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Jeff Halper's e-book, like his life's paintings, is an thought. Drawing on his a long time of at once demanding Israel's remedy of the Palestinians, he bargains the most insightful analyses of the profession i have learn. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan prepare dinner, writer of Blood and faith (2006) and Israel and the conflict of Civilisations (2008)In this booklet, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh mild at the Israeli-Palestinian clash from the viewpoint of a severe insider. whereas the Zionist founders of Israel created a colourful society, tradition and economic system, they did so at a excessive rate: Israel couldn't hold its particular Jewish personality with no implementing at the country's Palestinian inhabitants guidelines of ethnic detoxification, profession and discrimination, expressed such a lot graphically in its ongoing demolition of millions of Palestinian houses, either within Israel and within the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine files Halper's trip 'beyond the membrane' that shields his humans from the cruel realities of Palestinian existence to his 'discovery' that he used to be really dwelling abroad: Palestine. with no brushing aside the legitimacy of his personal nation, he realises that Israel is outlined via its oppressive dating to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a true, dwelling kingdom which needs to through necessity evolve and alter, Halper asks even if the belief of an ethnically natural 'Jewish kingdom' remains to be achievable. extra to the purpose, he bargains ways that Israel can redeem itself via a cultural Zionism upon which local peace and reconciliation are possible.

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I was critical of Israeli policies towards both the Palestinians and the Mizrahi Jews, but my romance with Israel continued to dominate my personal and professional life. I was fascinated by the Israeli culture that had emerged over the past century. I wrote a book about the Jewish community of Jerusalem in the nineteenth century, and intended to write another on the development of the two national cultures, a “Hebrew” one emerging in the pre-state Jewish community from the turn of the century into the 1960s, and its successor, the contemporary Israeli one.

Org>). Peace Now defines itself as a “Zionist” organization in that it supports the continued existence of Israel as a Jewish state—or a “Jewish democracy,” a fine-sounding but problematic concept to say the least. In order to support both the Jewish state of Israel and the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination, Peace Now can accept only one solution to the conflict: a two-state solution in which a Palestinian state emerges in the territories conquered by Israel in 1967: the West Bank, Gaza and a shared Jerusalem.

And to others without whom even this unfinished manuscript would not have been completed: the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) staff; Linda Ramsden, the Director of ICAHD UK, and the writer Kim James, both of whom gave me valuable feedback on the draft; my publisher; and, of course, my family. In particular I dedicate this book to my granddaughter Zohar, who adds special urgency to my quest for a just peace. Halper 01 intro 12 14/12/07 10:16:32 Part I Comprehending Oppression Halper 01 intro 13 14/12/07 10:16:32 Halper 01 intro 14 14/12/07 10:16:32 1 The Making of a Critical Israeli The Jews made a religion of Justice.

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