Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, Paperback Book

Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict Paperback

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First published in 1995, this highly acclaimed study scrutinizes popular and scholarly representations of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

It begins with a novel theoretical interpretation of Zionism, and then moves on to critically engage the influential studies of Joan Peters, Benny Morris, and Anita Shapira.

Carefully rehearsing the documentary record, Finkelstein also challenges the dominant images of the June 1967 and October 1973 Arab-Israeli wars.

In a comprehensive new introduction, he provides the most succinct overview available in the English language of the Israeli-Palestine conflict, while in several new chapters he juxtaposes Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories against South African apartheid, and demolishes the scholarly pretensions of Michael Oren's recent bestseller on the June 1967 war.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: Historiography
  • ISBN: 9781859844427



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If you're interested in the politics of the Middle East, this book is worth reading. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Dr. Finkelstein, the case he makes is well researched, reasoned and worth the intellectual energy for either refutation or concurrence.

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Finkelstein argues that when the Zionist project was conceived, its only “strategic options” were apartheid and expulsion. “Zionists from early on were in fact bent on expelling [Arabs],” he writes. Arabs, naturally, resisted forceful expulsion. Transfer was regarded as an acceptable policy in the post-WWI years, legitimated by the history of colonization and the progress of civilization. Some of the best material is in the 82 pages of footnotes, some of which are mini-essays. Finkelstein is an intense, demanding writer, but his tenaciousness and devotion to truth, on account of which he has paid a great price, inspire respect.