Palestine Book Club

Discussion on Palestinian History and Culture

Convened by Andy Simons 


Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 


The Biggest Prison on Earth : A History of the Occupied Territories by Ilan Pappé


The Biggest Prison on Earth : A History of the Occupied Territories  (OneWorld Publications, 304 pages, 2017) <£20.  Publisher’s blurb : “Analysing the historical origins of the annexation of the West Bank and Gaza in the 1920s and 30s, Pappé goes on to examine the bureaucratic apparatus that has been developed to manage this occupation, from the political, legal, financial and even dietary measures to the military and security plans put in place over almost half a century.  Based on exhaustive archival research, NGO records and eyewitness accounts, Pappé’s investigation exposes the brutalising effects of occupation, from the systematic abuse of human and civic rights, such as military roadblocks, mass arrests, property demolitions and house searches, to the forced population transfers, annexation of land, proliferation of unlawful settlements, and the infamous wall that is rapidly turning the West Bank into an open prison.”  Winner of MEMO Palestine Book Award 2017, for Lifetime Achievement.


An informal, monthly reading group in which recent, non-expensive books on Palestinian history and culture can be discussed. Titles for the next session will be chosen by consensus.. Attendance is by registration, and booking is essential.


Andy Simons, the host, is the retired British Library Curator of UK 20th Century publications, and runs palestinebooks.net, the most complete bibliography of English-language books on the history of the Palestinian struggle.


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