Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine
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Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

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In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now,this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two decades reveals that the Palestinians have long been a house divided. What began as a po...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
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Elliot Ratzman
I know Jon so I hesitate criticizing his work in this semi-public forum, so I’m devoted 3000 characters to be fair. First the good: I learned a lot from his account of the Hamas/Fatah split. His narrative is fairly straightforward and avoids (most of the time) the distressful polemics that mar Israel/Palestine books of the left and the right. Tracing the tensions between these two factions—both with major flaws and few heroic figures—he’s assembled some interesting material and set out the split...more
James Pyles
Formerly a Counter-terrorism Analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury, Jonathan Schanzer leverages his background to produce a detailed account of the “struggle” for Palestine, between its two most prominent factions. This is a picture of the history and current interactions of the Palestinian movement and how Palestinian citizens are as much a victim of Hamas and Fatah as are the citizens of Israel.

While the mainstream media tells us that these two political entities exist within overall Pal...more
Thorbjørn Andersen
This is basically Israeli propaganda and has little to nothing to do with reality. The books only purpose is to paint both Fatah and Hamas as devils and Israel as a saint in the background trying to save them.
Bryan Mann
A must read for anyone interested in the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. This gives a detailed history of these two factions in Palestinian society. It gives a clear history and outline of their differences, as well as, why some see them as no different from each other.
I can't be completely honest here, as I've known Jon a long time. However, his approach to the long-standing conflagrations in the Middle East are compelling, to say the least.
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