Enemies and Neighbours: 70 years since 1948 – Ian Black



Time: 7.30 pm
Location: JW3 Centre, 341-51 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET

Meretz UK invites you to hear Ian Black provide invaluable insights into the seven decades that have passed since 1948, the year of Israeli independence and the Palestinian nakba.

Black is the former Middle East editor at The Guardian and is now senior fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. His address will draw on his much praised book, Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews and in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 (Penguin/ Allen Lane, 2017). It was chosen by the EconomistSunday TimesFinancial Times and Guardian as one of their books of the year 2017. See our page of collected endorsements.

Ian will also consider what history and current realities portend for the future.  Not to be missed!

  • Dr-Ian-Black-DSC_0192a_16x9Contributions of £5; refreshments served
  • Copies of book for sale after the talk
  • Event held with the support of Hashomer Hatzair Trust

Reception of Enemies and Neighbours

See endorsements on this page – and reviews below…

  • Excellent … A detailed, even-handed account of the world’s most intractable and damaging political dispute (‘Books of the Year’ Sunday Times)
  • [A] wonderful new history of Palestine and Israel … For its clarity and balance, Black’s work stands tall in a field that is likely to continue growing (Economist)
  • Excellent … Ian Black brings a fresh perspective to one of the most closely studied conflicts on Earth, unpacking its complexities with clarity and candour (Anshel Pfeffer, Observer)
  • Comprehensive and compelling … A nuanced, landmark study that has deservedly won plaudits from both Palestinian and Israeli historians (Justin Marozzi, The Times)
  • Compelling … Merits close reading for its rich detail and rare subtlety … Denies made-up minds their soothing certainties … A reading of uncommon clarity, informed by extensive research and keen insight (Stephen Daisley, Spectator)
  • A good read….. sharp, fast paragraphs filled with vivid detail…keeps a tight focus on events on the ground. Punctures the view…that Palestinians bear virtually all the blame for the failure of recent efforts to create a Palestinian state (Peter Beinart, ‘Editor’s Choice’ New York Times)
  • LSE Middle East Centre Blog – by former Meretz UK speaker Menachem Klein