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Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel's War Against the Palestinians Paperback – Nov 9 2010

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Noam Chomsky is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of US foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Among his recent books are the bestsellers Hegemony or Survival, recommended by Hugo Chavez in the United Nations, and Failed States. He is Institute Professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ilan Pappe´is professor of history at the University of Exeter in the UK, where he is also co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies, and director of the Palestine Studies Centre. He is author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (Oneworld), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge), The Israel/Palestine Question (Routledge), and is a long time political activist.

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54 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Fine studies of Israel's war on the Palestinians Nov. 29 2010
By William Podmore - Published on
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This is a brilliant collection of essays and interviews by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, the well-known Israeli historian. Edited by Frank Barat, it comprises eight pieces: The fate of Palestine: an interview with Noam Chomsky; two essays by Ilan Pappé: Clusters of history: US involvement in the Palestine question, and State of denial: the Nakbah in Israeli history and today; `Exterminate all the brutes': Gaza 2009, by Chomsky; Blueprint for a one-state movement: a troubled history, by Pappé; The ghettoisation of Palestine: a dialogue with the two authors; The killing fields of Gaza 2004-2009, by Pappé; and A Middle East peace that could happen (but won't), by Chomsky.

In June 2008, Israel and Hamas signed a ceasefire agreement, which Israel broke when it sent forces into Gaza on 4 November, and again when it launched its full-scale invasion on 27 December. Israeli forces used US-made white phosphorus shells against civilians, a war crime. In January 2009, the President of the UN General Assembly called Israel's attack on Gaza genocide. Israel still imposes its vicious blockade of Gaza: an ongoing war crime.

Israel could defend itself better by ending its criminal actions in occupied territories and accepting the two-state solution urged by the vast majority of the world (and vetoed at the UN by the USA ever since 1976). The Arab League, Hamas, Iran, Hezbollah, the Palestinian National Council all back the two-state solution (i.e., recognising Israel's right to exist). Only the USA, Israel and a few Pacific island US dependencies oppose it.

In December 2008, the US state opposed UN resolutions calling for `the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination' (it was passed by 173 votes to 5) and for the `universal freedom of travel and vital importance of family reunification' (probably because Israel bans entry to Palestinians from occupied territories who wish to join their Israeli spouses). The USA also voted against regulating the arms trade, against the right to development, and against the right to food. The USA alone opposed this last resolution, an appalling vote in view of the huge global food crisis.

The authors show how the US state sabotages diplomacy and opposes democracy and how the EU always backs the USA.
28 of 41 people found the following review helpful
highly informative, well researched, analysis of the israel/palestine conflict Dec 10 2010
By Z. Cohen - Published on
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This work presents an enlightening combination of two of the most principled, informed, and perceptive voices on the Israel/Palestine conlict: Israeli historian Ilan Pappe and US linguist, dissident, and socal critic Noam Chomsky.

Gaza in Crisis contains a series of relatively short but dense and informative essays and interviews by one or both authors. I find their insights to be highly complementary, as Chomsky generally speaks of the conflict after 1967, while Pappe has conducted extensive research into the events leading up to the 1948 war, relying on the declassified Israeli military archives as well as Palestinian witness accounts.

This book is informative both to people relatively unfamiliar with the conflict and those with more knowledge. While sketching out a broad outline of major events between 1948 and the december 2008 Israel attack on Gaza, there are a few more focused essays presenting material I had no yet encountered in the author's other work. In particular, Pappe has an essay investigating 5 major trends in US politics and society that he identifies as most influential on US Israeli policy, which I found highly thought provoking. In general the authors document the profound government of Israel's profound disregard for human rights and its constant pursuit of expansion over security. The brutal conditions and murderous military attacks to which thousands of innocent people in the occupied territories have been subjected to for decades is discussed at length.

Other essays deal with Nakba denialism, analysis of the one/binational and two state solutions, and the evolution of Israeli policy and brutality in Gaza.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to better understand this complex issue.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Four Stars Aug. 22 2014
By Laurence Veale - Published on
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Good read from one of the leading if not the leading commentator of the Middle East
33 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant - Please buy it and READ it. Nov. 13 2010
By N. Joseph - Published on
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Please do yourself a big favor and read this book. Expand your knowledge and understanding of a very important subject matter that does not have much visibility or a balance of opinion in the US media. A million thanks to Professors Chomsky and Pappe for writing this gem of a book.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The book is informative and heart-breaking. I was always ... Oct. 6 2014
By Nicole - Published on
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The book is informative and heart-breaking. I was always siding with Israel until I read this book. I wish the whole world knew about the atrocities committed on the Palestinian people by Israel with the help of the U.S. I wish something could be done to take away some of the power of AIPAC. I wish the U.N. would act to stop the expansion of the settlements. I don't understand why Israel has been free to violate international laws for so many decades. No wonder that the result is the hatred demonstrated by the Islamists who are looking for revenge no matter how brutal and savage it is achieved.