Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Except for Palestine

The Limits of Progressive Politics

Marc Lamont Hill Mitchell Plitnick



In stock
Ready to ship


The New Press
16 February 2021
A bold call for the American Left to extend their politics to the issues of Israel-Palestine, from a New York Times bestselling author and experts on U.S. policy in the region In this major work of daring criticism and analysis, scholar and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Israel-Palestine expert Mitchell Plitnick spotlight how holding fast to one-sided and unwaveringly pro-Israel policies reflects the truth-bending grip of authoritarianism on both Israel and the United States. Except for Palestine deftly argues that progressives and liberals who oppose regressive policies on immigration, racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and other issues must extend these core principles to the oppression of Palestinians. In doing so, the authors take seriously the political concerns and well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians, demonstrating the extent to which U.S. policy has made peace harder to attain. They also unravel the conflation of advocacy for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel. Hill and Plitnick provide a timely and essential intervention by examining multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conversation, including Israel's growing disdain for democracy, the effects of occupation on Palestine, the siege of Gaza, diminishing American funding for Palestinian relief, and the campaign to stigmatize any critique of Israeli occupation. Except for Palestine is a searing polemic and a cri de coeur for elected officials, activists, and everyday citizens alike to align their beliefs and politics with their values.
By:   Marc Lamont Hill, Mitchell Plitnick
Imprint:   The New Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781620975923
ISBN 10:   1620975920
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   16 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Political analyst Mitchell Plitnick, a frequent writer on the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy, is the former vice president at the Foundation for Middle East Peace, director of the U.S. Office of B'Tselem, and co-director of Jewish Voice for Peace. He lives in Maryland. Marc Lamont Hill is an award-winning journalist and the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including the New York Times bestselling Nobody. He lives in Philadelphia.

Reviews for Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics

Praise for Except for Palestine This clear and courageous book is a clarion call for moral integrity and political consistency in regard to the plight of precious Palestinians under vicious Israeli occupation and domination. For too long many liberals and progressives have championed the rights and liberties of oppressed peoples here and abroad, but remained silent on Palestinian freedom or even worse supported U.S. policies that render Palestinian humanity and suffering invisible. If we are to learn from the pernicious crimes of Europe against Africans, Asians, and Jews or American crimes against indigenous and Black people, we must shatter mainstream lies, confront painful truths, and act in solidarity with Palestinian self-determination! --Cornel West, Harvard University This book explores some of the most fundamental contradictions confronting liberal spaces in the U.S. and makes a powerful case for the progressive core values of humanity, justice, and dignity to finally include the Palestinian people. --Ahmad Abuznaid, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights Except for Palestine calls on progressives to apply the same principles to Israel-Palestine that they apply to the U.S. It's a simple, radical, and deeply important argument, which anyone who cherishes justice should not ignore. --Peter Beinart, author of The Crisis of Zionism Hill and Plitnick have produced a timely and powerful indictment of decades of U.S. policy exceptionalizing Israel at the expense of progressive values. Their thorough examination of American progressives' intellectual and moral hypocrisy when it comes to defending Palestinians' human rights, civil rights, and right to challenge Israeli occupation is a valuable resource both for those seeking to understand the history of U.S. policy and those making the case for a course correction. --Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace

See Also