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:
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much work to be done for resolution in line with international law for the 130,000+ Palestinians whose residency has been revoked by the Government of Israel.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,
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:
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
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