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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting if disingenuous read., 26 Aug. 2009
This review is from: The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide (Paperback)
Susan Nathan polemic against Israel and the exitence of a Jewish homeland is an interesting read. She details quite well the undoubted discrimination and lack of regard for Arab-Israelis. However, the book lacks honesty as Nathan continues to masdquerade as a Jew when in fact she has effectively become a Muslim convert and a Palestinian.

I would have liked to understand why her undoubted regard for Arab-Israelis did not motivate her to try and improve their conditions by lobbying Israelis and trying to convince her left wing friends of the apparently endemic discrimmination. However, she preferred to don the garb of the discimminated and wallow in their victimhood. I am not a psychologist but suspect that this could be the subject of a book in itself.

Interviews with the author tend to be more honest than this book. At least in interviews she admits her admiration for Hezbollah and her belief that only violence will convince Israelis to establish an non ethnic democracy. Furthermore she predicts that there will be a "fight to the death" in the Middle East. Given the numerical advantages of Arabs in the Middle East, this can only mean a second Holocaust.
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Initial post: 14 Jan 2010 05:50:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2010 00:15:29 GMT
S Wood says:
A miserable little review- so what if she had converted to Islam which I gather she has not: is that a problem? No your not a psychologist perhaps you should visit one? - your talk of a second holocaust of Jews by numerically superior arabs suggest one might be usefull, This wallowing of yours in potential victimhood for Israel (a nuclear armed, U.S. supported, heavily militarised state) is frankly irrational.

Regarding Hezbollah she simply says that "I respect them. This is not to say that I agree with violence. I don't. But I understand where it comes from, and I understand why it's necessary." - "So, yes, I do respect Hezbollah, because I see them as really having stood up to this country [Israel], as really having given them a run for their money. Someone needed to do it." Seems eminently reasonable to me in light of recent history in the region.

Posted on 6 Nov 2011 10:50:13 GMT
A quietly perceptive comment. As for you, Mr Wood [I assume you are a Mr], apart from piling coal on the flames you do not address White Horse's point: why Nathan didn't try and do more for the Palestinians who, through no fault of their own, happen to be Arab-Israeli. Slaughter rarely solves problems, but neither does posturing

Posted on 14 Jun 2015 22:47:46 BDT
What a very odd 'review'.

"Nathan continues to masdquerade (sic) as a Jew when in fact she has effectively become a Muslim convert"

And there was me thinking that "Jew" in this context refers to a person's ethnic origin and not their religion. Indeed the right to live in Israel is based on this ethnic definition and has nothing to do with which god if any a Jew chooses to follow (and many are overtly secular and have no religion). Perhaps "White Horse" didn't know this.
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