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Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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First published in 1995, this polemical study challenges generally accepted truths of the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as much of the revisionist literature. This new edition critically reexamines dominant popular and scholarly images in the light of the current failures of the peace process.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 17th 2003 by Verso (first published November 17th 1995)
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A devastating rebuttal of the ludicrous notion (still floating around in some quarters of the US) that Palestine was largely unpopulated when confronted with Zionist colonization, and a powerful analysis of the conflict as a whole.
This is an absolutely essential book for anyone even vaguely interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Though Finkelstein's tone can often be unnecessarily strident, his research is impeccable.
Farouk Abu Alhana
It's a great book and dispels many of the pervading myths and lies about the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it can get a little tedious to read a times due to the amount of details Finkelstein gives.
Rich with scathing polemic, a serious discussion of the conflict from a rigorous scholar who lacks the pretensions which too often stifle any real conversation of this topic.
"Polemical" is right. And, if I'm being honest, that's why I read Finkelstein's works--something about his scathing sarcasm and his righteous fury is just so much fun for me to read. And he will pull no punches and spare no feelings when it comes to exposing the two things he seems to hate most: hypocrisy and bad scholarship.

So yeah, I enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the analysis of Zionism and the absolute crushing of Joan Peters' From Time Immemorial. If you're interested in the Isra
If you want to understand the conflict between Israel and her neighbors, you need this book -- it's as simple as that.
essential reading for anyone interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Umer Iftikhar
'The most comprehensive book on the Palestine-Israel issue.' - Noam Chomsky
Carlos Burga
This is by far the best political-science book I have ever read, and especially considering that is on such a controversial topic and one on which so much has already been written. What surprised, and pleased, me most about the book was Finkelstein’s style to use another author’s book as a foil to discuss aspects that he thinks they got wrong. This was absolutely fascinating to me because it accomplished two aims at once: it introduces the reader to what the opposing side has to say and it also ...more
I think this is an indispensable read to anyone interested in knowing (almost) everything about the middle east conflict, from the end of the British mandate to the 1995 Oslo agreement.
I have never tried reading "serious" books before, but this was definitely a nice experience. Very well written, it guides you through the history of the region, as objectively as one can do, denouncing all the lies that we have been told throughout the years.
I liked the very methodic and clear way the author ha
When Finkelstein has a point, he really goes all in. It's all kinds of impressive, really.
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Norman Finkelstein, son of a holocaust survivor, is a fierce and controversial critic of Israeli policy, especially toward Palestinians. He has had a tense rivalry with his pro-Israel counterpart, Alan Dershowitz. In 2007 DePaul University denied his tenure, a decision for which Dershowitz lobbied. For his views and suspected connections to anti-Zionist groups, Israel has denied Finkelstein entry ...more
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“One can imagine an argument for the right of a persecuted minority to find refuge in another country able to accommodate it; one is hard-pressed, however, to imagine an argument for the right of a persecuted minority to politically and perhaps physically displace the indigenous population of another country. Yet, as Shapira [Zionist] forthrightly acknowledges, the latter was the actual intention of the Zionist movement.” 0 likes
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