Palestine Podcast #32: Ben White on ‘Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel’
The Palestine Podcast showcases a selection of lectures, talks and interviews featuring leading experts and social justice activists active on the Palestine-Israel issue. Brought to you by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
PP#32 – Ben White on ‘Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel’ [2019-02-28] – (Download here)
As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2019, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine were proud to host acclaimed journalist and author Ben White for an evening of discussion about his latest book Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). The event took place on 28th February 2019 in Dublin.
About ‘Cracks in the Wall’
After decades of occupation and creeping annexation, Israel has created an apartheid, one state reality in historic Palestine. Peace efforts have failed because of one, inconvenient truth: the Israeli maximum on offer does not meet the Palestinian minimum, or the standards of international law.
But while the situation on the ground is bleak, Ben White argues that there are widening cracks in Israel’s traditional pillars of support. Opposition to Israeli policies and even critiques of Zionism are growing in Jewish communities, as well as amongst Western progressives. The election of Donald Trump has served as a catalyst for these processes, including the transformation of Israel from a partisan issue into one that divides the US establishment. Meanwhile, the Palestinian-led boycott campaign is gathering momentum, prompting a desperate backlash by Israel and its allies.
With sharp analysis, Ben White says now is the time to plot a course that avoids the mistakes of the past – a way forward beyond apartheid in Palestine. The solution is not partition and ethnic separation, but equality and self-determination – for all.
About the Author
Ben White is a journalist and analyst, who has been visiting and writing about Palestine for over a decade. His books include Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011), Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide (Pluto, 2014), and Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel (Pluto, 2018). His articles have been published by the Guardian, Independent, Newsweek Middle East, and many others. Ben is a frequent guest expert on Al Jazeera, and is a contributor for Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.
Hosted by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign in association with Academics for Palestine.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this podcast reflect the opinions of the speaker(s) only and do not reflect the views of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign unless otherwise explicitly stated.