Ben White is a freelance journalist, writer and activist, specialising in Palestine/Israel. He has been visiting the region since 2003 and his articles have been widely published in the likes of The Guardian’s Comment is free, Al Jazeera, Electronic Intifada, New Statesman, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, Middle East International, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, and others.
His first book, ‘Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide‘, was published in 2009 by Pluto Press, with a foreword by John Dugard, South African law professor and ex-UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The book received praise from the likes of Desmond Tutu, Nur Masalha and Ghada Karmi. Ilan Pappe called White a “strong and clear voice”, while Ali Abunimah described the book as “essential reading”.
Ben has given talks on Palestine/Israel in a variety of venues, including at the Houses of Parliament in London, Amnesty International UK HQ, Greenbelt, student-organised events in LSE, SOAS, UCL, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Cambridge, Leicester, and conferences at Exeter University and London School of Theology. In the US, he has spoken at Columbia University, UC Irvine, and other locations in Washington DC, North Carolina, and California, and he has also conducted a 10-date national tour of Canada.
Ben has worked with UK-based NGO Amos Trust, and he graduated from Cambridge University in 2005 with a BA in English Literature.