1st Edition

Rethinking Israel and Palestine Marxist Perspectives

Edited By Oded Nir, Joel Wainwright Copyright 2019
    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    196 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.