This prescient and timely book documents Noam Chomsky's visit to Leban, in May 2006, to lecture on U.S. imperialism and the imminent crises facing the Middle East - two months before Israel orchestrated major military campaigns against Leban and Palestine. During his visit, he met with political leaders - including those of Hizbullah - toured refugee camps, and inspected a former Israeli prison and torture compound. Inside Leban describes Chomsky's journey and situates it within the tragically altered context of Leban and Palestine before and after the war of 2006. Chomsky's essays provide a framework for understanding the role of U.S. politics, power, and policies in these conflicts by examining how the United States wages war and imposes world domination while presenting itself as the righteous protector of democracy. Ironically, U.S. efforts at imperial control generate conflict and crises within the region while undermining democracy. Inside Leban includes essays and photographs by Carol Chomsky, Irene L. Gendzier, Assaf Kfoury, Jennifer Loewenstein, Hanady Salman, Rasha Salti, and Fawwaz Traboulsi and provides an analysis of the social-political conditions of people in Leban, Gaza, and refugee camps. It situates Israel's attacks and the position of Hizbullah and Hamas in this conflict while at the same time providing a record of events during the war, linking the conflicts on the ground to the global order.
Jennifer Loewenstein is a freelance journalist and a research associate at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre. She has lived and worked in Gaza City, Jerusalem, and Beirut and has written and lectured extensively on topics related to the Middle East.