New book on Israeli occupation draws angry response, harassment

The editors and publishers of a recently released anthology about international nonviolent action supporting Palestinian sovereignty have experienced harassment by phone and email.

On Wednesday, September 24, 2003, South End Press received a hate call in response to the recently released anthology “Live from Palestine: International and Palestinian Direct Action Against the Israeli Occupation”. The first hate call since the anthology was released in early September 2003, the caller asked a South End Press associate why they “didn’t do books on Palestinians teaching their children to be suicide bombers.”

Harassment surrounding this publication is nothing new. Months earlier when the book was first advertised on the internet, one of the authors started receiving continuous hate calls and emails at her office, acts that completely disrupted the workplace.

Forming the core of Live from Palestine’s collection of essays are riveting eyewitness accounts of everyday life under occupation in Palestine. From confrontations in olive groves to the siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, these accounts give incontrovertible evidence of the power of solidarity in the face of settler violence and state terror.

Through the first book to give the inside story of the unprecedented International Solidarity Movement, Jews and Arabs, North Americans, Europeans, Israelis, and activists worldwide are bringing the world’s attention to the brutality of the Occupation, and calling into question the occupation itself. These are harrowing and poignant accounts from people committed to justice, dedicated to nonviolence, and longing for peace.

According to Live from Palestine’s editors Laurieann Aladin and Nancy Stohlman, the anthology “reflects the international movement’s diverse influences and perspectives—through an array of narratives that are neither sentimentalized nor sugarcoated—and documents the voices of Palestinian nonviolent activists who have too often been censored from US mainstream media.”

For more information please contact Loie Hayes at South End Press. South End Press, 7 Brookline Street #1, Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 547-4002 Fax: (617) 547-1333.

Related Links:

  • Live from Palestine, South End Press, September 2003.
  • Order the book