Top Titles for 2017

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.

 

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.

 

Paola Caridi

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

 

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)

 

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)

 

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.”

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.”

 

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)

 

Donald Macintyre (Independent newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau chief)

Gaza : A Place of Contrasts  (Oneworld, 2017)

 

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.”

 

Awad Issa Mansour (Al-Quds Univiersity)

Settler-Colonial State Formation in Palestine : A Comparative Study  (Routledge, 2017)

 

Mazen Masri  (City University, London)

The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism : Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State (Hart, 2017)

 

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)

The Naqab Bedouins : A Century of Politics and Resistance (Columbia University Press, 2017)  Publisher’s blurb : “Conventional wisdom positions the Naqab 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, 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, and Israeli military rule, and document its broader relevance to understanding state-minority relations in the region and beyond. Nasasra recounts the Naqab Bedouin history of political struggle, land claims, and defiance. Bedouin resistance to central authority, mainly through nonviolent action and the strength of kin-based tribal organization, gave them power. Through primary sources and oral history, including detailed interviews with local indigenous Bedouin and with Israeli and British officials, Nasasra shows how the Naqab 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, Pappe 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, Pappe’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)

 

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.”

 

Itamar Rabinovich (former Israeli ambassador in Washington DC)

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

 

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 Psyhcopolitical 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)  Introduction by Seth Tobocman

 

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.”

 

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.

 

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.”

 

Tim Wallace-Murphy

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