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Request PDF | On Jan 1, , Patrick Kane and others published Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Request PDF on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Patrick Kane and others published Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict “ the most revealing study of the historical background of the conflict and the current peace agreement. ”.
And then, after the beginning of the Second Intifada in , "From Time Immemorial" was reissued here in the United States and soared to the top of the Amazon list. Afsheen Khan. Critique of Everyday Life. Total price: Quite the contrary, it was rather fully occupied by Palestinians.
Peters's scholarship and history appear to be so bad that her book might seem to be an easy mark, maybe even a straw man.
But that's what makes so lamentable the reaction in the United States to the exposure of the flimflam. With but a few isolated exceptions, there was a massive cover-up among the liberal media. Of Peters's original endorsers, only two publicly acknowledged any lapses in her scholarship, and even they could not admit that her thesis had been discredited.
Martin Peretz, editor-in-chief of "The New Republic", alleged that the critical attack on Peters was part of a calculated leftist plot. And then, after the beginning of the Second Intifada in , "From Time Immemorial" was reissued here in the United States and soared to the top of the Amazon list.
In the dichotomy of this book, Peters's thesis - that Palestine before the Zionists was "a land without a people" and thus the pluperfect place for "a people without a land" - is the "image", whereas Finkelstein, in his chapter on "From Time Immemorial", presents the "reality".
In other chapters Finkelstein addresses other "images", usually as presented in other noted publications: Finkelstein contrasts these images with what he contends is "reality". Part of the problem is that each of the subjects probably deserves book-length treatment. This is also indicated by the copious and detailed footnotes - 82 pages of footnotes for pages of text.
Another part of the problem is that Finkelstein's style is so tendentious. At times I question how fair and balanced he is. On one ancillary issue about which I happen to know a fair amount, he is neither fair nor balanced, and he "cherry picks" quotes to support his position.
Furthermore, the book is not easy reading. It is not intended or structured to be such.
Further, it is now somewhat dated. It was originally published in , and though this second edition contains about fifty pages of new material it is now almost ten years old. But the book is a valuable counterpoint to some historical propositions often taken for granted by Zionist Israel and its supporters. Before I espoused any of those propositions, I would first want to have read and carefully considered what Norman Finkelstein has written about them.
It was amazing to me that Israel was always cast as being in the right, and the Palestinians as being perfidious, low life, treacherous, unimaginative antagonists. How can things be so one-sided?
Finkelstein provides a simple answer. They are not as simple and one-sided as Americans have been led to believe. A few specifics: Israel was not uninhabited when the Jews came in. Quite the contrary, it was rather fully occupied by Palestinians.
Rather unsurprisingly, they did not exactly welcome the Jews. For the Jews to come in, Palestinians whose families had lived there for generations had to leave.
The Jews used terror and atrocities to drive them out. Where did they learn these terror and atrocity methods?
Hitler and Stalin had recently used them against the Jews. The ends justified horrific means. Israel's wars against the Arabs, even starting with their war of liberation, were wars of aggression by the Arabs, but the other way around. Israel's victories should be no surprise. They not only had the advantage in arms, they had the advantage of timing.
I tended to overlook Israel's failings because I admire the incredible competence of individual Jews. They are very smart and industrious people. However, these admirable virtues do not offset the unconscionable act of having stolen their land from people who had lived there for centuries.
Their incredibly artful propaganda, stemming from a nation of lawyers, only compounds the crime.
If anything, we should hold such talented people to higher standards than others. They let us down.
For its small size this book possesses a wealth of resources. Finkelsteins exploration of the ideological continuity between America and Hitlers Nazi party is remarkable. I am amazed by those who claim Finkelstein is not "even handed" approximatly Israelis half soldiers and Palestinians mostly civilians have been killed. For him to give each account of violence equal time would clearly drastically distort reality, no pun intended.
Finkelstein doesnt have to "portray" Israel as the aggressor, as Mr. Morris clearly shows in his work there was a well thought out plan of ethnic cleansing and subsequent deception on the part of Zionist leaders. All Finkelstein does is provide verbatim quotes of early Zionist leaders. It is against Ben-Gurion, Ariel Sharon and the like whom your anger should be directed against. They are the ones who have sullied Israels' image. This book is a crushing blow to the popular literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Norman Finkelstein gives us the truth of whats really going on in the region. He shows the Zionist intent from the very beginning about how the partition is but a temporary solution to an eventual conquest of all of Palestine. Detractors of the book probably never read this book and cling to the popular myths of the conflict.
Extremely well researched and well argued. Another lucid and tot the point book from Norm. Thanks for your scholarship and courage. See all 48 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Knowing Too Much: Fateful Triangle: From Time Immemorial: Joan Peters.
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