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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Mr. Finkelstein
I have read several of Professor Finkelstein's boooks, and have enjoyed them all. There is so little objective writing on the subjects that he tackles. Few people are as honest and downright brave as this author. Bravo.
Published on May 3 2003 by J. Kloepping

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Fink goes into bat for Palestine
This is a book by Norman Finkelstein who is a left wing academic teaching at New York University. Although he is Jewish his reputation is that of being a strong supporter of the Palestinians. This rather short book is no exception.
Finkelstein?s main thesis is that Zionism arose in the 19th century in response to nationalist ideas that were fashionable at the time...
Published on Sept. 7 2002 by Tom Munro


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one from Mr. Finkelstein, May 3 2003
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J. Kloepping "jkloepping" (Petaluma, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I have read several of Professor Finkelstein's boooks, and have enjoyed them all. There is so little objective writing on the subjects that he tackles. Few people are as honest and downright brave as this author. Bravo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, April 23 2002
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This courageous book is one of the best I have read about the Israel-Palestine conflict. The book's strength is how thoroughly researched and documented it is.
Finkelstein uses numerous direct quotes and footnotes from a vast variety of sources, ranging from official records to the personal diaries of Israeli leaders. He does not spare anyone, and he debunks quite a few popular myths about Israel's birth.
This book is thought-provoking and while some of the chapters can hardly be called an easy read, it a must read for anyone who is interested in the truth about the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Example of Scrupulous Scholarship, March 5 2002
If you want to understand the origins of the on-going tragedy of the Intifada, read this book. But it will take nerves of steel. You will be confronted with facts that will upset every one of your preconceived notions about Israel and the Palestinian conflict. If that prospect sacres you, don't read this book. Otherwise, reading this work is a great, liberating experience.
Norman Finkelstein (Princeton University PhD & Professor at De Paul University) wows his reader with his scholarship but also his integrity. One can only admire his intellectual courage and probity for having painstakingly analysed the complex array of social, political and ideological forces that shaped the rise of the Zionist movement and which led simultaneously to the creation of Israel and the tragic displacement of the indigenous Palestinian population. And he accomplishes this remarkable feat in 240 pages.
As a scrupulous historian, his most important contribution is the courage to debunk so many of the myths that surround the rise of the Israeli state and that pass as common currency in America. Finkelstein is loathe to advance a fact without detailed argumentation, backed up by very thorough research and abundant footnotes. 27% of his book is made up of very carefully crafted notes, each drilling down further his searh for historical veracity. He chases down the truth/falsehood of every fact, exposing the fraudulent work of so-called "experts" (Joan Peters), challenges the political bias of some of today's leading Israeli historians (Benny Morris), and punches holes through the inconsistencies of respected Zionist apologists (Anita Shapira), letting the historical cards fall where they may, without allowing Nationalist ideology to warp or intimidate his findings.
Finkelstein's book renders a very considerable public service in enlightening our minds to the many inherited falsehoods that masquerade as truth regarding the reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict. For this, we all, Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans owe him a great debt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Brave Man, April 12 2002
Norman Finkelstein is a brave man who has received a lot of flak for writing this book. One response that authors who criticise Israel always have to contend with is the accusation that they are motivated by anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism. Jewish authors (Finkelstein is the son of Holocaust survivors)are additionally accused of being 'self hating' Jews. It's almost as if, in the eyes of Israel's unquestioning supporters, there can be no legitimate reason to criticise anything that Israel does. Maybe Israel, unlike any other country which has ever existed on Earth, is a perfect society which is completely above criticism - or is it?
The aim of this brilliant book is to ask questions about the view of Israel's history that Zionists would like the rest of us to believe. Many aspects of this history are hotly disputed so it's a perfectly legitimate area of study. Reading the book will probably challenge your preconceptions of the Arab-Israeli conflict and will make some people feel distinctly uncomfortable. But like nasty tasting medicine that ultimately does you good, it's essential reading for anyone who really wants to understand what's going on in that tragic part of the world. And the fact that all Finkelstein's opponents can do to counter his arguments is come out with the same old knee-jerk reactions says it all. Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Biased, simply the truth, March 11 2002
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why is it when someone criticize israel, he/she is always blasted with being anti-semite or biased. well this book is not written by Edward said, its written by Norman Finkelstein who is a Jew. This is an excellant book that i recommed to anyone who want to learn about the conflict in the middleast. And most of all to people who wants to know the truth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something Very Clear To Understand, July 11 2004
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Michael J. McGrath "woofer72" (NYC , NY) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Image and Reality of the Israel Palestine Conflict (Paperback)
I read this book 4 years ago, and remember in the book that it took great pains to NOT be a book of opinion, but, a investigative study into the real facts behind the conflict of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Prof. Finkelstein states certain, undeniable facts (not opinons) that we as humans have consciously & with eyes-wide-open allowed in the fate of the Palestinians - when as people we are allowing the horrenndous life in Palestine refugee camps & would rather talk about anything than %65 of the Palestinians suffer from malnutrition (due exclusively to Israeli restrictions)- to simply deteriorate. Easy & fascinating reading, unless you've decided that Palestinians don't really matter and could care less about genocide, anyway. You'll look at the Mid-East differently, I guarantee!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Norman G. Finkelstein and the Failures of Modern Academia, Dec 13 2013
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This book serves to shatter myth, inaccuracy and distortion. 'Image and Reality' is nothing short of a benchmark of academic scholarship. For the entirety of this document, its presentation is authoritative and properly cited; in short, it is thoroughly convincing.

I have watched Finkelstein for close to a year now, explored his degradation and suffrage through the injustices of fraudulent institutional academia, particularity those at Harvard shielding/supporting Dershowitz et al. I think this book is best described by prominent Nazi Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg, when he states "I am by no means the only one who, in the coming months or years, will totally agree with Finkelstein's breakthrough." This is not an overstatement.

I applaud and support proper, fearless scholarship and will continue to do so with all of my energy. Finkelstein, and his "Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict" hold the topic to high and truthful standard, just as Atlas does the globe. If you want serious and accurate portrayal of the real world, look no further.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, June 23 2003
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Excellent background on Zionism and the Israeli - Palestine conflict. Very thorough and well written. Good insights into the nature and rationale of Zionism placed in the context of other, similar mindsets. Good background on Israel's various wars and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally, painfuly honest, June 24 2002
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Every time an Arab speaks of truths that don't agree with the official Palestinian line, we must take notice and pay attention. We must do the same when a Jew speaks of truths that don't agree with the official Israeli line. Norman Finkelstein does proud the Jewish tradition of scientists and reserachers, by being outspoken, assertive and totally stubborn.
Norman Finkelstein provides in his book a meticulously researched debunking of the many myths and false perceptions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Anyone who wants to be better informed, and by a passionately impartial voice as well, would be well advised to read this book. We can no longer ignore reality, and understanding the reality in that particular drama begins here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dispels the Myths of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, April 1 2004
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Edgar Hopida (San Diego, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Image and Reality of the Israel Palestine Conflict (Paperback)
This book is a crushing blow to the popular literature on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Using meticulous documentation of the hoax of Joan Peter's From Time Immemorial to Michael Oren's Six Day War, Dr. Norman Finkelstein gives us the truth of whats really going on in the region. He shows the Zionist intent from the very beginning about how the partition is but a temporary solution to an eventual conquest of all of Palestine. Detractors of the book probably never read this book and cling to the popular myths of the conflict.
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