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Norman Finkelstein, Mouin Rabbani, Sam Bahour, Alain Gresh, Jon Elmer, and Adam Hanieh

The State of Play in Palestine: A Roundtable

[Image of the separation wall in the West Bank. Image by Labour Palestine, via Flickr.]

Veterans of twenty years of empty negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians may too easily dismiss the current talks, led by United States Secretary of State John Kerry, as simply more of the same. Yet they are occurring in a dramatically changed political environment. What are the implications for Palestine of the regional upheavals of the past few years? How sincere are Kerry and the EU in their apparent determination to secure an agreement? What would that ...

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Norman Finkelstein, Mouin Rabbani, Sam Bahour, Alain Gresh, Jon Elmer, and Adam Hanieh


Norman G. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University. For many years he taught political theory and the Israel-Palestine conflict. Finkelstein is the author of nine books, which have been translated into more than forty foreign editions: Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End (OR Books, 2012); What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage (OR Books, 2012); This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion (OR Books, 2010, expanded paperback edition, 2011); Goldstone Recants: Richard Goldstone Renews Israel’s License to Kill (OR Books, 2011); Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History(University of California Press, 2005, expanded paperback edition, 2008); The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering(Verso, 2000, expanded paperback edition, 2003);Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict(Verso, 1995, expanded paperback edition, 2003); with Ruth Bettina Birn, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis and Historical Truth (Henry Holt, 1998); and The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years (University of Minnesota, 1996).

Mouin Rabbani is a Contributing Editor of Middle East Report and has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He was a Senior Analyst of the Middle East with theInternational Crisis Group. Previously he worked as Palestine Director of the Palestinian American Research Centre. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. 

Jon Elmer (websitetwitter) is a Canadian journalist who has been based in the West Bank and Gaza since 2003

Adam Hanieh is senior lecturer in development studies at SOAS and the author of Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East (Haymarket Books, 2013) 

Alain Gresh is a journalist specialising in the Middle East and editor of Le Monde diplomatique.

Sam Bahour is a business consultant living in Ramallah. He frequently provides independent commentary on Palestine and serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He blogs at ePalestine.