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Blaming The Victims: Spurious Scholarship And The Palestinian Question
Edited by Edward Said and Christopher Hitchens
Verso, 1988, 273 pp.
Like the Zionist versions of past and present aspects of the struggle over Palestine, these essays also tend to find truth and right all on one side. One essay, that of Noam Chomsky on terrorism, defeats itself by polemical overstatement. Nevertheless, many of the points the authors make on historical questions (e.g., on the makeup of the pre-1948 population of Palestine, or on the reasons for the flight of Arabs in 1948 from territory that became Israel) are valid. The final chapter, a profile of the Palestinian people, is a measured and sober presentation, partisan of course but a useful counterbalance to opposing partisan interpretations uncritically accepted by so many in America.
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