Book Size: 5.25" x 8"

Pages: 120

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566560290

Imprint: Olive Branch Press

Edition: 1

Illustrations: b&w photos, maps

Release date: Fall 2017

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Democracy or Apartheid State?


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“Josh Ruebner brings clarity to the challenges and pitfalls of this thorny issue.” — Muftah

About this book

An insightful analysis of one of today's most pressing world issues.

2017 marks a year of significant milestones in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One hundred years ago, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration, calling for the establishment of a Jewish National Home in Palestine. Seventy years ago, the UN recommended the partition of Palestine into two states- a Jewish State and an Arab State. The decision paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel a year later on 78 percent of historic Palestine, amid widespread ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinian inhabitants. And 50 years ago, Israel militarily occupied the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip- an occupation which endures to this day.

In light of these milestones, Josh Ruebner draws on personal anecdotes and reflections, historical documents, and legal analyses to answer one of the most pressing issues in international affairs today: is Israel a democracy or does its separate and unequal treatment of the Palestinian people render it an apartheid state?

With President Donald Trump's willingness to explore a one-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the question gains immediacy, as Ruebner argues that any settlement of the conflict must be based on freedom, dignity, and equality.


About the author

Josh Ruebner is the author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace, a critically acclaimed history of the Obama administration’s last-ditch attempt to salvage the two-state resolution. He is Policy Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, a national coalition working for freedom, justice, and equality. Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs for Congressional Research Service, a governmental agency providing Members of Congress with policy analyses.

His writing appears frequently in The Hill, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post and other publications.


“Josh Ruebner brings clarity to the challenges and pitfalls of this thorny issue.” — Muftah

“This is an essential contribution to the subject.” — Nadia Hijab, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network

“Taking advantage of treasure troves of new sources, this book provides a welcome clarity that cuts through years of stale disinformation. With the passion of a longtime activist and the rigor of a trained researcher, Josh Ruebner dissects a wide range of sources to provide a tour de force analysis…” — Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies

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