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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (26 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859846343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859846346
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,811,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The first time Beit Jala was shelled, people were surprised and wondered what had happened ... now Israel is threatening to blockade the Palestinian areas and prevent us from getting water, electricity, or fuel ... Children are the first victims of all this. No wonder they don't laugh from their hearts anymore. They've lost their childhoods, and their crime is that they are Palestinian."--Patricia Al-Teet, school student, Beit Jala, the West Bank

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In these pages, a group of writers and analysts, many of them directly involved in the conflict, trace the origins of the uprising, its consequences for the Palestinian people and the Israeli state, and its likely impact on the future of peace in the Middle East. They discuss the role of the United States in the conflict, pick apart the fraudulence of the Oslo accords, examine the brutal response of Barak and Sharon governments, and critically appraise the strategy of the Palestinian leadership. In addition, several contributors provide eloquent first-hand reports from the front-line of the Intifada - from the streets of Jerusalem and Gaza, to refugee camps in Lebanon and schools on the West Bank. Photographs provide searing testimony to the heroism and costs of the resistance. Maps illustrate the stranglehold Israel continues to exert over the Palestinian territories. The case for an international grassroots movement in support of Palestinian rights is made with urgency and persuasive clarity. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By micky-finn on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
The new intifada is an informative book. Different spectrums of people affected by it, living in the region or have knowledge of it tell their story. Because the subject matter is an imotive issue, not everyone will agree with what is written. Other readers will have different views. Having read it my conclusion is that it is a well written book, that documents human beings suffering and thier persecution. Some of it is heavy going but rewarding. My knowledge of the situation before reading the book was basically all that I had read and seen in the media. The new intifada left me with a thirst to find out more on the subject from Israeli points of view as well as Palestinian.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nasher on 23 Sept. 2002
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The first thing to note about this book is that it is in the form of a series of essays, each from a different author.
The nature and pace of each chapter is very different and some, by the nature of the topics they cover, make easier reading than others. By the same token some are more interesting than others.
Some of the areas covered are the daily lives of Palestinians under occupation, differences between this and the last intifada, Oslo as it realy was and how it appeared on the ground, the media presentation of the conflict (in the US in particular), the roots of the conflict.
All in all a very informative and intersting book for those with more than a passing interest in the topic.
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8 of 90 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 2002
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There is an obvious agenda behind the views expressed here and it is de-legitimisation of the Jewish state.
When one listens to such comments as these from supporters of/in the Palestinian/Arab world, one can see how effective the official Palestinian indoctrination of racial hatred towards the Jews has been together with it's parallel in the rest of the Arab world within it's state controlled press and media.
The allegations of Israeli 'apartheid' so widespread here can be seen in their true context, when one enters Israel as a British tourist, only then to be refused entry to any nation in the Moslem/Arab world because one has an Israeli entrance stamp in one's passport. Now we are delving into the realms of true apartheid.
The authors appear to have little if any knowledge of the Dhimmi principle so prevalent throughout the Arab world which they align themselves with. The Dhimmi principle, where all Jews and Christians are deemed second class citizens and treated and separated accordingly. Please read "The Dhimmi" by Bat Ye'or. When a Moslem converting to Christianity in Saudi Arabia faces the death penalty by beheading and religious freedom of expression is forbidden, then we again face the reality of apartheid.
Fifteen years of experience in the Middle East has shown no such apartheid in Israel. The authors do the ordinary Palestinian people a dis-service. The Palestinian leadership has itself brought enormous hardship upon it's own people, preferring to spend foreign aid on terrorism rather than on it's own people. Foreign financial aid meant to foster Palestinian education has instead been used to further the official policy of racial hatred of everything Jewish and the eradication of the Jewish state. The author's dismiss and sidestep this apartheid of their own.
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165 of 203 people found the following review helpful
an extremely valuable work 23 Nov. 2001
By sober - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(...) This book is specifically designed to address very topical issues, such as: the causes of the latest uprising against Israeli occupation, what the situation in Palestinian land has been since the uprising began, whether or not the American media has been objective in its reporting of events, what actually happened during the negotiations between Barak and Arafat at Camp David, etc. Detailed maps of what exactly was offered at Camp David are provided - something that you never see in the general, mainstream media.
Why do I give this book five stars? Because it reveals many things that it is simply not possible to learn from reading the NY Times, Washington Post, etc., and because it is very well presented - both well argued and complete. The descriptions of what life is like in the occupied territories is quite stunning, not at all what I was expecting. It is also quite shocking to see what it is that was offered by Barak at Camp David - and what the media so gratiously refer to as a "generous offer." It may very well have been the best offer ever, but it was still a far cry from adequate - a literal swiss cheese, full of holes. And on that point, there are some very objective and scientific studies that explain why it is that so many people refer to the American media as biased.
The arguments made are very strong and very convincing. The book brings together writers of varied backgrounds - Jews, Arabs, and westerners. It may not as some people have correctly pointed out be a complete account of what the entire history of this very old conflict, but that wasn't the point of this book. Its purpose is to address the New Intifada, and it does it extremely well.
103 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable 31 Dec. 2001
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As this book succesfully demonstrates: Israel's treatment of the Palestinians has always presented a moral problem to the West, as that treatment has violated every law and moral standard on the books. Some 750,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in 1948-1949, and since then scores of thousands more have been pushed out by force, their houses demolished or taken over by Israeli Jews (not Israeli Arabs). Under the supposed "peace process" following the signing of the Oslo Agreement in September 1993, a UN Special Report of November 13, 2000, says that "In the past seven years...Israel's confiscation of Palestinian land and construction of settlements and bypass roads for Jewish settlers has accelerated dramatically in breach of Security Council Resolution 242 and of provisions of the Oslo agreements requiring both parties to respect 'the territorial integrity and unity of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.' Since 1993 the settler population in the West Bank and Gaza has doubled to 200,000 and increased to 170,000 in East Jerusalem." The report also describes and condemns the demolitions of Palestinian houses, the diversion of water to Israeli cities and settlements, the policy of closures that has damaged Palestinian social and economic life, and the "widespread violation of their [Palestinian] economic, social and cultural rights" both within Israel and in the occupied territories. It also assails Israel's use of excessive force against Palestinians and hundreds of Intifada killings, "most of them unarmed demonstrators."
The settlements have been made in territory outside of Israel, technically "occupied" by Israel and subject to international law that clearly prohibits dispossession and settlement by the "belligerent occupying power" (the Palestinians are "protected persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949; violations of that Convention, including dispossession and settlements, are "war crimes"). This systematic violation of international law has been going on for several decades, just as the creation of new "facts on the ground" in brazen violation of Article 31(7) of Oslo has proceeded since 1993, but as the United States does not object, and in fact has supported these law and agreement violations by massive economic and military aid, and by vetoing any hostile UN actions (it has used the veto an estimated 60 times to give Israeli ethnic cleansing and law violations free play), international law is inoperative.
91 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Important source of Information not found in mainstream medi 9 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an American citizen who has been living in Israel since before the 2nd Intifada began, I found this book to be both accurate and insightful. Probably the most important information to be found in this book is the actual maps used in the various Oslo Peace agreements, from Camp David to Taba. These are the maps never shown to either the US or Israeli public. The maps of the "generous" land offers given to the Palestinians. The maps by themselves explain why Arafat had to reject the offer and why the Israeli occupation of Palestine is referred to as apartheid. In addition, other details that were never fully disclosed in the general public include continued full Israeli control over water resources, electric and phone service, and economic expansion. Settlements were to remain along with the system of newly constructed highways (off-limits to Palestinians) which connect the settlements and completely surround all Palestinian controlled areas.
My only disappointment with the book is that I thought there could have been more about the Arab citizens living in Israel. There is one interview with Azmi Bishara, the Arab Knesset MK who is facing trial for exercising his freedom of speech, yet a lot has happened inside Israel since the 2nd Intifada began. The 2nd Intifada has significantly affected relations between Arabs and Jews living inside Israel. It has directly affected unemployment among Arabs and detrimentally affected the economic conditions in Arab Israeli towns and villages. I would have liked to see more about how nothing has happened to the police who killed 13 Arab citizens and wounded hundreds during demonstrations. How hundreds of Arabs were put in jail, including many kids as young as 14, and held without charges while very few Jews were put in jail for firebombing mosques, throwing rocks, and beating Arabs. It would be enlightening, at least for American readers, to see how "democracy" in Israel really works depending on whether you are Jewish or Arab.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Articles by Informed People 4 July 2002
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Format: Paperback
The articles included in this book include a wide range of subjects, from the Right of Return for Palestinian Refugees, to personal stories of Palestinians, to U.S. complicity of Israel's occupation, dispossession and general oppression of the Palestinians. I'd recommend people read this and also other books on the subject -- and then get involved to stop the atrocities. The Palestinians remain on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which is merely 22% of historical Palestine. Israel is on 78% of what was Palestine, and is refusing to give up the 22%. The U.S. government gives more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country in the world. Thus, people in the U.S. have a responsibility to do something. Inform yourself. Start here.
119 of 151 people found the following review helpful
The Pro-Israeli Camp Does Not Want You to Read This 11 Jan. 2002
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This is an important book, especially in the United States where the full story of events in the Middle East is lacking. Powerful essays pack this book; they are well-documented, clear, and represent real events mostly left untold in the U.S. If you really want a better understanding of what is happening on the Palestinian side of this issue AND helps explain how those events feed "anti-western" or "anti-U.S." opinions in the Middle East. The essays are fair, and you see that maybe what is at issue in this part of the world is injustice, not some inherent hatred of Jews, the West, and the United States.
Read this book. Everyone should read this book.
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