My Israel Question

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2007 - Arab-Israeli conflict - 468 pages
The undeclared war in the Middle East is the abiding conflict of our era, with little apparent hope of resolution despite years of peace talks. On one side of the conflict, in the face of suicide bombings and international criticism over its military aggression, 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. Far beyond Israel's disputed borders, in New York and Washington, London and Paris, Sydney and Melbourne, the conflict is replayed in passionate public debate by Holocaust survivors, Zionist organisations, Arab advocates, the anti-war movement, newspaper columnists, presidents and prime ministers, and politicians and activists of all shades. 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 Zionis - including the centuries of virulent European antisemitism from which it grew - and asks how relevant and sustainable twentieth-century Zionism is today. A searching discussion from a significant new voice in one of the most important debates of our times.
 

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Contents

THE ASHRAWI SCANDAL
3
HOW HANAN ASHRAWI CHANGED MY LIFE
29
JOURNEY INTO ISRAEL
49
ZIONISM AND ANTISEMITISM
85
THE PROBLEM OF ZIONISM
87
THE PROBLEM OF ANTISEMITISM
123
ADVENTURES IN LOBBY LAND
153
THE POLITICS OF ZIONISM IN THE USA
155
AFTERWORD
317
AUSTRALIAS ISRAEL QUESTION
331
JULIAN BURNSIDE QC
333
JUSTICE ALAN H GOLDBERG AO
337
ROBERT RICHTER QC
343
PETER RODGERS
350
DAVID MARR
353
NOTES
358

THE UNITED KINGDOMS CLIMATE OF DISSENT
182
ZIONISM IN AUSTRALIA
198
THE NEWS MEDIA AND THE LOBBY
233
PUBLIC BROADCASTERS UNDER FIRE
235
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
265
WHERE TO NEXT?
296
ABBREVIATIONS
438
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
440
GLOSSARY OF NAMES
442
SELECT REFERENCES
444
INDEX
452
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