Jonathan Cook: the View from Nazareth -

Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State

Published by: Pluto Press, April 2006

Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic StateDescription

Jonathan’s first book concerns Israel’s treatment of its Palestinian citizens during the second intifada, and the real reasons for the policy of territorial separation evident in the Gaza disengagement and the building of the West Bank wall. It argues that, faced with predictions that the combined Palestinian population inside Israel and the Occupied Territories will soon outnumber the region’s Jews, Israel decided to create an expanded fortress state, where only Jewish blood and Jewish religion count.

How to buy

In the UK: from Pluto Press or Amazon UK
In the US: from Palgrave Macmillan or Amazon US


Jonathan Cook’s timely and important book on the Palestinians in Israel is by far the most penetrating and comprehensive on the subject to date … [He] builds, through exhaustive reference to the Hebrew press, a convincing picture of ethnocratic Zionism constantly preoccupied with a central dilemma: how to rid the land of its indigenous people. This work should be required reading.
Nur Masalha, Director of Holy Land Studies, St Mary’s College, University of Surrey, and author of The Politics of Denial (2003)

An original and powerful book.
Ilan Pappe, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Haifa University, and author of A Modern History of Palestine (2004)

Very impressive … Some of his findings will astound even the knowledgeable reader.
Salim Tamari, Director of the Institute of Jerusalem Studies

Book reviews

Raymond Deane, Electronic Intifada
Dr Ludwig Watzal, Anis-Online
Jim Miles, Palestine Chronicle
Isabelle Humphries, Holy Land Studies, Vol 5 No 2
Oren Ben Dor, Global Dialogue, Vol 9 No 1-2, pp. 109-13
Rami G Khouri, Agence Global
Stephen Lendman, Global Research
Gil Anidjar, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol 38 No 1
Wim de Neuter, Le Monde diplomatique (French)



An Arabic edition is available from Obeikan Research & Development (Ord) Publishing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
For orders, contact Mr Tareeq Sharabasy at, or Mr Ahmad Hanafi at

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