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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Veritas Press; 1st edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929675010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929675015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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81 of 94 people found the following review helpful By nadya hajj on November 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In The Hidden History of Zionism, Ralph Schoenman identifies four overriding myths that have shaped the consciousness of most people in our society about Zionism. In order to dispel these four prevailing myths, Schoenman examines evidence from various sources to crystallize his own claims and conclusions.
To begin, Schoenman discounts the myth of a vacant and desolate land by examining dialogues between Zionist officials and statements made by leaders. Through these documents Schoenman discovers that Zionist leaders were fully aware of the indigenous population occupying the land and as a result sought to annihilate their existence. For example, Aaron D. Gordon, a prominent Labor Zionist theorist and founder of the Young Workers and Workers of the Zion repeatedly declared that the Palestinians, whom supposedly did not exist from the Zionist perspective, should be forced off the land and prohibited form cultivating it. (Schoenman 17) Indeed, the Zionist settlers attempted to destroy the thriving peasant communities through the "conquest of labor" or "Kiddush avodah". Zionist settlers prohibited Arabs from attaining jobs thereby destroying their livelihood and forcing them to migrate to other areas for jobs or else to live in abject poverty. Ben Gurion ordered that Jewish settlers should "Drive them (the Arabs) out!" (Schoenman 33) Entire villages such as Deir Yesin, Dueima, and Gaza were terrorized and emptied. The Absentee policy took advantage of the vacant Arab lands and re-appropriated them to new Jewish settlers. This policy furthered Zionist claims of a "land without people" because terrified Arabs had left their home.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Z. Cipris on January 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book, concise, well-written, closely-argued, and strongly critical of the catastrophic Zionist project. Ralph Schoenman -- like Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Alfred Lilienthal, Maxime Rodinson, the Neturei Karta group, and so many others -- is an anti-Zionist Jew. No, he is not an anti-Semite and he does not hate himself, he is simply a person of conscience.

It is one of the stunning ironies of modern times that Israel, a highly aggressive state armed to the teeth by the US, is seen by so many Americans as a country justifiably defending itself against terror. Thanks to the US mainstream media, and the work of zealous Zionist commissars, most Americans simply do not yet know that the Israeli state has for decades been stealing Palestinian land, cramming its people into ghettoes and bantustans, tormenting and killing them by the thousands, and lying about its actions.

As these atrocities continue -- the current bloody onslaught against Gaza's civilians is only their most recent chapter -- American people are likely to awaken at last to the true nature of what has been going on, and to compel US policymakers to stop writing blank checks to Israel. Ralph Schoenman's book is a small but powerful contribution to that much overdue awakening.

For more background on Zionism, see books by Jewish historians Avi Shlaim and Ilan Pappé (both bitterly hated by Zionists), and Ghada Karmi's "Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine." The title of Dr Karmi's book refers to a report by two European rabbis who went to Palestine in 1897 to see whether the land was indeed empty and suitable for the creation of a new state.
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67 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book which outlines the creation of Israel at the expense of the native population, the wars, the occupation and it's treatment of the Palestinian population, which includes toruture, home destruction, and murder. And unlike what a previous writer said, Ralph Schoenman is a Marxist, but NOT a Stalinist. Even though this book is old, it will help explain WHY the first Intifada started, WHY the Arab community distrusts Israel, WHY Palestinians must have their own independent state. This is the book that Pro-Israeli individuals don't want you to read, which explains the negative reviews which don't back up any of their claims with facts, just a wave of the hand. If you want to find out the truth about Israel, not fairy tale stories about Zionist morality, then read this book.
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74 of 94 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Shocking is the only way I can describe what I felt as I read this book. Schoenman trots out the well-cited facts that cannot help but convince the reader that Israel is colonial power set up by Great Britain to protect its oil interests, that has methodically resorted to the most heinous atrocities to cleanse Palestine of Arabs. Further, since the end of WWII, the U. S. has for the same motives as G.B. financed the slaughter and expulsion of Arabs by Israeli forces, in addition to playing one Arab nation off against another. Like most Americans, I have been too busy to look beyond the headlines. As Noam Chomsky has written, however, the American news media is the world's most powerful propaganda machine with a pro-American business bias. Schoenman makes it clear that that bias was recently used to allow Israel and the U.S. to do terrorize the world under the cover of eliminating "terrorism" elsewhere. The 9-11 attacks were shocking, but nothing like as shocking as the truth about America's support of a monster nation like Israel. ... Shocked.
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