The Battle for Public Opinion in Europe

Publisher MEMO Publishers
Published March 01, 2012
Paperback 316 Pages
Language English
ISBN 978-1907433139

A timely, revealing and important book which analyses the incongruity between European public opinion and perceptions of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and the kind of blind political, economic and cultural support European governments afford the Israeli state.

Pivotal events in recent years such as the Gaza War (2008/9) have allowed increasing numbers of Europeans to see through mainstream media and government smokescreens regarding the Israel–Palestine conflict. In 2011 a pioneering study was commissioned to gauge resulting changes in public perceptions of the conflict in six European countries. ‘The Battle for Public Opinion’ analyses and contextualizes the results of that study providing a clear backdrop to the pertinent issues alongside forward-looking thoughts and recommendations for action.

With contributions from international experts and specialists in their field, including Ilan Pappe, Tim Llewellyn and Maria Holt, it also brings credible and unique insights to bear on how and why public opinion in Europe should be, and is, changing regarding the conflict and the consequences these changes might be expected to have on European policy-making.

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Edited by


Ibrahim Hewitt

Ibrahim Hewitt is a well-known British political and social commentator, author, educator and humanitarian and human rights activist. He is a regular visitor to the Middle East, particularly Palestinian refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Jordan. In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Islamic University of Gaza for his support...

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Dr Daud Abdullah

Daud Abdullah is a well-known British academic, and political and social commentator. He writes and lectures on issues relating to Middle Eastern and British politics, Islam, and Muslim-Western relations. Dr Abdullah received his BA in history from the University of Guyana in 1981 before completing a PhD in History at the University of Khartoum in...

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About the Author


Ilan Pappé

Ilan Pappé is a world-renowned Israeli academic and social activi st. His research interests focus on the modern Middle East, in particular, the history of Israel and Palestine. He is one of Israel’s ‘New Historians’ and since the release of pertinent British and Israeli documents in the 1980s, has been concerned with revising the official...

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Karen Koning AbuZayd

Karen AbuZayd has spent 19 years working with Palestinian refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. She then worked with UNRWA for 10 years. She began her humanitarian career in the Sudan in 1981, then Nambia in 1989, then to Sierra Leone during the...

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Tim Llewellyn

Tim Llewellyn is a well-known British freelance writer and broadcaster on Middle Eastern affairs. For many years, Llewellyn was the BBC's Middle East correspondent. He was based in Beirut, from 1976 to 1980, and in Nicosia, from 1987 to 1992 and has covered all the major stories in the Middle East in the past quarter-century....

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David Cronin

David Cronin is a journalist, author and social activist. His work has been published by The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Irish Times, European Voice, The Sunday Tribune and the Inter Press Service. Cronin is currently the Brussels correspondent for the Inter Press Service news agency and a contributor to the Electronic Intifada....

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Dr Hanan Chehata

Hanan Chehata is an activist, political writer and commentator on the Middle East. She is also actively involved in various charitable and humanitarian initiatives. Educated at Brunel University in London, Dr Chehata received her BA in Law in 2000 followed by a Master’s in Criminal Justice in 2002 and a PhD in Law in 2007....

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