[act-ma] 1/22 Tue, 7pm, Joel Kovel Discusses "Overcoming Zionism"

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Fri Jan 11 15:50:32 PST 2008

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'This book is absolutely fundamental for those who reject the unfortunate confusion between Jews, Judaism, Zionism and the State of Israel -- a confusion which is the basis for systematic manipulation by the imperialist power system. It convincingly argues in favour of a single secular state for Israelis and Palestinians as the only democratic solution for the region.' 
Samir Amin, Director of the Third World Forum 

The only solution to a land that is beloved to both the Israelis and Palestinians. Get rid of the borders and walls, the discriminations and differences. Love your neighbor.
-- From Sam, in an Amazon review of "Overcoming Zionism"

Prof. Joel Kovel
Discussing his Book: 

"Overcoming Zionism: 
Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine"

7pm, Tuesday January 22
Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline 
Followed by Discussion, Book Signing 
(books available at event)
Coolidge Corner stop on the Cleveland Circle Green Line
Tickets: $5, at the door, or in advance through CC Theater: 
http://www.coolidge.org/showtimes Scroll down to Jan 22.
For more directions, see the CC Theater website.

After Words: Meet and talk with Prof Kovel, Fugaku restaurant, 
(1280 Beacon St, walking distance from CC Theater)

Sponsored by 
Bostonians for One Democratic State
more info: 617 738-8029, 
peace at texnology.com


Amazon review by K. Boulos:
Kovel's book is the best survey of Zionism, its roots, its outcomes and why it is one of the most destructive ideologies today for Jews, Palestinians and the rest of the world. The primary conclusion that he draws is that the primary road to peace is the dismantling of Zionist ideology as a whole and putting in its place a construct based on Universal human rights and respect for the human dignity of all individuals. 

What is unique about his analysis is that he looks at Zionism from all angles - including its psychological, sociological, religious, economic and geopolitical aspects. He then looks at the state of Israel and how the marriage of Zionism with all instutions of the state and society has created a haven for Jewish religious fanaticism, militancy, violence and racism. These aspects of the state and society are, because of the nature of Zionism, ever-increasing and becoming more and more dangerous, with no mechasims for self-correction. 

For Zionists, hardcore believers or passive acceptors, reading this book will present them with a perspective that they have not likely heard before and a very important reality adjustment for their world view. For non-Zionists it will enable them to understand what exactly is so problematic with this Zionist ideology which has resulted in such strife for almost a century. Finally it presents a prescription for action to overcome Zionism both in Israel, the US and everywhere else. 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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