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Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State
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This book exposes the ugly side of Zionism and Israel, the racism and disregard for non-Jewish human life those of us who write on this issue have known about and often get labeled anti-Semitic for exposing. But far more chilling is the similarities to how America now operates.
The similarities to Homeland Security, the NSA and even our own police forces being used to spy upon our own citizens frighteningly obvious in this statement by Haifa University professor Ilan Pappe, found on page 79:
"My fear even before the outbreak of the intifada was that the Shin Bet, (CIA in Israel) was under-employed in the occupied territories because of the withdrawals agreed under the Oslo Accords. The security apparatus (in Israel) is huge, and a lot of people work for it--50 percent of academics for example, are employed in some capacity as advisers or counselors--so there's a lot of interest in keeping it going.
Because the service still had the same manpower and the same means at its disposal, it needed to change target--and to justify this change of target it had to come up with a new story; that there had been a fundamental change in the way the Palestinians inside Israel were behaving. The Shin Bet argument was that Israel needed to increase the involvement of the secret services inside Israel, that the police could not operate alone.Read more ›
In some respects the situation is similar to the American South during the heyday of Jim Crow. The only way to keep a "white man's democracy" was through the systematic denial of rights to African Americans. Of course, there was no "black state" created in the US south (akin to Bantustans in South Africa), however, voter intimidation, violence, residential segregation and gerrymandering generated a similar result.
Overall, the book is interesting and well written and offers a different perspective on the problem. It is a little repetitive and some of the chapters could have been pared down, but overall it is a good read.
1- Being "land-poor" does not give you any special rights. There are many smaller countries who don't regularly bomb their neighbors.
2- Israel bought its land: Nonsense! At the time of the UN separation resolution of 1947, the Jewish Yeshuv and its allies owned an estimated 9-11% of mandatory Palestine; even much of that had been acquired by coercion and violence. What do you think the Palmach, Haganah and Stern gangs were doing to the Arabs, handing out candy ? Read the history of the atrocities of the Yeshuv and massacres of the 1947-49 war, not from Arabs but from Zionist authors like Benny Morris (although he excuses all the mass killings with "you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs"!)
3- "there is a good chance that Israel will simply acquire more land, probably by purchase"!! From whom exactly? Was it trying to purchase land from Lebanon this past summer?
4- The repeat of "even if Israel had stolen land ..." is a subtle Freudian admission of guilt for what actually happened.
5- To compare Israel to Germany or France or Switzerland is bizarre. The US would be more apt: a colonial power occupying and settling a land by committing mass killings of the natives.
6- To excuse Israel treating its Arabs as sub-humans by saying some countries have official churches is a tragic farce. Do any of those countries have separate laws of marriage and land-ownership and movement for people who do not belong to those churches? And Israeli law does not treat "Jewishness" as a matter of faith; you have all the rights of a Jew, including aliya, even if you are an atheist Jew. It is treated as a race.Read more ›
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So much analysis by serious scholars and experts (none of his case) have been made on the question of Democracy and Zionism. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tom Harrington
Good Read overall, reminded me of the script:
"What is that! He wispered It to me sometime around 2 AM in a Salm while in my own home. Read more
Jonathan Cook is one of the most important journalists writing about the Middle East of today ... This work simply demolishes the myth that Israel would be a democracy and that the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marcelo B. Silveira
While the Israeli Lobby in the U.S. and Internationally carries out its campaign of propaganda about its intentions in the Middle East, authors such as Cook expose the real nature... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by R. King
I read this book back in 2006 and was impressed by its depth and scope. Fouzi El-Asmar's classic "To be an Arab in Israel" from the 1970s was one the first important publications... Read morePublished on December 9, 2009 by Ben Alofs
This is truely an amazing book. Since the inception of the Zionists movement it attempted to create a glass ceiling to keep Palestinians out. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Abu al-Sous
Written in clear and concise manner. The author hardly states his opinions, but rather presents various interviews, public statements made by Israeli politicians and top officials... Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Shabeer
I had read a lot on Israel/Palestine before I read this. I had read all the classics by Chomsky, Finkelstein, Khalidi, Said, Masalha, Pappe, and Roy. Read morePublished on October 25, 2008 by Nathan D. Backlund
This is an excellent contribution to the many volumes that are now appearing to explain what happened and what is happening in Israel/Palestine or should that be... Read morePublished on May 3, 2008 by John Fisher