BOOK REVIEW Zionism and its Discontents: A Century of Radical Dissent in Israel/Palestine

book-review-Zionism-And-Its-DiscontentsContemporary perspectives of class struggle, the anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggle in Palestine have been thoroughly discussed in Ran Greenstein’s book, “Zionism and its Discontents: A century of radical dissent in Israel/Palestine”. Presenting an analysis of prominent movements involved in the challenge to the Zionist settler-colonial project, the book discusses four main political movements within their respective eras, commencing with the bi-nationalist movement that started during the British Mandate, the Palestinian Communist Party which spans 1919-1948, the Palestinian National Movement since the Balfour Declaration, as well as the anti-Zionist Matzpen, which rose to prominence in the aftermath of the 1967 war.

Greenstein’s analysis of the movements is based upon several historical writings, charters and documents, presenting the local turbulence against a backdrop of the international situation during the period. In doing so, the class, anti-colonial and anti-imperialist struggles can be viewed from within different yet intrinsic perspectives, particularly in relation to the regional anti-colonial struggle and internationalism.

All the movements discussed in the book challenged Zionist hegemony prior to and after the massacres committed by Zionist paramilitary groups during the Nakba of 1948. However, ambiguity is prevalent in all movements, commencing with the liberal humanist perspective of the bi-national movement. Read more.

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