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The idea of Israel: a history of power and knowledge

Author: Ilan Pappe

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Verso Books (10 Feb 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1844678563

Review by Ramona Wadi

Ilan Pappé makes a succinct statement in the introduction to his latest book: "Indeed, Israel is one of a few states considered by many to be at best morally suspect or at worst illegitimate. What is challenged, with varying degrees of conviction and determination, is not the state itself but rather the idea of the state." This describes accurately the extended challenge that new historians, in their questioning of classical Zionism and Zionist hegemony, have had to deal with.


Book Review: Deception in High Places

Deception in High placesAuthor: Nicholas Gilby

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN-10: 0745334261

Review by Alastair Sloan

To say the international arms trade is corrupt is much like asserting that water is wet: it was peculiar then to hear Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the Farnborough Airshow this week, that he would be "taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people."


Palestine and Palestinians in the 21st century

Palestine and Palestinians in the 21st century Editors:Rochelle Davis & Mimi Kirk
Published:1 October 2013
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Paperback:292 pages

Review by Ramona Wadi


Rhetorics of Belonging: Nation, Narration and Israel/Palestine

Rhetorics of BelongingAuthor: Anna Bernard

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN-10: 1846319439

Review by Ramona Wadi