Edited by Esther Farmer, Rosalind Pollack Petchesky, and Sarah Sills
Monthly Review Press
A collection of personal stories, history, poetry, and art
A Land With a People is a book of stories, photographs and poetry which elevates rarely heard Palestinian and Jewish voices and visions. Eloquently framed with a foreword by the dynamic Palestinian legal scholar and activist, Noura Erakat, this book began as a storytelling project of Jewish Voice for Peace-New York City and subsequently transformed into a theater project performed throughout the New York City area.
Stories touch hearts, open minds, and transform our understanding of the "other"--as well as our comprehension of own roles and responsibilities-- and A Land With a People emerges from this reckoning. It brings us the narratives of secular, Muslim, Christian, and queer Palestinians who endure the particular brand of settler colonialism known as Zionism. It relays the transformational journeys of Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, queer, and Palestinian Jews who have come to reject the received Zionist narrative. Unflinching in their confrontation of the power dynamics that underlie their transformation process, these writers find the courage to face what has happened to historic Palestine, and to their own families as a result. Contextualized by a detailed historical introduction and timeline charting 150 years of Palestinian and Jewish resistance to Zionism, this collection will stir emotions, provoke fresh thinking, and point to a more hopeful, loving future--one in which Palestine/Israel is seen for what it is in its entirety, as well as for what it can be.
"By seamlessly and passionately weaving history with heartfelt life experiences, and intensely symbolic stories with candid reflections, this collection reveals the real wreck Zionism has created, shattering the mythology that Zionism has always hidden behind. In doing so, it courageously interrogates the crucial, yet often ignored, relationship between Palestinian liberation from Israeli settler-colonialism and apartheid and Jewish emancipation from the suffocating, racist chains of Zionism. It leaves me with more hope." -- Omar Barghouti, Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the BDS movement
"A community of Palestinians and Jews committed to a future without Jewish Supremacy Ideology, and with Palestinian autonomy. This is a volume of Palestinian voices towards movement building and creation of a joyous future, and Jews listening and then doing the work of changing their self-perceptions and living our responsibilities. A call to Repair through Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, through collective actions to end Israeli occupation, Jewish nationalism and apartheid. This book expressed the dynamic relationship necessary to a fair, humane and productive life." -- Sarah Schulman, activist and author of, among other books, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International and Conflict Is Not Abuse
About the Editors:
Esther Farmer is the director and playwright of "Wrestling with Zionism." In addition to producing storytelling workshops around the country as a JVP-National artist, she has played leadership roles in the New York City Housing Authority, as a United Nations representative, and as a founder of Teamsters for a Democratic Union.
Rosalind Pollack Petchesky (she/her) is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Political Science at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and more recently, the Charles A. McCoy Career Achievement Award. Dr. Petchesky is a JVP-NYC chapter leader, a classical pianist, and a kickboxer.
Sarah Sills produces storytelling workshops, and is part of the "Wrestling with Zionism" Readers Theater. As a life-long artist-activist and organizer, she co-led a Teamsters trade union delegation to China, organized clerical workers at Columbia University, raised money for Salvadoran women's cooperatives during the war, and worked at a pro-Aristide Haitian newspaper.