Understanding Israel/Palestine

Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict (Second Edition)


Author: Eve Spangler
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the longest on-going hot-and-cold war in the 20th and 21st century. In this book the author argues that human rights standards are the key to a just and sustainable solution and that, tragically, no one has ever made serious use of them in trying to end the conflict. The reader will have a comprehensive view of the conflict, its relationship to surrounding world events, and its similarities to and differences from other conflicts, especially those embedded in American race relations.

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Eve Spangler, Ph.D. (1977), Boston College, is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also a human rights activist whose work, in the past decade, has focused on the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. She has published on this topic in Counterpunch, Mondweiss, and in Understanding Israel/Palestine (1st edition, Sense Publishers, 2015).
"It is exceedingly difficult, given the breadth of the question of Palestine, to distill a century of history into a single monograph. It is yet more difficult to do so in a way that is both academically rigorous and profoundly approachable to those unfamiliar with this history. In Understanding Israel/Palestine, Eve Spangler succeeds in the face of these challenges, producing a remarkable resource that everyone from neophytes to experts will find compelling. Spangler seamlessly weaves detailed historical analysis and theoretical framing with contemporary experiences and observations gained from years of leading student groups on trips through Palestine/Israel. (…) Spangler’s rigorous scholarship, years of experience and carefully considered, thorough, and convincing arguments result in a vital resource for experts and nonexperts alike." - M. DeMaio (2021). Book Review. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 1-2.

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction: Tell Our Story
 Background Information
 Reasons to Hope
 Methodological Considerations
 Plan of the Book

Chapter 2: In Israel and Palestine: What You See Is What We Bought
 Settlement Building
 Creativity and Resilience

Chapter 3: Basic Concepts: Human Rights, Race, and Nation
 Human Rights: Beyond Family and Tribe
 Race: Arabs as the Emerging Racial “Other”
 Nation and Nationalism: The Right to Have Rights

Chapter 4: Zionism: The Idea That Changed Everything

Part 2: A Brief History of the Conflict: Another Look

Chapter 5: State Builders, Settlers, and Colonial Subjects: The Past Is Prologue
 Zionists in the Pre-State Period
 The Great Powers in the Pre-State Period
 The Palestinians in the Pre-State Period
 The Spiral into Tragedy

Chapter 6: Establishing the State, Preparing Occupation
 The Israelis: Creating a National Framework
 The Great and Regional Powers in the Era of Decolonization
 The Palestinians: Divided and Abandoned
 The Sprial into Tragedy

Chapter 7: Occupation and Resistance: The Zionist Dream
Comes True, or Be Careful What You Ask For
 The Israelis: Realizing the Dream, Generating Resistance
 The Great and Regional Powers: Selling Out Palestine
 The Palestinians: Going it Alone
 The Spiral into Tragedy and Multiple Wars

Chapter 8: The Endless, Deceptive Peace Process
 The Israelis and the “Peace Process”
 The Great and Regional Powers and the Peace Process
 The Palestinians and the Peace Process
 The Peace Process and the Spiral of Tragedy
 Beyond the Peace Process: Marshalling International Support for Human Rights
 The Peace Process

Part 3: Moving Forward

Chapter 9: Four Frames: Israeli Self-Defense, Genocide, Apartheid, Settler Colonialism: Ethnic Cleansing/Sociocide
 Israeli Self-Defense
 Settler Colonialism: Ethnic Cleansing and Sociocide

Chapter 10: Zionism Revisited: From 1967 Back to 1948
 Zionism as Colonization and Ethnic Cleansing/Sociocide
 Zionism as Self-Ghettoization
 Zionism and the Promise of Safety
 Zionism and Globalization

Chapter 11: Conclusion: Hope and History
 Lessons from the Past
 Tools for Change Signs of Hope
 Conclusion: Finding the Tipping Point

Part 4: Supplementary Material

Appendix A: Time Line
Appendix B: Study Questions
About the Author
Graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and scholars of the Middle East (history, political science), or of Peace and Conflict Studies, or of Human Rights. Academic and public libraries, educated laymen. Staffers of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or government departments operating in the Middle East. All Churches and Synagogues with a Middle East Working Groups.