New book by Moshé Machover: Israelis and Palestinians – Conflict and Resolution

Israelis and Palestinians – Conflict and Resolution by Moshé Machover, Haymarket Books – Feb 2012

Moshé Machover: Israelis and Palestinians Conflict and Resolution

Moshé Machover: Israelis and Palestinians Conflict and Resolution

These essays, written between 1966 and 2010 by an Israeli activist, cover diverse aspects of Israeli society and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Comprising analysis and polemics, they address both Zionist ideology and its results. Two inter-related themes run throughout: the Israeli–Palestinian conflict in a regional context, and the connection between Palestinian liberation and the struggle for socialism throughout the region.

About the author

Moshé Machover is a mathematician and emeritus professor at London University. He is coauthor with Akiva Orr of Peace, Peace Where There Is No Peace and with Emmanuel Farjoun, Laws of Chaos: A Probabilistic Approach to Political Economy.


“This collection of Moshé Machover’s writings from the mid-1960s to today brings together a coherent and consistent vision of Zionist colonialism and the dispossession and discrimination which have been its hallmarks throughout the whole period. [A] valuable book in its historical reach, accessible style, and forthright debunking of the ‘peace process’ and other lazy myths…”
— Victoria Brittain, former associate foreign editor of the Guardian and author of Hidden Lives, Hidden Deaths

“The quality of [Machover’s] writing is clear, precise, accessible, free of cant, challenging, and unswerving in its commitment, and its content is the very stuff of struggle—all marks of an organic intellectual.”
—A. Sivanandan, director, Institute of Race Relations

“Moshé Machover has been consistent in his belief that socialism provides the best framework for the organization of human affairs and this governs his perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict. While many have internalized the nation-state as the most sublime form of social and political organization, he remains undaunted in his rejection of nationalism.”
— Musa Budeiri, author of The Palestine Communist Party, 1919–1948: Arab and Jew in the Struggle for Internationalism

“This collection of essays reflects Matzpen’s resolutely socialist perspective for understanding the root cause of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict…. [Machover] not only elaborates on constructing a solid basis for a socialist alternative to Zionism but enriches the general Marxist and socialist theory on colonialism and imperialism in our era.”
— Tikva Honig-Parnass, author of False Prophets of Peace: Liberal Zionism and The Struggle for Palestine


Moshé Machover is an Israeli socialist anti-Zionist activist and co-founder of the Socialist Organization in Israel (Matzpen). He is currently living in London, England. He is emeritus professor of philosophy, King’s College, London University. His most recent book is Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution.

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