David Cronin’s immensely valuable new book, Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, charts how the European Union and its member states back Israel, and dispels the idea that the US is the only game in town (and that those of us who aren’t resident there can therefore change nothing), while also offering activists new targets for institutional lobbying and boycotts. Read more about Book Review: Europe's Alliance with Israel
Arts and culture
Many Americans think anti-Arab sentiment in the United States began after 11 September 2001. Others think Arabs are recent immigrants to America. Some think the Arab community has kept to itself, not participating in struggles like the civil rights and labor movements. Alia Malek’s A Country Called Amreeka is a welcome corrective to these mistaken notions. Read more about Book review: correcting mistaken notions on Arabs in America
DAM is a Palestinian hip hop trio from Lod, a mixed Palestinian and Jewish town about 20 kilometers from Jerusalem. The Electronic Intifada contributor Hira Nabi spoke with DAM’s Suhell Nafar by phone while the trio was in the United States for a brief tour. Read more about "We will continue to sing": DAM's Suhell Nafar interviewed
In his new book Europe’s Alliance with Israel: Aiding the Occupation, journalist David Cronin exposes the bad faith behind Europe’s position as a neutral force and its claims to support the basic rights of the Palestinian people. Sarah Irving interviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about How Europe aids the occupation: David Cronin interviewed
Western publishers have too often neglected the perspective of Palestinians and other Arabs when it comes to books on Israel and the Palestinians. Letters from Palestine, a new collection of Palestinian writing edited by Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah, is thus a welcome initiative. Read more about Book review: Humanity and warmth in "Letters from Palestine"
In his new book Spy Trade, Grant F. Smith offers a richly detailed narrative discussing the how and who of lobby activities in the United States from 1948-2009, uncovered through insistent Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more about Book review: "Spy Trade" details history of Israel lobby in the US
Chicago-based Palestinian American rapper Gon isn’t apologizing. In his recently released hip-hop album Consider Violence, Gon aggressively confronts political and personal realities, boldly lyricizing his uncompromising opinions. Read more about Palestinian American hip-hop artist asks you to "Consider Violence"
In his new book Hidden Histories: Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean, Basem Ra’ad unearths new renderings of religious, historical and cultural material and offers readers a direction for thinking about research and activism alike. Read more about Book review: excavating Palestine's "Hidden Histories"
Scottish artist Jane Frere’s exhibition In the Shadow of the Wall reminds us that the plight of the Palestinian people is not just confined to periods of overt conflict, but is an ongoing, everyday experience. Stephen Fiddes reviews for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Review: paintings scream to break walls of silence
Any major film addressing the Israel-Palestine conflict can expect to court a measure of controversy, but American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel’s intervention is unlikely to cause much consternation among a mainstream cinema audience. Omar El-Khairy reviews Schnabel’s film Miral for The Electronic Intifada. Read more about Film review: Palestine as Hollywood fantasy in "Miral"