By Jeff Halper

ISBN-10: 0745322263

ISBN-13: 9780745322261

ISBN-10: 0745322271

ISBN-13: 9780745322278

ISBN-10: 1435690699

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Jeff Halper's publication, like his life's paintings, is an idea. Drawing on his decades of at once hard Israel's therapy of the Palestinians, he deals 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 publication, the Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh gentle 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 climate, they did so at a excessive fee: Israel couldn't continue its specific Jewish personality with no implementing at the country's Palestinian inhabitants regulations of ethnic detoxification, career and discrimination, expressed so much graphically in its ongoing demolition of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian houses, either inside of Israel and within the Occupied Territories.An Israeli in Palestine files Halper's trip 'beyond the membrane' that shields his humans from the tough realities of Palestinian lifestyles to his 'discovery' that he was once truly dwelling abroad: Palestine. with out brushing aside the legitimacy of his personal nation, he realises that Israel is outlined by means of its oppressive courting to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a true, residing nation which needs to via necessity evolve and alter, Halper asks even if the assumption of an ethnically natural 'Jewish country' continues 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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What pushed me beyond Zionism into a much more critical but contested and prickly political space was the demolition of Salim’s house. If, as the popular saying has it, a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged, then a post-Zionist is a Zionist who has witnessed a house demolition. The conversion experience was unplanned. ICAHD had been in existence a full year but we had not yet actually seen a demolition. Demolitions are normally done early in the morning, just after the men have left for work, and with no prior warning.

They would come out of the houses we were working on. I didn’t see, with my own eyes, people dying under the blade of the D-9. And I didn’t see houses falling down on live people. But if there were any, I wouldn’t care at all. I am sure people died inside these houses, but it was difficult to see, there was lots of dust everywhere, and we worked a lot at night. I found joy with every house that came down, because I knew they didn’t mind dying, but they cared for their homes. If you knocked down a house, you buried 40 or 50 people for generations.

As if cramming an entire year of worship into an excruciating three days, we were forced to spend the entire two days of Rosh Hashana from morning to night and the entire day of Yom Kippur, on which we fasted diligently, in synagogue. A rabbi was imported and the mind-numbing tediousness of those three grueling days of standing and sitting to recite in unison meaningless prayers in English and Hebrew was made tolerable only by the constant undertone, like low background noise, of the menfolk sharing their fishing news to the consternation of the rabbi and the women.

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