worth Living : The Story of a Palestinian Catholic (Eugene, Oregon : Resource Publications / Wipf & Stock, 2017).  Carole Monica Burnett, editor. Publisher’s blurb : “Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone. Displaced from his home in infancy with his refugee family and educated in Jerusalem’s Old City before pursuing university studies in the US, he blossomed into a committed educator, scholar, member of the Palestinian Parliament, and director of a church aid agency. Throughout his life Dr. Sabella has never lost his focus on the goal of promoting peace through understanding, and he has never been diverted from his path of absolute nonviolence. A Life Worth Living speaks with a voice worth listening to, alternately anecdotal and analytical, touching our hearts while pondering the past, present, and future of the Holy Land.”

with Mitri Rehab, editor,and contributors Varsen Aghabekian, Jamil Rabah, Hadeel Fawadleh Palestinian Christians – Emigration, Displacement and Diaspora  (CreateSpace/the authors, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “This book contains the findings of the latest research and studies conducted by Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in 2017. The first chapter crystalizes four waves of Christian emigration from Palestine within the last century. The second chapter contains the results of an emigration survey conducting in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip mid-2017; a first study of its kind that includes both Christians and Muslim Palestinians. The third chapter looks at the situation of the Palestinian Christian emigrants in the diaspora comparing their conditions in Jordan to that in the United States of America. The last chapter looks at the responses of churches, church-related organizations and European agencies to the challenge of emigration. This book is an important tool for researchers as well as all who are interested in the situation of the Christians in Palestine.)


Mostafa Salameh

Dreams of a Refugee : From the Middle East to Mount Everest (Bloomsbury, 2017) Palestinian-Kuwaiti world mountain climber of seven summits and both pole positions.


Rehnuma Sazzad (SOAS)

Edward Said’s Concept of Exile : Identity and Cultural Migration in the Middle East  (IB Tauris, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Rehnuma Sazzad fulfils this pressing need in literary and cultural research by providing the first comprehensive definition of Said’s theory of exile and revealing its legacy in relation to five Middle Eastern intellectuals: Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Leila Ahmed, Nawal El Saadawi and Youssef Chahine. Sazzad argues that for Said, the ideal intellectual is a metaphorical exile. This exile does not have to be spatially disconnected from a homeland, but must demonstrate a willing homelessness through specific strategies and techniques.”


Robert Serry (Dutch diplomat who served as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority from 2008 to 2015)

The Endless Quest for Israeli-Palestinian Peace  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) Publisher’s blurb : “In this book a former United Nations Envoy offers an insider perspective on conflict management and peace efforts during the three most recent failed peace initiatives and three wars in Gaza. Robert Serry shares his reflections on walking the tight rope of diplomacy between Israel and Palestine and his analysis of what has gone wrong and why a “one-state reality” may be around the corner. Offering fresh thinking on how to preserve prospects for a two-state solution, this book examines the UN’s uneasy history in the Arab-Israeli conflict since partition was proposed in resolution 181 (1948) and provides a rare insight into the life of a United Nations Envoy in today’s Middle East.”


Gershon Shafir

A Half-Century of Occupation : Israel, Palestine and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict  (University of California Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Gershon Shafir asks three questions—What is the occupation, why has it lasted so long, and how has it transformed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?—in order to figure out how we got here, what here is, and where we are likely to go. He expertly demonstrates that at its fiftieth year, the occupation is riven with paradoxes, legal inconsistencies, and conflicting interests that weaken the occupiers’ hold and leave the occupation itself vulnerable to challenge.”


Raja Shehada

Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing the Boundaries in Occupied Palestine (Profile Books, 2017)  Memoir, critical of Israeli narratives.


Ella Shohat (New York University)

On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other Displacements : Selected Writings  (Pluto Press, 2017)  Baghdad-born Jewish professors essays, including exile, film, literature and the wide Middle East.


Ahdaf Soueif Omar Robert Hamilton, editors

This is Not a Border : Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature (Bloomsbury, 2017).  Marking the 10th anniversary of the Festival; contributions from: Susan Abulhawa, Suad Amiry, Victoria Brittain, Jehan Bseiso, Teju Cole, Molly Crabapple, Selma Dabbagh, Mahmoud Darwish, Najwan Darwish, Geoff Dyer, Yasmin El-Rifae, Adam Foulds, Ru Freeman, Omar Robert Hamilton, Suheir Hammad, Nathalie Handal, Mohammed Hanif, Jeremy Harding, Rachel Holmes, John Horner, Remi Kanazi, Brigid Keenan,Mercedes Kemp, Omar El-Khairy, Nancy Kricorian, Sabrina Mahfouz, Jamal Mahjoub, Henning Mankell, Claire Messud, China Miéville, Pankaj Mishra, Deborah Moggach, Muiz, Maath Musleh, Michael Palin, Ed Pavliç, Atef Abu Saif, Kamila Shamsie, Raja Shehadeh, Gillian Slovo, Ahdaf Soueif, Linda Spalding, William Sutcliffe & Alice Walker.


Fahmida Suleman (Middle East Curator at the British Museum)

Textiles of the Middle East and Central Asia : The Fabric of Life  (Thames and Hudson, 2017)  Includes Palestinian work.  Publisher’s blurb : “war rug, textiles reflect the beliefs, practices and experiences of people from across the Middle East and Central Asia. This book explores the significance and beauty of textiles from across this vast area, and is arranged thematically to enable cross-regional comparisons of the function and symbolic meaning of textiles. Each chapter relates to a facet or phase of a person’s life in which textiles feature prominently: childhood, marriage and ceremony, status and identity, religion and belief, and house and homestead. The book also includes contemporary works that grapple with modern political issues.  The textiles featured include men’s, women’s and children’s garments, hats and headdresses, mosque curtains and prayer mats, floor coverings, tent hangings, hand towels and cushions, storage sacks, purses and cosmetic pouches, dolls and souvenirs, animal trappings and amulets. Focusing on the British Museum’s remarkable collection, this book offers a wealth of creative inspiration and will be essential reading for anyone interested in textiles and the cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia.”


Camelia Suleiman (Michigan State University)

The Politics of Arabic in Israel  (Oxford University Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Combines a variety of qualitative methods not commonly used together into the study of Arabic in Israel including ethnography, interviews with journalists and students, media discussion of the language situation of Israel, and analysis of the production of knowledge on Arabic in Israeli academia.  Provides a comparative analysis of the language situation in Israel with that in Jordan and Palestine.  Employs studies in post-colonial theory, theory of linguistic anthropology, and sociolinguistic concepts of ‘indexicality’ and ‘linguistic landscape'”


Salim Tamari

The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine (University of California Press, August 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “This rich history of Palestine in the last decade of the Ottoman Empire reveals the nation emerging as a cultural entity—a vibrant intellectual, political, and social exchange of ideas and initiatives. Through a phenomenal ethnography, rare autobiographies, and unpublished maps and photos, The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine discerns a particular bourgeois Palestinian public sphere, self-consciously modern and inexorably secular. New urban sensibilities, schools, monuments, public parks, railways, and roads catalyzed by the Great War and described in detail in this book show a world that challenges the politically driven denial of the existence of Palestine as an affective geographic, cultural, political, and economic space.”


Nathan Thrall (New York Times and London Review of Books)

The Only Language They Understand : Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine   (Metropolitan Books, 2017)   Critical essays regarding Washington policy towards Israel.


Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Water & Salt  (Red Hen Press, 2017)  Diaspora verse lamenting loss but retaining identity.


Leslie A. Turnberg (Lord Turnberg, gastroenterologist)

Beyond the Balfour Declaration : The 100-Year for Isareli-Palestinian Peace  (Biteback Publications, 2017)


Eli Valley

Diaspora Boy : Comics on Crisis in America and Israel  (OR Books, 2017)  Comic art challenge to Jewish complacency regarding Zionism, taken from  JewcyThe Forward and +972 Magazine.


Tim Wallace-Murphy

Genesis of a Tragedy : A Brief History of the Palestinian People  (Grave Distractions Publications, 2017)


Stanley Weintraub

The Recovery of Palestine 1917 : Jerusalem for Christmas  (Routledge, 2017)


Samuel R. Wolff

Villain or Visionary?  RAF Macalister and the Archaeology of Palestine  (Routledge, 2017)


Yasmine Zahran (Ramallah-born archeologist & novelist)

The Golden Tail  (Gilgamesh Publications, 2017) – Cats, fiction.


Zahi Zalloua

Continental Philosophy and the Palestinian Question : Beyond the Jew and the Greek  (Bloomsbury, 2017)  Middle Eastern and Islamicate thought.


Husam Said Zomlot  (Harvard University)

Building a State Under Occupation  (IB Tauris, 2017)  Focus is on the post-Oslo donors in the West Bank and the failure of project implementation.