One of the most influential international journals dedicated to political science and international relations, International Politics, published by Palgrave Publishing House, is publishing a series of in-depth critical reviews of Azmi Bishara’s Palestine: Matters of in Truth and Justice, published by Hurst. Tariq Dana, Professor of Conflict Studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, has collected and edited the contributions of a group of researchers and academics in an extensive discussion forum that will be published successively in a special section in the journal. The reviews are listed as follows:
Drawing on extensive research and rich theoretical analysis, Bishara examines the overlap between the long-discussed 'Jewish Question' and what he calls the 'Arab Question', complicating the issue of Palestinian nationhood. He addresses the Palestinian Liberation Movement's failure to achieve self-determination, and the emergence of a 'Palestinian Authority' under occupation. He contends that no solution to problems of nationality or settler colonialism is possible without recognising the historic injustices inflicted on Palestinians since the Nakba. This book compellingly argues that Palestine is not simply a dilemma awaiting creative policy solutions, but a problem requiring the application of justice. Attempts by regional governments to marginalise the Palestinian cause and normalise relations with Israel have emphasised this aspect of the struggle, and boosted Palestinian interactions with justice movements internationally. Bishara provides a sober perspective on the current political situation in Palestine, and a fresh outlook for its future.
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