Armed resistance, suicide bombings, and rocket attacks, populate the Western media's depiction of Palestinian resistance. Synthesising data from hundreds of original sources, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh provides the most comprehensive study of the always creative, often peaceful, civil resistance in Palestine.
Successes, failures, missed opportunities and challenges are chronicled through hundreds of stories from over 100 years of Palestinian resistance. The book critically and comparatively surveys uprisings under Ottoman rule, against the Balfour Declaration and the Oslo Accords, all the way up to the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions movement.
The compelling human stories told in this book will inspire people of all faiths and political backgrounds to chart a better and more informed direction for a future of peace with justice.
Mazin B. Qumsiyeh is a professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities and works with a number of civil society organisations. He is the author of Popular Resistance in Palestine (Pluto, 2010) and Sharing the Land of Canaan (Pluto, 2004).
Preface 1. Introduction 2. What we want: Plurality, Justice, Human Rights 3. The Logic of Popular Resistance 4. Local Context of Popular Resistance 5. Popular Resistance during the Ottoman Rule 6. Balfour, Buraq, and Zionist Buildup (1917-1935) 7. The Great Revolt of 1936-1939 8. Devastation to Nakba 1939-1948 9. From Nakba to Naksa 1948-1967 10. One State of Oppression 1967-1986 11. Intifadat AlHijara 1987-1993 12. The Oslo Years and AlAqsa Intifada 13. Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions 14. Conclusions and Outlook to the Future Appendix. Examples of local popular resistance groups and organisations Index