‘[W]e are supposed to be awed by Israel’s greatness and horrified by the Palestinians’ innate backwardness and inexplicable hatred of Jews. We are not supposed to be able to comprehend how Palestinians would wish for an end to Israel’s rule over them.’ (Page 75)
Some time ago, I happened to have a free copy of a Palestine-related book, and as an Orient-enthusiast I obviously read it. It was worth my time, and no doubt it is worth yours. You can buy the book here.
I have heard several times from Israel fans that those who support the Palestinian cause should take a look into the facts, but never have I met any Israel fan who has actually meant that. For everyone who genuinely wants to understand and educate themselves on the history and situation of Palestine, I recommend Jeremy R. Hammond’s book Exposing a Zionist Hoax: How Elan Journo’s “What Justice Demands” Deceives Readers About the Palestine Conflict (Worldview Publications 2018). It is a response to Elan Journo’s book that claims to offer a ‘fresh’ and ‘original’ take on the Palestine conflict, but, as Hammond shows, only manages to offer a pile of old and overused Zionist falsehoods, omissions, and distortions.
I warmly recommend Hammond’s book even for those who have not read, and are not planning to read, Journo’s book. From Exposing a Zionist Hoax, you will find lots of information on the history of Palestine, the establishment of Israel, the ethnic cleansing, occupation, censorship, the economy of Palestine, the ‘peace process’, and so on. Hammond argues convincingly for his moral stand and offers lots of credible sources for his readers to back up his claims.
After reading all of this, I wonder does Journo genuinely believe in what he says in his own book.
Even though Hammond has written his book as a response to another, it is written so that it can have value even years after everyone has forgotten that Elan Journo ever existed: Its responsive nature just guarantees that Hammond is not fighting against his own straw men, but he is engaging in a dialogue with authentic and significant Zionist views, claims, and arguments. His thorough investigation and evaluation of this wide range of claims and wide use of sources, in a quite small number of pages, make Exposing a Zionist Hoax a useful handbook for anyone who wants to take a look into the facts.
‘But setting aside Journo’s fiction and considering the actual nature of the occupation regime, the Palestinians’ desire for freedom is the simplest thing to understand. Their yearning for liberty, to be able to have a say in how they are governed, to determine their own fate and live up to their full potential, is a trait shared by all human beings.’ (Ibid.)
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