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Disappearing Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair Paperback – November 11, 2008
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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. .Read more ›
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.
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!
The book is divided into two parts, the first contains a history of and reflections on Zionism - in practice as well as its myths. This includes some fascinating reflections on the provenance of the Jewish People themselves, including new research by an Israeli Historians/Archaeologists that seem to point towards a proselytising phase in Jewish History, and thinks it likely that the modern Jewish people originated from Turks (southern Russia), Berbers (north Africa) and Arabians (Yemen). This will no doubt be rabidly attacked (and apparently has been) for undermining the myth of return. It maybe that they were - in large part - never there in the first place?
Be that as it may, the contested history of millennia ago ought to be as nothing compared with the ongoing dispossession and destruction of Palestinian society and identity in what was Mandatory Palestine. The second part of the book details this, and brings the reader up to date with developments well into 2008 but stopping short of the attack on Gaza over Christmas 2008/9. There are stories of how the wall has divided Palestinians from each other and their land, of the continual Israeli theft of Palestinian land. Particularly moving, and relatively hopeful sections, document those brave Israelis who bear witness at Israeli Defence Force checkpoints in an attempt to curtail the violence and harassment of the Palestinians; and those Israelis who braved the violence of Jewish Settlers in the West Bank to help Palestinians gather in at least some of their olive harvest.
Cook also writes well of the plight of Palestinians within Israel proper (i.e. with in the pre-67 borders).Read more ›
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I found this book factual and easy to read even though there is a lot of information being delivered all the time and it is a big book. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by James Griffin
This is probably the most comprehensive work I have read on Palestine. If you want to understand the history and mechanisms through which Palestinian land has been broken up,... Read morePublished on March 21, 2012 by Theodore M. Horesh
British journalist Jonathan Cook knows his subject intimately. The only Western journalist based in Nazareth, the capital of the Palestinian minority in Israel and married to a... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by G. Polley
I originally got this book through the library and read one and a half chapters before it had to go back. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by marilyn selim