As a lover of history, I am obsessed with facts. Sometimes I cannot help myself from rambling off a list of semi-useless facts when trying to make an argument. By this can be self-defeating, by describing a plethora of facts why you are right, or more importantly why they are wrong, your argument deteriorates. To quote Mr. Banks from Mary Poppins, “Do not attempt to cloud the issue with facts. One fact and one fact alone is crystal clear.”
That one fact is quite clear when it comes to Palestine, Israel is using violence to occupy Palestinian lands. I do not understand why this is such a radical statement, that some consider to be anti-Semitic. Wanting Palestinians to have the same rights as Israelis should never be considered anti-Semitic.
One of the authors of this book, Marc Lamont Hill, was blacklisted from CNN for saying that Palestinians should be free from the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean). I don’t have any idea why it is wrong to state that people of different religions and ethnicities should be equal in the eyes of the law. How dare someone insist that indigenous people should have the same freedoms as their colonizers, what impudence!
I would encourage people to read this book to understand the difference between being anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli. It is incredibly important to understand this difference in order to fight against those who are actually anti-Semitic. Unfortunately, in the world today various minority groups are being discriminated against and it is necessary for everyone to stand together in unison.
Some of the closing statements from this insightful work accurately sum up the situation, “With the rise of anti-Semitism in the United states, Europe, and elsewhere, Jewish people everywhere need and deserve solidarity with liberals to survive. But if that solidarity comes at the expense of another people, it is ultimately self-defeating.”— From Social Change
A bold call for the American Left to extend their politics to the issues of Israel-Palestine, from a New York Times bestselling author and an expert on U.S. policy in the region
In this major work of daring criticism and analysis, scholar and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Israel-Palestine expert Mitchell Plitnick spotlight how holding fast to one-sided and unwaveringly pro-Israel policies reflects the truth-bending grip of authoritarianism on both Israel and the United States. Except for Palestine deftly argues that progressives and liberals who oppose regressive policies on immigration, racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and other issues must extend these core principles to the oppression of Palestinians. In doing so, the authors take seriously the political concerns and well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians, demonstrating the extent to which U.S. policy has made peace harder to attain. They also unravel the conflation of advocacy for Palestinian rights with anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel.
Hill and Plitnick provide a timely and essential intervention by examining multiple dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conversation, including Israel's growing disdain for democracy, the effects of occupation on Palestine, the siege of Gaza, diminishing American funding for Palestinian relief, and the campaign to stigmatize any critique of Israeli occupation. Except for Palestine is a searing polemic and a cri de coeur for elected officials, activists, and everyday citizens alike to align their beliefs and politics with their values.