Native Vs. Settler: Ethnic Conflict in Israel/Palestine, Northern Ireland, and South Africa

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - History - 243 pages

Settler-native conflicts in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa serve as excellent comparative cases as three areas linked to Britain where insurgencies occurred during roughly the same period. Important factors considered are settler parties, settler mythology, the role of native fighters, settler terror, the role of liberal parties, and the conduct of the war by security forces. Settlers and natives in each area share similar attitudes, liberal parties operate in similar fashions, and there are common explanations for the formation of splinter liberation groups. However, according to Mitchell, the key difference between the cases lies in the behavior of British security forces in comparison to South African and Israeli forces.

Mitchell's chapter on liberal parties includes an independent account of the Progressive Federal Party of South Africa, the official parliamentary opposition from 1977 to 1987, along with the first major published account of the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland. His study of splinter group formation contains the first major account since 1964 of the Pan-Africanist Party of Azania, including its insurgency campaign in the 1980s and 1990s. Mitchell also contrasts behavior among the Inkatha Party and Labour Party in South Africa with the Social Democrat and Labour Party in Northern Ireland.


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I was only able to read a synopsis of this book. The title in itself speaks volumes. It iwould be nice if a book was written in defence of the settlers. Not all settlers came with the intent to kill, destroy, steal and hurt. Therefore not all settlers should be classified under one umbrella. Is the hatred so much look at Haiti. They do not have a racial problem - they killed every Frenchman that walked and now under worse dictatorship is the poorest country and after all that have to beg for food from first world countries. So? What did they accomplish? Zimbabwe the same! Is education so dispised that it has to be destroyed? Are natives still resenting the settlers that in good faith brought education, culture, civilization, religion. For all the good - it is so resented. What would happen - actually as is happening if all the settlers left. Africa is reverting back to its primitive state of poverty. Like it or not it still is forced to accept 'food' from first world countries. 


Settler Politics and Ideology
Liberation Movements
Liberal Parties
Natives System Parties
The Rule of Law and the Law of the Jungle
Settler Terror
Splinter Groups
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THOMAS G. MITCHELL is an independent researcher who was educated in Israel, and has done research in South Africa and Northern Ireland that focuses on settler colonies and low-intensity conflict./e

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