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Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation Paperback – April 12, 2010
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An extraordinarily detailed portrait. . . . Weaves together a tapestry of harrowing narratives in a lucid and measured tone. "
A lucid, invaluable chronicle of Palestinian daily life in the occupied territories. "
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Makdisi has an honourable pedigree: his uncle was the late Edward Said, for several decades not alone the leading advocate of Palestinian rights in the unfriendly environment of the USA, but also one of the world's leading intellectuals and literary critics. Makdisi is American-Lebanese-Palestinian, a mixture that renders him particularly qualified to approach his painful subject from a multitude of perspectives. As professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA and an expert on the poetry of English romanticism, he can hardly be caricatured by the ill-intentioned as some wild-eyed anti-Western fanatic (although given the bloodsoaked history of Western interference in the rest of the world, of which the fate of Palestine is a particularly poignant example, it's perhaps time that more conscientious Westerners adopted such "fanaticism").
"Palestine Inside Out" isn't a history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, although it necessarily incorporates much historical reflection, but an anlysis of the "facts on the ground" created by Zionism and its US and EU backers, whereby Palestinian Arabs - Muslims and Christians - are deprived of human and political rights while simultaneously being demonised for resisting this state of affairs.Read more ›
So based on the evidence presented, Makdisi presents a clear cut solid case arguing for the desirability of having a single state instead of a two state solution to resolving the long term conflict there.
There are more than 4 million refugee Palestinian people living in the surrounding countries like Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and the ones who never left are experiencing the most diabolical maquiavelian, brutal occupation in ther hands of Israel thanks to our corrupt Congress and high ranking officials.
Makdisi takes us into the occupied territories and Gaza. He paints a picture of a people who have been living under a brutal 41 year occupation, the longest occupation in history. What we see are a resilient Palestinian people who just by surviving are resisting Israeli attempts to make their life miserable and force them to leave.
Combining history and the present day situation, Makdisi paints a picture of the racist policies of Israel that seem to be bent on creating a Greater Israel on as much Palestinian land as possible with as few Palestinians as possible.
Not as much has been written about the fate of the Palestinians who remained in Israel after the ethnic cleansing of 1948 as has been written about the fate of the Palestinians under Israel's brutal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.Read more ›
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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