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My Israel Question

by Antony Loewenstein

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A gutsy book by an Australian of Jewish ancestry. He calls it as he sees it, in spite of the spiteful personal attacks by Zionists. Very insightful. ( )
  rajaratnam | Jun 19, 2010 |
In spite of occasional longueurs and some trouble with acronyms, I found this book a thing of beauty. Basically, it challenges the practice of a number of well-organised lobbyists in Australia and elsewhere of claiming to speak for all Jews, and being fairly unscrupulous in discouraging and discrediting anyone who steps out of line. It challenges the conflation, exploited to the hilt by these lobbyists, of anti-Zionism with anti-semitism, and of the global war on terror with Israel's war on Palestinians. It challenges its readers, gentiles as well as Jews, to seek facts and think rather than accept the prevailing wisdom. Implicitly, it challenges gentile readers to be scrupulous about acknowledging their own unexamined anti-semitism, but not to let the desire to be seen as a 'good gentile' stop us from looking at hard questions. It does these things in a journalistic mode, and it manages at the same time to be intensely personal. The prose may not burn with a hard gemlike flame, but it does burn: here is a young man who has not been intimidated into keeping his head below the rampart. It's a good head. He says nice things about his parents: I hope they're proud. ( )
  shawjonathan | Sep 2, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0522852688, Paperback)

A fearless look at the Israel–Palestine conflict, this study investigates how large a factor Zionism plays in this intractable conflict. Spanning the globe from New York and London to Paris and Melbourne, this source discusses Israel–Palestine issues that stem from suicide bombings, military aggressions, and passionate public debates by Holocaust survivors, Zionist organizations, Arab advocates, newspaper columnists, and politicians. This study also considers the historical rationale for Zionism, including the centuries of virulent European anti-Semitism from which it grew, and asks how relevant and sustainable Zionism is in the 21st century.

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AU Author. The undeclared war in Israel/Palestine is the abiding conflict of our era, with little apparent hope of resolution despite years of peace talks. On one side of the conflict, Israel asserts the right of the Jewish state to exist in Palestine. On the other, the Palestinian people struggle, some peacefully, some violently, for survival. In 'My Israel Question', a young Australian Jew, Antony Loewenstein, asks how much Zionism - the ideology of Jewish nationalism - is to blame for this intractable conflict. He fearlessly investigates the ways in which the Jewish diaspora in Australia and elsewhere have campaigned on Israel's behalf, in the media and in political and business spheres. He also considers the historical rationale for Zionism and asks how relevant twentieth-century Zionism is today.… (more)

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