Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Verso, 2003 - History - 287 pages
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First published in 1995, this polemical study challenges generally accepted truths of the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as much of the revisionist literature. This new edition critically reexamines dominant popular and scholarly images in the light of the current failures of the peace process.

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

"Polemical" is right. And, if I'm being honest, that's why I read Finkelstein's works--something about his scathing sarcasm and his righteous fury is just so much fun for me to read. And he will pull ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carlos Burga - Goodreads

This is by far the best political-science book I have ever read, and especially considering that is on such a controversial topic and one on which so much has already been written. What surprised, and ... Read full review

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Zionist Orientations
A Land Without a People
Born of War Not by Design
Settlement Not Conquest
War and Peace
To Live or Perish
Language of Force
Oslo The Apartheid Option
Abba Eban with Footnotes

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Page ix - The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
Page xvi - Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force; 2.
Page 4 - Whether I knew or did not know, or how much or how little I knew, is totally unimportant when I consider what horrors I ought to have known about and what conclusions would have been the natural ones to draw from the little I did know. Those who ask me are fundamentally expecting me to offer justifications. But I have none. No apologies are possible.

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Norman G. Finkelstein is the author of A Nation on Trial (with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the New York Times Book Review, and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

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