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History Upside Down: The Roots of Palestinian Fascism and the Myth of Israeli Aggression Hardcover – December 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1594031922 ISBN-10: 1594031924 Edition: First Edition

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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; First Edition edition (December 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594031924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594031922
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Meir-Levi's "brief encounter" offers a solid approach to understanding the basics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, arguably the world's most persistent and polarized political issue. History Upside Down applies great common sense where demagogues and ignorami too often dominate. -- Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and author of Militant Islam Reaches America

In order for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be resolved, the demonology will have to be taken out of it, and the historical and political facts allowed to speak for themselves dispassionately. David Meir-Levi shows how this can be done. -- David Pryce-Jones, author of Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews

About the Author

David Meir-Levi is an American-born Israeli currently living in Palo Alto, California. He taught archaeology and Near Eastern history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the University of Tel Aviv, and served in the Israeli military. He now teaches Middle Eastern history at San Jose State University. A senior project manager at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, Mr. Meir-Levi writes extensively on Middle East issues for Front Page Magazine and other online journals, and also hosts radio and TV programs analyzing the Middle East conflict.

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This book is well-written and well-documented.
Tsvika
This is a must read book to get to the real truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict that has been going on for centuries.
Lynn Feingold Michalski
This short book summarizes some rather obvious truths about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Jill Malter

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116 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Jill Malter on December 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This short book summarizes some rather obvious truths about the Arab-Israeli conflict. I'm giving it five stars only because many of these truths are disputed in what ought to be respectable places.

The first chapter traces the roots of some of the Arab anti-Israeli aggression to the German National Socialists. The second chapter shows an additional source of inspiration for these aggressors, namely the Communist Soviet Union. As Meir-Levy explains, the Levantine Arabs have never had a sovereign state. Nor have they been a people or a nation, or even claimed to be one prior to the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. When the West Bank was controlled by Jordan, there was no move to liberate that land from Jordan: Arafat's gang had designs only on Israel. The author claims that Arafat in fact created "the only national movement for political self-determination in the entire world, and across all of world history, to have destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only raison d'etre." I think that's pretty much the case, although some national movements, such as that of the Sudeten Germans, have been similar in some respects.

The focus of the third chapter is on Hamas. Israel at first hoped that Hamas might be a counterweight to Arafat's organization. But when Hamas began a long series of deadly terror attacks, Israel outlawed it, in 1989. Here, Meir-Levy points out that "perhaps the most valuable asset of all for Hamas has been the United Nations.

Chapter Four discusses a very specific lie, namely, "Zionists stole our land." And while it is true that from the year 1880 to 1930, about eight hundred families were indeed rendered landless by Jewish land purchases during that time, these were in fact legal purchases.
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131 of 166 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on the Arab-Israeli conflict since "Battleground" by Samuel Katz in 1985, because it effectively makes the rarely-heard case for Israel. A short book, it shows concisely how and why the popular arguments against Israel are false. The first half documents the cultural and historical sources for the Arab determination to destroy Israel. Although we are gradually learning about the dangers of religious fanaticism among Arabs, most people today are unaware of the Palestinian Arab collaboration with the Nazis during World War II or how their leaders were later trained and directed by communists in the Soviet Union for their own ideologically-driven goals. These goals include spreading egregious lies and false narratives to fool the ignorant. The second half demolishes the standard accusations against the Jewish state made by anti-Zionists and anti-Semites, such as the topics of refugees, "occupation," settlements, and whether the land was "stolen." Relying entirely on facts and logic, this rhetoric-free book makes an excellent resource for preparing to debate the Middle East. The only fault with the book: no maps!
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150 of 192 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on December 26, 2007
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David Meir-Levi succinctly---and convincingly presents the case that Israel is the victim of an organized slander campaign. It did not begin yesterday. The slandering began well over seven decades ago. History has indeed been turned upside down. A large number of Westerners, perhaps even the majority, perceive the Arab religious and secular militants as freedom fighters against Israeli imperialism. The Arabs were supposedly robbed of their land and dignity. Both the Communists and the Nazis taught them how to employ the rhetoric of victimization to further their goals. "Stop talking about annihilating Israel," advised North Vietnam's General Giap, "and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand." No truer words were ever spoken. This is definitely the consensus opinion of the hard Left and Right within the United States. The entire book contains only 131 pages. It is, as far as I'm concerned, the best short work available to offer well meaning individuals confused by extremist propaganda.
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47 of 63 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts on March 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
At the outset of this gripping, well written study the writer declares that the "basic script" of the Middle East conflict has changed over the last generation.

The author maintaining that the fundamental issue in the Middle East today is the same as it has effectively been since the Muslim invasion in the seventh century. That being the hatred of the Jews. Although the writer admits that such is routinely denied by apologists for the Arab/Islamic world, the book proceeds to examine a number of relevant issues which support this particular outlook.

The book examines, how in recent times, the Arab war against the very existence of the Jewish state, has been waged for sixty years without a let-up. The text highlighting how Islamic/Arab leaders allegedly still yearn for their own "final solution" of the Jewish problem.

The attention of the reader is drawn to how, today, it is expediently overlooked that in 1948 there would not have been one single Arab refugee - not even one - had the Arab states not chosen to go to war in defiance of a United Nations resolution with the declared aim of destroying the newly reborn State of Israel.

With Israel being restored to areas of it's ancient Biblical homeland during the 1967 conflict the reader is also shown how since that time the perception of the region, and that of the international community, has changed. The writer citing how prior to the Six Day War,the aggressors were purportedly seen as Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq etc.. These nations being seen then as the aggressive "Goliath" as opposed to the lesser "David" of Israel. By comparison, today the new "David" are the Palestinians, and Israel has become the new threatening aggressive "Goliath".
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