Applying the insights of Deleuze and Guattari's works to Israel-Palestine, Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine sets out to re-conceptualise the relationship between resistance and power in ethnically segregated spaces in general, and the Israeli-Palestine context in particular. Combining many years of ethnographic study and political and social activism with a solid, theoretical, conceptual framework, Marcelo Svirsky convincingly argues that successful efforts to decolonise the region depend on taking the struggle beyond self-determination and making it collaborative. Decolonisation depends on political and cultural changes that elaborate on the historical partition of social life in the region that have been an issue since the early twentieth century. This elaboration means producing a civil struggle aimed at the destabilisation of the Zionist supremacy and resulting in a democratic, political community from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. Simply not just another book on Israel and Palestine, Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine provides refreshingly new empirical evidence and theoretical analysis on the connection between resistance, intercultural alliances, civil society, and the potential for actualising shared sociabilities in a conflict-ridden society. An indispensable read to all scholars wishing to gain original insights into the transversal connections which transcend ethnicity.
Marcelo Svirsky, Lecturer and Marie Curie Fellow, School of English Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, UK
'Written with the fire, passion, anger and intelligence of the committed scholar, Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine is an important contribution to the ongoing debate concerning the nature and status of Israel's occupation of Palestine. But rather than simply bemoan an obviously egregious state of affairs, it looks at what is already being done to change things for the better and seeks to identify new ways in which this "collaborative struggle" for justice might be advanced. This is a very significant book and deserves to be widely read.' Ian Buchanan, University of Wollongong, Australia 'This book deals sensitively and brilliantly with the issue of Arab-Jewish relations in Israel, as no other book has done in the past. It integrates a deep knowledge of the theoretical world with a very informed view, born out of personal experience, of the reality on the ground. A must read for anyone concerned about the future of Israel and Palestine.' Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, UK