Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives. In their own words, these activists share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns and discuss obstacles encountered in their pursuit of a just peace, as well as the changes required for their organizations—and the nonviolent movement as a whole—to more successfully pursue this goal. Attention is also devoted to the special challenges of joint struggle and to hopes and visions for a shared future in the region.
Author and contributors are:
Ursula Franklin (Foreword) is a Canadian Quaker thinker and writer, pacifist, feminist, social activist, and research scientist—a long-time member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW)—best known for her extensive writings on the political and social effects of technology.
Ghassan Andoni (editorial partner and essay contributor) is a cofounder of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
Jeff Halper (editorial partner and essay contributor) is an anthropologist, author, lecturer, political activist, and co-founder and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Starhawk (essay contributor) is a Jewish-American peace, justice, and environmental activist and author, with broad experience in nonviolent activism, including in Palestine.
Jonathan Kuttab (essay contributor) is a pacifist Palestinian lawyer, writer, human rights advocate, and co-author of The West Bank and the Rule of Law.
Please have a look at the Reviews page of this blog.
Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation is available in hardcover (original 2010 edition)*, as well as the 2011 paperback and e-book edition pictured above.
Copies of the book can be found in many libraries (or you can request your local library to order a copy).chasing Refusing to be Enemies
– The publisher’s website (from anywhere outside of the US and Canada)
– Amazon.co.uk (Paperback, hardcover, and Kindle e-book editions)
– Amazon.ca (Paperback, 2010 hardcover, and e-books)
– Quaker Book Service of Canadian Yearly Meeting (Paperback only)
– MiddleEastBooks.com (WRMEA’s store in Washington, DC – paperback only – now $24 + shipping; worthwhile if you’re in Mid-West or Eastern US and don’t plan to spend >$35 total on Amazon.com)
– Amazon.com (Paperback, 2010 hardcover, and Kindle e-book)
– Chapters.Indigo.ca (Kobo e-book only)
Research for Maxine’s book was supported in part by grants from the Canadian Friends Service Committee – CFSC. CFSC is a cosponsor of her presentations.
* Please note: If you own a copy of the 2010 edition of Refusing to be Enemies or have read a borrowed copy, please go to the “Afterword” page of this blog to access a PDF of the Afterword written for the 2011 edition or, alternatively, you may request the PDF from the author, free of charge, of course..