Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates

Edited by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper and Mira Sucharov

© 2019

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.

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This book critically assesses a series of complex and topical debates helping readers make sense of some of the most foundational and contemporary ideas around the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.

Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates

Edited by Aaron J. Hahn Tapper and Mira Sucharov

© 2019

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    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

  • Author Information

    Aaron J. Hahn Tapper is the Mae and Benjamin Swig Professor of Jewish Studies, director, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, and a professor in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.


    Mira Sucharov is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
  • Table of contents

    About the Editors
    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    Part I. Foundational Debates

    1 Narratives
    Introduction
    Alan Dowty, “Competing Narratives and Social Justice”
    George E. Bisharat, “Six Useful Pasts”
    Samia Shoman, “Beyond Two Sides”

    2 Self-determination
    Introduction
    Brent E. Sasley, “Identity-Based States and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”
    Ran Greenstein, “The Right to National Self-determination and Israel/Palestine”
    Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, “Considering Rights and Self-determination in Light of Injustice and Unequal Power”

    3 Settler-Colonialism
    Introduction
    Sam Fleischacker, “Interrogating the Limits of the Settler-Colonialist Paradigm”
    As’ad Ghanem and Tariq Khateeb, “Israel in One Century—From a Colonial Project to a Complex Reality”

    4 International Law
    Introduction
    Michael Lynk, “International Law and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Closer to Power than Justice”
    Lisa Hajjar, “International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation”
    Miriam F. Elman, “Israel’s Compliance with the Rule of Law: Settlements, Security, Defense Operations, and Religious Freedom”

    Part II. Contemporary Debates

    5 Refugees and Displacement
    Introduction
    Roula El-Rifai, “Navigating the Palestinian Refugee Issue: An Insider’s Guide”
    Shayna Zamkanei, “Are Jews Displaced from Arab Countries ‘Refugees’ ?”
    Safa Aburabia, “The Bedouin Struggle over Land in Palestine/Israel: Males of the Nakba Generation Narrate Their Attachment to Land”

    6 Apartheid
    Introduction
    Oren Kroll-Zeldin, “Does Israel Function as an Apartheid State? Critically Engaging the Complexities of the Apartheid Debate in Palestine/Israel”
    Zeina M. Barakat and Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, “Israel and Palestine: Occupation Not Apartheid”

    7 Intersectional Alliances
    Introduction
    Joey Ayoub, “Black-Palestinian Solidarity: Towards an Intersectionality of Struggles”
    Aziza Khazzoom, “Cultural Commonalities, Colonial Divisions: On Sources of Solidarity between Palestinians and Jews from the Middle East”
    Yousef Munayyer, “Alternate Bipolarity: How Israel Found Itself on the Wrong Side of the Global Divide”

    8 BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions)
    Introduction
    Tom Pessah, “BDS: A Diverse Movement in Support of Human Rights”
    Rachel Fish, “BDS: Binaries, Divisions, and Silencing”
    Amjad Iraqi, “The Right to Boycott Is Non-negotiable”

    Index

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