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BOOK: Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within (2004), by Uri Davis

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Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within, by Uri Davis

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Paperback 256 pages (15 January, 2004)
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 1842773399
Category(ies): Society, Politics & Philosophy
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Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has violated most UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, including amassing weapons of mass destruction in violation of international law. The policies used against Palestinians have included mass deportation, population transfers and ethnic cleansing, prolonged military government, and economic, social, cultural, civil and political strangulation. This up-to-date analysis of the inherent racism in the legal foundations of the State of Israel gives a sense of new emerging anti-Zionist currents within Israel/Palestine.



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A timely new edition of a classic polemic, 18 February, 2004
Reviewer: lancaster_analysts from Lancaster, Lancs. United Kingdom

The original edition of this book (by a Jewish Israeli anti-Zionist scholar) became a controversial classic, not least through the provocative title. Given the renewed topicality and the years that have passed, this new edition is very welcome indeed: it updates the hard-hitting survey of the various legal and other ways in which non-Jewish, Arab Israelis and Palestinians have been and continue to suffer discrimination. The author does not pull his punches, and his anger still shines through, but that does not make the argument and evidence any less compelling. Regardless which side your gut sympathies lie with, this is required reading.

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Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within

Author Davis, Uri
Publisher Zed Books
ISBN 1842773399
Binding PB

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Categories Middle East, Politics

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In this book, a sequel to 'Israel: An Apartheid State' (1987), Uri Davis provides a critical insight into how it was possible for Jewish people, the victims of Nazi genocide in the Second World War, to subject the Palestinian people, beginning with the 1948-49 war, to such criminal policies as mass deportation, population transfers and ethnic cleansing, prolonged military government (with curfews, roadblocks and the like), and economic, social, cultural, civil and political strangulation, punctuated by Apache helicopters strafing civilians and their homes.

Since its establishment in 1948 Israel has acted in blatant violation of most UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, including amassing weapons of mass destruction in violation of international law. How is it then possible for this country, its apartheid legislation notwithstanding, to still maintain its reputation in the West as 'the only democracy in the Middle East' and effectively to veil the apartheid cruelty it has perpetrated against the Palestinian people?

In the course of outlining answers to these questions, Uri Davis traces the departure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from its declared political programme; its demise beginning with the Oslo 'peace process'; and the struggle within Israel against Israeli apartheid.

The object of this book is to contribute to a moral understanding, political framework and climate of opinion in the West that will support international sanctions against the rogue Government of the State of Israel, with the aim to dismantle the state's apartheid structures as a state for Jews only, and assist in the establishment of a democratic (confederal, federal or unitary) State of Palestine in conformity with the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the standards of international law.

'Uri Davis's new book is a devastating critique of Israel's internal apartheid system and by extension the entire ideology of political Zionism. It is difficult to do justice to such an impassioned and detailed work, but I would particularly draw attention to its dedication to universal moral principles, unassailable logic and attention to factual detail that I believe are the distinctive hallmarks of this brilliant book.' - Hisham Sharabi

'Based on the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, and borrowing from his long years in the peace movement, Uri Davis presents, what is for me, the only sensible way forward in the present deadlock -- a roadmap based on civil rights, human dignity and international justice. It ... has the moral strength to convince victimizers and victims alike that there is a valid alternative to the present Israeli system of discrimination and occupation.' - Ilan Pappe, historian and author of the Making of the Arab-israeli Conflict, 1947-1951 (London and New York 1992).

'Apartheid Israel represents the most thorough critique to date of Israel's legal and political structure from a human rights perspective. At the same time it points towards an alternative vision for conflict-ridden Israel/Palestine, building on the author's own exceptional experience as an Israeli academic and human rights activist for decades. Current developments make this book more urgent reading than ever before.' - Nils Butenschøn, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

1. Zionism
2. Israel
3. Israeli Apartheid
4. Political Repression in Israel
5. The Struggle Within


Uri Davis has been at the forefront of the defence of human rights in Israel since the mid-1960s and at the cutting edge of critical research on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.