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Unequal conflict : the Palestinians and Israel
Gee, John, 1953-
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First American edition.
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New York : Olive Branch Press, 1998.
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146 pages ; 22 cm
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As a phase of modern Palestinian history draws to a close in defeat, what can be salvaged? Is Palestine doomed, or can it be transformed and revitalized? These fundamental questions frame this stimulating and original account.

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John Gee is Senior Information Officer at the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding. He studied Middle Eastern History at the University of London

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Contrarian views of the Palestinian leader and the roots of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Journalist Aburish was born near Jerusalem but was educated in the U.S. and now lives in London. He gives Arafat credit for three key strategic decisions: creating and using "a Palestinian identity to face Israel"; resorting to armed struggle; and pursuing, from the early '70s, a peaceful settlement. But Aburish judges Arafat harshly for placing means before ends: Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization has always been more responsive, he argues, to Palestinian elites and conservative Arab governments than to its own people, and it betrayed Palestinians' interests through years of secret contacts with Israel and the West (most recently, the Oslo and Washington agreements). Aburish blames Arafat's poor organization skills for the fact that the Palestinian Authority he heads is at once deeply corrupt and utterly dictatorial. A solid summary of the Palestinian case against Arafat. Gee is senior information officer at the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding. His title summarizes his thesis: over the past 50 years, Israelis and Palestinians have not been competing on a level playing field. Gee grants the importance of outside support for Israel but focuses on inequalities within the conflict: the relative modernity of the Zionists who built Israel versus the insular and largely preindustrial society they encountered in the territory both groups claimed. Both societies have changed significantly over the decades, but to achieve lasting peace based on respectful coexistence, Gee urges today's Palestinians "to ally with all that is enlightened in Israel against what is racist and repressive." Constructive (if controversial) analysis. --Mary Carroll

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Independence and Catastrophep. 4
2 A New Nation-Statep. 58
3 Renewal and Retreatp. 86
4 A New Stage?p. 118
Notesp. 123
Indexp. 139