( Book ) ♆ Israel: A Colonial-Settler State ⚒ MOBI eBook or Kindle ePUB free

A pretty concise, solid argument yes Where to from here Not the point of the book. Maxime Rodinson s basic thesis of this very short, concise and brilliant book is that Israel was established as a result of a colonial conquest, justified by an enthusiastic and racially exclusive ideology An axiomatic thesis to the seasoned reader, but Rodinson goes further with his argument by showing that Zionism, as a political ideology, was marked by the same chauvinist attributes toward the peoples of underdeveloped lands as other European bourgeois nationalist doctrines in history Max Maxime Rodinson s basic thesis of this very short, concise and brilliant book is that Israel was established as a result of a colonial conquest, justified by an enthusiastic and racially exclusive ideology An axiomatic thesis to the seasoned reader, but Rodinson goes further with his argument by showing that Zionism, as a political ideology, was marked by the same chauvinist attributes toward the peoples of underdeveloped lands as other European bourgeois nationalist doctrines in history Maxime also tries to dispel the myth that this view isn t radical If one remembers, Zionism was deeply enmeshed with socialism, and could very easily have lead the average person to draw the implicit conclusion that a society so deeply permeated with the leaven of socialism and Marxist theory cannot be termed imperialist or colonialist Not to mention that the Arab world was is portrayed as being feudal, anti western modernity and in many cases fascist like some mustachioed dictator I could mention, which also gets imported in that kind of orientalist discourse See Edward Said s work for clarification Assimilated Jews returning to their homeland and establishing a socialist society was not necessarily colonialist or imperialist per se in the motivations fundamental to that choice However, the single crucial element that allowed the amalgam of aspirations of the Jewish people in Palestine was one small detail they overlooked another people already inhabited Palestine On the land called Palestine, there existed a huge majority for hundreds of years, a large pastoral, a nevertheless socially, culturally, politically, economically identifiable people whose language and religion were largely Arabic and Islam, respectively Therefore, any thought about the native inhabitant problem had not disturbed the utopian ideas of Judaism or Jewishness This indifference was linked to European supremacy that had imported the colonialist framework which had implanted in the minds of many that any territory outside Europe was open to European occupation Maxime draws parallels with Israel s colonial conquest of Palestine with European expansionism in the nineteenth and twentieth century by drawing on the long history of Zionism and fitting it into the overall, general framework of colonialism Maxime also predicted the coalescing of Judaism with Zionism, thus making it incompatible with democracy as we see Israel today continuing it s expansionist policies that are partly driven by literalist interpretations of scripture.I may need to read this again to fully grasp therecondite points Maxime makes, but for what it accomplishes, this is a masterpiece and should be read along side two other books Edward Said s, Question of Palestine and David Hirst s, The Gun and The Olive Branch Maxime rodinson is very clever I love his views The conclusion of the book is very nice and visionary in a sense. ( Book ) ☤ Israel: A Colonial-Settler State ♗ Examines the Zionist colonization of Palestine and how the State of Israel was formed Places the history of Zionism and Israel in the perspective of European expansion and colonialism in the Third World and upholds the view, accepted by most Arabs, that Israel is indeed a colonial settler state imposed by force on an unwilling Palestinian population P rovides abundant documentation Recommended generally for libraries with Middle East collections ChoiceIndex, Annotation, Maps