Pluto Press TOP5s: Israel/Palestine

Every month at Pluto Press we add a handful of exciting new titles to an already extensive catalogue that covers a whole range of subjects. The broader subject headings are listed on our website and you can use the keyword search to look through in more detail, but we thought it was time to start championing a few books in each subject area on the blog as well. These are by no means definitive lists, and some categories will be broader than others, but hopefully they’ll whet your appetite and help guide you into the wider collection.

First up, this week, the Israel / Palestine conflict.

The titles below are just five of our many titles on the subject, but give a great starting point for the category. If we’ve piqued your interest on the subject, then check out the Middle East Studies and Israel/Palestine sections of our website.

Also, if you have any favourites within this subject lists, or a recommendation for a Pluto Top5 in another area, then do let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Israeli Apartheid

A Beginner’s Guide

Ben White

Indispensable introduction to the Israel/Palestine conflict, examining the current structures of Israeli domination.

“A very strong and clear voice that does not shun from exposing in full, and in a most accessible manner, the essence of Zionism and Israeli policies in Palestine. In a world confused by competing narratives, disinformation and fabrication, this book is an excellent guide for understanding the magnitude of the crimes committed against the Palestinians and the nature of their present suffering and oppression.” – Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, Israeli historian and author of ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’ (2007)

“This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat even just with book titles. The reader may not agree with everything that White asserts but it is a highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

£9.99 only £8.50 on the Pluto site

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

Hamas – Second Edition

A Beginner’s Guide

Khaled Hroub

Acclaimed introduction to the Palestinian Islamist organisation in a simple Q&A format, fully revised and updated.

“This short, timely introduction provides a history of the movement, a rundown of key policies and sketches of key figures.” – Guardian

“This book could not be timelier. Drawing on his deep understanding of politics and religion in Palestine, Hroub expertly answers every important question about Hamas.” – James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

The Palestine-Israel Conflict – Third Edition

A Basic Introduction

Gregory Harms with Todd M. Ferry

Fully updated and expanded edition of the classic best-selling primer on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

“This superior and remarkably thorough, if brief, study of the Holy Land enigma is strongly recommended as an introduction.” – CHOICE

“An indispensable, basic introduction.” – Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of The Age of War

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Married to Another Man

Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine

Ghada Karmi

Celebrated author Ghada Karmi argues that the only practical solution to the conflict is for Palestinians and Israelis to live together in a secular democratic state

“Ghada Karmi’s storytelling eloquence is celebrated. Now the sheer power and sense of her analysis throws down a challenge to those who claim the ‘problem’ of Israel and Palestine cannot be solved. She shows it can.” – John Pilger

“Ghada Karmi’s storytelling eloquence is celebrated. Now the sheer power and sense of her analysis throws down a challenge to those who claim the ‘problem’ of Israel and Palestine cannot be solved. She shows it can.” – John Pilger

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

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