Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights

Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel

David Landy


This book examines the growing movement of diaspora Jewish opposition to Israel.
Diaspora Jews are increasingly likely to criticise Israel and support Palestinian rights. In the USA, Europe and elsewhere, Jewish organisations have sprung up to oppose Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, facing harsh criticism from fellow Jews for their actions. Why and how has this movement come about? What does it mean for Palestinians and for diaspora Jews?

Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights is a groundbreaking study of this vital and growing worldwide social movement, examining in depth how it challenges traditional diasporic Jewish representations of itself. It looks at why people join this movement and how they relate to the Palestinians and their struggle, asking searching questions about transnational solidarity movements.

This book makes an important contribution to Israel/Palestine and Jewish studies and responds to urgent questions in social movement theory.

Author Bio

David Landy is currently based at Lancaster University, where he teaches contemporary social and cultural theory, and race and migration.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 
  • 1. Understanding and Researching the Social Movement 
  • 2. The Conflict Over Diaspora Jewish Identity 
  • 3. The Jewish Field and its Dissidents 
  • 4. Israel Critical Activists Between the Universal and the Community 
  • 5. The Terrain of Activism 
  • 6. Rooted Cosmopolitans: Participants and Palestinians 
  • Conclusion


'At last, we have an authoritative and incisive analysis that has to be an essential item of any reading list on Palestine and Israel in the future.'
Ilan Pappe, Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies

'David Landy's intriguing book strives to de-colonize Jewish thinking itself, transcending the deeply troubling Judeo-centric approaches to Palestine that often entrap it.'
Omar Barghouti, human rights activist, author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS): The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights

'A must read for those on either side of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as well as those engaged in navigating the future of Jews, Israel and Palestinians.'
Marc H. Ellis, Director of the Center for Jewish Studies, Baylor University, Texas


Publication Date: 7 July 2011
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848139268
Hardback: 9781848139275
eBook ePub: 9781848139299
eBook PDF: 9781848139282
eBook Kindle: 9781780325583

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