Race & Class, January 2011


‘Constructions of Palestine’, the January 2011 issue of Race & Class, is a special issue.

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‘Constructions of Palestine’, the January 2011 issue of Race & Class, is a special issue.

It examines the prospects for peace in the Obama era, and how the nature of Palestinian resistance, from inside Israeli prisons to the streets of Gaza, as well as the growing international support since the storming of the Mavi Marmara, are shaping that process. The history and discourses on which myths of the Middle East are constructed are dissected here in key articles and reviews. Contributors to ‘Constructions of Palestine’ include leading thinkers and activists such as Naseer Aruri, Tahrir Hamdi, Yazan Al-Khalili, Marwan Barghouti, Victoria Brittain, Dan Freeman-Maloy, Jonathan Scott, Omar Barghouti and Moshé Machover.

Introduction by Jenny Bourne and Hazel Waters


United States policy and Palestine: Oslo, the Intifada and erasure by Naseer Aruri

Bearing witness in Palestinian resistance literature by Tahrir Hamdi

(R&B) rhythm and blues: post-traffic lights in Ramallah and Al-Bireh city by Yazan Al-Khalili

Message from a Palestinian prisoner by Marwan Barghouti

From Khiam to Guantánamo and back: ex-prisoners and the transformation of perception by Victoria Brittain

Israeli state power and its liberal alibis by Dan Freeman-Maloy


A tribe by any other name: across the Mediterranean cultural divide by Omar Barghouti

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia – new enemies, old patterns by Sabine Schiffer and Constantin Wagner

Campaigning against Israel’s arms suppliers by Corporate Watch


A review article on Hidden Histories of Palestine and the Eastern Mediterranean by BASEM RA’AD reviewed by Jonathan Scott

The invention of the Jewish people by SHLOMO SAND reviewed by Moshé Machover

Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories: Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (‘The Goldstone Report’) reviewed by Barbara Harlow

The Punishment of Gaza by GIDEON LEVY reviewed by Jenny Bourne

Against the Wall: the art of resistance in Palestine by WILLIAM PARRY reviewed by Bill Rolston

Mornings in Jenin by SUSAN ABULHAWA reviewed by Victoria Brittain

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