Read moreIf you want to learn more about the one state concept or about the history at the root of the present day reality there are an overwhelming amount of resources available to you. We have made an overview of some of the books available you could consider reading to learn more.
On the one state concept
Mazin B. Qumsiyeh – Sharing The Land Of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle
– This book, first published in 2004, contains a critical examination of the core issues of the conflict and puts forward a logical solution: that a shared state is the best way to achieve justice and peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, offers an overview of the issues at stake, and outlines his vision for a lasting peace based on upholding the principles of human rights for all. Tackling taboo subjects, myths and obstacles, he argues convincingly that apartheid in the form of a two-state solution is no longer a feasible way to achieve enduring peace. It is a direct and accessible account of the history - and mythology - , which lays out hopeful ideas for the future of this truly multi-ethnic and multicultural region. Available on Amazon.
Ali Abunimah – One Country
– In this book Ali Abunimah shares some of his personal story and experience and along the way builds a forceful argument for a one state solution. The book is an easy, accessible and pleasant read, yet at the same time very informative about the history of the conflict but ultimately also presenting us with a vision on how to get from the present day reality of seemingly never ending conflict to a solution ultimately benefiting all. We highly recommend this book as an introduction to the topic. Available on Amazon
Ofra Yeshua-Lyth – Politically Incorrect: Why a Jewish State Is a Bad Idea
– Like Ali Abunimah, our advisory board member Ofra has written a book in which she shares her personal story and experience growing up and living in Israel. She describes how her outlook and perspectives changed over the years, ultimately leading her to conclude that the idea of a Jewish state should be let go off in favor of a secular state in which all its inhabitants as well as refugees should have full and equal rights. Ofra’s book in a sense is the other side of the coin represented by Ali Abunimah and it is worthwhile reading both books, getting to experience how two people in some sense perceived to be at ‘opposite ends’ ultimately come to the same conclusion. Available on Amazon
Ariella Azoulay and Adi Ophir – The One-State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine (Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and I) Paperback – November 28, 2012
– Ariella Azoulay and Adi Ophir argue and describe how there has been a one state reality in place since 1967, which they refer to as the one state condition. They refer to the detrimental impact of this one state condition and speak of what they consider the too frequently ignored, lasting effects of the denial of the events of 1948 and 1967. They argue against the perspective that the occupation of 1967 is temporary condition. You can learn more about their book, outlook and arguments by watching this interview with both authors here. Available on Amazon
Cherine Hussein – The Re-Emergence of the Single State Solution in Palestine/Israel: Countering an Illusion, Routledge Studies on the Arab-Israeli Conflict
– Cherine Hussein has provided an academic analysis of the failure of what is known as the Oslo peace process and the current reemergence of the concept of a One State solution. Her analysis is based on the theories of the Italian intellectual Gramsci and also references to the work and outlook of the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, who was an ardent supporter of the one state concept throughout his life. The book is not the most easily accessible one on our reading list and is not the best choice for a first introduction but can be of interest to those wanting to dig into the topic of this solution from an intellectual-analytical angle. Available on Amazon
Joel Kovel – Overcoming Zionism
– This work of Joel Kovel presents a one state vision very much grounded in the concept of one man, man vote (as opposed to a binational one state model). His criticism of Zionism is staunch but well argued, particularly where it concerns the necessity of dissolving the notion of exceptionalism of the ideology of Zionism. Available on Amazon
On the historic context
Below you find a small selection of works available that describe and give a sense of the impact of the Palestinian Nakba/Catastrophe, also known as the establishment of the State of Israel. The books of Ilan Pappe, Benny Morris and Nur Masalha are based on historical research while the memoirs of Ghada Karmi and Salman Abu Sitta provide insight on how the experiences of 1948 have impacted the individual lives of Palestinians.
Nur Masalha – The Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem