I think that if persons concerned about the problems of Jews and Zionism could have but one book on the subject on their shelf, it should be this one. Socialism and Democracy
The Zionist movement has had an unprecedented impact on global politics. The quest for a Jewish nation-state has caused turmoil and despair for the Palestinian people and has redefined what it means to be Jewish. Prominent American activist and intellectual Joel Kovel has written a critical exploration of the history of Zionism, arguing that a one-state solution is the only viable option for peace.
Kovel recounts the extraordinary genesis of the Zionist movement and the explicit goals of its founders to create a Jewish-only state in Palestine. He examines how the pursuit of this path has changed the nature of Jewry, the fate of the Palestinian people, and the relationship between the Western and the Muslim world. Kovels passionate concern for social justice makes him unable to accept the two-state solution for Palestine and Israel as a path to peace, and incapable of reconciling his Jewish identity with the goals of Zionism.
Joel Kovel has given us an impressive and important book … He writes beautifully, even poetically, not just on Zionism’s sordid history, but on its ideology, its ethics, and even on the terrible ecological devastation in Israel itself, where every river is polluted, some to lethal levels. And he writes with courage and hope.
– Socialism and Democracy
This detailed description of what a single secular state could look like is fascinatingly useful.
– Socialist Review
An impressive, important book. … I think that if persons following the current discussion and concerned about the problems of Jews and Zionism and Isreal and the Middle-East, even world peace, could have but one book on the subject on their shelf, it should be this one.
– Media Lens
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’s uncompromising criticism of Zionism is rooted in a very deep feeling of empathy and solidarity with his fellow-Jews caught in the death-trap of the Zionist adventure. The way out Kovel is suggesting - a bi-national Israeli-Palestinian state - may be challenged, but definitely not ignored.
– Michel Warschawski, former director of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem
|Part I||Coming to Zion|
|Chapter 1||A People Apart|
|Chapter 2||The Unnatural History of a Bad Idea|
|Chapter 3||The Spectre of Shoah|
|Part II||The Jewish State|
|Chapter 4||The Only Democracy in the Middle East|
|Chapter 5||Facts on the Ground|
|Chapter 6||Partners in Zion|
|Chapter 7||Bad Conscience and State Racism|
|Chapter 8||Slouching Toward Jerusalem|
|Part III||Zionism Overcome|
|Chapter 9||Beyond the Two-State Solution|
|Chapter 10||Palesrael: A Secular and Universal Democracy for Israel/Palestine|