Terrorism and the State: A Critique of Domination through Fear

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Settler Terrorism: Israel and the P.L.O.

In confrontation, the rioters should suffer casualties and scars, so that they know it would not end with detentions.

Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin on Israeli policy in the wake of the Palestinian revolt that began in December of 1987, Israeli radio, October 8, 1988

They are like grasshoppers compared to us.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, addressing West Bank settlers on March 31, 1988

By the year 2000, we will look in the mirror and we will see South Africa.

Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri

In the tortured land called Palestine by the Arabs and Greater Israel by maximalist supporters of Jewish nationalism, the rituals of state and guerrilla violence embody both the greater terror of war and the specific deeds of vendetta. The structural and ideological ties between Israel and the West (more specifically the core states of Britain earlier in this century and now the United States) are complex. So too are the patterns of opposition that involve not only the Palestinians and the Arab world, but much of the Third World in general. It is tempting to reduce these complexities to terms that are not specific to history and globally founded relationships. It is appealing to cast issues in the language of anti-Semitism, culture-clash, religious intolerance, superpower rivalry, or a Semitic blood feud. It is seductive to speak in terms of moderates and extremists on both sides, and to identify personalities, parties, and factions who either advance

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - The Ideology of Terrorism 1
  • 2 - Terrorism and the State 17
  • 3 - Mediaspeak: the Selling of International Terrorism 45
  • 4 - The Real Nuclear Terrorism 69
  • 5 - Racial Terrorism: Apartheid in South Africa 89
  • 6 - [Terrornoia] and Zonal Revolution: the Case of Libya 111
  • 7 - Settler Terrorism: Israel and the P.L.O. 133
  • 8 - Holy Terror: Iran and Iran Gate 159
  • 9 - Surrogate Terrorism: the United States and Nicaragua 181
  • Notes 204
  • Bibliography 205
  • Index 221
  • About the Author 231
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