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Avi Shlaim, Professor of international relations at Oxford University and author of Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, comments on the IDF’s attack on the flotilla for the Daily Mirror.

It was with great patriotic pride I served in the IDF from 1964 to 1966. In those days it was true to its name: the Israel Defence Force.

Over the past four decades, my army has been subverted into the brutal police force of a savage colonial power.

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The Punishment of Gaza by Gideon Levy – OUT NOW!

“There are more terrible atrocities in the world than what is being done to the caged prisoners of Gaza, but it is not easy to think of a more cruel and cowardly exhibition of human savagery, fully supported by the US, with Europe trailing politely behind. Gideon Levy’s passionate and revealing account is an eloquent, even desperate, call to bring this shocking tragedy to an end, as can easily be done.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 148 pages – 9781844676019 – £8.99 – June 2010

The Invention of Jewish People by Shlomo Sand

“A remarkable book. … Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” Tony Judt

New in Paperback – 352 pages – 9781844676231 – £9.99 – June 2010

Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions and Refutations by Avi Shlaim

“Not often today do we find historians who are this honest and this bleak and this able—for some reason, I think here of T. S. Eliot’s essays—to express truth so simply.” Robert Fisk, Independent

Hardback – 352 pages – 9781844673667 – £16.99 – 2009

The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor

“I can find appropriate words for Laor’s book: it is a gift, incredible and beautiful, so wonderful..” Max Ajl, Electronic Intifada

“…original and urgent… ” John Berger

Hardback – 152 pages – 9781844673148 – £14.99 – 2010

An Orchestra Beyond Borders: Voices of the Western-Eastern Divan Orchestra by Elena Cheah

With an Introduction by Daniel Barenboim

“Invaluable – and rather inspiring – insider’s book about the West-Eastern Divan project. … many more projects should match their courage and vision. Meanwhile, Said and Barenboim’s great creation let us hear the precious sound of hope.” Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781844674084 – £10.99 – 2009

Mural by Mahmoud Darwish

Introduced and illustrated by John Berger

“Widely acknowledged as the national poet of Palestine.” Robyn Creswell, Harper’s
“Darwish’s poetry is an epic effort to transform the lyrics of loss into the indefinitely postponed drama of return.” Edward Said

Hardback – 80 pages – 9781844674107 – £9.99 – 2009

In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story by Ghada Karmi

“…an important memoir, beautifully written.” Financial Times
“Keenly observed, fierce, honest and yet light of touch.” Economist

New Edition – Paperback – 452 pages – 9781844673681 – £8.99 – 2009

Waiting for the Barbarians: A Tribute to Edward W. Said edited  by Muge Sokmen and Basak Ertur

“Edward Said’s anger against injustice must become ours, and his pen that challenged the sword must become our weapon in the battle for human values.” Elias Khoury

Paperback – 224 pages – 9781844672462 – £16.99 – 2008

Hardback – 9781844672455 – £60.00

A Child in Palestine: The Cartoons of Naji Al-Ali by Naji Al-Ali

“… visionary … it will introduce British readers to al-Ali’s formidable talent. ” Michel Faber, Guardian

Paperback – 120 pages – 9781844673650 – £9.99 – 2009

Suffering as Identity: The Jewish Paradigm by Esther Benbassa

“This work is remarkable for its erudition and salutory non-conformism.” Le Monde Diplomatique

Paperback – 256 pages – 9781844674046 – £14.99 – 2010

Hardback – 9781844674035 –  £55.00

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History by Norman G. Finkelstein

“A very solid, important and highly informative book. Norman Finkelstein provides extensive details and analysis, with considerable historical depth and expert research.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 352 pages – 9781844671496 – £10.99 – 2008

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering by Norman G. Finkelstein

“The most explosive book of the year.” Guardian

Paperback – 286 pages – 9781859844885 – £9.99 – 2002

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict by Norman G. Finkelstein

“… both an impressive analysis of Zionist ideology and a searing but scholarly indictment of Israel’s treatment of the Arabs since 1948.” London Review of Books

Paperback – 286 pages – 9781859844427 – £15.00 – 2003

Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema by Hamid Dabashi

“Dabashi has produced a valuable archive on Palestinian cinema, unlike any other.” Screen

Paperback – 224 pages – 9781844670888 – £14.99 – 2006

Being Arab by Samir Kassir

“One of Lebanon’s most prominent journalists and one of the most vociferous and bravest critics of the Syrian regime.” Robert Fisk, Independent

Hardback – 96 pages – 9781844670996 – £10.99 – 2006

A Time to Speak Out: Independent Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity edited by Anne Karpf, Brian Klug, Jacqueline Rose and Barbara Rosenbaum

“Varied in content, highly personal, fascinating and controversial …these essays deserve to be read carefully and debated courteously.” Jewish Chronicle

Paperback – 316 pages – 9781844672295 – £9.99 – 2008

The Last Resistance by Jacqueline Rose

“This brilliantly illuminatory book will greatly enhance Professor Rose’s reputation as a literary critic and public intellectual.” Avi Shlaim

Paperback – 316 pages – 9781844671243 – £16.99 – 2008

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman

“Weizman has achieved a rare amalgam of politics,
aesthetics, sociology, history and theory.” Financial Times

Hardback – 318 pages – 9781844671250 – £19.99 – 2007

Peace Under Fire: Israel, Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement edited by Josie Sandercock, Radhika Sainath, Marissa McLaughlin, Hussein Khalili, Nicholas Blincoe, Huwaida Arraf, and Ghassan Andoni

Peace Under Fire reveals the real horror of life under occupation and describes the first signs of a new wave of international solidarity.

Paperback – 240 pages – 9781844675017 – £15.00 – 2004

Hardback – 9781844670074 – £35.00

The Roadmap to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine since 2003 by Tanya Reinhart

“Tanya Reinhart’s informative and chilling analysis could hardly be more timely. It should be read and considered with care, and taken very seriously.” Noam Chomsky

Paperback – 260 pages – 9781844670767 – £8.99 – 2006

A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architetcture edited by Rafi Segal and Eyal Weizman

“An incriminating piece of work that shows how deeply implicated Israeli architects have been in the state’s expansionism.” Anne Karpf, Jewish Chronicle

Hardback – 187 pages – 9781859845493 – £13.00 – 2003

Politicide: Ariel Sharon’s War Against Palestinians by Baruch Kimmerling

“Baruch Kimmerling is a brilliant and subtle thinker, who has made enormous contributions to the understanding of Palestinian nationalism and the understanding of Israeli politics and society.” Roane Carey, editor of The New Intifada and The Other Israel

Paperback – 160 pages – 9781844675326 – £8.99 – 2006

Plowshares into Sword: From Zionism to Israel by Arno Mayer

“In Plowshares into Swords, Arno Mayer gives a sweeping and often illuminating overview of the story of Zionism.” New Statesman

Hardback – 432 pages – 9781844672356 – £19.99 – 2008

The Returns of Zionism: Myths, Politics and Scholarship by Gabriel Piterberg

“Very well-informed, and even fascinating.” New Statesman

Paperback – 298 pages – 9781844672608 – £16.99 – 2008

Hardback – 9781844672592 – £60.00

Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah by Nicholas Noe

Voice of Hezbollah brings to an English-speaking readership for the first time Nasrallah’s speeches and interviews: the intricate, deeply populist arguments and promises that he has made from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Paperback – 420 pages – 9781844671533 – £12.99 – 2007

The New Intifada: Resisting Israel’s Apartheid edited by Roane Carey

A group of experts, many of them directly involved in the conflict, trace the course of the uprising, its consequences for the Palestinian people and the Israeli state, and its likely impact on the future of peace in the Middle East.

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781859843778 – £13.00 – 2001

Hardback – 9781859846343 – £45.00

If  I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew by Mike Marqusee

“When I had finished this book I wanted to cheer … If Jewish adolescents got Marqusee’s book as a bar mitzvah present, there might be a chance of avoiding the repetition of history’s mistakes.” — Michael Kustow, Independent

Paperback – 320 pages – 9781844674350 – £9.99 – 2010

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The Heathlander blog reports on a talk given at the University of Cambridge by Avi Shlaim, author of Israel and Palestine, last week:

Shlaim’s impeccable academic reputation, calm, scholarly presentation and sober, evidence-based analysis all combined to produce a very persuasive speech. In the Q&A virtually no-one had any criticisms to make of Shlaim’s argument, or anything negative to say about Shlaim himself. What this points to is the need for Palestinian solidarity societies to be sensible about who they invite to give talks. There’s no need to rely on people like Azzam Tamimi, who undermine the Palestinian solidarity cause as much as they contribute to it by alienating a majority of those who are not already convinced. There are plenty of scholars and activists capable of providing reasoned, evidence-based arguments to support the Palestinian case, and in my experience they are far more effective than a hundred Tamimis or Galloways.

Shlaim himself was impossibly cute and very likeable. He was also surprisingly funny.

Avi Shlaim is professor of international relations at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and the author of numerous books, including The Iron Wall, Lion of Jordan and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (Verso, 2009).

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In the Guardian, Avi Shlaim shows how Blair has betrayed the Palestinians.

Blair’s failure to stand up for Palestinian independence is precisely what endears him to the Israeli establishment. In February of last year, while the ­Palestinians in Gaza were still mourning their dead, Blair received the Dan David prize from Tel Aviv University as the “laureate for the present time ­dimension in the field of leadership”. The citation praised him for his ­”exceptional intelligence and foresight, and demonstrated moral courage and leadership”. The prize is worth $1m. I may be cynical, but I cannot help viewing this prize as absurd, given Blair’s silent complicity in Israel’s ­continuing crimes against the ­Palestinian people.

Read the full article here.

Avi Shlaim is professor of international relations at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and the author of Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (Verso, 2009). His fee for this article has been donated to Medical Aid for Palestine.

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Max Ajl reviews Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine for The Electronic Intifada:

Shlaim is at his best when writing as a political historian. He is a sensitive expositor of the context within which the Balfour Declaration emerged and an incisive analyst of the political maneuvering after the First and Second World Wars, Israeli collusion with the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan, and most of the minutiae of the Madrid Conference and the Oslo accords…. The book is definitely useful. Shlaim is a usually reliable tour guide through the past 90 years of the political history of Israel and the pre-state Yishuv in Palestine.

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Avi Shlaim is a Fellow of St. Anthony’s College and a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British September Academy in 2006. His books include Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace; War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History; and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. He lives in Oxford.

Max Ajl is a writer and activist from Brooklyn, NY, currently based in Cairo/Gaza, specializing in measured polemics about Venezuela and Israel-Palestine. Check out his blog, Jewbonics.

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John Rose reviews Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People and Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine for Issue 125 of the journal International Socialism.

I’ll risk a prediction. Shlomo Sand’s book, already a best seller in Israel and France, will accelerate the disintegration of the Zionist enterprise. Of course Israel’s military force as well as its usefulness to Western governments can allow it to hang on for some time, but its ideological credibility, already severely shaken, will now shatter more quickly. Furthermore Sand is immune to any accusation of anti-Semitism. His book, with tremendous elan and gusto, is a celebration of an unknown early history of the Jewish religion…

There is of course, as always with Shlaim, a great deal of enormous value in this book, particularly his blistering assault on the Balfour Declaration and Britain’s thoroughly nauseating record in creating the Zionist state.

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Israeli scholars accuse Israel of acting like a rogue state. CNN’s Paula Newton interviews Avi Shlaim, author of Israel and Palestine and Shlomo Sand, author of The Invention of the Jewish People.

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For more information about The Invention of the Jewish People, visit the book’s website here.

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