Starred Review. In chronicling Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories—from road blocks to curfews, economic chaos to health care crises—UCLA professor Makdisi sketches a powerful, relentlessly heartbreaking account of a reality few Westerners know. According to Makdisi, the global media rarely covers the routine destruction of the occupation; rather than assessing the hermetic sealing of the Gaza Strip or the slicing up of West Bank communities for the sake of Israeli settlements, the media focuses on violence—eclipsing the deadly effects of the Israeli apparatus of bureaucracy and control. Makdisi unequivocally condemns attacks on civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, and acknowledges the many Israelis working toward conflict resolution (indeed, much of his data comes from Israeli human rights organizations), but his scholarship occasionally fails when surveying Israeli society: Jews who fled Arab lands don't generally consider themselves Arab Jews, for instance, and Zionism is a 19th-century nationalist movement, not a reaction to the Holocaust. Yet this doesn't detract from the urgency of Makdisi's work. The combined weight of personal stories of abject suffering, harsh statistics (in the past seven years, Israeli military operations have killed 854 Palestinian children) and facts on the ground make Makdisi's case that the occupation is destroying the Palestinian people, and possibly any chance for peaceful coexistence. (May)
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“An extraordinarily detailed portrait. . . . Weaves together a tapestry of harrowing narratives in a lucid and measured tone.” — Times Higher Education Supplement
“A lucid, invaluable chronicle of Palestinian daily life in the occupied territories.” — Boston Globe
The correct historical name of the country is Israel, named by its indigenous Jewish population 3000 years ago. "Palestine" is just the European Christian name for Israel. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Kitchen Magician
For the writing, "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation", I would give Mr. Makdisi a one for being so naive within the realm of the one-state solution and a five for... Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Jack D.R.
Saree Makdisi has written one of the best books on modern day Palestine. I have read dozens of books on the subject, and this is truly one of the best. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Gus
Rhetoric. No facts, very little sources - mostly anonymous testimony and excessive hyperbole and pathos. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by Rafael Eitan
I am amazed that someone who claims to be a scholar can be so one sided And out right dishonest. We start out with an idealistic scene of peaceful people on there land and... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by Daniel
This book is terribly one-sided, even from the perspective of one who cares deeply about the rights and well-being of Palestinians. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Sandy & Richard
The author writes a lenghty book about the history of the conflict from an extremely one-sided viewpoint and then tries to sell the good old "one state" solution. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Thomas P. Noland
UCLA tenured English/Comp Lit Professor, Saree Makdisi, presents an incredibly well-written, well documented account of Palestinian life in the occupied territories of Israel. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Mighty Mouse
Saree Makdisi's book is meant to be accessible. It is intended to start with mundane yet harsh realities of occupation that readers might at first ascribe to Israeli bureaucratic... Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by Paul Larudee