Saturday, April 21, 2007

Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/ Palestine

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Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/ Palestine

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Author Kovel, Joel
Publisher Pluto Press
ISBN 0745325696
Binding PB
List Price £15.99
Discount Price £12.79 (20% off!)
Categories Middle East, Politics

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  • A call to transform Israel into a secular democracy by a leading writer
  • 'This book is absolutely fundamental for those who reject the unfortunate confusion between Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel -- a confusion which is the basis for systematic manipulation by the imperialist power system. It convincingly argues in favour of a single secular state for Israelis and Palestinians as the only democratic solution for the region.' Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum

Joel Kovel argues that the inner contradictions of Zionism have led Israel to a 'state-sponsored racism' fully as incorrigible as that of apartheid South Africa and deserving of the same resolution. Only a path toward a single-state secular democracy can provide the justice essential to healing the wounds of the Middle East.

Kovel is well-known writer on the Middle East conflict. This book draws on his detailed knowledge to show that Zionism and democracy are essentially incompatible. He offers a thoughtful account of the emergence and disintegration of Zionism that integrates psychological, political, cultural, economic, and ideological levels.

Ultimately, Kovel argues, a two-state solution is essentially hopeless as it concedes too much to the regressive forces of nationalism, wherein lie the roots of continued conflict.




1. A People Apart

2. The Unnatural History of a Bad Idea

3. The Spectre of Shoah


4. The Only Democracy in the Middle East

5. Facts on the Ground

6. Partners in Zion

7. Bad Conscience and State Racism

8. Slouching Toward Jerusalem


9. Beyond the Two-State Solution

10. Palesrael: A Secular and Universal Democracy for Israel/Palestine



Joel Kovel has served as a professor in Psychiatry, Anthropology, Political Science, Social Studies and Communications. He is currently editor-in-chief of Capitalism Nature Socialism ( Kovel has developed his distinctive approach, which draws on both psychoanalysis and Marxism, across a wide range of publications. His ten books include The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World? (2002), White Racism: A Psychohistory (1970) and Red Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the Making of America (1994). Kovel is also a political activist and a media commentator.

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