The Quest for Justice in the Middle East: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Greater Perspective


Spanning centuries, the Arab-Jewish conflict has been rife with brutality and injustice. But in recent decades, the Western press in conjunction with the commentariat have steered both coverage and debate toward a decidedly Arab and Muslim-centric focus. Constant terror attacks on Jewish and Israeli citizens in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem are barely noticed by the worldwide news. But when Israel attempts to halt repeated Qassam rocket assaults on its urban populations launched by Arab and Muslim terrorists—from ...

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Spanning centuries, the Arab-Jewish conflict has been rife with brutality and injustice. But in recent decades, the Western press in conjunction with the commentariat have steered both coverage and debate toward a decidedly Arab and Muslim-centric focus. Constant terror attacks on Jewish and Israeli citizens in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem are barely noticed by the worldwide news. But when Israel attempts to halt repeated Qassam rocket assaults on its urban populations launched by Arab and Muslim terrorists—from schoolyards and hospital rooftops, behind ever-present “human shields”—the news and commentary elites erupt in indignation, with ready-made talking points on “disproportionate responses” and the constant refrain that Israel has no right to protect herself.

Gerald Honigman’s The Quest for Justice In the Middle East finally blows the whistle on generations of duplicity, shifting the debate once and for all back toward the center—and justice. For too long, the horrors wrought against non-Jews in the Middle East have gone unspoken, but now the forced conversions, inquisitions, expulsions, subjugation, pogroms, and dehumanization—against Jews and non-Jews alike—are exposed, hopefully toward the realization of equal justice and peace throughout the Middle East.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599798547
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs and National Security Policy Studies, created and conducted numerous programs for college youth, lectured on dozens of campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated many anti-Israel scholars and other spokesmen. His articles, editorials, and op-eds have been published in hundreds of print and online newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and other publications around the world.

Honigman received his Masters Degree and was a doctoral student at the Kevorkian Center For Near Eastern Studies, a consortium of New York, Columbia, and Princeton Universities based at N.Y.U.’s Washington Square campus. Illness and financial matters led to an interruption of studies, and he next found himself based in Columbus, Ohio in a full-time position as a specialist consultant.

The heavily Nobel Laureate-sponsored academic journal, the Fall 1981 Middle East Review, showcased Honigman’s extensive article, “British Petroleum Politics, Arab Nationalism, and the Kurdish Struggle for Independence.” It covered many of the same problems on which this book now focuses, but with greater depth and detail. It was rare, indeed, for “just” a doctoral student to be honored this way. That article can be now be found on at least one major institution’s recommended reading list, one of the most prestigious universities anywhere, Paris’s acclaimed Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

Throughout the seventies (and occasionally thereafter), Honigman was invited to guest lecture at dozens of universities, colleges, and elsewhere across three states, often to balance a lecture or program by some anti-Israel spokesperson. He appeared on televised foreign policy programs several times as well.

Honigman’s main objective remains the same—to provide a greater sense of balance and broader perspective in the coverage of Middle Eastern Affairs in an era when vilifying Israel, especially in the media and academia, has become all too common.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents



1: Nakba: The Tragedy That Didn’t Have to Be

2: À la Alaa

3: What Would Ibn Khaldun Say?

4: Arafat’s Jesus

5: Attack of the Amnesiacs

6: In Defense of Bantustan

7: Resolution to Kill the Resolution

8: Missing: One Arab Altalena

9: Thinking Jerusalem

10: Chutzpah: Arab Style

11: Beware of Greeks—er, Arabs—Bearing Gifts

12: Too Predictable

13: A Lesson from Kosovars and Palestinians for Atlasians

14: Qassam, Kassam—So, What’s in a Name?

15: Evolution of the Suicide/Homicide Bomber

16: Hunting Quail and Sitting Ducks

17: Appetite Versus Starvation

18: Mind-Boggling: The Hypocrisy and Double Standards

19: April Magic

20: Al Chait Shechatanu, We Have Sinned Against You

21: Uncle Boutros and Uncle Tom—A Lesson in Arab Tolerance

22: Long Live Arabistan

23: Pantsil, Darfur, and the Arab Man’s Burden

24: Partners: The Ultimate Trojan Horse

25: Settlers, Now Think About This Long and Hard

26: Chanukah Corroborations

27: Focus on the Here and Now

28: Samir Kuntar and Other Lessons for the Diaspora

29: Israel Owes Gaza Nothing—Except an Ultimatum

30: No, Mr. Jihadi, Gaza Isn’t Warsaw

31: Between Ankara and Jerusalem

32: Hamas, Gaza, and the UNN (United Nauseating Nations)

33: The Saudi “Peace” (of the Grave) Plan: An Offer Israel Must Refuse

34: Ahmadinejad: Liar, Hypocrite, or Just Islamist Iranian Stooge?

35: Right Concept, Flawed Analogy, Done Purposely

36: Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land: The Israel Aid Issue

37: If Jews Had Any Brains, They’d Be Christians. (Now, Don’t Be Offended)

38: Gandhi, Mumbai, and Beyond

39: Why Is This So Hard to Understand?

40: Jesus’ Bones: So, My Friends, How Does It Feel?

41: Reports from the Inside: The Real Problem with President Obama’s Khalidi

42: Who Won’t Be Making Jokes About WMD

43: Attention AP and All You Mainstream Media Folks!

44: Kurds, Jews, and Shi’a Shoes

45: The Litmus Test (National Public Radio and Israel)

46: Tall Ships, Netanyahu, and America

47: If It’s Bike Week, It Must be Kristof (Juan Cole vs. Daniel Pipes)

48: The Pot Calling the Kettle Black—Memories of Old Athens

49: Hugo’s Peace Plan

50: Ya Mustapha: Wrapping It Up (for now)…Et tu, Czechs?



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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Nothing short of a seminal work on the region.

    Gerald Honigman's "The Quest for Justice in The Middle East" is nothing short of a seminal work on the region, its inhabitants, and the justice sought by a number of different groups beyond the Arab and the Israeli. It is a fantastically researched and committed effort to bring to light the roots and ongoing struggles throughout the whole of the Middle East. Decades of discourse are distilled to present an informative read from academia to the bedside table. Honigman has been published in hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites worldwide; finally his thoughts and scholarship have been compiled in an up-to-date accomplishment of great scope.

    Certainly Mr. Honigman will have his critics; indeed, he will have considerably more critics than supporters as he presents a complete picture of the region. Many have, and will continue to maintain that Honigman's views represent nothing short of a one-sided defense of the Nation of Israel. This is not the case. In fact, Thomas Friedman's Pulitzer Prize winning "From Beirut to Jerusalem," if ever reprinted, would benefit with the addition of a good deal of Mr. Honigman's research.

    No conversation on the region would be complete without seriously delving into the Israeli and Arab sides, but all too often these conversations are limited to only those two opposing sides. "Quest for Justice" recognizes the numerous other stateless peoples of the region as well. Israel is all too often blindly criticized the world over with little discourse on Turkey's treatment of Kurds, as well as the Arab treatment of Kurds, black Africans, and Imazhigen/Berbers.

    Honigman additionally rails against the hijacking of truth in academia and an agendum that has become quite one-sided. Whether you agree with any of his points or not, this is a delightfully researched and written treatise that affects the lives of each and every man, woman, and child worldwide.

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