It is our great pleasure to announce that Ben White’s latest book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011) has been shortlisted for the Middle East Monitor’s inaugural Palestine Book Awards.
The panel of judges included Victoria Brittain (former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and author); Ibrahim Darwish (Palestinian academic); Revd Canon Garth Hewitt (Canon of St George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem); Dr Phyllis Starkey (Former Member of Parliament); and Dr Hanan Chehata (Former Press Officer of the Middle East Monitor).
With over twenty high quality submissions from all over the world, the judges had a difficult task to produce a short-list for the awards. In alphabetical order, they are as follows:
- I Shall not Hate, Izzeldin Abuleish, published by Bloomsbury
- The Hour of Sunlight, Jen Marlowe and Sami Al-Jundi, published by Nation Books
- I was born there, I was born here, Mourid Barghouti, published by Bloomsbury
- Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector, Sara Roy, published by Princeton University Press
- Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, Ben White, published by Pluto Press
The prize-giving ceremony will take place at the end of November 2012, where the winner and runners-up will be announced.
The Middle East Monitor is an independent media research institute founded in the United Kingdom in 2009 to foster a fair and accurate coverage of Middle Eastern issues and in particular the Palestine Question in the Western Media.
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