Matters of Truth and Justice
A leading Arab scholar considers settler colonialism, occupation and nationhood, powerfully arguing for a justice-based approach to the ongoing conflict.
In January 2020, US President Donald Trump announced his ‘deal of the century’. Supposedly intended to ‘resolve’ the Palestine-Israel conflict, it accepted Israeli occupation as a fait accompli. Azmi Bishara places this normalisation of occupation in its historical context, examining Palestine as an unresolved case of settler colonialism, now evolved into an apartheid regime.
Drawing on extensive research and rich theoretical analysis, Bishara examines the overlap between the long-discussed ‘Jewish Question’ and what he calls the ‘Arab Question’, complicating the issue of Palestinian nationhood. He addresses the Palestinian Liberation Movement’s failure to achieve self-determination, and the emergence of a ‘Palestinian Authority’ under occupation. He contends that no solution to problems of nationality or settler colonialism is possible without recognising the historic injustices inflicted on Palestinians since the Nakba.
This book compellingly argues that Palestine is not simply a dilemma awaiting creative policy solutions, but a problem requiring the application of justice. Attempts by regional governments to marginalise the Palestinian cause and normalise relations with Israel have emphasised this aspect of the struggle, and boosted Palestinian interactions with justice movements internationally. Bishara provides a sober perspective on the current political situation in Palestine, and a fresh outlook for its future.
‘A sobering and unflinching analysis. Bishara draws upon his unparalleled knowledge to demonstrate how the framing of this conflict has shifted from “settler colonialism” to “border dispute.” Most importantly, he lays out a possible solution which respects rather than minimises Palestinian national aspirations. A crucial text for all concerned with the ongoing injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people.’ — Dana El Kurd, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond, and author of Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine
Azmi Bishara is one of the Arab world's most prominent scholars, a critic of authoritarianism and colonialism, and a staunch supporter of democratic transition in the region. His works include Sectarianism Without Sects, also published by Hurst; Civil Society; The Arab Question; and Religion and Secularism in Historical Context.