ISBN-10:
1859843409
ISBN-13:
9781859843406
Pub. Date:
04/01/2001
Publisher:
Verso Books
Blaming The Victims / Edition 1

Blaming The Victims / Edition 1

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Overview

Since the 1948 war which drove them from their heartland, the Palestinian people have consistently been denied the most basic democratic rights. Blaming the Victims shows how the historical fate of the Palestinians has been justified by spurious academic attempts to dismiss their claim to a home within the boundaries of historical Palestine and even to deny their very existence.

Beginning with a thorough exposé of the fraudulent assertions of Joan Peters concerning the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine prior to 1948, the book then turns to similar instances in Middle East research where the truth about the Palestinians has been systematically suppressed: from the bogus—though still widely believed—explanations of why so many Palestinians fled their homes in 1948, to today’s distorted propaganda about PLO terrorism. The volume also includes sharp critiques of the wide consensus in the USA which supports Israel and its territorial ambitions while maintaining total silence about the competing reality of the Palestinians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781859843406
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 808,257
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.

Edward W. Said (1935–2003) was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. New Left Review published an obituary in Nov–Dec 2003.

Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of American Power and the New Mandarins, Manufacturing Consent (with Ed Herman), Deterring Democracy, Year 501, World Orders Old and New, Powers and Prospects, Profit over People, The New Military Humanism and Rogue States.

Norman G. Finkelstein is the author of A Nation on Trial (with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the New York Times Book Review, and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Part 1The Peters Affair21
1Conspiracy of Praise23
2Disinformation and the Palestine Question: The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time Immemorial33
Part 2Myths Old and New71
3Broadcast73
4Truth Whereby Nations Live85
5Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological System97
6The Essential Terrorist149
Part 3The 'Liberal' Alternative159
7Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution: A Canaanite Reading161
Part 4Scholarship Ancient and Modern179
8Palestine: Ancient History and Modern Politics181
9Territorially-Based Nationalism and the Politics of Negation193
10Palestinian Peasant Resistance to Zionism before World War 1207
11A Profile of the Palestinian People235

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