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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 ...
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.
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?
Posted October 23, 2010
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.
Posted May 2, 2010
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