An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming by Jeff Halper

By Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper's e-book, like his life's paintings, is an proposal. Drawing on his a long time of without delay hard Israel's remedy of the Palestinians, he bargains probably the most insightful analyses of the career 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 ebook, 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 cost: Israel couldn't hold its particular Jewish personality with no implementing at the country's Palestinian inhabitants rules of ethnic detoxing, 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 existence to his 'discovery' that he used to be really residing out of the country: Palestine. with no brushing aside the legitimacy of his personal nation, he realises that Israel is outlined via its oppressive courting to the Palestinians. Pleading for a view of Israel as a true, dwelling nation which needs to by means of necessity evolve and alter, Halper asks no matter if the assumption of an ethnically natural 'Jewish nation' continues to be potential. extra to the purpose, he bargains ways that Israel can redeem itself via a cultural Zionism upon which nearby peace and reconciliation are possible.

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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. If I am sorry for anything, it is for not tearing the whole camp down. I didn’t stop for a moment. I had plenty of satisfaction. I really enjoyed it. If the job was to hard, we would ask for a tank shell. I couldn’t stop. On Sunday, after the fighting was over, we got orders to pull our D-9s out of the area, and stop working on our “football stadium”, because the army didn’t want the cameras and press to see us working….

I believe that this position, flexible, short of an actual ideology and capable of accommodating a variety of political solutions, typifies the stance of most Israeli Jews. Why did this speak to me? What led me, a normal secular middle-class Jewish-American from a small town in the Midwest, to adopt a radically different identity, that of a Jew in the primary, national sense—the first step towards becoming an Israeli—instead of the ethnic Judaism characteristic of the Jews among whom I lived? ) In fact, I came to my Israeliness easily, almost naturally, without any need of a Zionist ideology or even close contact to a Jewish community.

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. If I am sorry for anything, it is for not tearing the whole camp down. I didn’t stop for a moment. I had plenty of satisfaction. I really enjoyed it. If the job was to hard, we would ask for a tank shell. I couldn’t stop. On Sunday, after the fighting was over, we got orders to pull our D-9s out of the area, and stop working on our “football stadium”, because the army didn’t want the cameras and press to see us working….

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