- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press; Second Edition, New edition edition (February 20, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745334636
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"An excellent guide for understanding the magnitude of the crimes committed against the Palestinians and the nature of their present suffering and oppression."- Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, UK, and author of Out of the Frame: The Struggle for Academic Freedom in Israel (Pluto, 2010)
"An essential guide for understanding Israeli apartheid - both the history, and the day to day reality." - Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land (2007)
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The UN definition is, “Inhuman acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them...”
He shows that at the start of the 20th Century Palestine was 4% Jewish and 96% Palestinian Arab (11% Christian and 85% Muslim) and in the introduction talks about the similarities and differences between the racial policies of Israel and South Africa (the classic example of Apartheid).
The author highlights some major differences (see Moshe Machover's article, “Is It Apartheid”) clearly showing that the Israelis didn't plan to exploit the “natives”economicaly in class war style and set up Bantustans, it was a more straightforward question of “Ethic Cleansing” to encourage/threaten Palestinians to leave, take their land and hand it over to Jewish settlers.
So Ethnic Cleansing isn't exactly Apartheid, and in the opinion of this reviewer, the author could have focused more clearly on the concept of Racial National Socialism to illuminate Israeli government action in the Occupied Territories.
In 1937, Joseph Weitz of the Committee For Population Transfer of the Jewish National Fund was saying, “The transfer of the Arab population from the area of the Jewish state does not serve only one aim – to diminish the Arab population. It also serves a second, no less important aim which is to evacuate the land presently held and cultivated by the Arabs and thus to release it for Jewish inhabitants.” Contrast this with another well known Racial National Socialist who was supervising the invasion of Russia (Operation Barbarossa) at about same the time, and said, (July 1941), “We'll take the southern part of the Ukraine, especially the Crimea, and make it an exclusively German colony. There'll be not harm in pushing out the population that's there now. The German colonist must be the soldier-peasant and for that I'll take professional soldiers, whatever their line may have been previously.”
Or Chiam Weizmann the first President of Israel, “There is a fundamental difference in quality between Jew and native.” The similar German Nationalist Socialist take on this was, (September 1941), “The Germans - this is essential – will have to constitute among themselves a closed society, like a fortress. The least of our stable lads must be superior to any native.”
On P71 White talks about Israeli plans for roads in the Occupied Territories: “In 2005 and 2006, new Israeli plans surfaced for the 'upgrade' of the bypass system, 'creating a Palestinian state of enclaves, surrounded by walls and linked by tunnels and special roads'. This would create an 'apartheid' road network for Palestinians in the West Bank whereby, 'existing roads would be reserved for Jews linking their settlements to each other and Israel.” The road problem with regard to Russia and the Ukraine had already come under consideration 60 years previously (August 1941), “All around the city to a depth of thirty to forty kilometers we shall have a belt of handsome villages connected by the best roads. What exists beyond that will be another world, in which we mean to let the Russians live as they like. It is merely necessary that we rule them”.
And he adds a few lines on German colonists, “The German colonist ought to live on handsome spacious farms. The German services will be lodged in marvellous buildings, the governors palaces. Beneath the shelter of the administrative services, we shall gradually organize all that is indispensable for the maintenance of a certain standard of living.”
An interesting feature of the book is the almost complete absence of Judaism. It is a story of racial activism without any apparent religious motivation.
Also, the author doesn't spend much time on the critical US Zionist contribution Israels “Drang nach Osten”.
They are a small minority of the US population but there is again some advice from Germany on how to overcome this handicap. (January 1942) “In the old Austria, nothing could be done without patronage. That's partly explained by the fact that nine million Germans were in fact rulers, in virtue of an unwritten law, of fifty million non-Germans. This German ruling class took strict care that places always be found for Germans. For them this was the only method of maintaining themselves in this privileged situation. The Balts of German origin behaved the same way towards the Slav population.”
This book is highly recommended to help understand classic Zionist Racial National Socialism.
Source, “Hitler's Table Talk”, recorded by Martin Bormann and introduced by Hugh Trevor-Roper.
An interesting book that reveals how cleverly a group of powerful individual and then State used it's PR machine to deflect criticism and evolved it's attack against another set of people by dehumanising them.
It's very true about those who justify violence and racism by using the "other Arab states are worse" argument.
Introduction --- a discussion of the idea of apartheid, a comparison of Israel to South Africa's apartheid regime, and a discussion of how the two are quite different
Chapter 1 --- the issue of early 20th century Jewish settling of Israel and efforts by pre-statehood Zionist organizations to take widespread control of the land, leading up to Israeli Independence and the Nakba, which included large scale transfers of the Palestinian population to the West Bank, Gaza, and surrounding Arab states. Most important here are White's efforts to demonstrate that this was a widespread, government endorsed, systematic effort.
Chapter 2 --- the use of domestic laws to create a Palestinian racial sub-class and policies of settlement, land seizure, water seizure, security walls, and military interventions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Chapter 3 --- addresses the question of what can be done and details some real world efforts to change the politics of apartheid.
FAQ --- raises some common criticisms leveled at anyone who takes a critical approach to Israel, from antisemitism to defense and security to "but the Arab states are worse". White responds to each of these criticisms.
Overall, this book was well done and very informative. The third chapter was a bit thin and not terribly useful, but the meat of the book, Chapters 1-2, was well researched, bringing in information from Israel's "new historians", legal rulings, speeches and commentary by leaders, and many other sources to provide evidence that there is a long standing Israeli governmental policy of exclusion and subjugation of the Palestinian population both within and outside of Israel's ever shifting borders.
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