David Barsamian interviewed on Le Mur A Des Oreilles

October 18, 2013

David Barsamian, the founder of Alternative Radio and author of several books (with Noam Chomsky, Edward Said…) gave an interview to Frank Barat at Le Mur A Des Oreilles this week. We’ve embedded the audio below.

You can buy Frank’s book, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation (Pluto, 2011) for £17.50 on the Pluto website.


AUDIO: Frank Barat speaks to Noam Chomsky about Palestine and Syria

September 9, 2013

Frank Barat, co-editor of Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation (Pluto, 2011) interviewed Noam Chomsky last Friday, talking about Palestine and the current peace negotiations and the potential of a partition of Syria. The recording of the telephone conversation is available on ‘Le Mur a Des Oreilles‘ blog. We have also embedded it below.

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In On Western Terrorism Noam Chomsky, world renowned dissident intellectual, discusses Western power and propaganda with filmmaker and investigative journalist Andre Vltchek. The discussion weaves together a historical narrative with the two men’s personal experiences which led them to a life of activism.

The discussion includes personal memories, such as the New York newsstand where Chomsky began his political education, and broadens out to look at the shifting forms of imperial control and the Western propaganda apparatus. Along the way the discussion touches on many countries of which the authors have personal experience, from Nicaragua and Cuba, to China, Chile, Turkey and many more.

A blast of fresh air which blows away the cobwebs of propaganda and deception, On Western Terrorism is a powerful critique of the West’s role in the world which will inspire all those who read it to think independently and critically.

Available to purchase now for just £11.50 from our web shop.

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The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a people’s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on Vietnam that was set up by Bertrand Russell in the 1960s. This book contains a selection of the most vital evidence and testimonies presented at the London session. It includes the papers submitted to the tribunal, written by expert witnesses, based on their detailed research into the companies that prop-up Israeli occupation.

Examining the involvement of corporations in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, the tribunal of 2010 generated widespread media coverage. The book identifies companies and corporations participating in such illegality and possibilities for legal action against them are discussed.

Released to coincide with the South Africa session at the end of 2011, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation is a vital resource to lawyers, journalists and activists hoping to take informed action against Israeli war crimes and occupation.

Available to purchase now for just £17.50 from our web shop.


Russell Tribunal on Palestine, New York – the Film

February 13, 2013

From the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this is a 2-hour film about the New York session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Including testimonies from Ilan Pappe, Ben White, Phyllis Bennis, The Corrie family and many others.

Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation

Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker

Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.

“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site


Alice Walker and Desmond Tuto on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

September 13, 2012

In this video South African anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker motivate the final session in NYC of this international people’s tribunal.

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is coming to New York City, Oct. 6-7, 2012. It is anticipated to be an historic and important session that will put the US and UN on trial for their complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, and for impeding the right to self-determination for Palestinians.


Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation

Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker

Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.

“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site


Jerusalem bookseller Munther Fahmi wins right of residency

January 31, 2012

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Pluto Press would like to congratulate Munther Fahmi, renowned bookseller at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, who has just won his long battle with the Israeli authorities to reinstate his right of residency in the city. He sends this statement:

Dear Friends,

The Government of Israel has accepted the Israeli Supreme Court recommendation that my residency be reinstated. I have been granted 2 years’ residence on the basis of a Jerusalem Identity Card, and pending good behavior, shall receive permanent residence thereafter.

I am deeply indebted to all of you and extremely grateful for your kind support during this year of particular uncertainty. There is still much work to be done for resolution in line with international law for the 130,000+ Palestinians whose residency has been revoked by the Government of Israel.

With Best Wishes,

Munther Fahmi

We wish Munther and his bookshop many more successful years. As he points out, his is just one case amongst many thousands where Palestinians are facing threats to their residency rights. For an informed and accessible primer on the problems facing Palestinians in Israel we recommend Ben White’s Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy.

A further worrying development is a new law which will curtail the freedom of Israeli citizens to openly support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. You can watch a video of Israeli journalist Joseph Dana discussing the new law with Frank Barat, co-editor of Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation, here:

Palestinians in Israel

Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy

Ben White. Foreword by Haneen Zoabi

Argues that Israel’s insistence on declaring itself a Jewish state leads to discrimination, segregation and a guarantee of continued conflict.

“This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East. As this book shows, the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel is the ultimate proof that the Jewish State is anything but democratic.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Out of the Frame

“Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel’s aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy.” – Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation

Evidence from the London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat. Foreword by Alice Walker

Damning exposé of corporate complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land. A vital legal resource on this pressing issue.

“As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.” – Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site


Russell Tribunal finds Israel guilty of Apartheid

December 8, 2011

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine in session

Writing for AlJazeera Richard Falk comments on the verdict of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which has found Israel guilty of the crime of Apartheid:

The most controversial, and at the same time far reaching feature, of the RToP finding was to conclude that Israeli responsibility for establishing an apartheid regime applied not only to Palestinians living under occupation, but also to the Palestinians minority living with discriminatory regulations in Israel and to the Palestinian diaspora consisting of 4-5 million refugees and exiles.

The RToP divides its rationale for finding guilty of committing the crime of apartheid into three main parts: (1) race as defining identity in Israel/Palestine relations (tribunal agrees that race in the international definition of the crime should be interpreted broadly to include ethnic and national character); (2) inhuman acts (specified in relation to Israeli treatment of Palestinians, as integral to the crime, particularly “colonisation and appropriation of Palestinian land” and coercive fragmentation of the Palestinian community in “different physical spaces”; (3) a systematic and institutionalised regime as pervading the subjugation of the Palestinian people (preferential treatment of Jews, dual legal arrangements, restrictions on residence and mobility, deportations and house demolitions are elements in what the tribunal calls “Israel’s institutionalised regime of domination”. [See Victor Kattan's excellent detailed analysis of the RToP finding of apartheid in his "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine and the Question of Apartheid", al-shabaka brief, November 23, 2011].

Visit AlJazeera to read the article in full.

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Turning the tide of injustice in Palestine – Desmond Tutu and Michael Mansfield in the Guardian

November 7, 2011

Jurors at the London session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Writing in the Guardian, Desmond Tutu and Michael Mansfield highlight the significance of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which opened its third session in South Africa on Saturday. They raise parallels with the struggle against apartheid in South Africa:

We have visited Israel/Palestine on a number of occasions and every time have been struck by the similarities with the South African apartheid regime. The separate roads and areas for Palestinians, the humiliation at roadblocks and checkpoints, the evictions and house demolitions. Parts of East Jerusalem resemble what was District Six in Cape Town. It is a cause for abiding sadness and anguish. It revolves around the way in which the arrogance of power brings about a desensitisation. Once this has occurred it permits atrocious acts and attitudes to be visited on those over whom power and control are exercised. What such people are doing to themselves just as much as their victims should also be of concern.

Tutu and Mansfield write that the role of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine is to apply the standards of international law to Israel’s conduct in relation to the Palestinians:

These are all matters the tribunal will be assessing in order to ascertain what parallels and comparisons can be drawn. Whatever they may be, the ultimate objective is to consider the Israel-Palestine situation on its own facts and apply the norms of international law to identify three major issues. Have there been violations? If so, what are they and who is responsible? And thirdly, what are the legal ramifications and processes which should ensue? It is hoped that this process may contribute and not detract from the urgent need to progress understanding and peace, truth and reconciliation.

Visit the Guardian to read the article in full.

The evidence from the London session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine is collected in a new book from Pluto Press, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation, edited by Asa Winstanley and Frank Barat.

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