Ben White had his book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011) praised in the House of Lords last week, during a motion entitled ‘Israel: Arab Citizens‘. Put forward by the Lord Bishop of Exeter, the motion posited ‘that this House takes note of the issues of equality and discrimination affecting Israel’s Arab citizens.’
Ben’s book was mentioned just over half-way through the discussion by Baroness Uddin, who had this to say:
In the search for information about this issue, I came across the impressive new and very rare publication by Ben White entitled Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy. I commend it to the House for its deep insight.
The full Hansard (a transcript) is available online, and you can access it by following this link.
The commendation of Ben’s book comes only a couple of weeks after it won the Special Runner Up Award in the MEMO Palestine Book Awards. To find out more about Ben’s amazing work, or for purchasing information, see below.
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