Decolonial Solidarity in Palestine-Israel

Settler Colonialism and Resistance From Within

Teodora Todorova


Analyses the new spirit of ‘decolonial solidarity’ taking hold in Israeli civil society activism, and considers its significance for the wider settler colonial project.

Recent years have seen the Israeli state become ever more extreme in its treatment of Palestinians, manifested both in legislation stripping Palestinians of their rights and in the escalating scale and violence of the Israeli occupation. But this hard-line stance has in turn provoked a new spirit of dissent among a growing number of Israeli scholars and civil society activists. As well as recognising Palestinian claims to justice and self-determination, this new dissent is characterised by calls for genuine decolonisation and an end to partition, as opposed to the now discredited ‘two state solution.’

Through the analytical lens of settler colonial studies, this book examines the impact of this new ‘decolonial solidarity’ through case studies of three activist groups: Zochrot, Anarchists Against the Wall, and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). In doing so, Todorova extends the framework of settler colonial studies beyond scholarly analysis and into the realm of activist practice. She also looks at how decolonial solidarity has shaped, and been influenced by, the writings of both Palestinian and Israeli theorists. The book shows that new forms of civil society activism, bringing together Palestinian and Israeli activists, can rejuvenate the resistance to occupation and the Israeli state’s growing authoritarianism.

Author Bio

Teodora Todorova is a teaching fellow with the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, and has previously lectured at the University of Nottingham. Her writing and research has covered gendered violence and post-conflict reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina, as well as decolonial and critical solidarity activism in Palestine-Israel.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Palestine-Israel
  • 2. Bearing Witness to the Nakba in a Time of Denial: The Case of Zochrot
  • 3. Decolonising Critical Activism: The Case of Anarchists Against the Wall
  • 4. Bionationalism as Settler Decolonisation? The Case of ICAHD
  • Conclusion


Publication Date: 15 July 2021
176 pages

Product ISBNs: Hardback: 9781786996411
eBook ePub: 9781786996435
eBook Kindle: 9781786996442

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