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|1||Internal Contradictions and Crisis||13|
|3||Precedents: The First Attempt at Politicide||23|
|4||Ideology and Military Practices||31|
|5||Constitution of a Herrenvolk Republic||35|
|6||Childhood in Colonial Palestine||42|
|7||Sharon's First Round||46|
|8||An Officer but Not a Gentleman||54|
|9||The Patron of the Settlers||69|
|10||The Second Attempt at Politicide||79|
|11||The Horror of Sabra and Shatila||92|
|12||From Civil Rebellion to Inter-Communal War||105|
|14||The Establishment of the Palestinian National Authority||114|
|15||From Near-Agreement to Stalemate||123|
|16||The Camp David Debacle||129|
|17||The Diversification of Israeli Society||141|
|18||The New Sharon||148|
|19||The Third Attempt at Politicide||154|
|20||What is Left of the Left?||167|
|21||The Non-Violent Guerilla War||181|
|Conclusion: Politicide in Progress||199|
Posted August 26, 2004
In this extremely useful book, the Israeli historian Baruch Kimmerling shows how the Sharon government is committing politicide by destroying the Palestinian public sphere, including its leaders, schools, universities and hospitals, destroying the Palestinian private sphere by making everyday life unbearable for people, in an effort to dissolve the Palestinian people as a legitimate society, polity and economy. Kimmerling details Sharon¿s record as a warrior against civilians, and his consistent use of a strategy of provocations: the 1953 massacre in Qibiya, the 1955 Gaza raid into Egypt, his forces¿ killing of 1,000 civilians in the Gaza Strip between 1967 and 1970, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon which killed 18,000 people, his connivance in the Sabra and Shatila massacres, and how he provoked the September 2000 Intifada. Kimmerling describes Israel¿s growing fascist tendencies: he says it is becoming `a Thatcherite and semi-fascist regime¿, with reduced freedom of expression, all opposition smeared as treason, the army¿s growing involvement in politics, one-man rule, the demonising of Palestinians and Arabs, and the destruction of Palestinian society through economic privation, violence and terror. Menachem Begin admitted that Israel attacked Egypt in 1967, in the war that led to Israel¿s brutal and illegal occupations. Now, in re-occupying Palestinian territories, Israeli forces have killed 250 Palestinian children, and 72 Israeli children have been killed. Since September 2000, 2,546 Palestinians and 892 Israelis have been killed, and 23,930 Palestinians and 5,973 Israelis have been injured. 2,202 Palestinian homes have been completely destroyed, and 14,436 partially; one Israeli home has been destroyed Sharon¿s strategy is failing: killing Palestinians and destroying their society is not protecting Israeli citizens from terrorist acts; Jews are safer anywhere else in the world. The only way forward for Israel is a two-state settlement, whereby the two peoples accept each other¿s existence, renounce violence and commit to cooperation and peaceful coexistence.
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Posted December 27, 2006
me thinks they need to take a look at themselves in the mirror. Sharon was the first Israeli leader to use force against - not Yasser Arafat, whom for the sake of world peace he should have terminated - but his own people, at Gush Katif and elsewhere. Kemmerling can rant and rave - after all, he does live in a 'fascist' state that curtails all kinds of expression, including his own. He should express his free will, including blasting an Arafat or an Assad in a Democratic country like Iran or Syria. Of course the real fascists of the world are cowards - hear that will? - not unlike those who make excuses for Palestinian babykilling and intimidation of Bethlehem's remaining Christians. Or their fellow thug friends in Al Qaeda. Stuff and bloody garbage.
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Posted April 12, 2004
Good book with good information. Written in a detailed (sometimes too much so) style. Definitely worth reading to get a really good understanding of the events that have led up to what the current Middle East is today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.