Nearly a year after its publication, Ben White’s excellent introduction to the contradictory nature of Israeli democracy, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011), has been reviewed in Palestine News. Abe Hayeem describes White’s contribution as an ‘indispensable companion to his earlier book on Israeli Apartheid’, punctuated with a ‘wry and lucid commentary’.
Hayeem’s wonderful, concise review concludes with the following assessment:
Ben’s talent for unearthing damning quotations reveals the sheer unabashed racism of not only today’s far-right MKs but of Israel’s founding fathers. His concluding chapter links the situation of Palestinians on both sides of the green line and asks us to consider the only scenario that can change the current situation of relentless colonisation by “re-imagining the Jewish and Palestinian presence in Palestine/lsrael and a future based on a genuine co-existence of equals, rather than ethno-religious supremacy and segregation.”
We strongly advise everyone interested in Palestine related issues to track down a copy of Palestine News, where you can read the rest of this review.
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