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Jeff Halper's ebook, like his life's paintings, is an thought. Drawing on his decades of without delay difficult Israel's remedy of the Palestinians, he deals probably the most insightful analyses of the career i have learn. His voice cries out to be heard.Jonathan prepare 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 gentle at the Israeli-Palestinian clash from the viewpoint of a serious insider. whereas the Zionist founders of Israel created a colourful society, tradition and economic system, they did so at a excessive cost: Israel couldn't preserve its unique Jewish personality with no implementing at the country's Palestinian inhabitants regulations of ethnic detoxification, career and discrimination, expressed such a lot 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 used to be really dwelling abroad: Palestine. with no disregarding the legitimacy of his personal kingdom, he realises that Israel is outlined via its oppressive dating to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a true, dwelling kingdom which needs to by means of necessity evolve and alter, Halper asks even if the belief of an ethnically natural 'Jewish country' remains to be possible. extra to the purpose, he deals ways that Israel can redeem itself via a cultural Zionism upon which local peace and reconciliation are possible.

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Bat Shalom, the Israeli women’s peace organization, Uri Avneri’s Gush Shalom, Rabbis for Human Rights, the Peres Center for Peace, the Council for Peace and Security, an “association of national security experts in Israel,” Yesh Gvul, an organization of reservists who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories— these are only a few of the peace groups that exist within a Zionist framework. Add to that prominent human rights organizations such as B’tselem and ACRI, the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, plus political parties like Meretz and even parts of the Labor Party, and there are many other Israeli Jews who, like me, could have been in the West Bank protesting our government’s policy of demolishing Palestinian homes—18,000 in the Occupied Territories since 1967.

These punitive forced evictions and house demolitions are a flagrant form of collective punishment and violate a fundamental principle of international law, which stipulates that collective punishment is never permissible under any circumstances. At times it seemed the easiest, most direct, most painful way to simply “get” the Palestinians. Here is the volunteered testimony of reservist Moshe Nissim, a bulldozer driver and self-described “average Israeli,” who spent three “satisfying” days and nights of action as he used his massive D-9 Caterpillar bulldozer to demolish homes in the densely packed Jenin refugee camp at the onset of Operation Defensive Shield, in March 2002.

In 1966, as an undergraduate student at Macalester College in St. Paul, I won a scholarship to study the Falashas, the Jews of Ethiopia. As I was booking my ticket I found out that going through Tel Aviv was as cheap as any other route. So I decided to make a brief stop-over. Landing in Tel Aviv that summer, I found my way to a youth hostel run by an old man named Joseph, who took a liking to me. Soon after I arrived he Halper 01 intro 25 14/12/07 10:16:33 26 A N I S R A ELI I N PA LES T I N E invited me to travel with him to Jerusalem for the day.

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