- 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden History of Zionism Paperback – 1988
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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If you want to understand the horrific crimes against the Palestinian people, read this book!!!Published 2 days ago by Jack London
I learn things about Israel and Zionism that was never mentioned in HS or College. Although this publication is over 25 yeas old, it is
relevant to what is still occurring in... Read more
Schoenman is a true patriot and a speaker of the truth who dares to speak out against the Zionist stranglehold on the media and the information coming out of Israel. Read morePublished 18 months ago by jim
This is a great book. Well sourced and irrefutable. Those poor "Zionists" are being misled in the hopes of starting WW3 al-a Albert Pike. Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by Wcarlpdrysdale
The author shatters myths which have shaped the consciousness of most people about Zionism and the state of Israel. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by searchfortruth
A magnificent historical work.
Not like the pro-israeli propaganda books aout zionism, witch basicly change the genuine historical facts. Read more
This very misleading book is simply racist propaganda, written in the style of many of the works seen in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. Read morePublished on January 18, 2006 by Jill Malter
Some fifty years ago I wrote my first scholarly article. When it was published I could hardly contain myself with pride and excitement. Read morePublished on January 12, 2006 by Werner Cohn
I have also read this book. and I found it very useful in unraveling the complicted history that surrounds the creation of Israel. Read morePublished on January 4, 2006 by mary mcbard