Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians

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Verso, 2003 - Political Science - 234 pages
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Ariel Sharon was one of the most experienced, shrewd and frightening leaders of the new millennium. Despite being found both directly and indirectly responsible for acts considered war crimes under international law, he became Prime Minister of Israel, a political victory he won by provoking the Palestinians into a new uprising, the second intifada. From the beginning of his career Sharon was regarded as the most brutal, deceitful and unrestrained of all the Israeli generals and politicians. A man of monstrous vision, his attempts to destroy the Palestinian people have included the proposal to make Jordan the Palestinian state and the now infamous invasion of Lebanon in 1982, which resulted in the Sabra and Shatila massacre.

Baruch Kimmerling's new book describes Sharon's quest to reshape the whole geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. He describes how Sharon is committed to politicide, the destruction of the Palestinian political identity, and how won the support of powerful elements within Israeli society and the American administration in order to achieve this. Kimmerling exposes the brutality of Sharon and his junta's 'solutions', and constructs a devastating indictment of a man whose cruelty and ruthlessness have resulted in widespread and indiscriminate slaughter.

  

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This is the most detailed and up-to-date critical biography available of Israel's current prime minister, Ariel Sharon. In this thought-provoking book, Kimmerling (Distinguished Research Professor ... Read full review

Contents

Internal Contradictions and Crisis
13
Historical Context
20
Precedents The First Attempt at Politicide
23
Ideology and Military Practices
31
Constitution of a Herrenvolk Republic
35
Childhood in Colonial Palestine
42
Sharons First Round
46
An Officer but Not a Gentleman
54
The Establishment of the Palestinian National Authority
114
From NearAgreement to Stalemate
123
The Camp David Debacle
129
The Diversification of Israeli Society
141
The New Sharon
148
The Third Attempt At Politicide
154
What is Left of the Left?
167
The NonViolent Guerilla War
181

The Patron of the Settlers
69
The Second Attempt at Politicide
79
The Horror of Sabra and Shatila
92
From Civil Rebellion to InterCommunal War
105
Oslo
108
POLITICIDE IN PROGRESS
199
RECOMMENDED READING
219
INDEX
221
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About the author (2003)

Baruch Kimmerling was Distinguished Research Professor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto and George S. Wise Professor of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He published numerous books and articles on Israel and Palestine including, with Joel S. Migdal, a revised and enlarged edition of Palestinians: The Making of a People. He died in 2007.

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