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An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider. While the Zionist founders of Israel created a vibrant society, culture and economy, they did so at a high price: Israel could not maintain its exclusive Jewish character without imposing on the country's Palestinian populat ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 356 pages
Published September 5th 2010 by Pluto Press (first published February 20th 2008)
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Pam Rasmussen
Sep 07, 2008 Pam Rasmussen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many, many books on the Palestinian/ Israeli conflict, so it's getting hard to find one that truly tells me something I don't arleady know. However, I found this book particularly valuable for its discussion and examination of the Israeli motivation/rationale for its inhumane (and illegal) treatment of the Palestinians. Since Halper is an Israeli himself, his views on this subject carry extra weight.
Marieke
There's a lot to distill here, although much of it was not necessarily new to me. It rather confirmed a lot of the conclusions i've been coming to myself over the past few years. I'll try my best to write a helpful/thoughtful review in the very near future.

I knocked a star off because the book wanted a better copy-editor. I understand he had to rush it to press, but still. his writing is clear, but silly copy edit typo type things were a bit distracting at times and the problem worsened over the
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Ethan Fulwood
The case the book argues is cogent and well presented. The Palestinian/Israeli conflict is driven at its base by an Israeli need to sustain a Jewish ethnocracy over the whole of the cis-Jordan. Halper details in particular detail how Israeli home destruction and planning policies are perhaps the most important weapons in Palestinian dispossession, as well as the construction of a narrative framing in which Arabs are perpetually cast as aggressors and unfit "partners for peace." A just resolution ...more
Frances
Jun 23, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Israeli Professor of Anthropology who grew up in Minnesota, Halper has been a leading figure in the Israeli peace movement, over the last more than a decade as the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He was nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. He begins by telling how he came to Israel and became involved in working for a just peace there. His analysis of the occupation as a "matrix of control" is very informative and helpful.
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Feb 29, 2012 Lauren added it
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I don't know how to rate a book like this. It's very informative, not particularly well written and has powerful impact. It's added much to the mix of thoughts and emotions I already have about the siutation between the Israelis and Palestinians. But with the facts on the ground, as it were, where do we go from here?
Laura
Sep 10, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good background reading for people wanting to learn about the Israeli regime of demolitions and settlement expansion, and one Israeli's personal journey to understand the darker side of his country
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Halper has a thorough understanding of the occupation of Palestine and some ideas for the solutions to this global issue.

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Keeley
May 23, 2011 Keeley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good, academic book packed full of info, but it was just a little dull..
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