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Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar

New Texts Out Now: Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Revised and Updated Edition)

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Middle East Research and Information Project, Palestine, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (Revised and Updated Edition, February 2014). Jadaliyya (J): What made you comprehensively revise and update this primer for 2014? Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar (JB and LH): The last time we updated the primer was 2001. A lot has happened in Israel/Palestine since then, although we are not any closer to a resolution of the conflict. J: What particular topics, issues, and ...

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Joel Beinin and Lisa Hajjar


Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. In 2001-02 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. He has been associated with the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) since 1980, serving as an editor and contributing editor of Middle East Report. He has written or edited nine books, including Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford, 2011), co-edited with Frédéric Vairel; The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010); and Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge, 2001).

Lisa Hajjar is a professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Her research and writing focus on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge, 2012). In addition to being a Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, she serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is currently working on a book about anti-torture lawyering in the United States.