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The Palestine Communist Party 1919-1948: Arab and Jew in the Struggle for Internationalism
Musa Budeiri’s history of the Palestine Communist Party is the only English-language study of the heroic—and ultimately, unsuccessful—attempt to create a political alternative to Zionism in Palestine based on class solidarity of Palestinian Arabs and Jewish immigrants.
Budeiri’s work combines archival research with extensive interviews of those involved in the events he describes. First published in the late 1970s, Budeiri’s work remains a pathbreaking study that sheds light on a critically ignored aspect of the history of Palestine—and the creation of a Zionist Israeli state.
With a new introduction by the author.
MUSA BUDEIRI is an Arab political scientist and a resident of East Jerusalem. He was born in West Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1946, and teaches politics in the Program in Democracy and Human Rights at the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University.
“Internationalism was hardly anywhere as formidable a challenge as it was for Arab and Jewish Communist activists in British-Mandate Palestine. This long-unavailable book is the only thoroughly researched, comprehensive history of this forgotten experience, written from a perspective of empathy with its actors. By issuing this new edition, Haymarket does a great service to all who are interested in the history of both the communist movement and the struggle over Palestine.”
-Gilbert Achcar, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust
Published by Haymarket Books in 2010