Israel’s Occupation by Neve Gordon

Reviewed by
February 2009, no. 308
Buy this book
Peter Rodgers reviews 'Israel’s Occupation' by Neve Gordon

Israel’s Occupation

by Neve Gordon

University of California Press, $45 pb, 344 pp

Buy this book

Israel’s Occupation by Neve Gordon

Reviewed by
February 2009, no. 308

Barack Obama has promised to change the way America does things. If he is serious about this when it comes to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, we can only hope that he will read Neve Gordon’s examination of Israel’s post-1967 rule of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The subject matter, and the occasionally choking academic writing, do not make for a pretty story. But the book might serve to temper the new president’s apparently effusive support for Israel. That country’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, and its determined settlement-building programme, are an ongoing disaster for Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Gordon, from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University at Beer-Sheva, observes that one of the striking aspects of the occupation has been the rising number of Palestinian fatalities. In the first two decades after 1967, a total of 650 people died (annual average, thirty-two). In the thirteen years from 1987 to the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in September 2000, the figure totalled 1491 (annual average, 106). From September 2000 to the end of 2006 it reached 4,046 (annual average, 674). The number of Israelis killed also increased dramatically: a total of 422 between 1987 and September 2000; 1,019 from then until the end of 2006.

Peter Rodgers reviews 'Israel’s Occupation' by Neve Gordon

Israel’s Occupation

by Neve Gordon

University of California Press, $45 pb, 344 pp

You May Also Like

Leave a comment

If you are an ABR subscriber, you will need to sign in to post a comment.

If you have forgotten your sign in details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to ABR Comments. We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.