“War Against the People” seeks to answer a common question amongst activists in the Israel-Palestine conflict: “How does Israel get away with it?”. The author, Jeff Halper, argues that conventional explanations to this question – the power of the Israeli lobby for example – are not satisfactory.
The most common answers do not explain Israel’s ability to garner support in parts of the world where the Israeli lobby or the fervour of Christian Zionists are non-existent: In India, states in Latin America and Africa, even in the Middle East, Israel enjoys a favourable position at least on a governmental level if not amongst the population of the country.
Why then “in a decidedly post-colonial age…Israel is able to sustain a half-century occupation over the Palestinians, a people it violently displaced in 1948, in the face of almost unanimous international opposition”?
“Why, indeed, does the international community tolerate an unnecessary conflict that not only obstructs efforts to bring some stability to the wider Middle East…but one that severely disrupts the international system as a whole?”
This book has been shortlisted for the Palestine Book awards 2016, please click here to read the full review on the Palestine book awards site.