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By Frederick E. Greenspahn

ISBN-10: 1479870145

ISBN-13: 9781479870141

For a rustic smaller than Vermont, with approximately an analogous inhabitants as Honduras, glossy Israel gets a impressive volume of cognizance. For supporters, it's a distinct bastion of democracy within the heart East, whereas detractors view it as a racist outpost of Western colonialism. The romanticization of Israel turned relatively fashionable in 1967, while its army prowess stunned a Jewish global nonetheless reeling from the feel of powerlessness dramatized via the Holocaust. That imagery has grown ever extra noticeable, with Israel’s supporters idealizing its technological achievements and its competitors attributing virtually each challenge within the zone, if now not past, to its imperialistic aspirations.

The contradictions and competing perspectives of contemporary Israel are the topic of this ebook. there's a lot to contemplate approximately glossy Israel in addition to the center East clash. during the last new release, a considerable physique of scholarship has explored a number of facets of the rustic, together with its ways to citizenship and immigration, the humanities, the women’s stream, spiritual fundamentalism, and language; yet a lot of that paintings has so far been constrained in the partitions of the academy. This booklet doesn't search to not unravel both the country’s inner debates or its fight with the Arab international, yet to provide a pattern of latest students’ discoveries and discussions approximately smooth Israel in an available means. In all of the components mentioned, competing narratives grapple for prominence, and it really is those that are highlighted during this quantity.

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In 1982, the Progressive List for Peace (PLP) emerged on the political scene. The PLP emphasized the national Palestinian identity of Arabs in Israel as well as the conflict’s nationalist dimension (as opposed to the DFPE’s class analysis). Although operating within the boundaries of Israeli citizenship, it foregrounded the Palestinian belonging of the Arab citizens, deemphasized their Israeli belonging, and made clear that its first loyalty was to the Palestinian cause. The PLP was made up of local Arab nationalist organizations joined by left-wing Jews, and it maintained Knesset seats from 1984 to 1992, after which it failed to achieve sufficient support.

The term reflects Israel’s settler colonial policy: not recognizing Palestinians as a national group, denying their indigenous identity, weakening their Arab identity, while also asserting that they are not completely Israeli. Israel’s attempts to erase indigenous Palestinian space targeted the relationship between the Palestinians and their history and land. The destruction of Palestinian spaces hindered the refugees’ dreams of returning to their homes while also hiding traces of the dispossession project from the Jewish public and the international community.

They demonstrated as citizens to protest the killing of other Palestinians and to support the cause of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. However, Israel treated them no differently than the other Palestinians: thirteen were killed, tens wounded, and hundreds arrested. Even then, these Palestinians reacted as citizens, demanding an official commission to investigate the killings of the thirteen citizens but not the hundreds who were killed in the 1967 occupied Palestinian territories during the same period.

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