IMAGE AND REALITY OF THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT by Norman Finkelstein
American citizens (i.e., corporate slaves) don’t usually get this side of this story–not from the mainstream disinformation system, they don’t. To be sure, predispensational “evangelicals” and fellow travelers will not be hearing this information anytime soon. So-called evangelical leaders, pre-tribbers, men like John Hagee, Chuck Missler, Chuck Smith, Tim LaHaye, and a horde of other hireling shepherds will see to that.
They have reason to keep their incorporated congregations ignorant: One read of this work by Norman Finkelstein and the modern-day evangelical, if he/she is reasonable at all, if they have any discernment at all, will scratch his/her head and wonder–for the first time in their lives–whether such men to whom they’ve been listening are in fact false teachers. Such a slowly awakening, formerly deep-slumbering evangelical reader will wonder–again, for the the very first time–where their old teachers have been getting their bogus information in apotheosizing the sinful political construct we know as the modern nation of Israel.
Finkelstein tells the reader from where the bogus information is emanating: The propaganda that nearly all mainstream pretrib pundits are selling regarding the modern nation of Israel, its character and its origins, largely stems from three critically acclaimed works: Land and Power by Anita Shapira, Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem by Benny Morris, and most especially the critically acclaimed, as well as popularly acclaimed, From Time Immemorial by Joan Peters.
Finkelstein exposes all three as being contaminated throughout with gross distortions of fact, past and present. The two former works are shown to be habitually and flagrantly biased in favor of official Zionist stories of given events; Shapira and Morris are shown to be, at best, ”cherry pickers” of only the slanted, choicest tidbits of historical documents, those morsels that just so happen to fit their agenda, and they are shown to be careful in duplicitously leaving the other half of quotes or the other half of the reportage out of many an alleged reference.
The latter work, though, by Peters, which is viewed by so many evangelical pundits as the sine qua non for understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, is exposed by Finkelstein as being an utter fraud, one of the single most comprehensive literary hoaxes of the 20th century. Indeed, as Finkelstein reveals, everybody around the world seems to already know this, except for the American public. And yet the Misslers and the Hagees still go on dissembling this nonsense and doubtless they still will for some time to come. Surely this must be but one facet of the “Strong Delusion” (II Thes. 2:11) that has enveloped the world and “the Multitude” in these Latter Days.
Finkelstein is a restrained, analytical writer. He tends to go extremely deep in dissecting his subject matter, more so than most other researchers of most any other subject. He is obviously quite fastidious. He is not an engaging writer, he does not have a dynamic style. There might be momentary bouts of tedium for the average reader here. Notwithstanding, Finkelstein’s carefully assembled facts and findings are typically so shocking, so iconoclastic, so important as to be terribly interesting in and of themselves and thus, this work is exquisitely persuasive as a whole. For example, Finkelstein often equates Zionism’s official approach to the “Palestinian Problem” with South African Apartheidism’s official approach to the “Zulu Problem,” and with official Nazism’s previous approach to the “Slav Problem,” and with the previous–(gulp)–official U.S. expansionist approach to the “Indian Problem.” Finkelstein demonstrates how uncannily homologous are all of these acquisitive systems of human government in their ruthless outlook towards fellow human beings whom are deemed to be problematic to their own expansionist, controlling policies.
Finkelstein successfully and easily makes these comparisons, and he does so dispassionately, using no rhetoric whatsoever. He just coldly, dryly, methodically shows the reader the way things are, using facts and reality and real history and nothing else. He is not a man given to emoting, though he would certainly seem to have a right to do so if he wished. His parents were in Auschwitz. They survived, though it is clear from the dedication of this book that at least a part of them did not survive. His background, therefore, would seem to make his findings all the more impeccable.
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