What Does Israel Fear From Palestine? (Paperback)

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What Does Israel Fear From Palestine? (Paperback)


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A poignant, incisive meditation on Israel’s longstanding rejection of peace, and what the war on Gaza means for Palestinian and Israeli futures.

When apartheid in South Africa ended in 1994, dismantled by internal activism and global pressure, why did Israel continue to pursue its own apartheid policies against Palestinians? In keeping with a history of antagonism, the Israeli state accelerated the establishment of settlements in the Occupied Territories as extreme right-wing voices gained prominence in government, with comparatively little international backlash.

Condensing this complex history into a lucid essay, Raja Shehadeh examines the many lost opportunities to promote a lasting peace and equality between Israelis and Palestinians. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, known to Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe, each side’s perception of events has strongly diverged. What can this discrepancy tell us about Israel’s undermining of a two-state solution? And will the current genocide in Gaza finally mark a shift in the world’s response? 

With graceful, haunting prose, Shehadeh offers insights into a defining conflict that could yet be resolved.
Raja Shehadeh is one of Palestine’s leading writers. He is also a lawyer and the founder of the pioneering Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq. Shehadeh is the author of several acclaimed books including Strangers in the House, Occupation Diaries, Palestinian Walks, which won the prestigious Orwell Prize, and We Could Have Been Friends, My Father and I (Other Press, 2023), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Product Details ISBN: 9781635425352
ISBN-10: 1635425352
Publisher: Other Press
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 128
Language: English
“[Shehadeh’s] searching analysis offers insights for readers coming new to the situation and others who wish to face it afresh.” —The Guardian

“Shehadeh’s clarity of thought, conversational voice, and sharp analysis render this book a quick, fascinating read, and his passion for his people and their plight infuse the book with exactly the right pace and tone. A concise, essential history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Elegantly written…suffused with anger without descending into bitterness.” —Irish Times

Praise for Raja Shehadeh
“Palestine’s greatest prose writer.” —The Observer
“In his moral clarity and baring of the heart, his self-questioning and insistence on focusing on the experience of the individual within the storms of nationalist myth and hubris, Shehadeh recalls writers such as Ghassan Kanafani and Primo Levi.” —New York Times Book Review

“Shehadeh is a great inquiring spirit with a tone that is vivid, ironic, melancholy, and wise.” —Colm Tóibín

“Shehadeh’s writing is clear and pared-back; it wears its power lightly. But his masterly, remorseless selection and accumulation of detail builds an unanswerable case against Palestine’s historic and current oppressors.” —The Guardian

“Shehadeh is a buoy in a sea of bleakness.” —Rachel Kushner