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Blaming the victims : spurious scholarship and the Palestinian question
Said, Edward W.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Verso, 2001.

Physical Description:
vi, 296 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Conspiracy of praise / Edward W. Said -- Disinformation and the Palestine question / Norman G. Finkelstein -- Broadcasts / Christopher Hitchens -- Truth whereby nations live / Peretz Kidron -- Middle East terrorism and the American ideological system / Noam Chomsky -- The essential terrorist / Edward W. Said -- Michael Walzer's "Exodus and revolution / Edward W. Said -- Palestine / G. W. Bowersock -- Territorially-based nationalism and the politics of negation / Ibrahim Abu-Lughod -- Palestinian peasant resistance to Zionism before World War 1 / Rashid Khalidi -- A profile of the Palestinian people / Edward W. Said ... [et al.]
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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.

Author Notes

Edward W. Said is Parr Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York.
Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair

Table of Contents

Edward W. SaidEdward W. SaidNorman G. FinkelsteinChristopher HitchensPeretz KidronNoam ChomskyEdward W. SaidEdward W. SaidG. W. BowersockIbrahim Abu-LughodRashid KhalidiEdward W. Said and Ibrahim Abu-Lughod and Janet L. Abu-Lughod and Muhammad Hallaj and Elia Zureik
Introductionp. 1
Part 1 The Peters Affairp. 21
1 Conspiracy of Praisep. 23
2 Disinformation and the Palestine Question: The Not-So-Strange Case of Joan Peters's From Time Immemorialp. 33
Part 2 Myths Old and Newp. 71
3 Broadcastp. 73
4 Truth Whereby Nations Livep. 85
5 Middle East Terrorism and the American Ideological Systemp. 97
6 The Essential Terroristp. 149
Part 3 The 'Liberal' Alternativep. 159
7 Michael Walzer's Exodus and Revolution: A Canaanite Readingp. 161
Part 4 Scholarship Ancient and Modernp. 179
8 Palestine: Ancient History and Modern Politicsp. 181
9 Territorially-Based Nationalism and the Politics of Negationp. 193
10 Palestinian Peasant Resistance to Zionism before World War 1p. 207
11 A Profile of the Palestinian Peoplep. 235