Palestine Book Recommendations

Palestine Book Recommendations

Due to current events, we have prepared a reading list of books available at IHRC Bookshop regarding Palestine. Please scroll down to see the recommended books.

Palestine Appeal

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THROWBACK: GMD 2021: Prof. Ilan Pappé

Genocide Memorial Day is day for people to remember humanity’s inhumanity to man. GMD has taken place every year on the third Sunday of January since 2010. GMD raises awareness of genocide so that new generations can understand the causes and recognise the warning signs of such atrocities. For the GMD project, the act of remembrance is not limited by the background of either the victims or the perpetrators of any of the genocides. Click below to watch Professor Ilan Pappé’s segment of the event regarding the genocide in Gaza.

Professor Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian and political scientist. He is a professor with the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter. His published works include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, The Biggest Prison on Earth, The Forgotten Palestinians: The History of Palestinians in Israel, Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel, Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid, The Modern Middle East: A Social and Cultural History.

Palestine Flags Are In Stock!

IHRC also have Palestinian Flags available for customers to purchase.
Details of the flags are as follows:
Palestine flag mounted on flagpole.
Flagpole = 75cm  Flag = 55cm x 40cm
To purchase the car flag, click here.

Below are books in stock regarding Palestine. For more books, click here:

Weaponising Anti-Semitism: How the Israel Lobby Brought Down Jeremy Corbyn – Asa Winstanley

The plot against Jeremy Corbyn. How the Israel lobby turned anti-Semitism into a devastating political weapon to destroy the left. Investigative journalist Asa Winstanley shows how Labour’s crisis of anti-Semitism allegations was manufactured by pro-Israel groups. Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies were determined to abort his left-wing project in its infancy, and he was hated by Israel and its allies because of his long support for the Palestine solidarity movement.

Weaponising Anti-Semitism exposes the plot by the Israel lobby in alliance with the Labour right and Israeli and British intelligence agencies to stop a socialist entering Number 10 Downing Street.

With new interviews and unique access to most of the “high profile cases,” read Labour’s smeared activists in their own words. An essential historical corrective, Weaponising Anti-Semitism tells a true story of hope, despair, solidarity and betrayal.

They Called Me a Lioness: A Palestinian Girl’s Fight for Freedom – Ahed Tamimi & Dena Takruri

A Palestinian activist jailed at sixteen after a confrontation with Israeli soldiers illuminates the daily struggles of life under occupation in this moving, deeply personal memoir. Ahed Tamimi is a world-renowned Palestinian activist, born and raised in the small West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, which became a center of the resistance to Israeli occupation when an illegal, Jewish-only settlement blocked off its community spring.

Tamimi came of age participating in nonviolent demonstrations against this action and the occupation at large. Her global renown reached an apex in December 2017, when, at sixteen years old, she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier who refused to leave her front yard. The video went viral, and Tamimi was arrested. But this is not just a story of activism or imprisonment. It is the human-scale story of an occupation that has riveted the world and shaped global politics, from a girl who grew up in the middle of it.

Tamimi’s father was born in 1967, the year that Israel began its occupation of the West Bank and he grew up immersed in the resistance movement. One of Tamimi’s earliest memories is visiting him in prison, poking her toddler fingers through the fence to touch his hand. She herself would spend her seventeenth birthday behind bars. Living through this greatest test and heightened attacks on her village, Tamimi felt her resolve only deepen, in tension with her attempts to live the normal life of a daughter, sibling, friend, and student.

An essential addition to an important conversation, They Called Me a Lioness shows us what is at stake in this struggle and offers a fresh vision for resistance. With their unflinching, riveting storytelling, Ahed Tamimi and Dena Takruri shine a light on the humanity not just in occupied Palestine but also in the unsung lives of people struggling for freedom around the world.

Palestine…It’s Something Colonial – Hatem Bazian

In 1902 Theodor Herzl, founder of political Zionism, wrote to Great Britain’s Minister of Colonies Cecil Rhodes stating: “You are being invited to help make history. It doesn’t involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor; not Englishmen but Jews… How, then, do I happen to turn to you since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial.”

Palestine is the last settler colonial project to be commissioned in the late 19th early 20th centuries and still unfolding as we enter into the 21st Century.

In centering Palestine’s modern history around settler colonial discourses Dr. Bazian provides a framework to understand and relate to the unfolding events from the late 19th century up to the present in a clear and unambiguous way.

Zionism settler colonialism has salient features such as the normative deployment violence, religious justification, having a garrison state to sponsor it, transforming the land and geography and constituting a new colonial epistemology related to it as well as the expulsion and negating the existence of an indigenous population.

The book offers a theoretical basis for approaching Palestine as a subject without falling into pitfalls of an internationally supported ‘peace process’ that on the one hand affirms the settler colonial rights, problematizes the colonialized and dispenses with the ramifications.

Rifqa – Mohammed El-Kurd

Each day after school, Mohammed El-Kurd’s grandmother welcomed him at the door of his home with a bouquet of jasmine. Her name was Rifqa—she was older than Israel itself and an icon of Palestinian resilience. With razor-sharp wit and glistening moral clarity, El-Kurd lays bare the brutality of Israeli settler colonialism. His poems trace Rifqa’s exile from Haifa to his family’s current dispossession in Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, exposing the cyclical and relentless horror of the Nakba. El-Kurd’s debut collection definitively shows that the Palestinian struggle is a revolution, until victory.

The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories – Ilan Pappe

Publishing on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War that culminated in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Pappe offers a comprehensive exploration of one of the world’s most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Using recently declassified archival material, Pappe analyses the motivations and strategies of the generals and politicians – and the decision-making process itself – that laid the foundation of the occupation.

From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over one million Palestinians, to the security mechanisms that vigorously enforced that control, Pappe paints a picture of what is to all intents and purposes the world’s largest “open prison”.

Against Zionism: Jewish Perspectives Conference Proceedings – eds. Javad Sharbaf and Arzu Merali

The conference ‘Against Zionism: Jewish Perspectives’ at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, marked a turning point in solidarity and activism for Palestine in civil society. Following on one year after the multi-faith conference ‘Towards A New Liberation Theology: Reflections on Palestine’ this event marked the continued and deep collaboration between diverse Jewish and Muslim voices.

The papers in this collection come from brave intellectuals, academics, activists, and Rabbis. All of them continue to challenge the injustices and outright oppression caused by racist, supremacist discourses. Their work remains pertinent at a time when advocacy for justice, especially in support of the Palestinian people, their rights and their aspirations, is being demonised.

This volume is essential reading for those struggling for the dignity and equality of all peoples in making the arguments and connections needed to transform all cultures of hate into ones of mutual respect for diversity, and dignity for all.

The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag – Norma Hashim
This book is a compilation of first hand experiences of 22 Palestinian prisoners released from prison by Israel as part of the prisoner exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit. The prisoners were interviewed by journalists and their accounts, their diaries, were compiled into a book by Norma Hashim. These autobiographical texts offer a rare opportunity to comprehend the inhumane indignities endured by tens of thousands of Palestinians prisoners throughout the decades of this long painful conflict.

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