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.


  • “...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. ”


  • 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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  • Review of Reflections on Anti-Semitism by review31

    Eugene Brennan wrote a review of Alain Badiou, Eric Hazan and Ivan Segré's Reflections on Anti-Semitism in review31. In their work, the three authors highlight a current custom of French political discourse, which silences any criticism of France's racist and Islamophobic policies by branding it as anti-semitic. Similarly criticism of Israel becomes dangerously but conveniently equated to anti-semitism, a practice upholded by France's most prominent Zionist pundit philosophers, Alain Finkielkraut and Bernard Henri-Lévy. These attacks predominantly affect France's Arab population by justifying discriminatory measures against them, in addition to their demonization by many feminist and gay liberation groups. Brennan writes:

    While these complex variants of anti-Semitism persist in fragmented forms, the authors denounce the prevalent thesis which claims that there has been a ‘surge of anti-semitism’ since the early years of the War on Terror. This is not a description of an actual situation but an ideological smokescreen for stigmatising one portion of the population, conveniently one of the most disadvantaged: black and Arab youth. 

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