"One Country": A new book from EI cofounder Ali Abunimah

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on with relatively new leadership on both sides, we are led to ask what has become a perennial yet only more urgent question — will this conflict ever be resolved in a way that will finally bring peace to the region?

The son of Palestinians who fled the country in 1948, Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah makes the radical argument that what is needed is one state shared by Palestinians and Israelis in his new book, ONE COUNTRY: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Ali will also be speaking throughout the country and make media appearances to coincide with the launch of his new book.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

  • One Country reviewed by Remi Kanazi for The Electronic Intifada (16 January 2007)
  • Listen to Ali discuss One Country at the Palestine Center (17 November 2006) [MP3 format, 4.8 MB]
  • Listen to Ali Abunimah discuss One Country on Flashpoints Radio (20 October 2006 edition) [MP3 format, 10.29 MB]

    One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

    By its expansionist policies Israel has destroyed the foundations of a two-state solution while unilateral separation has been exposed as a dangerous delusion. The time has therefore come for an honest exploration of alternative solutions. One Country is a major contribution to this debate, combining as it does extensive knowledge with a commitment to justice for the Palestinians. It is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the problems of the present and the possibilities of peace in the Middle East. — Avi Shlaim, author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

    Ali Abunimah refuses to join the international chorus of governments, intellectuals, and conflict resolution experts who offer utopian pleas for tolerance and impractical self-serving solutions to the Palestine/Israel tragedy. What he offers instead is an elaboration on the only real and practical solution that will end oppression and bring about justice and equality for Palestinians and Israelis. — Joseph Massad, author of The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinian


  • As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages on with relatively new leadership on both sides, we are led to ask what has become a perennial yet only more urgent question — will this conflict ever be resolved in a way that will finally bring peace to the region? This fall, Metropolitan Books will publish one of the most controversial approaches to a resolution. Noted expert on the topic and the son of Palestinians who fled the country in 1948, Ali Abunimah makes the radical argument that what is needed is one state shared by Palestinians and Israelis in his new book, ONE COUNTRY: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse (Metropolitan Books; November 2006).

    Clear-eyed, sharply reasoned, and compassionate, ONE COUNTRY revives an old and neglected idea of sharing the country. Although living together might seem impossible, Abunimah shows how Israelis and Palestinians are by now so intertwined — geographically and economically — that no kind of separation can lead to the security Israelis need or the rights Palestinians must have. He reveals the bankruptcy of the two-state approach, takes on the objections and taboos that stand in the way of a binational solution, demonstrates that sharing the territory will bring benefits for all, and asserts that the country can remain a homeland for both Jews and Palestinians. The absence of any other workable option can only lead to ever-greater extremism; it is time, Abunimah suggests, for Palestinians and Israelis to imagine a different future and a different relationship.

    More urgent than ever, ONE COUNTRY is a provocative approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and one that is certain to cause a stir on all sides.

    About the Author:

    Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American, is the cofounder and editor of the Electronic Intifada website since 2001 and, more recently, of Electronic Iraq and Electronic Lebanon. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago, he has written for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. A resident of Chicago, he also directs research for the design of children’s services in the United States and Europe.

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