Gaza is among the most densely populated places in the world. Two-thirds of its inhabitants are refugees, and more than half the population is under eighteen years of age. Since Israel occupied Gaza in 1967, it has systematically de-developed the economy. After Hamas won democratic elections in 2006, Israel intensified its blockade of Gaza, and after Hamas consolidated its control of the territory in 2007, Israel tightened its illegal siege another notch. In the meantime, Israel has launched no less than eight military operations against Gaza-culminating in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014-that left behind over three million tons of rubble. Recent UN reports predict that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. Norman G. Finkelstein presents a meticulously researched and devastating inquest into Israel's actions of the last decade. He argues that although Israel justified its blockade and violent assaults in the name of self-defense, in fact these actions were cynical exercises of brutal power against an essentially defenseless civilian population. Based on hundreds of human rights reports, the book scrutinizes multifarious violations of international law Israel committed both during its operations and in the course of its decade-long siege of Gaza. It is a monument to Gaza's martyrs and a scorching accusation against their tormenters.
Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE OPERATION CAST LEAD 1 * Self-Defense 2 * Deterring Arabs, Deterring Peace 3 * Spin Control 4 * Human Shields PART TWO THE GOLDSTONE REPORT 5 * A Zionist Bears Witness 6 * The Star Witness Recants PART THREE THE MAVI MARMARA 7 * Murder on the High Seas 8 * Whitewash I: The Turkel Report 9 * Whitewash II: The UN Panel Report PART FOUR OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE 10 * Stalled Juggernaut 11 * Israel Has the Right to Defend Itself 12 * Betrayal I: Amnesty International 13 * Betrayal II: UN Human Rights Council Conclusion Appendix: Is the Occupation Legal? Index
"In its comprehensive sweep, deep probing and acute critical analysis, Finkelstein's study stands alone." * Noam Chomsky *"Readers with fixed positions, either in agreement or disagreement with Finkelstein, will find much to engage with here." * Publishers Weekly *"No one who ventures an opinion on Gaza . . . is entitled to do so without taking into account the evidence in this book. For that, at least, the people of Gaza owe a debt to Norman Finkelstein. . . . Offers what may well be the definitive history of one of the most horrifying and sustained campaigns of collective punishment in modern world history."" * The Intercept *"Norman Finkelstein has the moral gravity of an Old Testament prophet, the scrupulous attention to detail of a Talmudic scholar, and the mordant sense of humor of a Yiddish novelist. All these attributes are on display in Gaza: An Inquest Into its Martyrdom. . . . The cumulative impact of Finkelstein's meticulously-documented 408-page chronicle is devastating, and it will leave the reader stunned that the worldwide reaction is so muted." * Mondoweiss *"Recommended . . . for a review of the evidence of Israel's wrongdoing that is buried or downplayed." * Current Affairs *"Gaza is a tour de force. Finkelstein unravels the facade that Israel and its allies aim to create, exposing the double standards of the US government, the UN and even human rights organisations." -- Neve Gordon, * Times Higher Education *"Finkelstein's book is a stark reminder of the facets which have incarcerated Gaza to an extent that its political voice has been rendered irrelevant by the international community. The unravelling of misrepresentation and collaboration to ensure Israel's impunity at an international level are brought together as referenced, detailed facts. Finkelstein's demolition of colonial and international propaganda vindicates his objective 'to refute that Big Lie by exposing each of the little lies." * Middle East Monitor *"The factual record compiled here will be of interest to future historians on all sides." * CHOICE *"One would be hard pressed to find such crucial analysis in the US press, or the wider western media for that matter. . . . For both seasoned and newer readers of the conflict, Gaza is a must read; a serious commitment to revealing hard truths in their rawest form." * New Arab *"Anyone who chooses to read Gaza: An Inquest into its Martyrdom bears witness to the harrowing Truth and preserves it in the collective memory." * Palestine Chronicle *"A meticulous 440-page study of international law, of Israel's sustained attacks against Gaza and its people and offers what may well be the definitive history of one of the most horrifying and sustained campaigns of collective punishment in modern world history." * The Intercept *"An extraordinary book." * Bullet *"Its passionate and painstaking attempt to counter Israeli deception deserves our close attention." * CounterFire *"His research and his precise inquest into Israel's wars on Gaza raises many questions about not only the vicious right-wing nature of successive Israeligovernments, but also the failure of international law, the human rights industry and the UN to be anything other than bystanders . . . Finkelstein's systematic and analytical expose is a necessary read." * Socialist Lawyer *"Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom is a powerful call to intensify our campaign to bring about justice for the Palestinian people which has been denied them for so long . . . It is a work of exacting anf thorough scholarship, encyclopaedic in its coverage of the detal of the terrible treatment of the Palestinians of Gaza, and stands both as a reference guide to the suject and an appeal for justice." * Spokesman: Journal of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation *
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