‘Cracks in the Wall: Beyond Apartheid in Palestine/Israel’ – Book Launch with Ben White


As part of Israeli Apartheid Week 2019, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Academics for Palestine are 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). Ben will speak on Thursday 28th February 2019 in the Academy Plaza Hotel, 10-14 Findlater Place (off O’Connell Street – map here), Dublin 1 at 7.00pm.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at a special discount price.

The last time Ben was in Dublin in 2010 he spoke to a capacity crowd in Trinity, so please come early to avoid missing out.


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.

Praise for the book

‘Important, essential reading for all who care about the rule of law and the rights of Palestinians’Ken Loach, film director

‘With his usual incisive gaze, Ben White unfolds for us the Palestine/Israel reality as it is and cuts through the layers of misinformation, deceit and ignorance’Ilan PappĂ©, University of Exeter

‘Smashes through stifling conventional wisdom that there’s no prospect for justice and peace in Palestine.’Ali Abunimah, author and co-founder, The Electronic Intifada

‘Provides valuable and profound insights into the present apartheid reality of Israel as a ‘Jewish state’, and contributed to our understanding of the international dimensions of the Palestinian struggle. This is not just sharp analysis but an urgent call to action’Haneen Zoabi, Member of Israeli Knesset

‘Will appeal to those who need a short introduction to these issues, and to those who follow them obsessively. A highly useful resource; engaged writing at its best’Charles H. Manekin, Prof. of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, University of Maryland

‘With a brilliant combination of a bird’s eye vision and a forensic examination of the facts, Ben White has shown prominent cracks in Israel’s wall of impunity that may augur the end of its apartheid system’Omar Barghouti, co-founder, BDS Movement


Public Lecture: Critiquing Zionism: A Palestinian Standpoint with Dr. Nimer Sultany


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Public Lecture: Critiquing Zionism: A Palestinian Standpoint with Dr. Nimer Sultany

7pm, Wednesday 26th March 2019
Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre
Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
All welcome

Israel’s 2018 Nation-State Basic Law, which constitutionalises Jewish supremacy, has been explained away by some as a mere aberration from Zionism’s liberal ideals. This talk will revisit early (pre-1948) progressive critiques of Zionism to show that from its beginnings Zionism has been practiced and perceived as illiberal, non-democratic and intertwined with colonialism. Against that backdrop, Dr. Sultany will reflect on the challenges and necessities of critiquing Zionism today, at a time when expansive, problematic definitions of antisemitism are being deployed in attempts to smear or silence anti-Zionist critique and activism.

About the Speaker

Dr. Nimer Sultany is Senior Lecturer in Law at SOAS, University of London.
His recent book Law & Revolution: Legitimacy and Constitutionalism After the Arab Spring (Oxford University Press, 2017) was awarded the Society of Legal Scholars Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.

Hosted by Academics for Palestine