Blaming The Victims / Edition 1by Edward W. Said
Pub. Date: 04/01/2001
Publisher: Verso Books
Since the 1948 war which drove them from their heartland, the Palestinian people have consistently been denied the most basic democratic rights. Blaming the Victims shows how the historical fate of the Palestinians has been justified by spurious academic attempts to dismiss their claim to a home within the boundaries of historical Palestine and even to/i>… See more details below
Since the 1948 war which drove them from their heartland, the Palestinian people have consistently been denied the most basic democratic rights. Blaming the Victims shows how the historical fate of the Palestinians has been justified by spurious academic attempts to dismiss their claim to a home within the boundaries of historical Palestine and even to deny their very existence.
Beginning with a thorough exposé of the fraudulent assertions of Joan Peters concerning the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine prior to 1948, the book then turns to similar instances in Middle East research where the truth about the Palestinians has been systematically suppressed: from the bogus—though still widely believed—explanations of why so many Palestinians fled their homes in 1948, to today’s distorted propaganda about PLO terrorism. The volume also includes sharp critiques of the wide consensus in the USA which supports Israel and its territorial ambitions while maintaining total silence about the competing reality of the Palestinians.
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Table of Contents
|Pt. 1||The Peters Affair||21|
|1||Conspiracy of Praise||23|
|2||Disinformation and the Palestine Question: The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time Immemorial||33|
|Pt. 2||Myths Old and New||71|
|4||Truth Whereby Nations Live||85|
|5||Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological System||97|
|6||The Essential Terrorist||149|
|Pt. 3||The 'Liberal Alternative||159|
|7||Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution: A Canaanite Reading||161|
|Pt. 4||Scholarship Ancient and Modern||179|
|8||Palestine: Ancient History and Modern Politics||181|
|9||Territorially-Based Nationalism and the Politics of Negation||193|
|10||Palestinian Peasant Resistance to Zionism before World War 1||207|
|11||A Profile of the Palestinian People||235|
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The Palestinians have done more for international terrorism than any other people.The Palestinians have rejected offers of states five times. The Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity for peace. This is sad and unfortunate both for the Palestinians and for the Jews of Israel. Proclaiming that this people which has received more world sympathy aid , and UN attention than any other has been ignored is both false and ridiculous. The truth is the Palestinians however wrong they have perceived themselves to be have used this as pretext for a kind of unrestrained violence and cruelty which can only be considered evil. The world needs to wake up from the Saids of this world who spin lies which perpetuate Palestinian self - delusion. This work like so many others which pretends to help the Palestinians only enables them , encourages them to persist in their delusions.
The previous reader did not write a review. He just exposed a bias that has brought the world pain and horror. He unfortunately proved the rightness of Said's arguments.