After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, the situation on the ground in Palestine/Israel can only be described as a system of apartheid. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law. But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support.

Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. … More

Within a single generation, between 1945 – 1970, America replaced Britain as the dominant power in the Middle East. By any standard, it was an extraordinary role reversal & it was one that came with very little warning. Starting in the 19th century, Britain had first established themselves as protector of the sheikhdoms along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, before acquiring Aden, Cyprus, then Egypt & the Sudan.

In the Great War in the twentieth century they then added Palestine, Jordan and Iraq by conquest. And finally Britain … More

Adam & his family flee Syria & arrive at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. Conditions in this overcrowded Palestinian camp are tough, & violence defines many of the relationships: a father fights to save his daughter, a gang leader plots to expand his influence, & drugs break up a family. Adam struggles to make sense of his refugee experience, but then he meets Shatha & starts to view the camp through her eyes.

Most novels are written by professionals using second hand material. Not this one. The editors have taken nine refugees, taught … More