Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians

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by Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe
     
 

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Israel's Operation Cast Lead was described by a UN fact-finding mission ("the Goldstone report") as "a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population." The winter 2008-09 assault claimed the lives of 1,400 Palestinians and thrust the crisis in Gaza into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine

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Israel's Operation Cast Lead was described by a UN fact-finding mission ("the Goldstone report") as "a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population." The winter 2008-09 assault claimed the lives of 1,400 Palestinians and thrust the crisis in Gaza into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine conflict.

The crippling siege continues to block access to construction materials desperately needed to rebuild in the wake of the Israeli attack and prevents people from leaving the Strip even for treatment of life-threatening illnesses. With the constant humiliation of living a life punctuated by regular military incursions and ubiquitous checkpoints, the people of Gaza live in an area that has come to be known as the world's largest open-air prison.

Following Israel's naval attack on the Freedom Flotilla-a group of vessels carrying relief supplies and aiming to break the unbearable siege-international observers are increasingly questioning the logic of Israeli military aggression, and worldwide public support for Palestine is growing.

In Gaza in Crisis, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, two of the conflict's most insightful critical commentators, survey the fallout from Israel's conduct in Gaza and place it into the context of Israel's long-standing occupation of Palestine.

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Publishers Weekly
Although much of the material collected here precedes Israel's recent military attack on a Gaza-bound international flotilla of embargo-breaking humanitarian aid, this succinct and eye-opening collection of recent interviews and essays from the renowned linguist and activist Chomsky (Hopes and Prospects) and prominent Israeli historian Pappé (The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine) gives essential context to the crisis. The reader will find Chomsky's consistent positions on everything from the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the issue of a one- versus two-state settlement. Pappé adds vital and unexpected historical background, including a chapter on the deep American evangelical roots in the support of Zionism and the birth of modern Arab nationalism in Palestine. Pappé and Chomsky are not perfectly in synch on every point: Chomsky remains skeptical of an academic boycott of Israel, for instance, called for in the past by Pappé and others. But the fundamentals of the crisis--and its scale in humanitarian, moral and political terms--are clear, as well as clearly expressed, between them. This sober and unflinching analysis should be read and reckoned with by anyone concerned with practicable change in the long-suffering region. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608460977
Publisher:
Haymarket Books
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.88(w) x 11.80(h) x 3.15(d)

Meet the Author

Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Among his recent books are the bestsellers Hegemony or Survival, recommended by Hugo Chavez in the United Nations, and Failed States. He is Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ilan Pappe´is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the UK, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies, and director of the Palestine Studies Centre. He is author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge), and is a long time political activist.

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willyvan More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant collection of essays and interviews by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, the well-known Israeli historian. Edited by Frank Barat, it comprises eight pieces: The fate of Palestine: an interview with Noam Chomsky; two essays by Ilan Pappé: Clusters of history: US involvement in the Palestine question, and State of denial: the Nakbah in Israeli history and today; 'Exterminate all the brutes': Gaza 2009, by Chomsky; Blueprint for a one-state movement: a troubled history, by Pappé; The ghettoisation of Palestine: a dialogue with the two authors; The killing fields of Gaza 2004-2009, by Pappé; and A Middle East peace that could happen (but won't), by Chomsky. In June 2008, Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire agreement, which Israel broke when it sent forces into Gaza on 4 November, and again when it launched its full-scale invasion on 27 December. Israeli forces used US-made white phosphorus shells against civilians, a war crime. In January 2009, the President of the UN General Assembly called Israel's attack on Gaza genocide. Israel still imposes its vicious blockade of Gaza: an ongoing war crime. Israel could defend itself better by ending its criminal actions in occupied territories and accepting the two-state solution urged by the vast majority of the world (and vetoed at the UN by the USA ever since 1976). The Arab League, Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, the Palestinian National Council all back the two-state solution (i.e., recognising Israel's right to exist). Only the USA, Israel and a few Pacific island US dependencies oppose it. In December 2008, the US state opposed UN resolutions calling for 'the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination' (it was passed by 173 votes to 5) and for the 'universal freedom of travel and vital importance of family reunification' (probably because Israel bans entry to Palestinians from occupied territories who wish to join their Israeli spouses). The USA also voted against regulating the arms trade, against the right to development, and against the right to food. The USA alone opposed this last resolution, an appalling vote in view of the huge global food crisis. The authors show how the US state sabotages diplomacy and opposes democracy and how the EU always backs the USA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We cant rely on amercan news to place events in their nuanced historical point of origin, most particularly with respect to the state of israel. This book does just that.
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