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Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians Hardcover – 4 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (4 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241145066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241145067
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.3 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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55 of 70 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 29 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant collection of essays and interviews by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, the well-known Israeli historian. Edited by Frank Barat, it comprises eight pieces: The fate of Palestine: an interview with Noam Chomsky; two essays by Ilan Pappé: Clusters of history: US involvement in the Palestine question, and State of denial: the Nakbah in Israeli history and today; `Exterminate all the brutes': Gaza 2009, by Chomsky; Blueprint for a one-state movement: a troubled history, by Pappé; The ghettoisation of Palestine: a dialogue with the two authors; The killing fields of Gaza 2004-2009, by Pappé; and A Middle East peace that could happen (but won't), by Chomsky.

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.
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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful By mturzak on 12 Feb. 2011
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Chomsky's latest book gives a reader a realistic insight into Israeli Palestinian conflict you wouldn't hear in Western main stream media. Chomsky points out at constant breach of countless UN resolutions and contempt of Geneva conventions by the state of Israel and its reckless use of military machine against defenceless Palestinian people all with a quiet approval of mighty USA with obedient European Union in tow. Its a shame on all us in Europe and our impotent leaders in particular that we allow such a cruel and brutal behaviour against one impoverished nation that has no means for self defence to face the high-tech army of Jewish state. From reading this book you will come to a conclusion that Israel doesn't have any interest in solving this conflict any time soon and current situation where Israeli people live in democracy and relative peace where Palestinians, especially those in Gaza strip on the other hand face constant oppression, humiliation and terror as their hopes for a better future are slowly fading away.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cal on 7 Feb. 2013
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Not only does this book give you insight into the war it even goes into why America and Israel are doing this and why they won't sign peace treaties. A very, good book and a very good author.
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48 of 63 people found the following review helpful By M Pablo on 11 Nov. 2010
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In these dialogues, Noam Chomsky, recently voted the worlds greatest intellectual, along with Ilan Pappe, exposes the atrocities, brutalities and murder inflicted on the Palestinian people by the Israeli state. This is a fantastic , erudite and clear account of how the people have suffered, and how the Israelis have repeatedly defied international law to continue their shameful occupation of Palestinian lands and further expel the Palestinian people.

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.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DryRot on 3 Aug. 2014
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This book offers a detailed look at the awful consequences of the wests unwavering support for Israel. A refreshing change from the biased sanitised flim-flam served up by the BBC, Fox news,CNN and ITN. Chomsky cuts through the web of Israeli propaganda and skilfully breaks down barriers to clear understanding. I was left enlightened and also deeply ashamed that my government and the taxes I pay are used to sustain this grossly unjust Zionist occupation and expansion. #FreePalestine
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22 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mummastan on 21 Oct. 2011
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I read this on a return train journey from Southampton to Derby! The authentic historical perspective filled so many gaps thus deepening my understanding of the complex situation of the Middle East. It also empowered me to discuss with more hope, as I now have a firmer foundation of knowledge and the wider perspective of the authors which allows me to envision a change...one day!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Holman on 24 Aug. 2014
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Another well documented work by two excellent authors of great intellect. These types of books should be in all our libraries and schools to ensure that more people get better acquainted with the realities of the Middle East. The abuse of the Palestinian people has gone on for decades and the average westerner seems to know little more than the a few ‘well-worn’ sound bites the media spoon feeds them. This is especially true of the American media. The duplicity of values in reporting conflicts in the Middle East is staggering. To say or believe that an ethnically cleansed and brutally occupied people are not allowed to defend themselves against an apartheid regime is ridiculous.

Unfortunately for the Palestinians, the United Nations is a gutless organisation that fails to defend them against Israel’s contempt of the Geneva Conventions and breaches of UN resolutions. The UN just makes a few idle threats about holding Israel responsible for war crimes. These invariably diminish with time or get blocked by the American veto.

We owe a special thanks to the authors of this book for their courage in reporting the truth.
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