Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid (Paperback)

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By Ilan Pappé (Editor)
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Any time that a politician or commentator compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to South Africa under apartheid, the response is swift denunciation. Yet many prominent, respected academics and politicians—including Jimmy Carter—have drawn such parallels, arguing that Israel’s treatment of its Arab-Israeli citizens and the people of the occupied territories amounts to no less a system of oppression than apartheid did.

Peoples Apart marks the first major scholarly attempt to analyze the apartheid analogy and its implications for international law, activism, and policy making. Gathering contributors from a wide range of disciplines and fields, including historians, political scientists, journalists, lawyers, and policy makers, the collection offers a bold, incisive perspective on one of the defining moral questions of our age.

About the Author

Ilan Pappé is professor of history, codirector of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, and director of Palestinian Studies Centre, all at the University of Exeter.

Praise For…

"It is clear from this finely crafted collection of essays that Israel has much in common with white-ruled South Africa. Indeed, The Different Faces of Apartheid provides abundant evidence that Israel is worse than South Africa was, and that Israeli apartheid will be more enduring than the South African variant. This smart and informative book should be read by every person who cares about Israel and its victims."
— John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago

"A key book for deepening the discussion of Israel as an apartheid state of a special kind, and for exploring a different future for Palestinians. The essays give no easy answers, but much food for thought, and for hope. This book's insights and analysis will be widely debated—it should be a best-seller."
— Victoria Brittain, author of Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror

Israel and South Africa could well become essential reading for anyone interested in the intrinsic nature of the Israeli state’s colonial and segregationist system, as well as the lessons to be drawn from a comparison of the Israeli and South African contexts. The authors argue for the need to explicitly call Israel an apartheid state, and demonstrate how much there is to learn from the successful fight against apartheid in South Africa. In such a heated political and academic debate, this book is a welcome contribution: one which will surely bring about important animated discussions, including with regards to the possibilities of a single-state solution.”
— LSE Review of Books

“The collection provides some excellent moments of reflection on apartheid in South Africa that are given new perspective through exciting comparative scholarship and can also aid in deciphering the post-apartheid trajectory of the country.”
— Africa at LSE

“This book explores the similarities and dissimilarities between Israel today and South Africa during its apartheid era. . . . A rich accumulation of material.”
— Electronic Intifada

“For Israel and its allies, any talk of apartheid remains anathema. . . . The essays in this book are evidence of how insightful, and fruitful, such a comparison and analysis can be.”
— Journal of Palestine Studies
Product Details
ISBN: 9781783605897
ISBN-10: 1783605898
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: November 15th, 2015
Pages: 225
Language: English