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'Massad is no practitioner of political correctness and one may not agree with everything he says. But his critique of Zionist ideology and practise is thoroughly researched, powerfully argued and often brilliantly insightful.' - Walid Khalidi, formerly of Harvard University, USA

'Joseph Massad's The Persistence of the Palestinian Question insightfully probes contemporary politics within a broader historical framework. Looking into the contradictions around and within Palestine, the essays illuminate the complex shaping of the diverse and even conflicting Palestinian positions. This timely and engaging volume makes an invaluable contribution to the ongoing debate over Zionism and Palestine.' - Ella Shohat, New York University, USA

'This is a thought provoking book that forces us to reverse our conventional images and perceptions about Palestine's history and future. This is a courageous intellectual exercise, long needed, in an often overburdened and repetitive field of inquiry.' - Ilan Pappe, University of Haifa, Israel

'The title of this book does not do justice to the contribution this book makes to the history of Zionism, Israel, and the Jews. Massad's brilliant and scholarly work is profoundly illuminating not only for the history of Palestine and the discourses surrounding it, but for the history of Europe and the United States and, finally, as an account that raises compelling theoretical questions.' - Anne Norton, Journal of Palestine Studies, Volume XXXVI Number 2, Winter 2007'

'The Persistence of the Palestinian Question is a valuable collection of essays analysing the discourses that drive, describe and dominate the Palestinian Question… Through 11 essays, as well as a heated Benny Morris–Joseph Massad interview-debate, Massad shows us that he is an apt follower of the Edward Said school.' Journal of Peace Research

'In The Persistence of the Palestinian Question: Essays on Zionism and the Palestinians, Massad stakes his claim to the mantle of leading Palestinian intellectual bequeathed him by former Columbia colleague Edward Said. It is a claim well made. Picking up the weaponry of discourse analysis, Massad sets out to reframe the debate, confront a hegemonic Zionist narrative, and articulate an alternative. His essays are guaranteed to annoy and stimulate in equal measure.' Middle East Journal

'Massad offers original and exciting insights in each of the eloquently written and eruditely reasoned chapters.' Arab Studies Journal

'This book makes fascinating reading for two interrelated reasons: It demonstrates with erudition the interconnectedness between the destinies of Israelis and Palestinians, not only in the obvious fact they share the same land, but also because many aspects of their identities and contemporary outlooks have been shaped in this faithful encounter… The book is fastidiously referenced, showing the erudition of the author and his command of the voluminous Israeli and Palestinian literature as well as the classics of Jewish history.' Ephraim Nimni in Nations and Nationalism

'[This] is a painfully honest book...Massad's incisive critique of the false premises on which the 'peace process' was conducted helps explain the dismal situation in which Palestinians find themselves today.' Jordan Times

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Joseph A. Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University. He is the author of Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (2001).


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In these essays, Massad ferociously dismantles the ideological underpinnings ... 18 Jan. 2015
By Mikhail B - Published on Amazon.com
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In these essays, Massad ferociously dismantles the ideological underpinnings of Zionism and its pretensions to democracy and liberalism. He provides an incisive critique of the racism inherent in much of Zionist thinking and how it affected not only their treatment of Palestinians historically, but also Zionist encounters with Middle Eastern Jews and their attempts to make them "Israeli" (ie: European and western). Also included is a conversation between Joseph Massad and Benny Morris, where he ruthlessly confronts Benny Morris's racist thinking on Palestinians and Arabs. The tone is academic yet critical and even border-line polemical but that is often what is needed to discuss a colonial settler ideology that continues to impact the region today. Massad is deservedly recognized as the foremost academic champion of the Palestinians since Edward Said and this book indicates why.
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A NEW LOOK AT ZIONISM 29 Sept. 2013
By Jeremiah Gelles MD - Published on Amazon.com
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Massad presents some creative insights into the Zionist enterprise, placing it in the context of western colonialism, imperialism, and white supremacy. Clearly the Zionist enterprise was and is doomed to fail from the start. It is only a question of how long and how many lives will be destroyed in the process.
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