Inaugural meeting of the AFOPA Book Club
Our first book is by the Israeli historian, Ilan Pappe (2006), The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
Join AFOPA Executive Member and historian, Dr David Faber, Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Flinders University, to discuss and learn more about the most transformative moment in Palestine's history - the 1948 Nakba ("catastrophe") and the loss of historic Palestine.
A special highlight of the evening will be the chance to speak with some Palestinians from the local South Australian community who will share with us their family experiences of the Nakba.
"This [book] is a major intervention in an argument that will, and must, continue. There's no hope of a lasting Middle East peace while the ghosts of 1948 still walk." - The Independent
"Pappe has opened up an important new line of inquiry into the vast and fateful subject of the Palestinian refugees." - The Times Literary Supplement
Numbers limited to 10 places only.
RSVP essential please!
The book is available for purchase $22.95 at AFOPA's Palestine Centre for Peace.
Future book club sessions will alternate scheduling of fiction and non-fiction works.
Books proposed for upcoming AFOPA Book Club meetings (dates to be advised):
The second Book Club text will be Stuart Rees’ acclaimed novel fictionalising the Ashrawi Sydney Peace Prize affair, A Lover’s Country, of which the Palestine Centre For Peace holds good stocks available now at 60 Frome Street in the city.
The next non-fiction work to be discussed at the Centre will be Against Our Better Judgement, a well-documented study of how American Zionists successfully lobbied professional politicians after WWII to overthrow agreed US policy in the Middle East in the interests of the creation and impunity of the State of Israel. The exercise is an historical model of elite political activism from which much can be learnt both positively and negatively. The book, of which we hold competitively priced stock obtained from the author not readily available elsewhere, will be considered in conjunction with The Israel Lobby, a contemporary 2006 study of the problem of the Zionist stranglehold on American Middle East policy.
The next novel to be discussed will be The Lemon Tree. We are hoping to attract a special guest presenter. Watch this space.
And finally, the next non-fiction work on the agenda will be Anna Baltzer's Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories, documenting her experiences living in the West Bank over the period 2003-2007. A diary-like book documenting the everyday realities of life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation, accompanied by a wealth of colour photography.