- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press; First Edition edition (April 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0745322263
- ISBN-13: 978-0745322261
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Jeff Halper's book, like his life's work, is an inspiration. Drawing on his many years of directly challenging Israel's treatment of the Palestinians, he offers one of the most insightful analyses of the occupation I've read. His voice cries out to be heard.'Jonathan Cook, author of Blood and Religion (2006) and Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (2008)
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Unfortunately, as he points out, his rush to disseminate his message at times required him to write his manuscript in airports between meetings, and it shows. There are grammatical and syntax errors on almost every page. This is not enough to distract from his message, however, and could almost be considered charming in the way it reflects his zeal for substance over style.
One drawback to having the situation explained by an insider is that he sometimes takes local knowledge for granted: I'm sure every Israeli knows about the Green Line and the details of the First and Second Intifadah, but nowhere are these terms explained for the rest of us. Then there are the favorite terms of the author, such as bantustan and Matrix of Control, that are used so repeatedly throughout the book as to become almost irritating. For some reason, these terms are not defined until well after their first use, probably another artifact of rushed editing.
The author's courage and compelling revelations outweigh any literary deficiencies. It deserves five stars for presenting a constructive and informative analysis of such a fraught subject.
By using that model, he now, correctly, generalizes the above conflict to better understand how the rich nations' oligarchies (under US leadership) are developing a new high-tech international reward/punishment system in order to control, exploit and steal the national resources of Third and Second World peoples.
The rewards (and high-tech training) go to the Third/Second World oligarchs' (and the professional class that serves them) and the punishment goes to the "wretched of the earth."
The high-tech model developed by the Israeli militaryplutocrat alliance is rapidly becoming the micro-model of the control and coercion model applied to much of the world by the wealthy few. However, with the rapid destruction of middle income earners in the First World, this model will probably become increasing applied to that part of international hierarchy,
This book is CHOCK-FULL of unbelievable facts and statistics that demonstrate the utter complexity, completeness and cruelty of the "Matrix of Control" that Israel maintains over the Palestinians. I would like to quote just one section. It will give you an idea of how devastating the occupation is for the Palestinians:
"The [Jewish-only] settlement blocs are consciously built atop the [occupied] West Bank aquifers from which Israel draws about 30 percent of its water in violation of international law, which prohibits an Occupying Power from utilizing the resources of an occupied territory. Indeed, 80 percent of the water resources of the West Bank and Gaza are under Israeli control, and a full 80 percent of the water coming from the West Bank goes to Israel and its settlements. Only 20 percent is allocated to its 2.5 million Palestinian inhabitants, and they receive none of the water pumped from the Jordan River. As for consumption, the settlers use six times more water per capita than Palestinians. Per capita water consumption in the West Bank for domestic and urban use (drinking, washing, consumption by public institutions, watering parks, and so on) is only 60 liters per person per day, far below the minimum water consumption of 100 liters per person per day recommended by the World Health Organization; Israelis consume 350 liters per person per day. Mekorot, the Israeli water carrier, which controls all the water of the country, allocates 1,450 cubic meters of water per year to each settler, while a Palestinian receives only 83. Around 215,000 Palestinians living in 270 West Bank villages have no running water at all. The destruction of Palestinian wells and water mains, which has intensified with the construction of the ["separation"] wall over the main aquifers, creates months of water shortages, while the need to purchase water from Israeli tank trucks, costing $3 during the rainy season and up to $8 in the dry months, is beyond the financial resources of the impoverished population. As a final blow, Palestinians are forbidden to collect rainwater in open reservoirs."
The Israeli state is absolutely brutal in its treatment of the Palestinians... of this there can be no doubt. Another thing Halper makes painfully clear is that Israel has no intentions of negotiating a contiguous, viable and truly sovereign Palestinian state. It has already established "facts on the ground" that preclude such an entity.
I haven't quite finished the book yet, but it seems obvious to me that what Israel wants to do, vis-a-vis the Palestinians, is to make life so intolerable for them in the Occupied Territories that they will give up their dreams (and their rights!) and leave their homeland.
If you really want to understand what is going on in the Middle East, PLEASE read this book. Halper is a genius at explaining what Israel is doing... and why.