New PDF release: An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming

By Jeff Halper

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Jeff Halper's e-book, like his life's paintings, is an concept. Drawing on his a long time of without delay tough Israel's remedy of the Palestinians, he bargains essentially the most insightful analyses of the profession i have learn. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan cook dinner, writer of Blood and faith (2006) and Israel and the conflict of Civilisations (2008)In this ebook, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh mild at the Israeli-Palestinian clash from the perspective of a serious insider. whereas the Zionist founders of Israel created a colourful society, tradition and economic system, they did so at a excessive fee: Israel couldn't continue its unique Jewish personality with no implementing at the country's Palestinian inhabitants rules of ethnic detoxification, career and discrimination, expressed so much graphically in its ongoing demolition of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian houses, either within Israel and within the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine documents Halper's trip 'beyond the membrane' that shields his humans from the cruel realities of Palestinian existence to his 'discovery' that he was once really residing overseas: Palestine. with out disregarding the legitimacy of his personal nation, he realises that Israel is outlined by way of its oppressive dating to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a true, residing state which needs to via necessity evolve and alter, Halper asks no matter if the belief of an ethnically natural 'Jewish kingdom' remains to be practicable. extra to the purpose, he bargains ways that Israel can redeem itself via a cultural Zionism upon which neighborhood peace and reconciliation are possible.

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As dramatic as the events surrounding their home turned out to be—hundreds of soldiers, Border Police, Israeli officials and demolition workers beating and threatening and shooting, throwing out furniture, yelling, giving orders and, in the end, 36 Halper 01 intro 36 14/12/07 10:16:34 THE MESSAGE OF T H E B U LLD O Z E R S 37 leaving a demolished family in the dust and ruins of their home—Salim, his wife Arabiya, and their six children were also doing nothing more than living their ordinary lives, albeit under occupation.

I didn’t always realize that. For many years I was active in organizations that could have been described as “Zionist,” from Siakh, the Israeli New Left in the early 1970s through “The 21st Year” to various ad hoc coalitions, although they always pushed the “left” side of The Box. ) Even the founding of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) in 1997, in which I took a leading role, did not signal Halper 01 intro 17 14/12/07 10:16:33 18 A N I S R A ELI I N PA LES T I N E the crossing of any particular ideological line.

But I also confronted the uncompromising demands of intellectual honesty. Without the benefit of a classroom where I controlled the discussion, without the safe distance between teacher and pupil, my students compelled me to adhere to the very intellectual standards I had been asking of them. I learned that defensiveness is not an honest intellectual position. Quite the opposite, it obfuscates; it is employed when a strong argument is lacking, or when you know the other side has a point. Nabila and the students did not give me the luxury of staying comfortably within self-imposed parameters, using sophistic intellectual devices to avoid going where I didn’t want to go.

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