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Why Israel


The foreword is written by Ronnie Kasrils, and the book is endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ahmed Kathrada, Essop Pahad, Omar Barghouti, John Dugard, Ramzy Baroud, Zwelinzima Vavi, and Terry Crawford-Browne (amongst others).

About Why Israel

Why Israel?, written by South African activists Suraya Dadoo and Firoz Osman is here! This is one of the best resources for SA Palestinian solidarity activists and the BDS movement. In a pioneering contribution, Why Israel? exposes the South African Zionist lobby and its long history of using intimidation and smear campaigns. But the book goes far beyond that.

Why Israel? makes widely accessible expert academic analysis, online commentaries, articles and blogs of well-known and highly-respected Palestinian activists and human rights organisations, as well as reports from a wide range of Palestinian and Israeli NGO’s. The result is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand investigation of Israel’s colonisation of Palestine, covering almost every facet of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It is fully-footnoted, with a 16-page full-colour photo essay (shocking images of violence and discrimination from ActiveStills, and powerful images of 1948 and 1967 Nakba’s from UNRWA), “quotable quotes” in side-bars, a detailed bibliography, index, and a list of useful websites and resources.

It will, therefore, be especially useful to activists, who need accurate, clear facts on Israeli Apartheid (particularly to write op-eds, articles, responses, prepare for advocacy efforts and media interviews, to use on social media etc.) It is also useful to high-school and university students, academics, journalists, government officials, and researchers. In fact, Why Israel is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to fully understand Israeli Apartheid.

It describes clearly and simply:

  • How Zionist Apartheid is implemented;
  • Why the Apartheid analogy can be used to describe Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, and how it differs from the South African version;
  • Israel’s violation of international laws and the consequences for Palestinians;
  • How various pro-Israel lobbies, globally, have been able to maintain Israel’s reputation in the West in spite of its Apartheid practices;
  • Abuse of anti-Semitism;
  • Why the growing global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign and ‘lawfare’ against Israel is an effective form of resistance

About The Authors

Suraya Dadoo has been a researcher with Media Review Network for over 10 years. She focuses on the impact of the Zionist occupation on Palestinian media, education, healthcare, and family life. Her articles have appeared in local and international publications, such as Sunday Independent, The Star, Daily News, Cape Argus, The Electronic Intifada, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology from Rhodes University.

Firoz Osman is a medical doctor by profession and a highly-respected South African commentator on the Zionist occupation of Palestine. A founding member and executive member of Media Review Network, he has a special interest in Palestinian political and resistance movements, Zionism, and Islamophobia. Firoz has appeared on SABC, etv, 702, SAFM, and his writings have appeared in all major South Africannewspapers.

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