Endorsements

“This accessible and forthright book will help illuminate some of Israel’s darkest corners and secrets. This book debunks convincingly and forcefully the myth of Israel being ‘the only democracy’ in the Middle East.  As this book shows, the treatment of the Palestinians in Israel is the ultimate proof that the Jewish State is anything but democratic.”

Prof. Ilan Pappe, author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

“For decades, Palestinian citizens of Israel were invisible to an “international community” that treated their fate as a purely internal matter, and focused on the limited goal of creating a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. Yet Palestinians in Israel persisted in struggling for their rights. Now, as the “two-state solution” has collapsed, Israel’s aggressive nationalism and racist practices are targeting them even more aggressively. Ben White’s book is essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel’s aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy.”

Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada and author of One Country

“Ben White offers a ‘wholistic’ view of the Palestine/Israel problem – then goes beyond it to point towards its only just and hopeful solution.  A significant and timely contribution to the political discourse so necessary today.”

Ahdaf Soueif, author of Booker Prize-shortlisted The Map of Love

“With surgical precision, a wealth of research, and sharp analytical intellect, Ben White provides us with an outstanding record of a long forgotten yet integral part of the indigenous people of Palestine: the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Exposing Israel’s well concealed, decades-old, institutional and legalized system of racial discrimination against them, White astutely and irrefutably exposes the oxymoron inherent in the definition of Israel as a ‘Jewish and democratic’ state and presents a compelling case for holding Israel accountable for committing the crime of apartheid, as defined by the UN.”

Omar Barghouti, human rights activist and author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions

“This is a courageous and systematic analysis of Zionism and the state of Israel.  This study does not follow the blueprint of mainstream studies by measuring Israel on the basis of its own claims and self-serving narrative.  On the contrary, it studies Zionism and Israel from the standpoint of its victims.  It exposes what many Western journalists and scholars are afraid of exposing: the blatant racism and discrimination that are embedded in the formation of the state of Israel.  The book is informative and insightful and its style makes it accessible to students and to lay people alike.  It is needed at a time when European and US media still parrot clichés of Zionist propaganda.”

As’ad AbuKhalil, political science professor at California State University

“If democracy means majority rule and the protection of minorities, ‘Israeli democracy’ means the protection of the state’s Jewish character and interests, above those of the Palestinians. This book reveals the truth about this kind of ‘democracy’.”

Mohammad Zeidan, Director of The Arab Association for Human Rights

“By the time you read these words more people will be sitting in jail for their nonviolent activism against the Israeli apartheid. Anyone who really wants to understand what is happening in my country should read this book.”

Yonatan Shapira, former Israeli Air Force pilot, activist and member of the group Boycott (Supporting the Palestinian call for BDS from within)

“For decades statesmen and world-renowned pundits have assured us that once Israel’s occupation ends, a normal, democratic Israel will emerge behind the Green Line next to a stable Palestinian state. With his harrowing but humane portrait of life among Israel’s Palestinian minority, Ben White tears the mask off of the ‘Jewish and democratic state’, revealing its most essential contradiction in stark detail. White’s preference for clinical analysis and hard reporting over strident polemicizing makes his critique all the more damning.”

Max Blumenthal, journalist and author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party

“Meticulously documented, clearly written and thorough, the book takes an unflinching look at the situation of Palestinians inside of Israel and the nature of Israel itself. It is a bracing, invaluable contribution to our understanding of the deepest issues that will need to be confronted in the journey toward equality and freedom for all the people of Palestine and Israel.”

Rebecca Vilkomerson, National Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

“In this timely book Ben White puts a necessary spotlight on what is happening to Palestinian citizens of Israel, and calls for the liberation of the imagination that will release a vision of hope for both Palestinians and Jews because it would bring coexistence, sharing and community.”

Garth Hewitt, Canon of St George’s Episcopal Cathedral, Jerusalem, and Director of Amos Trust

“Ben White’s analysis of Israel’s discriminatory policies is as clear and illuminating as his vision of equality between Jews and Palestinians is inspiring and courageous.”

Sami Awad, Executive Director, Holy Land Trust

“Ben White shines a light on the dark underbelly of the Jewish state, masterfully illuminating the ugly and systematic discrimination inflicted on Israel’s own Palestinian citizens. This succinct book should help to blow away the myths that have served for so long to sustain Israel’s democratic facade.”

Jonathan Cook, award-winning journalist and author of Disappearing Palestine

“With an issue so suffocated by political conflict, rarely does one find an author so fearless and honest in his approach. Ben’s work is essential reading for those looking to understand the source of Palestinian suffering and its continuation to this day.”

Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Hammersmith

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