Hellbent on crafting an umbilical cord between itself and a biblical, mythical 2000-year old past, Israel has erased the ancient history of Palestinians. A review by Sam Bahour of Keith Whitelam’s “The Invention of Ancient Israel.”
Historian Susan Reverby’s riveting biography of Alan Berkman is a magnificent book. Berkman was imprisoned in the 60s, convicted for his political work in the underground as a leader of an offshoot of the Weather Underground. On regaining his freedom he devoted his life to public health and helping those the system abandoned.
Irish novelist Colum McCann says that he was “cracked wide open” when he met West Bank Palestinian Bassam Aramin and his Israeli Jewish colleague Rami Elhanan one evening in Bethlehem. But his novel “Apeirogon” that elevates the two runs the risk of normalizing the occupation by treating reconciliation as the answer to political oppression.
Hatim Kanaaneh reviews Rashid Khalidi’s latest work ‘The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine’: “Though I have read a good number of histories of Palestine, I hardly turned a page in Rashid Khalidi’s new book that didn’t surprise me with new and well-documented information about my own history.”
In his new book “The Hundred-Years’ War on Palestine,” historian Rashid Khalidi takes off the academic gloves and breaks the spell of the Zionist nationalist dream by relating his own legendary family’s long resistance to colonialism in Palestine.
The Peace and Justice Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has written a brief but incredibly important book for all who are concerned about Christian Palestinians and justice in Palestine and Israel, especially in the light of President Trump’s peace initiative.
Joel Doerfler reviews University of Pennsylvania political scientist Ian S. Lustick’s “Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One-State Reality” which says goodbye to the two-state solution, and calls for a new paradigm and a new politics based on a One-State Reality.
In his new book, Zionist Betrayal of Jews, Stanley Heller demonstrates that Netanyahus embrace of Trump even as antisemtism spikes is in a tradition of Zionists forgiving powerful antisemites in the west if they can serve Zionist goals in the Middle East.
Helena Cobban reviews, “The Movement and the Middle East,” Michael R. Fischbach’s look at the roots of the politically progressive Palestinian-rights activism we see in today’s United States.
It Must Be Heaven embodies the seeking energy that its title suggests. Elia Suleiman and the viewer are not quite in paradise, as the small but frequent indignities pile up behind Suleiman on his travels throughout the film, but peaceful olive groves and the simple satisfaction of a glass of wine and a cigarette show that he is not in hell, either.