Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human by Eve Spangler

By Eve Spangler

The Israeli-Palestinian clash is the longest, ongoing hot-and-cold warfare of the 20 th and twenty first centuries. It has produced extra refugees than any present clash, producing absolutely one zone of all refugees world wide. we all know that the Palestinian-Israeli clash is necessary itself, and can also be fueling tensions in the course of the center East. but most folks turn away from this clash, claiming it's "just too complex" to appreciate. This ebook is written for those who need a element of access into the dialog. It bargains either a historical and analytic framework. Readers, even if appearing as scholars, parishioners, pals, electorate, or dinner visitors will locate in those pages an research of the main mostly heard Israeli positions, and a succinct account of the Palestinian voices we seldom listen. I argue that human rights criteria have by no means been used because the foundation on which the Israeli-Palestinian clash could be resolved and that purely those criteria can produce a simply and sustainable solution. This booklet can be necessary for sessions in center East stories, peace and clash reports, center East historical past, sociology of race, and political technological know-how. it may be necessary for church teams, hard work teams, or different grass roots firms dedicated to social justice, and for all readers who desire to be told approximately this crucial subject. "Professor Spangler's ... quest for old and political knowing takes us on a courageous and intimate trip into the implications of Jewish privilege and Jewish victimhood, the agendas of imperial superpowers, and the Palestinian fight for self-determination." Alice Rothchild, MD, writer of damaged offers, damaged desires: tales of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience, and manufacturer and director of documentary movie, Voices around the Divide "[A] sharp, poignant, well-documented file [that] presents readers with the entire most-needed evidence to know the clash and get involved." - Sam Bahour, co-editor of place of birth: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians and company improvement advisor and activist dependent in Palestine "[T]his one is phenomenal! It recounts a ancient story; it offers theoretical underpinnings; it does comparative paintings; it examines all of the information and points of ongoing debates; and it brings all to lifestyles with real-life tales ... the sweetness of this e-book is its insistence on wish - no longer a naïve, idealistic desire, yet one followed by means of a tool-box for concrete motion that may correct the wrongs of this tragic tale." Anat Biletzki, Professor of Philosophy, Tel Aviv collage and Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy, Quinnipiac college; Chairperson of B'Tselem, 2001-2006

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Chapter 4 provides a fuller analysis of the logic of Zionism, a doctrine that is at the heart of the present conflict. To make Zionism more understandable to western audiences, I explore the parallels between Zionism and the civil rights struggle in America. The second section of the book is a brief history of the conflict, divided into periods defined in the work of historian Mark Tessler:63 • from the beginnings of Zionism in the late 19th century to the founding of the state of Israel and the associated expulsion of the Palestinians (the Nakba) in 1947–1949 (Chapter 5); • from the early days of the Israeli state to its 1967 conquest of the entirety of historic Palestine (Chapter 6); • from the beginning of the Occupation to the emergence of the first wave of massive, organized resistance, the Intifada of 1987 (Chapter 7); and • from the first Intifada through the wilderness of the interminable, fruitless and, I argue, disingenuous “peace processes” to the present time (Chapter 8).

Almost every empire of the ancient world has left its mark, making the Middle East the heir to the greatest possible cultural diversity. 40 The Romanov, Hohenzollern, and Hapsburg empires, though never governing the land of Israel/Palestine, also influenced events there through policies that made Jews under their dominion more or less likely to emigrate. It is worth noting that even the most aggressive and expansionist versions of Jewish history acknowledge the multi-cultural character of this place, positing that the Canaanites preceded the Israelites and that the Philistines were co-inhabitants of the area with them in Old Testament times.

Islam soon spread beyond the Arabian Peninsula, partly through conquest and partly through trade and the diffusion of the Arabic language. No credible source, however, argues that Arabization entirely displaced the indigenous population, or that Palestinians today are related exclusively to Arab migrants of the 8th century and not at all to the older Canaanite communities. Common sense would suggest that the indigenous population of what is now Israel/Palestine is a polyglot group, including, among others, Canaanite and Israelite elements in its heritage.

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