Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads

Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads

Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads

Intifada: Palestine at the Crossroads

Synopsis

"The theme is the struggle for Palestinian national liberation from colonial' rule, of which the uprising since December 1987 is seen as the latest and most powerful phase. Most of the contributors are professionals in the occupied territories (in sociology, economics, political science, public health, etc.), and they write as scholars and firsthand observers as well as supporters of the intifada. There is much interesting material on the respective roles of villagers, urban workers, the merchant class and Palestinian women, as well as on the competing secular and Islamic wings of the nationalist movement." Foreign Affairs "An unusually well-informed collection of 19 essays on the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, which has been underway since December 1987. The contributors know their subject and in composite they provide a clear, pithy (and sympathetic) picture of the economic, political, and social underpinnings of the uprising. Although the perspective is generally inside looking outward, there are several good chapters on the international aspects of the intifada. . . . Highly recommended for academic libraries." Choice

Excerpt

The Palestinian intifada (uprising) is not a transitory phenomenon that sprang up from nowhere and may be expected to pass as mysteriously as it arose. To be sure, as the chapters that follow demonstrate, the uprising represents the acceleration of an ongoing process of resistance. The intifada also exhibits the volatility of the Middle East, a region that is vital to world security and economic stability. It is clear today that serious analysts cannot study the politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and in particular its Palestinian dimension, without coming to grips with the Palestinian uprising.

This volume is a modest attempt at tracing and assessing the intifada. The principal emphasis throughout is upon the dynamics of its rise and the patterns of its development and consequences. Our aim is to be comprehensive. As always comprehensiveness is subverted by time and necessity. Therefore some important chapters will be left to the future. The book is also designed to provide the reader with expert summary and analysis. The majority of the contributors are, in fact, experts on the subject. Most are Palestinian professionals on the West Bank, many have not only witnessed the intifada but actually participate in it. Many have paid the price for their political activism and involvement in Israeli jails. Other ontributors are experts of long standing on the issues on which they write. Combined, their contributions provide the reader with detailed discussion that is not otherwise possible.

While this volume grows out of the Palestinian intifada, it stands in stark relief to the suffering and pain of those who reside in the land we call holy. It . . .

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