"Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy" by Ben White (Paperback)
Palestinians in Israel considers a key issue ignored by the official 'peace process' and most mainstream commentators: that of the growing Palestinian minority within Israel itself.
What the Israeli right-wing calls 'the demographic problem' Ben White identifies as 'the democratic problem' which goes to the heart of the conflict. Israel defines itself not as a state of its citizens, but as a Jewish state, despite the substantial and increasing Palestinian population. White demonstrates how the consistent emphasis on privileging one ethno-religious group over another cannot be seen as compatible with democratic values and that, unless addressed, will undermine any attempts to find a lasting peace.
Individual case studies are used to complement this deeply informed study into the great, unspoken contradiction of Israeli democracy. It is a pioneering contribution which will spark debate amongst all those concerned with a resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Ben White is a journalist and analyst, who has been visiting and writing about Palestine for over a decade. His books include Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide (Pluto, 2014), and Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). His articles have been published by the Guardian, Independent, Newsweek Middle East, and many others. Ben is a frequent guest expert on Al Jazeera, and is a contributor for Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.
'This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being 'the only democracy' in the Middle East' - Prof. Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
'Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality' - li Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of 'One Country' (2007)
'A holistic view of the Palestine/Israel problem - then goes beyond it to point towards its only just and hopeful solution. A significant and timely contribution to the political discourse so necessary today' - Ahdaf Soueif, author of Booker Prize-shortlisted The Map of Love