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Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers: Conversations with Jewish Critics of Israel

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Forceful, insightful, and brutally honest. -- Naseer Aruri, Professor Emiritus, University of Mass Dartmouth

I...hope that [this] book will be read widely and...persuade...Americans...to recognize the just demands of the Palestinians. -- M Shahid Alam, Professor, Northeastern University

This is an important book. -- Tanya Reinhart, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University

[A] ray of piercing truth, amid the darkness that lays claim to our world, from Tel Aviv to Washington . -- Rev. Daniel Berrigan (personal review)

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I quote the words about this book by Rev Daniel Berrigan, Catholic priest, Jesuit and long time anti-war activist: "Your book is a ray of piercing truth, amid the darkness that lays claim to our world, from Tel Aviv to Washington, For me, indebted as I am to the prophets from Isaiah to Jesus, you have illumined the human vocation (whether of unbeliever. Jewish. Muslim, Christian); to labor on behalf of justice and peace, to stand with the victimised; 'the widow and orphan and stranger at the gate', to oppose war and its vile tactics—occupation, bombing, sanctions, slaughter of innocents...

The book is simply indispensable, given the welter of outright lies, slants, omissions that sum up our 'unmediating media' regarding the ongoing tragedy of the Palestinian people. To you and the noble minority who people this book, thanks are due from those who seek the truth, ever endangered and dishonored by the mandarins of untruth."

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567513271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567513271
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,415,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am appalled at what Saul Freidman said about this book. Clearly he did not read the book. Norman Finkelstein has not been tormenting holocaust survivors.This is a cruel thing to say as both of Professor Finkelstein's parents were themselves Holocaust survivors. Both were in the Warsaw Ghetto and his mother was in Auschwitz. His parents lost all their surviving relatives in the holocaust. Dr Finkelstein was angry because although many Jewish organizations got rich from reparations from the holocaust, virtually none of the survivors got one penny, including Finkelstein's parents. If Freidman had read the interview with Professor Finkelstein he would know this.Instead he accuses this poor man, who has only tried to honor the memory of his parents, of tormenting Holocaust survivors. Shame on you, Saul Freidman! That is no way to treat a fellow Jew- just because he does not agree with you about Israeli policies. Friedman also lies--or has not read any of the book--on the issue of "suicide bombers." Not one of the people interviewed defends suicide bombing. Farber, Shapiro, Finkelstein, Quester and others specifically condemn the suicide bombing conducted by groups like Hamas. But they also condemn the murder of defenseless Palestinian women and children by the Israel Army--5 times as many as Israelis murdered. Steve Quester, a Jew who lived with a Palestinian family, witnessed Israeli soldiers shooting at little Palestinian children. As Jews we have to be honor our greeat ethical and religious tradition. This means we must condemn injustice even when it comes from our side. This means we must face the fact that the Israeli government has treated the Palestinians like dogs. The Jews in this book are brave enough to demand justice for all people.Read more ›
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This is a brilliant book. Before I read it I thought both Jews and Palestinians were equally to blame for the quagmire in Israel. After reading Dr Farber, Noam Chomsky, Mezvinsky, Finkelstein and the account of his experiences by Steve Quester who spent 3 summers in the West Bank risking his life to protect Palestinians, I changed my mind. I realized that what the Jewish settlers did and are doing to the Palestinians in 1948 and today is exactly what Europeans settlers did in America to the Indians--dispossessing a native people of their land, rendering them homeless, herding them into the modern reservations. In Israel the reservations are rufugee camps in the West Bank and elsewhere. Finkelstein's account of Palestinians' expulsion and dispossession in 1948, laced by Farber with accounts by observers of the 1948 war, made me want to cry.What have we done to the poor Palestinians? What have we become as Jews? We were a moral spiritual people and now most of us spend our time trying to deny that we have done anything wrong, inventing rationalizations for Israel. We claim the Palestinians were always bad, Arabs are always bad, or that there were no Palestinians in Palestine! Finkelstein--whose parents were both Holocaust survivors--demolishes this last myth. The scholars in this book are top of the field.And the book is praised by first rate scholars, as well as by the great Daniel Berrigan. It is fascinatating to get a glimpse into the souls of those Farber interviews--because his questions are probing.

Marc Elis the theolgian says we should apologize to the Palestinians, we should confess our sins. They were expelled and not allowed to return--in violation of the UN and international law. In our greed for land we HAVE sinned. In our disregard for justice and God we have sinned.
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I got this book because I was interested in what great Jewish thinkers have to say about the Israeli Occupation. I was very disappointed. This book is poorly edited. The interviews are unreadable due to the preponderance of filler words. In order to make any sense of the interviews, the reader has to edit out half of the words to get to the essence of the interview. I would rather read individual works by each of the interviewees.
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Criticism of Israel and its policies is verboten in polite company in the US. Those who doubt this need only look to the reception accorded President Jimmy Carter's tepid book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Carter makes no controversial claims. Yet we are repeatedly told that Carter is an anti-Semite and wants to destroy the state of Israel! Or consider the shameful attacks on Prof. Norman G. Finkelstein for daring to document that the Nazi genocide was being exploited, and not for the benefit of survivors, in his book The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering, New Edition 2nd Edition: we are to believe he is a minimizer of the Nazi genocide, even though it is well known that both his parents were survivors of the concentration camps. All this even as toasts are raised to the plagiarist, torture-condoner, arch-Israeli-apologist Dershowitz.
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