Sunday, 29 March 2015

Palestinian Resistance and Israeli Division

The new issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies publishes two very useful and important articles this month.  The first is a long and rigorous interview with the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdallah Shallah.  This gives a rich insight into Palestinian Islamist politics, and offers a stocktaking of Palestinian resistance from the side of militancy, at once polemical and clear-sighted. 

"Israel at a Crossroads - Unable to Vanquish Resistance or Negotiate Peace"

Ian Lustick is one of the most interesting scholars of the Middle East working in America.  He holds a professorial chair at the University of Pennsylvania.  I became aware of his work through his superb book Unsettled States, Disputed Lands: Britain and Ireland, France and Algeria, Israel and the West Bank-Gaza (1993).  More recently, he's written about Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and about America and the 'war on terror'.


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