The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left


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Stanford University Press
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6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Michael R. Fischbach is Professor of History at Randolph-Macon College. He is the author of Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color (Stanford, 2018), among other works.


"Michael R. Fischbach boldly takes us into the vexed heart of debates on the American Left, exploding after the Six-Day War of 1967, over the Palestinian struggle against the state of Israel. Fischbach ably navigates the moral passion, ideological wrangling, and exquisite agony of the entire conflict. His bracing message is of the perils of intransigence and the enduring ability of the Israel-Palestine debate to further divide an already weakened American Left."--Jeremy Varon "The New School, author of Bringing the War Home "
"Fischbach's timely and invaluable account...offers insight on the debates the Movement grappled with, and for anyone interested in U.S. Middle East policy, the history and politics of the American Left or the Arab-Israeli conflict, The Movement and the Middle East is a must-have for their library. Fischbach's wide-ranging analysis opens the door for other scholars to fill in the gaps of this incredibly fascinating story, which would be a welcome addition in the years to come."--Sami Tayeb "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs "
"In an engaging narrative, Michael Fischbach makes a wonderful contribution to our understanding of the shifting positions, alliances, and tensions among American leftist groups on the Israel-Palestine conflict in the 1960s and 1970s. The Movement and the Middle East will have a great impact on contemporary activism, illuminating the growing support for Palestinian liberation over the decades."--Pamela Pennock "University of Michigan-Dearborn "