After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine

Edited by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor. Saqi (Consortium, dist.), $15.95 (287p) ISBN 978-0-86356-816-9
It's hard to imagine that these 14 essays seeking to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will change many minds, but that is the hope. The very title will be off-putting to almost all supporters of Israel, and the editors make clear in their introduction that the issue isn't whether a two-state solution is practical at this stage, but that such an approach is inherently unjust. In that sense even-handedness is not the order of the day here, but within this particular frame Loewenstein and Moor present a set of diverse perspectives that challenge the unacceptable status quo while critiquing both Israeli and Palestinian leaders. UCLA Professor Saree Makdisi's "The Power of Narrative: Reimagining the Palestinian Struggle," is a typical entry. He rightfully asks, "Is it really ‘realistic' or ‘pragmatic' to expect Palestinians to determine their rights and articulate their aspirations on the basis of what Israelis deem to be acceptable?" At a time when Israeli society has shifted increasingly to the right and narrowed the acceptable limits of conversation, this volume offers valuable contributions to a debate that should be front and center, yet is confined to ever-smaller margins. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012
Release date: 08/01/2012
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