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Israel and Settler Society Paperback – March 20, 2006
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Lorenzo Veracini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra.
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Israel is indeed a nation of immigrants. However it is not like South Africa or Australia or Algeria. In South Africa a white minority dominated an African majority using race laws. In Australia the european immigrants came to outnnumber and mostly exterminate the local inhabitants. In Algeria he French colonists eventually left. Israel may have similar themes to all three but it is not similar completely to any of these situations. The Palestinians, unlike the American Indian or Aboriginal, was not decimited by warfare or Disease. In 1947 there were 1.2 million Palestinians, today their are 9 million. The Palestinian Arab is also not the majority in Israel and he is no subject to race laws because he is not a seperate race from many of the Jews who are themselves of Arab/North African descent like Albert Memmi. Perhaps aspects of the settler society of the West Bank has comparisons to Algeria but behind the Green Line the situation is 100% different. THis model of using other situations, such as 'Apartheid' and words like 'racialization' do no justice to the issues in Israel and Palestine, instead they degrade the actual facts and history in order to lend themselves to propoganda. Rather than analyzing honestly how Israel fits in it simply adds hate to the fire. One might recall that in 1944 Konigsberg was 100% German and after 1947 was 100% Russian. But this is not readily called a case of ethnic cleansing and aparthied. Sometimes populations change and it has very little to do with colonialism. After all Israel was colonized by the English.
A problematic account.
Seth J. Frantzman
By the way, Albert Memmi is a strange person for Veracini to refer to. Memmi wrote at length about Arab anti-Israeli myths. About how the Arab Muslims traditionally persecuted the Arab Jews, and about how Israel has given the Jews the right to exist. And about how the Arab Muslims now wish to destroy Israel to punish the Jews for attempting to gain their independence.
Israel is small. It has few natural resources. Its Jews are bottled up in a small nation: Jews are not particularly welcome in the nations neighboring Israel. So it does look a little like a Bantustan. But Veracini turns this around and suggests that we ought to regard the Arabs as the ones confined to Bantustans.
We see some boasts that the French were indeed kicked out of Algeria. And maybe the Israelis can be kicked out of Israel as well, of course.Read more ›