Ben White (freelance writer)

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This article is about a freelance journalist. For the finance journalist, see Ben White (finance journalist).

Ben White is a British journalist and writer, known for his focus on the Arab–Israeli conflict.[1][non-primary source needed]


Since graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in English Literature in 2005, White has worked in journalism, education, and for several NGOs. He has visited Israel and the Palestinian territories a number of times and spent two years in Brazil.[citation needed] He worked for the Amos Trust, a Christian NGO focusing on social action, particularly in Nicaragua, India, and in Israel/Palestine.;[citation needed]After leaving Amos Trust[when?], White became the external communications officer for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund's College of Cambridge University.[citation needed]


White has written for print and online media, and has authored two books about the Israel-Palestine conflict: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide and Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy.[citation needed]. His opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as The Guardian's Comment is Free blog, Al Jazeera, The Electronic Intifada, New Statesman, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.[2][citation needed]


Marcus Dysch in The Jewish Chronicle has called White an "anti-Israel campaigner",[3] and Jonny Paul, in The Jerusalem Post, called him an "anti-Israel activist".[4]

White was criticised[5][6] after the CounterPunch website published an article in which White acknowledged that he could "understand" why people are anti-Semitic because of the "state of Israel, its ideology of racial supremacy and its subsequent crimes committed against the Palestinians". He concluded the article by commenting, "'I can understand very well that some people are unpleasant towards Jews.' I do not agree with them, but I can understand".[7][non-primary source needed]


  1. ^ "Ben White". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ben White". London: The Guardian. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Amnesty International defends official accused of anti-Israel bias Marcus Dysch, 19 July 2012, The Jewish Chronicle
  4. ^ "Amnesty refuses to reconsider anti-Israel activist speech". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Anti-Israel author is 'victim of secret plot'". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Amnesty defends guest author over claims of anti-Semitism". Totally Jewish. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Is It Possible to Understand the Rise in Anti-Semitism?". Counter Punch. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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