Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates
Published: June 2019© 2019
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 296 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
296 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.75 in
This book critically assesses a series of complex and topical debates helping readers to make sense of the politics surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian relationship. Each chapter considers one topic, represented by two or three essays offered in conversation with one another. Together, these essays advance different perspectives; in some cases they are complementary and in others they are oppositional.
Topics include scholarly and activist interpretations of narratives in the context of Israel/Palestine; the concept of self-determination for Jewish Israelis and Palestinians; the debate over settler-colonialism as an appropriate framework for interpreting the history of Israel/Palestine; and questions surrounding Jewish and Palestinian refugees and the impact of displacement, among others. Through these foundational and contemporary topics, readers will be challenged to critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of each position in light of scholarly debates rooted in social justice and helped to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in order to see a path forward toward justice for all.
About the Editors
Part I. Foundational Debates
Alan Dowty, University of Notre Dame, "Competing Narratives and Social Justice"
George Bisharat, University of California, "Six Useful Pasts"
Samia Shoman, San Mateo Union High School District, "Beyond Two Sides"
Brent E. Sasley, University of Texas at Arlington, "Identity-Based States and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Ran Greenstein, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, "The Right to National Self-determination and Israel/Palestine"
Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Columbia University, "Considering Rights and Self-determination in Light of Injustice and Unequal Power"
Sam Fleischacker, University of Illinois, "Interrogating the Limits of the Settler-Colonialist Paradigm"
As’ad Ghanem, University of Haifa and Tariq Khateb, University of Haifa, "Israel in One Century—From a Colonial Project to a Complex Reality"
4 International Law
Michael Lynk, Western University, "International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Closer to Power than Justice"
Lisa Hajjar, University of California-Santa Barbara, "International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation"
Miriam F. Elman, Syracuse University, "Israel’s Compliance with the Rule of Law: Settlements, Security, Defense Operations, and Religious Freedom"
Part II. Contemporary Debates
5 Refugees and Displacement
Roula El-Rifai, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, "Navigating the Palestinian Refugee Issue: An Insider’s Guide"
Shayna Zamkanei, Princeton University, "Are Jews Displaced from Arab Countries ‘Refugees’?"
Safa Aburabia, Harvard University, "The Bedouin Struggle over Land in Palestine/Israel: Males of the Nakba Generation Narrate Their Attachment to Land"
Oren Kroll-Zeldin, University of San Francisco, "Does Israel Function as an Apartheid State? Critically Engaging the Complexities of the Apartheid Debate in Palestine/Israel"
Zeina M. Barakat, Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany and Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Wasatia Academic Institut, "Israel and Palestine: Occupation Not Apartheid"
7 Intersectional Alliances
Joey Ayoub, University of Edinburgh, "Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Towards an Intersectionality of Struggles"
Aziza Khazzoom, Indiana University, Bloomington, "Cultural Commonalities, Colonial Divisions: On Sources of Solidarity between Palestinians and Jews from the Middle East"
Yousef Munayyer, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, "Alternate Bipolarity: How Israel Found Itself on the Wrong Side of the Global Divide"
8 BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)
Tom Pessah, Zochrot, "BDS: A Diverse Movement in Support of Human Rights"
Rachel Fish, Paul E. Singer Foundation, "BDS: Binaries, Divisions, and Silencing"
Amjad Iraqi, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, "The Right to Boycott Is Non-negotiable"
“Social Justice and Israel/Palestine is a provocative work that addresses the full scope of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Written by noteworthy scholars and activists from multiple disciplines, this collection of essays is comprised of diverse and often sharply conflicting viewpoints, helping the reader understand the angst surrounding the quest for justice in Israel/Palestine in its full existential reality.” David Ellenson, Brandeis University
"Teaching on the subject of Israel and Palestine is often fraught with difficulty and is usually a failed attempt to portray ‘both sides’ without addressing any of the critiques that may come to light. This compendium, however, is a useful tool in critically examining the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches to the question of Palestine and the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians through its conversational format. In so doing, readers will be challenged and perhaps surprised at the points of commonality and of difference."Diana Buttu, Harvard University
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