Political Zionism and the Roots of Palestinian Dispossession
Our community will not get a full understanding of the core injustice imposed on the Palestinians until we understand the history and political ideology animating the injustice today. For this reason, we have joined Mondoweiss to republish Jim Zogby's book: “Palestinians: The Invisible Victims.”
Zogby first wrote the book over four decades ago because Americans do not know Palestinians as people. On the contrary, Palestinians (and Arabs, in general) have been subjected to years of defamation, campaigns of disinformation and negative stereotyping. Consequently, Palestinians are not seen in the U.S. as human beings with equal rights. When Palestinians are considered at all, they are referred to as the “Palestinian problem” confronting Israel, the “problem” that must somehow be resolved so that Israelis can have peace. The book is not a catalog of Israeli acts of repression against Palestinians. Rather, it is an examination of the ideology and practice of the movement of Political Zionism and its patron, British imperialism, that together were responsible for the denial of Palestinian rights and the subsequent campaigns of disinformation and repression against the Palestinian people.
We’re republishing this book to educate a new generation about the history that has created the situation that continues to plague both Israelis and Palestinians; provide context in which to understand the enormity of the injustice that has defined the Palestinian reality; promote recognition of the human rights of this beleaguered people; and spur a much-needed debate about the dangers inherent in the exclusivist vision of Political Zionism. For there to be a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians, an understanding of this history is a necessity.
You can buy ‘Palestinians: The Invisible Victims’ on Amazon Kindle here or purchase a paperback copy of the book for $10 by filling out the form below.
James Zogby co-founded the Arab American Institute in 1985 and continues to serve as its president. He is Director of Zogby Research Services, a firm that has conducted groundbreaking surveys across the Middle East. For the past 3 decades, he has served in leadership roles in the Democratic National Committee and served 2 terms as a President Obama appointee to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He writes a weekly column published in 12 countries. He is featured frequently on national and international media as an expert on Middle East affairs. In 2010, Zogby published the highly-acclaimed book, Arab Voices. His 2013 e-books, Looking at Iran: The Rise and Fall of Iran in Arab Public Opinion and 20 Years After Oslo, are drawn from his extensive polling across the Middle East with Zogby Research Services.