my newest book

Read an excerpt from The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans on Mondoweiss:

On American Zionist Education: An excerpt from ‘The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans’

Reviews and Interviews of The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans

Matthew Abraham’s review in Journal of Palestine Studies

Linda Dittmar’s review in Radical Teacher

“Israel, Palestine, and the Teaching of History” review by David Moshman in Huffington Post

New Texts Out Now on Jadaliyya

“Taboo of truth-telling about Palestine in US classrooms tackled by new book” review by Steven Salaita in Electronic Intifada

“You will never erase us” review by Sally Bland in The Jordan Times

“Teaching Palestine to Americans” review by Jim Miles in Palestine Chronicle

Advance praise for The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans

“For decades, the question of Palestine has been the third rail in American academia and public discourse. Where there ought to be vital discussion, there has too often been silence, fear and intimidation of those who question official Israeli history, or unconditional US support for Israel. Knopf-Newman’s essential book tackles this issue head on, breaking taboos and providing educators and general readers with real tools to understand the history of Palestine and how we talk about it.”

–Ali Abunimah, Co-Founder of The Electronic Intifada; author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse

“The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans is a must for those committed to a decolonizing pedagogy and curriculum grounded in social justice. This incisive first person account—based on careful research and rigorous analysis—provides a critical genealogy of Zionist education within American schools, where Knopf-Newman exposes how language and history have obscured the reality of Palestinians, which has been suppressed in the United States.  This brilliant and important work is instructive in every sense of the word.”

–J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University

“Marcy Newman has written an important, indeed, a necessary book. Smart, well-informed and well-positioned, she contributes a unique and critical perspective to one of the most complex, vexing, and crucial issues of our time. She provides a powerful corrective to a dishonest narrative inside the US that dominates the discourse concerning Palestine/Israel today. Disrupting the controlling metaphor concerning all things Middle East is a key step in opening the imaginative political space where alternatives to the status quo can be noticed or invented. Newman’s book has the potential to do just that, and then to change the way we think and act in significant ways.”

–William Ayers, author of Fugitive Days, Teaching Toward Freedom, and To Teach

“This is a hopeful, indeed, inspiring work by a [an author] who has cast her lot with Palestinian victims of Zionist dispossession. The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans advances the cause of justice for Palestine while breaking new ground in pedagogy. Though every facet of this book is exemplary, I was especially taken by Marcy Newman’s pathbreaking use of Palestinian Hip-Hop.”

–Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism

All royalties for The Politics of Teaching Palestine to Americans go directly to the Middle East Children’s Alliance please ask your libraries to purchase it until the paperback is released. If you are interested in a paperback edition, please email me or post a comment below so I may forward your request to the publisher.

From your local independent bookseller (preferable), especially from Busboys and Poets in Washington DC that is featuring the book on its Teaching for Change book list.


From Palgrave Macmillan

From Barnes & Noble

Resources for Teachers Teaching Palestine


Adalah The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel:

Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association:

Birzeit University Right to Education Campaign:

Defence for Children International:

Al-Haq (Ramallah-based human rights organization):

If Americans Knew:

Institute for Palestine Studies:

Nakba Archive:

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights:


Electronic Intifada:

Institute for Middle East Understanding:

Inter Press Service:



Middle East Research & Information Project:

Palestine Chronicle:

Teaching Materials

Arab Film Distribution:

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (downloadable books, Al-Majdal, and Ongoing Nakba Education Photo Exhibit):

Big Noise Films (The Fourth World War film):

Deir Yassin Remembered:

Digital Resistance (video diaries of Palestinian youth):

El-Funoun (videos of dance performances):

Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation:

Icarus Films (Naji Al-Ali film):

Invincible (hip-hop videos):

Iron Sheik (hip-hop music and lyrics):

Human Writes Project (hip-hop performance):

Al-Jana Arab Resource Center for the Popular Arts (films and books by Palestinian youth):

Al-Jazeera (documentary films):

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre (database of artists and writers):

Lajee Center (books by Palestinian youth):

Made in Palestine (visual and literary art exhibit):

Middle East Books:

Our Roots Are Still Alive (Palestinian history textbook):

Palestine Education Project (teaching resources):

Palestine Land Society (maps and powerpoint presentations):

Palestine Online Store (maps, books, music, and films):

Palestine Poster Project Archives (posters and teaching materials):

Palestine Remembered (oral history, photographs, and maps):

Passia (maps and statistics):

The Philistines (downloadable hip hop):

Rafeef Ziadah (spoken word poetry CD):

Rethinking Schools (teaching resources):

Al-Rowwad Palestinian Children’s Theatre Center (theatrical performances by Palestinian youth):

Sitting Crow Productions (films about 1948 Palestinians):

Smithsonian Folkways (Palestine Lives! CD):

Virtual Gallery at Birzeit University (visual art):

Voices: Palestinian Women Narrate Displacement:

Zakira (Palestinian children’s photography):

What You Can Do

Birthright Unplugged (guided tours to Palestine):

International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network:

Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee:

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel:

Middle East Children’s Alliance:

Siraj Center (guided tours to Palestine):

Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign:

U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation:

U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel:

5 thoughts on “my newest book

  1. I absolutely want the paper back version of this book. Great job. When can we expect it? This big book is too heavy to carry around in hardback (and frightenly expensive). Mabruuk.

  2. I want to thank you for the important work you do and for your reading Saturday at MECA. I will purchase a paperback copy of your book as soon as it’s available.

  3. Yes! Absolutely I want to get a paper back copy of this book! Thanks for donating the proceeds to MECA. I’m learning more and more about the organization and they are a gift!

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