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Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy Paperback – December 20, 2011
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"Essential reading to understand why there can never be peace unless Palestinian citizens of Israel are granted full equality, something they are systematically denied by Israel's aggressive, and increasingly unrestrained Zionist ethnocracy." - Ali Abunimah, Co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country
"Ben White offers a holistic view of the Palestine/Israel problem – then goes beyond it to point towards its only just and hopeful solution. A significant and timely contribution to the political discourse so necessary today." - Ahdaf Soueif, author of Booker Prize-shortlisted The Map of Love
"With surgical precision, a wealth of research and sharp analytical intellect, White astutely exposes the oxymoron inherent in the definition of Israel as a 'Jewish and democratic' state and presents a compelling case for holding Israel accountable for committing the crime of apartheid, as defined by the UN." - Omar Barghouti, human rights activist and author
About the Author
Ben White is a researcher and analyst at the Middle East Monitor and Journal of Palestine Studies. He is the author of Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy (Pluto, 2011) and has written for the Guardian, New Statesman and Al Jazeera.
Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Knesset representing the Balad party. She is the first woman to be elected to the Knesset on an Arab party's list.
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Yet, as Ben White so ably demonstrates, nothing could be further from the truth. From the beginning, when European Zionists first began to enter it, Palestine was considered an "empty" land. In 1902, Max Nordau, co-founder of the World Zionist Organization, wrote that Zionists desired "to irrigate with their sweat and to till with their hands a country that is today a desert, until it again becomes the blooming garden it once was." Nothing could have been further from on the ground reality. Palestine was full of productive farms, busy cities and thriving trade. Seeing the land as "empty" "was not a matter of ignorance of the Arab population but a question of European chauvinism." "Palestine at the time of first Zionist settlement was not empty of people, but of people deemed worthy by Europeans of controlling their own country." This was not traditional European (and by extension, American) chauvinistic conquest: when you desire something, go in and take it, the natives be damned. With that in mind, literally anything is permissible.Read more ›
Some sixty years into its existence, Israel has not been able to approve a constitution, even though the UN Partition Plan of 1947 required each state to "draft a democratic constitution...guaranteeing all persons equal and non-discriminatory rights." Instead, it has passed eleven Basic Laws, one of which establishes the values of the State of Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state," a perfect example of Orwellian doublethink, "the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."
Before reading the book, I assumed its subject was secondarily important, given Israel's horrific oppression of Christians and Muslims in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), as exposed in White's first book, "Israeli Apartheid." While Palestinians in Israel are second class citizens, those in the OPT are living with a "boot stamping on a human face" (as I noted in my review of Anna Baltzer's excellent Witness in Palestine). By the time I finished White's latest book, its immense importance had slowly dawned on me. American politicians rarely mention Israel without describing it as "the only democracy in the Middle East," as if unconditional support for Israel is the way to support democracy itself. In 2011, the U.S.Read more ›
Would not surprise me if White has connections to Terrorist Organizations. He likes to fabricate things, expand on them get get out some hate
Have seen some of his articles on in Politico and you can only ask...what is wrong with this guy.
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The British invented the name palestinian to designate all of the inhabitants, including Jews, of the British Mandate. Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by Kitchen Magician
This booklet is just another attempt to demonize the Jewish state simply because it is ... a Jewish state. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Jaysonrex
Very good book with a lot of data on this important subject for so many countries. The author goes deeply on the Israel procedures against the palestinians. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Joao M. Rocha Filho