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Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair Paperback – November 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1848130319 ISBN-10: 1848130317

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848130317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848130319
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an impressive and timely book written by one of the most knowledgeable writers on the Palestine-Israel conflict. Its insight into the devastating impact of Zionist settler colonialism and its account of the current reality on the ground are unique. A must read for those seeking peace and justice in the Middle East.' - Nur Masalha, Director of the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary's University College (UK), and author of The Bible and Zionism (2007)'No one is a keener observer of Zionism's true goals, from its bald usurpation of land and resources to its bad faith about seeking real peace. The book provides an unusual depth of evidence and sharp analysis, and a devastating indictment of Zionism. It is a penetrating piece of scholarship and a gem of easy readability.' - Kathleen Christison, former CIA analyst and author of Perceptions of Palestine (1999)

About the Author

Jonathan Cook is the only western journalist to be based in Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian people in Israel.  He was previously a staff journalist on the Guardian and Observer newsletters, and has also written about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the Times, Le Monde diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Al-Ahram Weekly, Counterpunch and Aljazeeria.net.  He is the author of Blood and Religion:  The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State (2006) and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (2008).  

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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Al-mufti on March 9, 2009
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This book is the first to focus on an essential aspect of Israel's conduct of its nearly 42 year brutal occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. One cannot comprehend Israel's behavior toward the Palestinian people it holds under its control without the information in this book. What a shame, then, that it is so outrageously overpriced in the United States.

I buy the great majority of my books from Amazon, but in this case I paid about one third the Amazon price by ordering the book from a UK seller via abebooks.com. I strongly recommend this book, but I do not recommend buying it from a U.S. source.
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 25, 2009
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Mr. Cook starts off the book by examining the foundations of the Jewish state. 750,000 Palestinians fled their homes in 1948 because of ethnic cleansing by Israel. Cook notes that this ethnic cleansing plan, "Plan Dalet" was approved by the Zionist leadership in Tel Aviv in March 1948. Both sides committed atrocities in the 1948 conflict but the Zionists committed several dozen massacres at minimum. Cook writes that the Deir Yessin massacre did not actually kill 250 Arabs but around 100 and that Begin exaggerated the number killed so as to sow terror in Palestinians.. Cook notes that, in the midst of the ethnic cleansing of Lydd and Ramla, forces under the command of Yigal Allon and Yitzhak Rabin massacred about 170 Palestinian males who had taken shelter in the Dahamish mosque in Lydd. Thousands of Israeli Arabs were quietly expelled from their homes in the 1948-56 period. Cook writes that an attempt to create a pretext to expel the Israeli Arab inhabitants of the Iron Triangle, called Operation Hafarferet,had to be called off after the massacre of 47 Israeli Arabs by the Israeli border police at Kafr Qassem.

Israeli Arabs, i.e. non-Jews, make up a fifth of Israel's citizenry. Yet non-Jews are effectively excluded from owning or receiving leases on 93 percent of the land within Israel's pre-1967 borders. They are barred from many job categories because of Jewish racism and numerous barriers limit their access to higher education. Israeli Arabs are forced to use the vast majority of the land allotted to them for residential purposes. They have very little access to land to build new housing or start new businesses--Israeli local and regional government planning bodies make sure that they do not. .
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Howard B. Lenow on May 22, 2010
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If you want to understand, truly understand, what is going on inside Israel and what life is truly like for Palestinian citizens of Israel, you shoud read this book. NO one understands the intricacies of the Israeli's government's systematic and institutionalized discrimination against its Palestinian citizens like Mr. Cook.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on August 20, 2011
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Most important work by the exceptional, award winning [...] author Jonathan Cook.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Award for Journalism in June 2011. As covered on the Israeli Occupation Archive ([...]

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Jonathan Cook, whose work appears regularly on the pages of the IOA, was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Special Award for Journalism.

The award citation reads: "Jonathan Cook's work on Palestine and Israel, especially his de-coding of official propaganda and his outstanding analysis of events often obfuscated in the mainstream, has made him one of the reliable truth-tellers in the Middle East."

Indeed. As regular readers of Jonathan Cook's work already know, Cook's analysis puts today's events in an historical context that never fails to decipher the power interests behind the news. His knowledge of Palestinian and Israeli history; his insightful, astute coverage; and his commitment to justice result in unparalleled reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Occupation, and the life of Palestinians under Israeli rule, both within and outside of the 1967 borders.

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This book details the history and reality of Palestinian dispossession by Israel: the thoroughly planned and carefully executed campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by Israel over decades in which Palestine keeps shrinking and Greater Israel grows even greater.

An essential text for the understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel's Occupation and the dimming prospects for peace and resolution.

Most highly recommended!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By marilyn selim on January 21, 2011
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I originally got this book through the library and read one and a half chapters before it had to go back. It was enough though to make me realize that it was worth buying and digesting slowly and thoughtfully. I won't get into the geo-political reasons to read this because that would open up too much backlash from shortsighted/blinded/brainwashed persons. As it happens, my daughter and a friend visited at Christmas time when my purchased copy arrived. The friend went home with the book. If I don't get it back, that's OK. I will be purchasing another for myself.
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