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The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
by Susan Nathan
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book about Israel, 28 Dec. 2005
An important and very readable book that starts with the author's personal story as a Jew who moved to Israel, believing in the Zionist dream, but fairly soon moved to live with Palestinians (who in Israel are relabelled Israeli Arabs), where she learnt more and more about the oppression of Palestinians within Israel itself - being confined to some parts of the land only and often living in third-world conditions in 'unrecognised villages' next to the westernised cities and kibbutzim. The book moves on to explore the version of history taught by Israel to its children, the parallels with South African apartheid and the various approaches of the Israeli left. A powerful call to face the real history. It is no good, Nathan says, to plant gardens to disguise the ruins of villages razed in 1948 and lament the wrongs only of the 1967 occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. For a real solution to the problems, there needs to be a call for equality of citzenship in Israel itself, and honesty about the systematic dispossession of the Palestinians since 1948.

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