1st Edition

Rethinking Israel and Palestine
Marxist Perspectives

ISBN 9781032089645
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
196 Pages

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Book Description

The Middle East seems to be in perpetual crisis. One might expect a plethora of Marxist analyses of Israel and Palestine. Yet in the literature on Israel and Palestine there are hardly any studies of class, relations of production, or the relationship between the political and economic balance of forces over time. This edited volume brings a diverse array of Marxist-influenced interpretations of the present conjuncture in Israel and Palestine. The collection includes works by luminaries of social theory, such as Noam Chomsky and Fred Jameson, as well as leading scholars of Palestine (Raja Khalidi, Sherene Seikaly, and Orayb Aref Najjar) and Israel (Jonathan Nitzan, Nitzan Lebovic and Amir Locker-Biletzki). It comprises the first-ever collection of Marxist-influenced writings on Palestine and Israel, and the relationship between them.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Rethinking Marxism.

Table of Contents

1. Editors’ Preface

Oded Nir and Joel Wainwright

2. Israel-Palestine as Capitalism’s Laboratory

Fredric Jameson

3. Where is the Marxist Critique of Israel/Palestine?

Oded Nir and Joel Wainwright

4. "There Are Always Grounds for Seeking a World That Is More Free and More Just": An Interview with Noam Chomsky on Israel, Palestine, and Zionism

Noam Chomsky, Joel Wainwright and Oded Nir

5. Nation and Class: Generations of Palestinian Liberation

Raja Khalidi

6. Men of Capital in Mandate Palestine

Sherene Seikaly

7. Arms and Oil in the Middle East: A Biography of Research

Shimshon Bichler and Jonathan Nitzan

8. Rethinking Settler Colonialism: A Marxist Critique of Gershon Shafir

Amir Locker-Biletzki

9. The History of Political Melancholy as an Alternative History of Zionism

Nitzan Lebovic

10. After the Fall: Palestinian Communist Journalism in the Post–Cold War World

Orayb Aref Najjar

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Oded Nir teaches at the Jewish Studies Program in Vassar College, USA. He is author of Signatures of Struggle (2018). He is the Editor of the peer-reviewed quarterly CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.

Joel Wainwright teaches in the Department of Geography at Ohio State University, USA. He is author of Decolonizing Development (2007); Geopiracy (2013), and Climate Leviathan (2018, with Geoff Mann). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Rethinking Marxism.