3 Controversial Books on Israel-Palestine: Norm Finkelstein, Diaspora Boy, BDS + Tote bag
3 Controversial Books on Israel-Palestine: Norm Finkelstein, Diaspora Boy, BDS + Tote bag
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This premium consists of three provocative books on the Israeli-PalestinianConflict, whose authors have faced boycotts, backlash & protest, all from O/R Books, the progressive independent book publishing house.

"Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel's Assaults on Gaza" by Norman
Finkelstein. "Diaspora Boy: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel" by Eli
Valley. "Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production" by Kareem

METHOD AND MADNESS: A political scientist-- and the son of Holocaust survivors--
Norm Finkelstein has battled with Alan Dershowitz and been denied tenure over
speaking out and writing about the Israeli Palestinian conflict. In the past
five years Israel has mounted three major assaults on the 1.8 million
Palestinians trapped behind its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Taken together,
Operation Cast Lead (2008-9), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012), and Operation
Protective Edge (2014), have resulted in the deaths of some 3,700 Palestinians.
Meanwhile, a total of 90 Israelis were killed in the invasions.
On the face of it, this succession of vastly disproportionate attacks has often
seemed frenzied and pathological.
However, as Norman G. Finkelstein sets out in this concise, paradigm-shifting
new book, a closer examination of Israel’s motives reveals a state whose
repeated recourse to savage war is far from irrational. Rather, Israel’s
attacks have been designed to sabotage the possibility of a compromise peace
with the Palestinians, even on terms that are favorable to it.
Looking also at machinations around the 2009 UN sponsored Goldstone report and
Turkey’s forlorn attempt to seek redress in the UN for the killing of its
citizens in the 2010 attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla, Finkelstein documents
how Israel has repeatedly eluded accountability for what are now widely
recognized as war crimes. Further, he shows that, though neither side can claim
clear victory in these conflicts, the ensuing stalemate remains much more
tolerable for Israelis than for the beleaguered citizens of Gaza. A strategy of
mass non-violent protest might, he contends, hold more promise for a Palestinian
victory than military resistance, however brave.

DIASPORA BOY: Comics on Crisis in America and Israel. Eli's brilliant comics and
writing have been attacked by Alan Dershowitz, Marty Peretz, Bret Stephens, Abe
Foxman & more! The book consists of written pieces and comics which employ
noir, horror, slapstick and science fiction to expose the outlandish hypocrisies
at play in the American/Israeli relationship. Sometimes banned, often
controversial and always hilarious, Valley’s work has helped to energize a
generation exasperated by American complicity in an Israeli occupation now
entering its fiftieth year. This, the first full-scale anthology of Valley’s
art, provides an essential retrospective of America and Israel at a turning
point. With meticulously detailed line work and a richly satirical palette
peppered with perseverating turtles, xenophobic Jedi knights, sputtering
superheroes, mutating golems and zombie billionaires, Valley’s comics unmask
the hypocrisy and horror behind the headlines. This collection supplements the
satires with historical background and contexts, insights into the creative
process, selected reactions to the works, and behind-the-scenes tales of
tensions over what was permissible for publication. Brutally riotous and
irreverent, the comics in this volume are a vital contribution to a
centuries-old tradition of graphic protest and polemics

Boycott and divestment are essential tools for activists around the globe.
Today’s organizers target museums, universities, corporations, and governments
to curtail unethical sources of profit, discriminatory practices, or human
rights violations. They leverage cultural production – and challenge its
institutional supports – helping transform situations in the name of social
justice. The refusal to participate in an oppressive system has long been one of
the most powerful weapons in the organizer’s arsenal. Since the days of the
19th century Irish land wars, when Irish tenant farmers defied the actions of
Captain Charles Boycott and English landlords, “boycott” has been a method
that’s shown its effectiveness time and again. In the 20th century, it notably
played central roles in the liberation of India and South Africa and the
struggle for civil rights in the U.S.: the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott is
generally seen as a turning point in the movement against segregation.
Assuming Boycott is the essential reader for today’s creative leaders and
cultural practitioners, including original contributions by artists, scholars,
activists, critics, curators and writers who examine the historical precedent of
South Africa; the current cultural boycott of Israel; freedom of speech and
self-censorship; and long-distance activism. Far from withdrawal or cynicism,
boycott emerges as a productive tool of creative and productive engagement.
Including essays by Nasser Abourahme, Ariella Azoulay, Tania Bruguera, Noura
Erakat, Kareem Estefan, Mariam Ghani with Haig Aivazian, Nathan Gray and Ahmet
Öğüt, Chelsea Haines, Sean Jacobs, Yazan Khalili, Carin Kuoni and Laura
Raicovich, Svetlana Mintcheva, Naeem Mohaiemen, Hlonipha Mokoena, John Peffer,
Joshua Simon, Ann Laura Stoler, Radhika Subramaniam, Eyal Weizman and Kareem
Estefan, and Frank B. Wilderson III.

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