- Paperback: 442 pages
- Publisher: Arabicus Books & Media, LLC (November 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981513131
- ISBN-13: 978-0981513133
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,245,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians
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In her first effort, researcher and writer Esber takes readers on a dramatic inquest of modern Israel's beginnings and the Arab conflict over Palestine. Reviewing historical accounts, Esber reveals that after WWII many of Europe's expelled Jews sought to regain their roots in Palestine. This meant the expulsion of the Palestinian Arab community who lived there; with the tacit approval of the United Nations, Palestinians were cruelly evicted from their homes and lives, subject to demonization and, according to Esber, a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Esber's account abounds with first hand accounts from Arab victims recounting the terror they faced at the hands of Zionist forces. This gripping historical account illuminates the plight of Palestinians following the War, too long overshadowed in the media and historical record by the atrocity of the Holocaust; placing them back to back, Esber demonstrates a tragic domino effect, in which victims become aggressors and survival becomes a matter of fighting back. B&w photos.
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Under the Cover of War "helps to balance documentation and diaries by one side with verbal recollection on the other. The book does not spare the Arabs--least of all the Arab atrocities or the Iraqi volunteers who turned up to fight for Palestine but didn't even know their geography--yet the suffering of those who fled is all too evident."
"Here for example, is Abu Mohamed from the village of Saqiya, east of Tel Aviv describing what happened on 25 April, 1948: `Jews entered the village and started shooting women, men, and old people. They arrested girls, and we still don't know what happened to them. They came from the settlement that was near the village. They used Bren guns. Then armoured vehicles entered the centre of the village. Fourteen were killed that day. Two women could not run so they were killed in the village. The villagers ran together in the direction of al-Lid (Lod, the site of Ben Gurion airport in Israel today). After that, families started to leave separately. We left everything in the village. We thought it would be a short trip and we would come back.'" --Robert Fisk, The Independent, November 1, 2008
The Arab-Israeli conflict is central to any discussion of Middle Eastern history over the past few decades, and the fate of Palestinian refugees lies at the heart of problem. In her book, Rosemarie Esber examines the last few months of Mandate rule in the Holy Land, in order to discuss how Palestinians ended up leaving their homes. She concludes that they departed primarily as the result of a campaign of violent intimidation that could be termed ethnic cleansing, and describes this in some detail.
The major strengths of this book stem from the research that has gone into it. Esber clearly spent time recording oral histories and going through archival records in order to comprehensively document events throughout the area. The British government was hasty in its exit, and left behind a mess. One of Esber's more interesting arguments is that events on the ground were often the result of a focus on evacuating troops quickly and without major losses; preserving national prestige was a second priority.
London had an interest in such things as the functioning of Haifa's oil refinery and good relations with other Arab states. Nevertheless, it had relatively little concern for the people of the region, whichever side they of the conflict they were on. It was aware that its troop presence was ineffective, and could seldom be decisive. Esber uses primary sources to show this affected decision-making. She demonstrates why allegations of bias from both parties are largely unfounded, but points out specific that British actions, such as an imposing arms embargo and forbidding the entry of foreign forces, helped the Zionists more than the Arabs. --Aqoul, December 22, 2008 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
This book delves deeply into exposing the strategically executed plans for the Zionist expansion on Palestinian land. Their utmost disrespect and breaking of promises of peace and equality started decades prior to 1948. Dr. Rosemarie Esber explains in detail, with use of illustration, the foundation of how the Zionist plan to conquer Palestine and ethnically cleanse the indigenous peoples of Palestine has unfortunately succeeded thus far.
Dr. Esber courageously and effortlessly outlines the truth in the pages of this book. This book is on the up and up so, pick up a copy and don't be fooled by mainstream medias vile drivel.
All the best with your intellectual pursuits!
I would highly recommend you read this book to get the complete picture of this conflict!