The cultural boycott tends to be one of the most misunderstood aspects of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). This pamphlet does an excellent job of explaining in clear, simple and eloquent terms, and is essential reading for anyone who cares about culture, the arts and social justice.
edited by Reffat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad (2015, Just World Books)
An anthology of writings and images by a range of contributors, which records the pain and extraordinary resilience of Gaza’s Palestinians, particularly during and after the massacre of summer 2014 (Israel’s Operation Protective Edge). In this vibrant book, we read the testimonies of Gaza’s Palestinians, and of those who, around the world, stand in solidarity with them. Contributors include Ali Abunimah, Ramzy Baroud, Diana Buttu, Richard Falk, Chris Hedges …
The General’s Son
by Miko Peled (2012, Just World Books)
Miko Peled’s autobiography is a gripping account of his personal transformation from a young man who grew up in the heart of Israel’s military elite (his father was General Matti Peled), to a fearless and dedicated peace activist, advocating for equal rights between Palestinians and Israelis in the region. In her foreword to the book, Pulitzer-prize winner Alice Walker says: “there are few book on the Israel/Palestine issue that seems as hopeful to me as this one.”
Romeo and Juliet in Palestine
by Tom Sperlinger (2015, Zero Books)
For five months in 2013, British academic Tom Sperlinger taught English literature at the Abu-Dis campus of Al Quds University in the West Bank. In this account of his semester there, Sperlinger brings alive the encounters of his students with great works from Shakespeare to Kafka; and he vividly shares how his own view was transformed of how context influences teaching, and the very interpretation of literary works themselves.