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Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair

Published by: Zed Books, October 2008

Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human DespairDescription

In Disappearing Palestine, Jonathan examines the enduring themes of Zionist colonisation of Palestine, arguing that Israel has developed and refined policies to disperse, imprison and impoverish the Palestinian people in a relentless effort to destroy them as a nation. The West Bank and Gaza have been transformed into laboratories for testing the infrastructure of confinement, creating a lucrative ‘defence’ industry by pioneering technologies for crowd control, surveillance, collective punishment and urban warfare. The goal of these ever more sophisticated systems of curfews, checkpoints, walls, permits and land grabs is the disappearance of Palestine.

How to buy

In the UK: from Zed Books or Amazon UK
In the US: from University of Chicago Press or Amazon US
An e-book copy is available


This is an impressive and timely book written by one of the most knowledgeable writers on the Palestine-Israel conflict. Its insight into the devastating impact of Zionist settler colonialism and its account of the current reality on the ground are unique. A must read for those seeking peace and justice in the Middle East.
Nur Masalha, Director of the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s University College (UK), and author of The Bible and Zionism (2007)

No one is a keener observer of Zionism’s true goals, from its bald usurpation of land and resources to its bad faith about seeking real peace. The book provides an unusual depth of evidence and sharp analysis, and a devastating indictment of Zionism. It is a penetrating piece of scholarship and a gem of easy readability.
Kathleen Christison, former CIA analyst and author of Perceptions of Palestine (1999)

Book reviews

Alan Philips, The National
Isabelle Humphries, Palestine News
Gabriel Ash, Electronic Intifada
Neil Berry, Arab News
Pam Hardyment, The Palestine Telegraph
Marcy Newman, Al-Majdal magazine
Plus: Why I wrote Disappearing Palestine



An Arabic edition is published by Sutour Publishing in Cairo, Egypt.
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