Apartheid Israel

Possibilities for the Struggle Within

Uri Davis


A comprehensive analysis of the inherent racism in the legal foundations of the State of Israel that gives a sense of new emerging anti-Zionist currents within Israel/Palestine.
Uri Davis has been at the forefront of the defence of human rights in Israel since the mid-1960s and at the cutting edge of critical research on Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this book, he provides a critical insight into how it was possible for Jewish people, the victims of Nazi genocide in the Second World War, to subject the Palestinian people, beginning with the 1948-49 war, to such criminal policies as mass deportation, population transfers and ethnic cleansing, prolonged military government (with curfews, roadblocks and the like), and economic, social, cultural, civil and political strangulation, punctuated by Apache helicopters strafing civilians and their homes.

Since its establishment in 1948 Israel has acted in blatant violation of most UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, including amassing weapons of mass destruction in violation of international law. How is it then possible for this country, its apartheid legislation notwithstanding, to still maintain its reputation in the West as the only democracy in the Middle East and effectively to veil the apartheid cruelty it has perpetrated against the Palestinian people? In the course of outlining answers to these questions, Uri Davis traces the departure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) from its declared political programme; its demise beginning with the Oslo peace process; and the struggle within Israel against Israeli apartheid.

Author Bio

Uri Davis is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at University of Durham, and at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. In addition, he is Chairman of Al-Beit, the Association for the Defence of Human Rights in Israel; Founder Member of the Movement Against Israeli Apartheid in Palestine (MAIAP); and an Observer-Member of the Palestine National Council. He has published extensively in the field of democracy and human rights in Israel and Palestine.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Zionism
  • 2. Israel
  • 3. Israeli Apartheid
  • 4. Political Repression in Israel
  • 5. Possibilities for the Struggle Within


'Uri Davis's new book is a devastating critique of Israel's internal apartheid system and by extension the entire ideology of political Zionism. It is difficult to do justice to such an impassioned and detailed work, but I would particularly draw attention to its dedication to universal moral principles, unassailable logic and attention to factual detail that I believe are the distinctive hallmarks of this brilliant book.'
Hisham Sharabi

'Based on the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, and borrowing from his long years in the peace movement, Uri Davis presents, what is for me, the only sensible way forward in the present deadlock -- a roadmap based on civil rights, human dignity and international justice. It ? has the moral strength to convince victimizers and victims alike that there is a valid alternative to the present Israeli system of discrimination and occupation.'
Ilan Pappe, Professor of History, University of Exeter

'Apartheid Israel represents the most thorough critique to date of Israel's legal and political structure from a human rights perspective. At the same time it points towards an alternative vision for conflict-ridden Israel/Palestine, building on the author's own exceptional experience as an Israeli academic and human rights activist for decades. Current developments make this book more urgent reading than ever before.'
Nils Butenschon, Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo


Publication Date: 1 December 2003
256 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842773390
Library Edition: 9781842773383

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