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Whose Promised Land?: The Continuing Crisis Over Israel and Palestine Paperback – 19 Apr 2002
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About the Author
Colin Chapman has been, since 1999, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon. He is author of several books including Christianity on Trial and The Case for Christianity (both Lion) and Islam and the West:conflict, co-existence or conversion? (Paternoster).
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Your opinion of this book is likely to be determined by the way you view Israel and the way you interpret the Bible. I found it a sensitive, intelligent, and sincere plea for justice and reconciliation in the Middle East, and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to study the region dispassionately and sensibly.
It provides a brief yet comprehensive historical background to the people that have inhabited the land of Palestine over the centuries.
An analysis of Zionism, its roots, ideals and implementation is undetaken by referring to texts written by the pioneers of the Zionist movement. An analyisis of both Arab and Israeli claims to the land of Palestine in provided. Finally, the Bible and those parts of it that pertain to the Zionist claims are examined.
It is left for the reader to decide whose promised land the land of Palestine is.
However the foundation of his section examining the justice of the dispute is a favourable citation of Naeem Ateek, who himself part justifies suicide terrorism. In the quote Ateek claims biblical Naboth's murder and the theft of his property by the vile Ahab, 'has been re-enacted thousands of times since the creation of the State of Israel'. This fabricated accusation lies at the heart of the book's case.
Chapman almost completely ignores the defensive character of the 1948 and 1967 wars (almost as though the Poles and Czechs were responsible for Dresden or Hitler's 'murder' in 1945), the repeated calls for Israel's annihilation by Arab leaders and their media, the sharp difference in Arab and Jewish murder rates before 1948, and extremely oppressive British policies in handling refugees from the Holocaust. Not surprisingly he also neglects to mention the Palestinian Grand Mufti's close association with the Nazis, meeting with Hitler and shared genocidal intentions.
His quotes are highly selective and I suspect many are sourced from the partisan Middle East Council of Churches, as well as some rather one-sided historians (Gentile and Jewish).
Let the reader beware of a carefully concealed but highly virulent bias against Israel!