Praise

“This book deals rationally and cogently with a topic that almost always generates considerable heat even just with book titles. The reader may not agree with everything that White asserts but it is a highly commendable effort to throw light on a fraught subject.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“A very strong and clear voice that does not shun from exposing in full, and in a most accessible manner, the essence of Zionism and Israeli policies in Palestine. In a world confused by competing narratives, disinformation and fabrication, this book is an excellent guide for understanding the magnitude of the crimes committed against the Palestinians and the nature of their present suffering and oppression.”
Professor Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, Israeli historian and author of ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’ (2007)

“This book provides one of the best introductions to the Israel/Palestine conflict. It reveals what mainstream media in the West seeks to conceal from the public: that Israel has an apartheid regime which has been obsessed with demographic racism and ethnic cleansing and for six decades. The book provides an indispensable context for understanding the origins and consequences of the conflict. It also makes by far the most compelling case for ‘peace with justice-not apartheid’.”
Nur Masalha, Reader in Religion and Politics, St Mary’s University College (UK), and author of The Bible and Zionism (2007)

“Is Israel an apartheid state? The answer to this question has enormous implications for how states and international civil society should act towards a country that bills itself as the moral guardian of the memory and lessons of the Nazi Holocaust – that is why it is so   heavily contested. But there is no doubt that Israel is constituted as a “Jewish state.” The problem is that half the population it controls – the indigenous Palestinians – is not Jewish. In this carefully-researched book, Ben White demonstrates that indeed Israel could have become and could not continue to be a “Jewish state” unless it used discriminatory tactics that resemble and often surpass those of apartheid South Africa. At a time when Israel appears to regard any action against Palestine’s indigenous people — no matter how violent and illegal — as justified, this book is essential reading for those who want to deepen their understanding beyond soundbites and spin”
Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of ‘One Country’ (2007)

“Ben White’s new book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide is a useful introduction to a vital debate. To understand the challenges of the current situation in the Middle East we must revisit the long and often painful journey that led from the creation of Israel to the forty-year long occupation of the Palestinians. This challenging new work unpicks some of the myths of that story and forces us all to look again at the reality of current Israeli policy towards the Palestinians.”
Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate

“There are always those who say the conflict in Palestine is too complicated for anyone to dare engage with it, much less understand it. Yet here is the book which answers them, and it does so with a rare intelligence and fine line of argument. Drawn from a rich range of sources, Ben White’s ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide’ takes on the most complex arenas of injustice and contested history, and renders them accessible, lucid, and morally compelling. Never compromising on the facts, its narrative both enlightens and inspires. If you want to learn about Palestine, start here.”
Karma Nabulsi, Oxford University academic

“An essential guide for understanding the reality of Israeli apartheid – both the history, and the day to day reality.”
Eyal Weizman, Israeli architect and author of ‘Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation’ (2007)

“I am impressed by Ben White’s clear-minded journalism and analysis. I have quoted from an article of his in a speech to The House of Commons. I feel sure his book will be of value in understanding the attitudes behind the Middle East division.”
Harry Cohen, former Labour Member of Parliament for Leyton and Wanstead

“White’s book helps us see much more clearly both what is happening in Israel/Palestine but also what we must do about it. If you really care about peace in the Middle East, read this book. Then commit yourself to supporting non-violent proactive ways to bring justice with peace for both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Rev. Stephen Sizer, author of ‘Zion’s Christian Soldiers’ (2007)

“Ben White provides a lucid and essential account of the roots, nature and development of Israeli Apartheid and the continued resistance – homegrown or international. His work cleverly unites the relevant past to the unbearable present, and provides a solid presentation of the ongoing struggle to rid the Zionist state of its racially selective ‘democracy’. His writing is dispassionate, clear and thoroughly substantiated, as is the case with all of his work.”
Ramzy Baroud, editor of the Palestine Chronicle website, journalist, and author of ‘The Second Palestinian Intifada’ (2006)

“Ben White presents a book to be used and not only read. It is to be used by all those who are interested in taking a political and historic journey into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and who are involved in moving beyond the historic narratives into creating a future where peace prevails in the Middle East.”
Sami Awad, Executive Director of Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine

“Ben White is an unusually measured and thoughtful commentator on the Israel/Palestine question. There aren’t many writers on the region whose work demands attention for the quality of its insight and reliability of its research, but Ben is one of them.”
Arthur Neslen, author of ‘Occupied Minds’ (2006)

“This is a very honest, clear and powerful book bringing us face to face with the reality of what Israel has done and is doing to the Palestinians. It would be convenient to ignore it. It would be convenient to assume Ben has got it wrong – that it’s not quite that bad. Sadly it is and we ignore it at everyone’s peril.”
Garth Hewitt, Canon of St. George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem

“Ben White has a passionate commitment to justice and to facing difficult facts. This book is likely to produce strong reactions, but it will also hopefully provoke real thought.”
Simon Barrow, Director, Ekklesia (UK-based think tank)

PRAISE FOR ‘Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy’

“Ben White offers a ‘wholistic’ 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

“With surgical precision, a wealth of research, and sharp analytical intellect, Ben White provides us with an outstanding record of a long forgotten yet integral part of the indigenous people of Palestine: the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Exposing Israel’s well concealed, decades-old, institutional and legalized system of racial discrimination against them, White astutely and irrefutably exposes the oxymoron inherent in the definition of Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state and presents a compelling case for holding Israel accountable for committing the crime of apartheid, as defined by the UN.”
Omar Barghouti, human rights activist and author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

“This is a courageous and systematic analysis of Zionism and the state of Israel.  This study does not follow the blueprint of mainstream studies by measuring Israel on the basis of its own claims and self-serving narrative.  On the contrary, it studies Zionism and Israel from the standpoint of its victims.  It exposes what many Western journalists and scholars are afraid of exposing: the blatant racism and discrimination that are embedded in the formation of the state of Israel.  The book is informative and insightful and its style makes it accessible to students and to lay people alike.  It is needed at a time when European and US media still parrot clichés of Zionist propaganda.”
As’ad AbuKhalil, political science professor at California State University

“For decades statesmen and world-renowned pundits have assured us that once Israel’s occupation ends, a normal, democratic Israel will emerge behind the Green Line next to a stable Palestinian state. With his harrowing but humane portrait of life among Israel’s Palestinian minority, Ben White tears the mask off of the ‘Jewish and democratic state’, revealing its most essential contradiction in stark detail. White’s preference for clinical analysis and hard reporting over strident polemicizing makes his critique all the more damning.”
Max Blumenthal, journalist and author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party

“With an issue so suffocated by political conflict, rarely does one find an author so fearless and honest in his approach. Ben’s work is essential reading for those looking to understand the source of Palestinian suffering and its continuation to this day.”
Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith

PRAISE for Ben

“an important writer… When Israel is finally put in the dock it will be thanks to people like Ben White.” Ken Loach, film director

“Ben White is a very fine, professional journalist deeply concerned, as all should be, with human rights regardless of fear or favour.” John Pilger, film maker, journalist, author

“Ben White is a serious journalist with a deep commitment to human rights and justice for the Palestinians. He is also a well-informed and uncompromising critic of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.” Avi Shlaim, Israeli historian

“a writer who is determined to present a fair picture of the troubling situation in Palestine.” John Dugard, former UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

“an insightful, judicious, and bold commentator.”  Riz Ahmed, actor & musician

“a tireless and trenchant advocate for the human rights of Palestinians.”Antony Lerman, former Director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and founding editor of Antisemitism World Report 1992-98

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