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Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

A fully updated new edition, by the author of The Holocaust Industry.
First published in 1995, this acclaimed study challenges generally accepted truths of the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as much of the revisionist literature. This new edition critically reexamines dominant popular and scholarly images in the light of the current failures of the peace process.

Reviews

  • “...the most revealing study of the historical background of the conflict and the current peace agreement. ”
  • “Norman Finkelstein is one of the most radical and hard-hitting critics of the official Zionist version of the Arab-Israeli conflict and of the historians who support this version. ... The book makes a major contribution to the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict which deserves to be widely read, especially in the United States. ”
  • “Anyone interested in seeing justice brought to the Middle East must read this book. ”
  • “...this thoroughly documented book is guaranteed to stimulate and provoke. It will be required reading in the continuing war of the historians. ”
  • “...a thought-provoking work which calls into question many of the accepted 'truths' associated with the Israel-Palestine conflict. ”
  • “...both an impressive analysis of Zionist ideology and a searing but scholarly indictment of Israel's treatment of the Arabs since 1948. ”

Blog

  • The Indians of Palestine: An interview between Gilles Deleuze and Elias Sanbar

    In 1982, the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze interviewed the Palestinian author Elias Sanbar, founder of the Journal of Palestine Studies (La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes). They examine the importance of the journal and the existence of the people and land of Palestine. Disgracefully, over 30 years later, these discussions are still despairingly relevant to today's climate. 

    We have waited a long time for an Arab journal in French, but instead of coming from North Africa, it's being done by the Palestinians. La Revue d'Études Palestiniennes has two characteristics obviously centered on Palestinian problems which also concern the entire Arab world. On the one hand it presents very profound socio political analyses in a masterful yet calm tone. On the other hand, it mobilizes a specifically Arab literary, historical and sociological "corpus" which is very rich and little known. 
    -Gilles Deleuze, 1982

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  • Eliminating the Palestinians as a political entity by Yitzhak Laor

    In the most recent edition of HaaretzYitzhak Laor, the distinguished Israeli poet, novelist, veteran political activist and author of The Myths of Liberal Zionism, explains how "the government is intent on destroying every political entity in the West Bank and turning the Palestinians into a marginalized, fragmented people." Below is an extract of this article.


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  • Nakba Day: A Verso Reading List

    Nakba Day - an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948 - falls on the 15th of May each year. This interactive map, featured on the Guardian website, shows the extent of Palestine's changed landscape - hundreds of Arab villages and towns abandoned, attacked and de-populated throughout Israel's war of independence. In an attempt to understand the catastrophe, we bring you a reading list of key books on the Israel-Palestine conflict, from Ilan Pappe, Ghada Karmi, Norman Finkelstein, Edward SaidShlomo Sand, and more. 


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