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By David K. Shipler

The multiplied and up-to-date version of David Shipler's Pulitzer Prize-winning e-book that examines the connection, prior and current, among Arabs and Jews

In this huge paintings, largely researched and extra proper than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist among Jews and Arabs which have been intensified by way of struggle, terrorism, and nationalism.

Focusing at the varied cultures that exist aspect by way of facet in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the method of indoctrination that starts in faculties; he discusses the far-ranging results of socioeconomic adjustments, historic conflicts among Islam and Judaism, attitudes in regards to the Holocaust, and masses extra. And he writes of the folk: the Arab girl in love with a Jew, the retired Israeli army officer, the Palestinian guerrilla, the good-looking actor whose father is Arab and whose mom is Jewish.

For Shipler, and for all who learn this booklet, their tales and hundreds of thousands of others mirror not just the truth of "wounded spirits" but in addition a glimmer of wish for eventual coexistence within the Promised Land.

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I need to invite Monir,” Orna stated eventually to at least one of the Arab scholars, “do you realize what my Zionism is? ” “I understand,” stated Monir, who then went directly to exhibit that he didn't comprehend in any respect. “If you think that a Palestinian nation can be organize right here, then you’re opposed to Zionism. ” — for many Israeli Jews—not the liberal-minded scholars in that classroom—Palestinianism is rejected with both profound emotion. *4 “I am a Palestinian,” acknowledged a middle-aged Jew born in Palestine earlier than the institution of Israel. He smiled sardonically. in a single speedy utterance, he had affirmed his declare to the land and usurped the Arab Palestinians’ id. I heard this frequently from Israelis who desired to underscore the absurdity of the Arabs’ assertions of particular rights to the territory among the Jordan and the Mediterranean. in part, it's the newness of Palestinian nationalism, as targeted from older Arab nationalisms that constructed initially of the 20 th century, that attracts dismissal and contempt from Israeli Jews. The Palestinians didn't realize themselves as a humans till the newest rapid of background, and usually in line with the institution and progress of the Jewish nation. This truth allows a derisive remark in a ninth-grade Hebrew-language textbook, The historical past of the folks of Israel: “Only from the yr 1959 and onward did those states—especially Egypt, Syria, and Iraq—raise within the conferences of the Arab League…the thought of ‘the Palestinian entity’…and Palestinian rights which will enhance their propaganda opposed to the country of Israel…. Israel is the single nation during this quarter whose people—the humans of Israel—has lived within the similar land, spoken an identical language, maintained culture which has now not been severed, and retained an identical tie right here for 3,000 years. ” A extra refined process is taken by way of a 1979 high-school textbook, The Arab-Israeli clash, which speaks of the “strong feeling of neighborhood id which the refugees had—not as Palestinians yet particularly as citizens of Haifa, Akko, Jaffa, and the opposite towns and villages from which they got here. ” The passage keeps, “The clash is additionally a contest among attachments. Our wisdom that Arabs too have an attachment to this land doesn’t need to detract from our attachment to the land. ” however, it truly is too threatening for all yet a tiny fraction of Israeli Jews to just accept the legitimacy of Palestinians’ nationwide striving. A 1980 research stumbled on basically eleven percentage of Jewish respondents in Israel favoring the popularity of a Palestinian state. 20 there's a willful blindness strengthened by means of political and safeguard matters. The Palestinians are faceless. through the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, for instance, the Israeli estimates of casualties one of the Arabs in southern Lebanon excluded Palestinians within the refugee camps, even supposing they have been toughest hit, and incorporated simply Lebanese within the towns. Even the 1982 massacres within the Beirut camps, and the outrage one of the Israeli public that undefined, did not swap the fashion of considering in Israeli officialdom.

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