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Asa Winstanley reviews Gideon Levy’s The Punishment of Gaza for The Electronic Intifada: Levy The Punishment of Gaza Cover Image

Levy is a searing critic of Israeli brutality, as anyone who has read him will know. Right from the beginning, he named the last major Israeli massacre of Gaza “a war crime” — in his 27 December 2008 article “The Neighborhood Bully Strikes Again.” And he criticized it on moral grounds, not merely as the “mistake” or “blunder” that hypocritical Israeli pundits, masquerading as critics, would label it much later on.

At his best, Levy has a way with words that leads him to some brilliant indictments of Israel. He speaks of “the basic, twofold Israeli sentiment that has been with us forever: to commit any wrong, but to feel pure in our own eyes. To kill, demolish, starve, imprison and humiliate — and to still be right, not to mention righteous.”

The full review is available here.If I Am Not For Myself Cover Small

Winstanley also reviews Mike Marqusee‘s If I am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew for The Electronic Intifada:

A fascinating, meandering sort of family memoir. From the subtitle “Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew” one expects an autobiography. As it turns out, it mostly tells the story of Marqusee’s grandfather Edward V. Morand, based on an inherited suitcase full of his old personal letters, newspaper clippings and so forth.

Winstanley goes to to praise the book as “a crucial warning from history on Palestine for the liberal left of today.”

The full review is available here.


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Mike Marqusee will be in conversation with Daphna Baram about his book, If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew tonight at Pages of Hackney bookshop. Tickets are £3 and available on the door.

Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 0RN

Call 020 8525 1452 or email eleanor@pagesofhackney.co.uk for more info or to reserve a place

Also see Mike Marqusee’s excellent piece on the World Cup in The Guardian yesterday:

Come on you Ghana, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Korea, Italy…

For certain, we’ll have a team in the final that we’ll want to back – but we won’t be crushed with disappointment if “our” team fails. We neutrals are always winners, as long as the football is exciting. Though we can’t share the (rare) ecstasies of supporters with single loyalties, I think we’re better off without much that goes with it.

For a wide variety of reasons, many people long-resident or even born and bred in this country will not be supporting England, though they’ll be following the football with passion. In our cities there will be clubs, pubs and restaurants packed at various times with supporters of Argentina, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Ghana or Cameroon cheering on their sides. …

With the football World Cup pressing hard on us and England mania on the rise, spare a thought for those of us who are not England supporters. Though we go largely unnoticed in the England-centred media coverage, we’re here and we’re a significant minority.

Read the full article here.

Mike Marqusee is a writer specialising in politics, popular culture and sport. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu. His last book is If I Am Not For Myself.

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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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Mike Marqusee will be in conversation with Daphna Baram about his book, If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, at Pages of Hackney on 9th June 2010

Mike Marqusee

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

at Pages of Hackney bookshop on

Wednesday, 9th June

at 7pm

Tickets £3

“A tour-de-force of political and cultural analysis of various aspects of Jewish, Zionist and anti-Zionist history and politics… If I Am Not for Myself is a manifesto for a whole generation of Jewish radical activists who refuse to be deterred by the threat of being labelled, and libelled, as self-haters.” – Daphna Baram, The Guardian

Contact eleanor@pagesofhackney.co.uk or 020 8525 1452 for tickets for further information.

More details here.

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The Camden New Journal interviews Mike Marqusee about his memoir, If I Am Not For Myself, out now in paperback:

The leather case stuffed with papers lay undisturbed for years after their author’s death. Mike Marqusee had found them in his mother’s home. They were the literary legacy of her father, a Jewish New Yorker called Ed Morand.

Mike, who lives in Stoke Newington, had always considered the reams of journalism, scribbled thoughts, half-finished novels and pamphlets to be a jumble of disconnected scrap papers, worth little and only saved from the recycling by the sentimental value attached via the fact they were in his mother’s possession.

But when he did finally begin to trawl through the box, years after inheriting it, Mike found secrets that have helped him unlock and confirm his own political philosophy. They became the basis for a book – If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an anti-Zionist Jew – that outlines his politics and ties neatly in with a family memoir, a considera­tion of where he has come from and therefore why he holds the views he does.

Read the full interview here.

Mike Marqusee is a writer. His other books  include Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan and the 1960s, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, War Minus the Shooting and Anyone But England. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian and writes a fortnightly column for the Indian newspaper The Hindu.  He lives in London.

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Mike Marqusee, author of If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, out in paperback this month, reflects in the Guardian on why, having lived as a US citizen in Britain for nearly 40 years, he decided to apply for British citizenship:

It’s been a curious exercise. I’ve spent a good deal of my nearly 40 years here as a leftwing activist. Though never allowed to vote, I’ve taken part in numerous election campaigns. First and last I’m an internationalist. I wrote a book called Anyone But England (its title was my answer to the question, “Who do you support in test cricket?”) So becoming British was for me a process laden with irony and the odd embarrassment.

Read the full article here.

See also, an extract from Mike’s If I Am Not for Myself published in the Guardian last year:

The first person to call me a self-hating Jew was my father. It was in the autumn of 1967. Dad was 39, a successful businessman who was also, along with my mother, active in the US civil rights and anti-war movements. I was the oldest of his five children and had already, at age 14, intoxicated by the ideals of justice and equality, begun my career as a footsoldier of the left. It was not only the first time I had been called a self-hating Jew, it was the first time the phrase, the idea, entered my consciousness, and it was a shock.

Read the extract here.

Mike’s website is here.

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Mike Marqusee, author of If I Am Not for Myself, on Tom Paine in Red Pepper:Verso 9781844673803 Rights of Man small

Whatever else he may have been, Paine was and remained a committed ‘revolutionary’, in theory and practice. He sought not just to ameliorate but to overturn the existing order. His restless egalitarian spirit could not be contained. It flowed from the political into the religious and economic realms.

See more about Peter Linebaugh’s new edition of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man and Common Sense.

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