Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics
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About the Author
Mitchell Plitnick is the president of ReThinking Foreign Policy and a frequent writer on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy. He is the former vice president at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, director of the U.S. Office of B'Tselem, and co-director of Jewish Voice for Peace. He lives in Maryland.
Marc Lamont Hill is an award-winning journalist and the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestselling Nobody. He lives in Philadelphia.
Praise for Except for Palestine:
"[A] principled cri de coeur to progressives everywhere. . . . Except for Palestine is a crucial and ultimately hopeful tool that better equips progressives to combat injustices within their own political circles."
"For too long, many have championed the rights and liberties of oppressed peoples here and abroad, but remained silent on Palestinian freedom, or even worse, supported U.S. policies that render Palestinian humanity and suffering invisible. This clear and courageous book is a clarion call for moral integrity and political consistency."
--Cornel West, Harvard University
"Hill and Plitnick deliver a thoughtful and incisive analysis of how progressive commitments to racial and social justice are undermined by the 'Palestinian exception.' Building the civil rights movement for the twenty-first century in America requires an international intersectionality that necessarily includes advocating for the rights and dignity of Palestinians and Israelis alike. Except for Palestine is timely and vital."
--Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Michigan's 13th Congressional District
"Except for Palestine calls on progressives to apply the same principles to Israel-Palestine that they apply to the U.S. It's a simple, radical, and deeply important argument, which anyone who cherishes justice should not ignore."
--Peter Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism
"Hill and Plitnick have produced a timely and powerful indictment of decades of U.S. policy exceptionalizing Israel at the expense of progressive values. Their thorough examination of American progressives' intellectual and moral hypocrisy when it comes to defending Palestinians' human rights, civil rights, and right to challenge Israeli occupation is a valuable resource."
--Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace
"This book explores some of the most fundamental contradictions confronting liberal spaces in the U.S. and makes a powerful case for the progressive core values of humanity, justice, and dignity to finally include the Palestinian people."
--Ahmad Abuznaid, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights
"Except for Palestine cogently explores the reasons for the silence of so many progressives and liberals when it comes to the unceasing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. Hill and Plitnick dismantle one by one the arguments used to justify this shameful silence, and in doing so provide an eloquent, balanced, and hard-hitting analysis of why ending an egregious exception to accepted norms of justice and equality is so imperative."
--Rashid Khalidi, author of Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. Has Undermined Peace in the Middle East
"A timely and compelling treatise on the moral failings of U.S. policy and American politics in relation to Israel/Palestine."
--Khaled Elgindy, Responsible Statecraft