Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the by Mazin B. Qumsiyeh

By Mazin B. Qumsiyeh

'Mazin Qumsiyeh brings to gentle many forgotten and willfully buried proof in regards to the origins of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.' Norman Finkelstein

'A tour-de-force.' Naseer Aruri, Professor Emeritus and writer of 'Dishonest Broker'

'An erudite paintings of in depth scholarship, huge, immense scope, searing honesty, and highbrow audacity. ... Breathtaking!' Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

There isn't any extra compelling and dramatic unfolding tale, with extra profound foreign ramifications, than the clash within the center East.

Sharing the Land of Canaan is a severe exam of the center problems with the clash that dares to place ahead an intensive yet logical resolution: shared nation is how to in achieving justice and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, a human rights activist dependent at Yale college, bargains an outline of the problems at stake, and descriptions his imaginative and prescient for an enduring peace according to upholding the rules of human rights for all. Tackling taboo topics, myths and stumbling blocks, he argues convincingly that apartheid within the type of a two-state resolution isn't any longer a possible approach to in attaining enduring peace.

At this severe time, whilst the 'road map' to peace seems extra doubtful than ever, this booklet offers a fresh counterpoint to the failed innovations of the previous. it's a direct and available account of the heritage - and mythology - of the fabled 'Land of Canaan', which lays out hopeful rules for the way forward for this actually multiethnic and multicultural zone.

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Of course, Israel has never defined its boundaries and has been a political entity only since 1948. g. in the series of books titled Fauna Palestina and Flora Palestina published by the Israeli Academy of Sciences). Many other ideologically-driven Israeli scientists have attempted to enforce their political views via their scientific work. Hence you will see that many scientific papers use the words Israel or Israeli even when it is not needed for the work at hand. A search of ‘Current Contents’ (the Institute of Scientific Information’s database), for example, showed that use of the words ‘Israel’ and ‘Israeli’ in the titles of papers from Israeli authors is over 100 times more frequent than in comparable countries with a scientific research program (Greece and Italy were used as comparisons).

The land of Canaan was and is inhabited by Canaanitic people with some intermingling with other groups. Semitic-speaking people continued to live, collaborate, and prosper in this area as pluralistic multiethnic and multi-religious communities with much less violence than many books and publi- Qumsyeh 01 chap01 16 17/2/04 11:21:21 pm People and the Land 17 cations suggest. This gives us cause for optimism for the future and a vision of peaceful coexistence. For if people were able to live and trade together for thousands of years before the era of international cooperation and a global economy, there is no reason to insist that separation and narrow nationalism in this area will work today.

And lied. 17 Yitzhak Rabin, the future prime minister and Noble Prize winner, wrote in his diary soon after Lydda’s and Ramla’s occupation: After attacking Lydda and then Ramla ... What would they do with the 50,000 civilians living in the two cities ... Not even BenGurion could offer a solution ... and during the discussion at operation headquarters, he [Ben-Gurion] remained silent, as was his habit in such situations.

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