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Palestine in a World on Fire

A collection of interviews with some of the world’s leading progressive thinkers on the movement for Palestinian liberation and its connections to struggles for justice across the globe.

As more and more people align themselves with the Palestinian people,
Palestine in a World on Fire provides the global perspective and analysis needed to inform how we forge ahead on this path of newfound solidarity. Editors Ilan Pappé and Katherine Natanel have gathered a collection of interviews that are intimate, challenging, and rigorous—many of them conducted before October 7th but still startlingly prescient. The interviewees connect the struggle for Palestinian liberation to various liberatory movements around the world, simultaneously interrogating and recontextualizing their own positions given the ongoing aggression in Palestine. This incredible group includes Angela Y. Davis, Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Nadine El-Enany, Gabor Mate, Mustafa Barghouti, Yanis Varoufakis, Paul Gilroy, Elias Khoury, Gayatri Spivak, and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian.

Palestine in a World on Fire
highlights the centrality of Palestine in struggles shared across the world: capitalism, imperialism, misogyny, neo-colonialism, racism, and more. Each conversation tackles urgent events and unfolding dynamics, and the scholar-activists interviewed here provide invaluable perspectives and insights, illuminating the richness and relevance of recent scholarship on Palestine.

  • "These conversations have the power to shatter complacent and intellectually/emotionally comfortable constructs on liberation, justice and solidarity on Palestine and the world; while simultaneously challenging you to share in the often painful critical reconstruction of the will, imagination and language necessary for genuine understanding and action. Such are the new validations of knowledge and awareness that both Katharene Natanel and Ilan Pappe have been generating and into which they have brought such magnificent participants. Please read and engage." —Hanan Ashrawi

    "A powerful, heart-rendering collection of testimonies that give us hope of peace, freedom, and justice for the Palestinian people."
    —Jeremy Corbyn

    "As the world burns, Palestine flares brighter and hotter than any other place on the planet. This extraordinary and timely book remind us that fire both engulfs and illuminates; it generates ash and brilliance. Ilan Pappe’s Covid-era conversations with some of our most profound thinkers consider how a free Palestine offers a path toward decolonizing the world. The portal Arundhati Roy identified leads straight to Palestine, and this book points the way."
    —Robin D. G. Kelley, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

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