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on 2 January 2014
Two foremost, informed, impartial expert commentators on the putrid sore that is Palestine aka Israel, and how the ever-decreasing 'negotiations' on the peace process are annihilating the indigenous population courtesy of Britain, USA and the UN.
Cold hard truth at your fingertips.
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on 20 September 2015
Authorative and detailed this book examines the policies that Israel uses on the Palestinians. Often brutal and uncomfortable reading, the book nonetheless informs you that the truth of Israeli policy is radically different from what is reported on the news.
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on 26 July 2011
This book brings together the analyses of two of the leading commentators on the subject of Gaza, and particularly of the run-up to and execution of Operation Cast Lead.The unrelenting hatred of the Israeli rulers and their obedient military executioners is, of course, directed overwhelmingly
a. against virtually defenceless victims, in the military sense, and
b.with the aim of destroying any viable Palestinian state.
These matters are not just on record for those who seek out references, as Chomsky and Pappé do, but is manifest through the actions of the Israeli authorities, backed, sadly, by the great majority of the Jewish population of Israel, it would seem. With the historian's analysis of the background, and Chomsky's characteristically pungent notes on the current situation, this book could be read alongside the heart-breaking witness account "Eyes in Gaza" by the Norwegian humanitarian doctors Gilbert and Fosse. What the media generally depict as a cruel( well, not too cruel- the victims are undifferentiated Arabs, or terrorists) necessity on the part of "plucky little Israel" has immense human cost.
I would also recommend the works by Jonathan Cook, who explains unchallengeably that the Jewish state's underlying policy is not just to kill Palestinians, but, even more, their hopes.
Quoting a leading Likud publicist from 1996, Chomsky notes that Netanyahu ( and, in general, the whole Israeli establishment) can contemplate a "Palestinian state" if the Palestinians choose to call it that rather than "fried chicken", and anybody who studies the "facts on the ground" can see that the "two-state solution" means that a KFC takeover of Palestine is, indeed, in the offing.
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on 4 November 2012
Its incredibly difficult to get a handle on what's happening in Palestine because of the media's pro-European (hence pro-Israeli) bias - that, and coupled with ongoing guilt for the Holocaust - something to which Europeans have a great deal to feel guilty about but about which the Palestinian people should have no remorse whatsoever. Nonetheless, the victims of post-Holocaust Israeli expansionism have not been the perpertratos of the crimes agains the Jews, the Europeans, but the arabic indigenous settlers of the land now known as Israel, the Palestinians.

Pappe maps this crisis over the years and shows how US/Israeli media bias has perpetuated gross myths about Israel, particularly the Nakbah, or palestinian holocaust, of 1948. The denial of the war crimes of the Israelis stems from refusing to acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of Palestine that started then, in 1948. An excellent book
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on 6 August 2011
This quite densely written book presents a good review of the facts. While it does not claim to be as comprehensive as, say, Robert Fisk's monumental account, it provides a good continuation of that scholar's work. Fisk's book ends around 2000, and this continues the sad and depressing story up to the horrendous attack upon Gaza, or should we say the latest of a long line of attacks upon Gaza. He also makes the very valid point that the 'International community' tends to talk about 1967 as the 'established borders' and the validity of a 'two-state' solution. This ignores the fact that the Palestinians would be left with an unworkable rump of their own country, as well as still being in the political grip of Israel. The constant support of the US in this is underlined. The book rightly reasserts the single state alternative, except that the single state would not treat the majority of its population as serfs. Secondly it reminds us that the creation of the Israeli state in 1948 was an act of ethnic cleansing, every bit as obscene as the actions in the Balkan wars. People were forced from their homes and villages by the army and murdered if they stayed. All-in-all it paints a depressing picture which seems to be lurching ever onward to WW3.
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on 8 November 2014
Essays and talks by two very intelligent men that reveal facts that most American Jews simply do not want to hear.
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on 22 August 2014
This collection of essays and Q&A sections was persuasive in its analysis, educational in its scope and therefore fulfilled my hopes on all fronts. I've always been an admirer of Noam Chomsky, but Pappe's writing was new to me.

In terms of filling in the gaps in my knowledge on this most divisive of conflicts, it was successful. I made multiple bookmarks in my kindle copy, hoping to be able to refer to them in the future. It's one of those books which you wish you had on you at all times, lest some uninformed swallower of mass media regurgitates the typical slogans and propaganda that fills the airwaves.

Read if you wish to understand the horror of the sustained conflict, the paucity of hope for the poor afflicted, and the stark policy underlying every single move.
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on 27 November 2010
This is a really excellent book, such truth that the despicable Zionists will hate with all their hatred filled hearts ... the Zionist Israeli Apartheid State is slowly collapsing, they are fooling no one anymore, the Palestinians (Christian and Muslim) will soon have their, well deserved, justice, finally.
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on 1 July 2014
very good read recommended
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on 29 August 2014
Absolutely essential reading for anyone who wishes to truly understand the tragedy that is Palestine!
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