Baruch Kimmerling: Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians

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Tue Feb 25 14:33:45 MST 2003

Baruch Kimmerling: Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War AgaiForwarded from Moshé


Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians
by Baruch Kimmerling

Editorial Reviews

Roane Carey, editor of The New Intifada and The Other Israel:
A brilliant and subtle thinker, who has made enormous contributions to
the...understanding of Israeli politics and society.

Book Description
Israel under Ariel Sharon became an agent of destruction, not only for its
surrounding environment, but for itself as well because its domestic and
foreign policy is largely oriented toward one major goal, the politicide of
the Palestinian people....This process may include the Palestinian's partial
or complete ethnic cleansing from the territory known as the "Land of
Israel." However this policy inevitably leads as well to decomposition of
the internal fabric of Israeli society and the decay of the moral foundation
of the Jewish state in the Middle East.

Ariel Sharon is 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 Shabra and
Shatila massacres.

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 he has won the support of powerful elements within Israeli
society and the present American administration in order to achieve this. At
this time of crisis 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

About the Author
Baruch Kimmerling is a 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 has published numerous
books and articles on Israeli and Palestine including his recent publication
(with Joel S Migdal) of a revised and enlarged edition of Palestinians: The
Making of a People.

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