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The Battle For Justice In Palestine: The Case for a Single Democratic State in Palestine

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Efforts to achieve a “two-state solution” have finally collapsed; the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. This book offers a clear analysis of this crossroads moment and looks forward with urgency down the path to a more hopeful future.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Taxmann Publications Private Limited (first published October 18th 2013)
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Sleepless Dreamer
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hey Ali, next time you're in the region, let's go get coffee and talk. We can even go to Tel Aviv to a joint Israeli-Palestinian coffee shop so you can see it as proof for a one state solution and I can see it as proof for a two state solution.

I think it's ironic that I read most of this book on the flight back to Israel.

Anyway, the main claim of this book is that the only way for there to be peace is one democratic equal state. The author claims that Israel has no legitimacy and therefore, th
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
Israel's "right to exist as a Jewish state" translates into a right to colonize Palestinian land, to occupy it, and to discriminate against the non-Jewish Palestinian people.

Perfectly said.
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful follow up to Abunimah's "One Country." From the opening, where Abunimah grounds his thinking about Palestine in parallel struggles and histories that African Americans have faced--especially in the context of the prison industrial complex--Abunimah does a terrific job explaining Palestinians' struggles by way of analogy. Later in the book he highlights other apt examples comparing Mexican Americans' struggles to Palestinians. The bulk of the book focuses on the headway the BDS (boyco ...more
Ahndrea Sprattling
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a compelling and comprehensive book. If you want to learn about the ongoing battle for justice in Palestine, read this book. It will give you hope and make you angry.
Samar Dahmash Jarrah
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great resource to understand how Israel is trying to delay what will eventually happen. One democratic nation for all.
Sean Estelle
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Fantastic analysis (even if it is a bit dated, given its publishing in 2014 and the rapidly moving terrain of Palestine solidarity work). Highly recommended, especially for the ways that it touches on different connections to other struggles and lenses for viewing solidarity work re: Palestine while retaining a strong core of BDS with an eye towards a one-state solution.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't really like to get too political but this really hit home, I was stuggling with my Palestinian identity for a while then I read this. It really helped <3 ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Almost hot off the press as I read it, Abunimah's book is a very up-to-date discussion of the situation in Palestine. Published in the first half 2014, this book contains commentary and analysis of events just up to the most recent war (summer of 2014) between Hamas and Israel, which hadn't quite started when I began reading it and is still going on as I write my impressions of it. I think this is an important book for anyone who wants to understand more fully why Israel would be content to retu ...more
Evanston Public  Library
This past August, a book talk by Mr. Abunimah generated great controversy at our library. Abunimah is an ardent defender of Palestinian rights: one of his central views (expressed in both of his books) is that the modern Israel was established wrongly on Palestinian territory and has no right to exist as a Jewish state. Some would say this reflects blatant anti-semitism. He rejects the charge, drawing a distinction between anti-Jewishness (which he decries) and two core anti-Zionist beliefs: tha ...more
Mar 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I started reading this book because it was chosen as the nonfiction book for March for the #1book140 club at The Atlantic. However, I will echo the words of another reviewer... life is just too short and there are just too many great books to read. I read the beginning of the book, and found myself disagreeing with the author's interpretation of African-American life in the United States. Therefore, as I read further, I found it nearly impossible to believe or even contemplate the author's inter ...more
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Devastating indictment of the failed and disingenuous 'two state solution' peace plan that has been the mantra of most parties in recent years. I would like to follow up by reading a book that presents a different POV/opinion as at times this book did feel like it had a strong bias. That said the author thoroughly footnoted his reference material and seemed genuinely passionate about presenting a true path forward. ...more
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, palestine
Starts off remarkably strong before hitting somewhat of a plateau for the rest of the book.
Alexander Segatta
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book for the first 3/4, but towards the end the author let's composure fall away and writes more accusatory with less facts to back up claims ...more
bianca guerrero
I’m not sure what to rate this book — I’m thinking about a 3.5 but that’s not an option on the app.

I learned a lot from my first read of it but it is so unwieldy and needs to be better organized. I think the author is trying to do so much (probably for good reason) — he’s trying to establish ties between current activism among POC in the US and Palestine, explain the violence Palestinians have faced in the last twenty years or so, explain BDS, explain that economic peace is a farce, and so much
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Abunimah is firm in his indictments of Israel as an apartheid state, but most crucial to this piece is Abunimah's optimism. He notes how activism toward a free and just Palestine for all people in it has been on the rise (and been met with vicious attacks, and yet continues), and he advocates for and presents a path to a better future. That hopefulness sets this book apart from the many theses on Palestine that ignore the possibility for a just peace. ...more
Wendy Bradley
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very informative book. I found it took me a long time to read because it was hard for me to get in the mood for it, but overtime I picked it up I learned a lot. I really liked the comparisons between Israel/Palestine and the USA, Ireland and South Africa.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whoever says this "conflict" is unsolvable had better read this book. The best articulation for a One-State Solution and the voice of the future of Palestine. Monumental! Abunimah is immense, and lovely. ...more
Roman Loban
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
@AliAbunimah wrote very good book, which shed lights on the roots of Palestine-Israel conflict and this essential reading on Middle East politics.
Nathan Colquhoun
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A comprehensive and insightful take on the last sixty years for Palestine and what the future could hold.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
With Democratic meaning, like in probably all other states, the ability to be impoverished by an Elite chosen by the mob.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: one-state, phd
Worth it for the chapter on economics, alone. Well-researched and dense. Highly moralistic - for all the positives and negatives that entails.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine, politics
Sometimes I worry when I start certain books that they will be redundant, repetitive, and based on the author's previous written work with which I'm familiar. I had that worry with "The Battle for Justice in Palestine," fearing that it would be a chore for someone decently well-versed in Palestine solidarity activism and the BDS movement.

Well, I was wrong. Ali Abunimah's 2014 book is brilliant and I learned so much from reading it. I would classify this as ESSENTIAL READING for anyone interested
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book examining current issues in the Israel/Palestine debate. A lot of Palestine solidarity activists would be skeptical of the optimistic declaration Abunimah opens the book with: "The Palestinians are winning"; but he makes the case for hope persuasively without losing sight of the challenges faced by both Palestinians asserting their human rights and their supporters in the US under threat from Zionist activists. The latter group includes people like the "Irvine 11", a group of college ...more
University of Chicago Magazine
Ali Hasan Abunimah, AM'55

From our pages (Jan–Feb/15): “'The Palestinians are winning,' says Ali Abunimah. A journalist, activist, and 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship recipient, Abunimah acknowledges that his words 'might seem like hubris or even insensitivity,' given the bleak reality currently facing the Gaza Strip’s 1.7 million inhabitants. Nevertheless, Abunimah maintains that Israel is losing ground in the global discourse surrounding this grueling, explosive territorial disput
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Power concedes nothing without a demand" - Frederick Douglas
Things change because people change them, and as situations change, so do the boundaries of what is considered achievable.
Abunimah’s proposes that we don't need to allow our vision of justice to be constrained only by what seems realistic from the perspective of today, and especially not by what powerful and privileged deem acceptable or pragmatic is shown by comparisons to South Africa and Northern Ireland.
Christopher Barghout
Scholarly detailed yet accessable

Scholarly detailed yet accessable

A comprehensive look at the promise and challenges in the quest to create equality with dignity for all in the holy land.
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
this book is an excellent source of info about the situation in palestine. it should be required reading for everyone. the israeli apartheid needs to be named for what it is and ended.
Maya Forster-giernet
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I believe that everyone should read this book. How, in this day and age, can we support a state where you have to be a white Jew to be a citizen.
Alexandria Osborne
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A scholarly and in-depth assessment of where we are today, how we got there, and why conventional thinking just won't work. ...more
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Ali Abunimah is co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada, established in 2001. He is author of the book One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, which argues for a single, democratic and decolonized state in historic Palestine. Based in Chicago, he has written hundreds of articles on the question of Palestine, many of which have been p ...more

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