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When it comes to Israel and Palestine, there are two main schools of North American journalism: those who parrot the pro-Israel line and those who weigh every word to avoid being called "anti-Israel". Then there is Greg Felton.
For the last 15 years, journalist Greg Felton has researched and commented on the Middle East. Few can match his knowledge and courage when writing about the Palestinian confrontation with "the only democracy in the Middle East".
Felton's first book "The Host and the Parasite" exposed Israel's dangerous influence over U.S. foreign policy. He has now published "Exploding Middle East Myths; 15 Years of Fighting Zionist Propaganda" and this collection of his columns fully lives up to its title. In it Felton marshals the facts about Israel and presents them in the context of international law.
In his earliest columns, Felton clearly believes that Israel wants peace and reconciliation with its neighbors. Writing in 1995, eight days after the assassination of Yitzak Rabin, he optimistically states that "The movement toward peace survived Sadat's assassination; it will survive Rabin's.¨ (p. 5) By 1998, however, he sees American intervention as the only way to end Israel's apartheid-style oppression of the Palestinians (p. 9). By 2010 he reaches the conclusion that "The greatest effect of the Cast Lead massacre [Israel's assault on Gaza] and the murders aboard the aid ship Mavi Marmara [Israel's attack on the aid flotilla to Gaza] has been the confirmation of Israel as a criminal state.¨ (p. 82) A shocking assertion, but Felton repeatedly proves his case.
Felton has grouped the essays in this book under five main headings:
- Zionism and History - the origins and evolution of the Zionist ideology.Read more ›
This should be what Canadian schools introduce to their students; high school and university. I checked his references and they all came up factual and sound. A brilliant piece of Middle East analysis and myth busting. Highly recommended!!!
Though I was raised in a family of Zionists, I have no illusions about what Israel has done to the Palestinians. However, I find that the critics of Zionism rarely get their facts straight. In this book, Exploding Middle East Myths, the facts are mostly untrue or obscure, and the author is completely ignorant of facts and cases that would prove his point more sensibly.
Let’s begin with the part on Sadat. While it’s true that the great peacemaker was killed by his own soldiers, it’s not entirely correct to call it Muslims killing a Muslim. Sadat was no religious at all; he was a follower of the Ba’ath philosophy, which placed socialism above religion. Its founder, Michel Aflaq, happened to be a Christian. The soldiers who killed Sadat were Muslims, but religion had nothing to do with it. King Abdullah was killed by Arabs because he wanted peace with Israel, but the Arabs who killed him were from a rival tribe. Muslim Arabs were involved, but it wasn’t about Islam.
Another fact that author Greg Felton gets wrong is the (still believed) myth of the Khazars. He believes the unlikely story that king Bulan forcibly converted his entire tribe of Tatars to Judaism, when there is almost no record of it (except for the Kuzari, which was written centuries after the fact) and Jewish Rabbis do not go looking for converts. He says that Askenazi Jews are descended from the Khazars, and I can promise you, that is not true at all. The ancestors of the Ashkenazim lived in the Rhine Valley and were driven into Eastern Europe after the Black Death. The culture of Ashkenazi Jews is completely different from the Tatar-speaking Jews of the Black Sea coast.
More bizarre and questionable arguments follow.Read more ›
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Is this some joke? Absolutely the worst book I have ever read. One sided and obviously written by an author who dare I say hates Zionists? A little research and you will see the author is unable to write anything that is not of a anti zionist slant. If thats what you want go for it.....if you want a balanced study this book is a piece of crap.