- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (5 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141399511
- ISBN-13: 978-0141399515
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians Paperback – 5 May 2011
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Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political books, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Interventions, What We Say Goes and Hopes and Prospects, all of which are published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin.
Ilan Pappé is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, director of the Palestine Studies Centre at the University of Exeter, and the author of various books, including the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld).
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In June 2008, Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire agreement, which Israel broke when it sent forces into Gaza on 4 November, and again when it launched its full-scale invasion on 27 December. Israeli forces used US-made white phosphorus shells against civilians, a war crime. In January 2009, the President of the UN General Assembly called Israel's attack on Gaza genocide. Israel still imposes its vicious blockade of Gaza: an ongoing war crime.
Israel could defend itself better by ending its criminal actions in occupied territories and accepting the two-state solution urged by the vast majority of the world (and vetoed at the UN by the USA ever since 1976). The Arab League, Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, the Palestinian National Council all back the two-state solution (i.e., recognising Israel's right to exist). Only the USA, Israel and a few Pacific island US dependencies oppose it.Read more ›
The usual suspects of the right and hard-line pro-Israelis all despise Chomsky because they are unable to contradict his immaculately sourced, factual accounts of the abuse of the Palestinians at the hands of Israel, but the usual cries of anti-Semitism sound desperate, hollow and fraudulent in the face of such a clear and intelligent analysis.
1) It is most likely that the authors are manipulating reality. Since the beginning in fact, the authors state one of their main theses, give some information that supports it, and then proceed to repeat it countless times throughout the book. Then, in the last fifth of the text, the same thesis is repeated adding further information. I argue that this further information has the potential to put said thesis into question (more details and ‘spoilers’ in Annex I). This raises questions on the kind of ‘filter’ used in all of the other claims of the authors.
2) The authors often claim that one side of the conflict systematically filter and distort reality to support their ends. However, the authors themselves are doing exactly the same thing (cfr. Point 1). In such a clumsy way that the proofs of this doing are inside their own work. My brain is feeling insulted.
3) The authors strongly disagree with each other on the role of the US policy. If for Author 1 the US is the master holding Israel’s leash, the other considers the US more or less like the muscular imbecile that follows the lead of the short evil guy (Annex II). It is obvious that no more than one of these interpretations can be correct.
4) I personally found many of the theses of the authors very difficult to support (Annex III)
To summarize: the book is biased, emotional, technically imprecise, inconsistent and hypocritical. It is by far the worst book on a conflict that I have ever read.Read more ›
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Authorative and detailed this book examines the policies that Israel uses on the Palestinians. Often brutal and uncomfortable reading, the book nonetheless informs you that the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Matt Seward
Have wanted for some time background on this area and its neighbours. Got it all in this no holds barred account since creation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mrs C Hamilton
A one-sided book written by two infamous anti-israel writers. They are well known for their biased views and distorted rhetoric.Published 11 months ago by shalom cohen
This book is naive or disingenuous from the outset. To say that the US, UK or Europe somehow let down the Palestinian people by not supporting their vote for Hamas is ridiculous. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tim
Essays and talks by two very intelligent men that reveal facts that most American Jews simply do not want to hear.Published 15 months ago by E. Elaine Sutherland
The best book about the conflict that I have read. Brilliant.Published 15 months ago by Martin Walker