Blood and Religion
The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State
What does Israel hope to achieve with its withdrawal from Gaza and the building of a wall around the West Bank?
The book charts Israel’s increasingly desperate responses to its predicament including military repression of Palestinian dissent on both sides of the Green Line; accusations that Israel's Palestinian citizens and the Palestinian Authority are secretly conspiring to subvert the Jewish state from within; a ban on marriages between Israel’s Palestinian population and Palestinians living under occupation to prevent a right of return ‘through the back door’; the redrawing of the Green Line to create an expanded, fortress state where only Jewish blood and Jewish religion count.
Jonathan Cook is a former staff journalist for the Guardian and Observer newspapers. He is the author of Israel and the Clash of Civilisations (Pluto, 2008), A Doctor in Galilee (Pluto, 2006) and Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State (Pluto, 2006). He has also written for The Times, Le Monde diplomatique, International Herald Tribune, Al-Ahram Weekly and Aljazeera.net. He is based in Nazareth.
'Timely and important … by far the most penetrating and comprehensive [book] on the subject to date' - Nur Masalha, Director of Holy Land Studies, St Mary’s College, University of Surrey, and author of The Politics of Denial (2003)
'An original and powerful book' - Ilan Pappe, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Haifa University, and author of A Modern History of Palestine (2004)
'Very impressive … Some of his findings will astound even the knowledgeable reader' - Salim Tamari, Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies
Introduction: The Glass Wall
1. Israel’s Fifth Column
2. A False Reckoning
3. The Battle of Numbers
4. Redrawing the Green Line
5. Conclusion: Zionism and the Glass Wall
Appendix: ‘We’re like visitors in our own country’
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