Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State Paperback – 20 Apr 2006
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Timely and important … by far the most penetrating and comprehensive [book] on the subject to date. … This work should be required reading. (Nur Masalha, Director of Holy Land Studies, St Mary’s College, University of Surrey, and author of The Politics of Denial (2003))
An original and powerful book. (Ilan Pappe, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Haifa University, and author of A Modern History of Palestine (2004))
Very impressive … Some of his findings will astound even the knowledgeable reader. (Salim Tamari, Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies)
About the Author
Jonathan Cook, a former staff journalist for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, has also written for The Times, Le Monde diplomatique, International Herald Tribune, Al-Ahram Weekly and Aljazeera.net. He is based in Nazareth.
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I'm sure we'll all agree that the phrase we hear about Israel all too often is "the only democracy in the middle east." Well this book destroys that assertion and has of plenty of quotes, figures and references to back it up. Some of the quotes by Israeli leaders (who are portrayed as peace wanting men in our Western media) are frankly disgusting but most of all suprising because we are never told of these quotes in our media; probably because of fear of being labelled anti semitic.
The book shows the essense of Zionist thinking when it comes to the Palestinians and it is essentially racist with respect to the leadership of Israel. The comparison to the South African apartheid is probably the most apt and there is brief comparison between the two which more than anything makes the reader question their own double standards with regards to views on Israeli racists and their Afrikaner couterparts. I certainly did and I think many people who only get their information from watching the TV, will also.
The author certainly doesn't goad one into thinking negatively of the Zionist agenda but more often than not when presented with the evidence your mind sways that way. You never get the impression that you are being manipulated which is quite refreshing especially if you've watched Fox news or read the Sun (sorry Rupert).
One thing you will pick up from this book is that the rules governing the debate on Israel/Palestine are set by Israel but this book certainly goes a long way in my mind to redressing the balance. We hardly ever see Israel's actions portrayed in our media as anything other than security related, when they are far from it in reality as the book as taught me.
With regards to the balance in this book, it is obviously anti Zionism but that doesn't necessarily mean anti Jewish. The author always makes it quite clear which group exactly he is talking about, be they orthodox, Zionists, or regular Jews. From an athiest point of view I didn't see any anti semitism but no doubt people who are sensitive to the Jewish cause will find it by linking anti Zionism with anti semitism which is grossly unfair and far removed from fact.
Even though I know it is one sided I don't mind because there is so much pro Israel stuff out there but only a handful of anti Zionist things which aren't racially motivated.
In conclusion if you want to learn why Israel does the things they do, want to be able to argue with people about the subject with some facts and quotes, if you seem to only ever hear one side of the story, or feel you don't know enough about one of the most divisive issues in modern history then buy this book.
In this book Nazareth based Cook uncovers the myth about Israel's so called democracy for Jews only since non Jews are blatantly discriminated against in so many wicked ways particularly the Palestinians living under Israel's brutal occupation scores of whom are regularly killed, their civilian infrastructure and their livelihoods destroyed and their elected representatives arbitrarily arrested with no recourse to any democratic civilian justice system.
The truly civilized world needs more talented and principled writers like Jonathan Cook who promote dialogue and peace and who are not afraid of speaking truth to power and taking considerable risks to uphold the rule of law and condemn Israel's relentless human rights abuses and war crimes against entire non Jewish populations in the Occupied Territories.
Blood and Religion is a breath of fresh air in the midst of nauseating pro-Israeli narrative in media coverage of Israel and Palestine and is recommended for reading by anyone interested in understanding the root problem at the heart of the Israeli Palestinian conflict: an illegal and brutal occupation.
If you want to know how Israel's democracy works especially for it's non- Jewish citizens,
then read this book. This book gives many examples of how Israel's non-Jewish citizens are
discriminated against, and explains Israel's fear of the demographic bomb, and what they plan to do
As other reviewers have already said, it is very refreshing to get an objective view, backed up by
sources from all sides of the conflict.
I'm sorry, but you don't need to be a genius to see what really goes on in the world and the threats democracy is facing. I will always side with a country which advocates for women and gay's rights, which believes in democracy and which fights for its right to exist.
Cook is twisting the truth to suit his agenda and poisoning the minds of whoever isn't clever enough to find the truth for themselves... and it's not that hard- let's start with the origin of the name "Palestinian" and let's finish with the atrocities women endure every day in countries such as Afghanistan... I wonder where is the book about that.
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