Book Talk: Hostile Homelands

In conversation with author with Azad Essa and Dr Crystal Ennis
Wednesday 31 May 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
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International Institute of Social Studies
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Join us for a book talk on newly published Hostile Homelands: The new alliance between India and Israel with author Azad Essa. He will be in conversation with Dr Crystal Ennis.

Published by Pluto Press, Hostile Homelands puts India's relationship with Israel in its historical context, looking at the origins of Zionism and Hindutva, at India's changing position on Palestine and at the countries' growing military-industrial relationship from the 1990s.

Lucid and persuasive, Essa demonstrates that the India-Israel alliance spells significant consequences for democracy, the rule of law and justice worldwide.


Under Narendra Modi, India has changed dramatically. As the world attempts to grapple with its trajectory towards authoritarianism and a 'Hindu Rashtra' (Hindu State), little attention has been paid to the linkages between Modi's India and the governments from which it has drawn inspiration, as well as military and technical support.

India once called Zionism racism, but, as Azad Essa argues, the state of Israel has increasingly become a cornerstone of India's foreign policy.

Looking to replicate the 'ethnic state' in the image of Israel in policy and practice, the annexation of Kashmir increasingly resembles Israel's settler-colonial project of the occupied West Bank. The ideological and political linkages between the two states are alarming; their brands of ethnonationalism deeply intertwined.


  • Azad Essa is a journalist currently a senior reporter for Middle East Eye covering American foreign policy, Islamophobia and race in the US.

    Azad Essa
  • Dr Crystal Ennis is a scholar of Global Political Economy whose research examines the political economy of dependency on hydrocarbon revenue and foreign labour in Gulf economies.

    With a regional focus on the Arabian peninsula, her areas of expertise include international political economy, development planning, labour markets, migration governance, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Crystal Ennis

This event is co-organized by ISS student association, Scholas and Students for Palestine.

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