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Blaming the Victims : Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question - Edward W. Said

Blaming the Victims

Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question

By: Edward W. Said (Editor), Christopher Hitchens (Editor)


Published: 1st April 2001
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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.

"the wide-ranging scope and demythologising structure of Blaming The Victims makes it especially relevant at the present time when the actions of the state of Israel seem to contradict received opinion as to its nature. The book provides a great quantity of information, analyses it convincingly and, through an impressive body of notes on primary and secondary literature, points the reader in the direction of further information." Middle East International "These forcefully argued treatises will be as enlightening as they are disturbing for anyone with an interest in Middle East Politics." ALA Booklist

Introductionp. 1
The Peters Affairp. 21
Conspiracy of Praisep. 23
Disinformation and the Palestine Question: The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time Immemorialp. 33
Myths Old and Newp. 71
Broadcastp. 73
Truth Whereby Nations Livep. 85
Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological Systemp. 97
The Essential Terroristp. 149
The 'Liberal' Alternativep. 159
Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution: A Canaanite Readingp. 161
Scholarship Ancient and Modernp. 179
Palestine: Ancient History and Modern Politicsp. 181
Territorially-Based Nationalism and the Politics of Negationp. 193
Palestinian Peasant Resistance to Zionism before World War 1p. 207
A Profile of the Palestinian Peoplep. 235
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Christopher Hitchens

Born on April 13, 1949 in Portsmouth, England, Christopher Hitchens wrote for a variety of English magazines before moving to the United States in 1981. Hitchens established himself as one of the leading intellectual writers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, willing to offend his readership with his controversial positions on matters such as religion, art, politics, war and literature.

Hitchens died on December 15, 2011, from complications arising from oesophageal cancer. His death prompted tributes and eulogies from a range of public figures, including Tony Blair, Richard Dawkins, Martin Amis, James Fenton, and Stephen Fry.

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ISBN: 9781859843406
ISBN-10: 1859843409
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st April 2001
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised