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on February 8, 2015
I originally read this back in the '90's. It was much more enjoyable, just as informative, and even less dated than say, Chomsky's "The Fateful Triangle". While it is sometimes irreverent, it is powerful. Wish it was in all American's libraries. It's a great start for insight. I would also highly recommend books like Edward Said's "A Question of Palestine", Ilan Pappe's "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine", Max Blumenthal's "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", though, if one has a liking of a format that tends toward graphic novels, read Joe Sacco's "Palestine" (written with Edward Said), or "Gaza".
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on May 2, 2010
This is one book in a series "... For Beginners." Ron David does an excellent analysis of the Arab and Israeli confrontation. It is well researched and well written. Mr. David lays the ground work by looking at popular beliefs and then subjects them to critical evaluation. For example, there are those who believe that the Arabs conquered Palestine/Syria in the 7th century from the resident Jewish inhabitants. In fact, the area was under the control of the Eastern Roman Empire--identified as Byzantium in the West. The book covers the story from around 2000 BC to the early 1990's. It is well illustrated which adds to the pleasure of reading this book. It is quick reading, and easily referenced. The Table of Contents will get you quickly to a particular topic. Mr. David uses maps, tables, and quotes to great effect. He also includes a bibliography for further reading. For example, Mr. David examines the Holocaust, the failure of Western countries to open their borders to Jewish survivors, and the issue of Palestine by suggesting books like Leonard Dinnerstein's America and the Survivors of the Holocaust and Henry L. Feingold's The Politics of Rescue. At the end of the book, Mr. David provides two pages of further readings for those who become more interested in the topic. This book is a must for anyone unfamiliar with Arab-Israeli dilemma. It will help put in balance a great many misconceptions about the problem.
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on February 27, 2016
I skimmed it and looked at some of the pictures.. and now I am happy to announce that I am ready to be an outspoken commentator/pundit on the matter. JK. But really, it packs a lot of really important context into the issues of today.
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on June 7, 2015
a fantastic primer on the Israeli/Palestinian question. You would find it difficult to find a more concise and clear book on this issue.
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on January 15, 2011
Generally speaking it is really hard to discredit a honest book. Anyone with an average IQ can easily smell fishy statements if they exist. This book is heavily referenced. In fact, most of the references are Israeli/US/UN documents, speeches, or statements. I believe the author did a great job providing a concise, highly readable, and beautifully illustrated book. He does not give his opinion or take sides. He just presents facts, facts that are too strong to be negated by the usual, expected, and very common statements such as "taken out of historical context" or "following a pro-arab agenda" or "too simplistic" or "one-sided" or "anti-zionist propaganda". Any reviewer who thinks these statements are true and give this book a low rating should provide a credible response as to why he believe so. Currently none does. Not agreeing with something doesn't make it wrong. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict, and to subsequently understand why the Middle East is in a such state of continuous turmoil. The root of every current middle eastern conflict can be traced back to the palestinian problem. Read it and you will understand a lot.
For anyone who wants further reading, I recommend "The Ethnic Cleaning of Palestine" by Ilan Pappe. This book is another storm that will blow away all superstitions.
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on December 16, 2011
This is an illustrated work. But it's no comic book. It will begin to shake your faith in America's knee-jerk support of Israel. This is a book written by a Jew that takes on Zionism, Israel and his own people. His most important point is that Arabs hate the two-century-old land-grab of the Zionists in Palestine, and not necessarily the Jewish people. While I (and the author) have the most profound empathy/sympathy for the Jewish experience (including the pogroms in Russia, the millennium-old hatred of the Jews by Europeans and Hitler's Holocaust), when it comes to the situation in the Mideast, Israel and the Jews are not innocents. Zionists had their sights on Palestine since 1850's. Did you know that up until the founding of the state of Israel, Jews and Arabs lived mostly in peace? Did you know that Europeans have killed more Jews than Arabs ever have?
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on September 6, 2002
AWESOME...is the best way to describe this book. Not for the diehard Zionist. This book presents the truth about the politics of Israeli rule since its inception. It paints an interesting picture of alleged apartheid rule (not Democratic) and the involvement of U.S. taxpaying dollars. True, there are some crucial facts about the Jewish people under Islamic rule that are missing, and of course that is another story. However, it does not cover the Spanish Inquisition either. Read this along with Chomsky's Fateful Triangle, Said's Question of Palestine, and Ralph Schoenman's Hidden History of Zionism and you'll get a pretty clear picture of the Zionist philosophy. These books are about politics not an ethnicity or religion. Keep in mind that Israel Shahak has some interesting publications as well. Keep an open mind and you will enjoy...or not.
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on December 20, 2014
Interesting book. I have enjoyed reading .
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