Ben White is a freelance journalist, writer and activist, specialising in Palestine/Israel. He has been visiting the region since 2003 and his articles have been widely published in the likes of The Guardian’s Comment is free, Al Jazeera, Electronic Intifada, New Statesman, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, Middle East International, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and others. He currently works as a writer and researcher for Middle East Monitor and Journal of Palestine Studies.
His most recent book, ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy‘, was published by Pluto Press in January 2012, with a foreword by Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi. It received endorsements from Booker Prize-shortlisted author Ahdaf Soueif, Prof Ilan Pappe, Ali Abunimah, and others.
His first book, ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide‘, was published in 2009 by Pluto Press, with a foreword by John Dugard, South African law professor and ex-UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The book received praise from the likes of Desmond Tutu, Nur Masalha and Ghada Karmi.
Ben has given talks on Palestine/Israel in a variety of venues, including at the Houses of Parliament in London, Amnesty International UK HQ, Greenbelt, and student-organised events in LSE, SOAS, UCL, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Leicester, Newcastle and Durham. In the US, he has spoken at Columbia University, UC Irvine, and other campuses and bookstores in Washington DC, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and California. In 2009, Ben conducted a 10-date national tour of Canada, and a further mini-tour in 2012. Ben has spoken at conferences at the University of Alberta (Canada), University of Exeter, and at Bethlehem Bible College’s Christ at the Checkpoint 2012.
Ben has worked with UK-based NGO Amos Trust, and he graduated from Cambridge University in 2005 with a BA in English Literature. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Exeter.