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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, 15 July 2009
This review is from: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide (Paperback)
This book is polemic not history, want proof? Just look at the ratings: all the ratings so far either being 5-star or 1-star!

Ben White knocks Jewish suffering and Palestinian violence out of the equation, and focuses completely on Arab suffering and violence done by Israelis. There are also misquotes and falsifications in the book that other reviewers here as have picked up on.

Let's put it this way: imagine Manchester United drew 4-4 with Arsenal, but the commentator only comments on Manchester United's goals, and Arsenal's mistakes. You might think Man U won, because of the commentator's words, but it doesn't make it true. Same with Ben White's book. Just because Ben White tells you Israel is racist and apartheid, it doesn't make it true.

Ben White's got nothing to say about PLO/Fatah/Hamas rockets and suicide bombs - the only terrorism is Zionist terrorism. Sure, more can be done to protect Arab and Palestinian rights in Israel, but this book doesn't even offer any solutions to help the Palestinians apart from boycotting Israelis, which hardly helps.

The author encorauges 'you the reader to think of your own ideas' in order to 'resist Israeli apartheid' - this reviewer suggests you think of your own ideas about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict & not swallow childish arguments.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2009 22:05:06 BDT
S Wood says:
The division between 1 star and 5 star reviews could also mean something else, that the noisy pro-Israel lobby fears this book which is why Jonathan Hoffman (co-vice chair of the Zionist federation) is conducting a distorted campaign to discredit this book. The one star reviews, which all parrot his criticisms, are just the lobby trying to muddy the water as they do not want people to understand the reality of Palestinian existence under Israeli occupation.

Posted on 21 Jul 2011 13:20:54 BDT
Love the comparison between Manchester United and Arsenal. Of course these teams are well matched with equally huge budgets and equiped with the best football players in the world so I'm struggling to see how the comparison works with any sort of accuracy. Israel after all has their army, navy, airforce and a nuclear capability.... are we really to believe that the Palestinians, trapped in their dwindling villages and towns, surrounded on all sides by the might of the IDF are an equal team?

The biggest fear from the far right in Israel is that normal people will start thinking properly about what is going on in the Occupied Territories rather than accepting that every action taken by the IDF in good faith. If people read books like this they may start to understand that the lives of millions of Palestinians are made deliberately difficult in an attempt to cow an entire people. Normal people may start to realise that this process has been ongoing for several decades with more extreme controls being brought into force year after year. The result is collective punishment for a people brought about by the actions of a tiny minority. Without people reading books like this there is no chance of change.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2011 15:41:26 GMT
"Let's put it this way: imagine Manchester United drew 4-4 with Arsenal ..." blah blah. No, let's have a better analogy: when a woman is raped but the rapist demands that the victim be blamed and not allowed to tell of her suffering, then most sane, objective people feel sickened.
Seeing the attempt by the organised Zionist lobby to trash this book has ensured it has one more order and one more reader. If they hate it this much, it must tell some uncomfortable truths.

Posted on 22 Jun 2012 02:16:58 BDT
Amy Miller says:
It's more Manchester United vs Slough Town in terms of capabilities.
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