Hello! Here’s my first blogpost in the Mawtini series, I really hope you find this useful. If you don’t know about the Mawtini series, you can check out my blogpost where I explain what it is! I want to raise as much awarenss on Palestine as I can, and I’ve had a lot of mutuals (and non-mutuals) ask for sources on Palestinian history and politics, which is why I decided to start this series. I hope this can help you understand what is happening more!
For the first post in this series, I have three books and three articles/papers that I think would be useful to read in order to get a general idea on what is happening!
- The Question of Palestine by Edward Said
“This original and deeply provocative book was the first to make Palestine the subject of a serious debate – one that remains as critical as ever. With the rigorous scholarship he brought to his influential Orientalism and an exile’s passion (he is Palestinian by birth), Edward W. Said traces the fatal collision between two peoples in the Middle East and its repercussions in the lives of both the occupier and the occupied – as well as in the conscience of the West. He has updated this landmark work to portray the changed status of Palestine and its people in light of such developments as the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the Intifada, the Gulf War, and the ongoing Middle East peace initiative. For anyone interested in this region and its future, The Question of Palestine remains the most useful and authoritative account available.”
- Ten Myths About Israel by Ilan Pappé
“In this groundbreaking book, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the Occupation, the outspoken and radical Israeli historian Ilan Pappé examines the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the contemporary state of Israel. The “ten myths” that Pappé explores – repeated endlessly in the media, enforced by the military, accepted without question by the world’s governments – reinforce the regional status quo. He explores the claim that Palestine was an empty land at the time of the Balfour Declaration, as well as the formation of Zionism and its role in the early decades of nation building. He asks whether the Palestinians voluntarily left their homeland in 1948, and whether June 1967 was a war of “no choice.” Turning to the myths surrounding the failures of the Camp David Accords and the official reasons for the attacks on Gaza, Pappé explains why the two-state solution is no longer viable.”
- On Palestine by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé
“Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land grab. The need to stand in solidarity with Palestinians has never been greater. Ilan Pappe and Noam Chomsky, two leading voices in the struggle to liberate Palestine, discuss the road ahead for Palestinians and how the international community can pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses against the people of Palestine. On Palestine is the sequel to their acclaimed book Gaza in Crisis.
Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Since 2003 he has written a monthly column for the New York Times syndicate. His recent books include Masters of Mankind and Hopes and Prospects. Ilan Pappé is the bestselling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, A History of Modern Palestine and The Israel/Palestine Question.”
Articles / Papers:
- The Other Shift: Settler Colonialism, Israel, and the Occupation by Lorenzo Veracini
- Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So Who Was There First? by Fathi Nemer
- 70 Years of Shooting Refugees by Jake Batinga
And there they are! If you read any of these, please feel free to comment down below or dm me on Twitter and let me know what you think! Happy reading x