- Created: Thursday, 05 April 2018 10:15
- Written by Bob Shepherd
Gaza: an inquest into its martyrdom
Norman G Finkelstein
University of California Press 2018, £27.95
In the opening sentence of his preface to the book, Finkelstein writes ‘This book is not about Gaza. It is about what has been done to Gaza’ and it is, as its jacket states, a meticulously researched inquest into Gaza’s martyrdom. The book records in great detail the death and destruction meted out by Israel in the 2008/09 ‘Operation Cast Lead’, the 2010 attack on the Mavi Marmara and 2014 ‘Operation Protective Edge’, detailing the hypocrisy of the UN, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch in covering up for Israel’s war crimes. As he states in the preface: ‘What has befallen Gaza is a human-made human disaster ... Gaza is about a Big Lie composed of a thousand, often seemingly abstruse and arcane, little lies. The objective of this book is to refute that Big Lie by exposing each of the little lies ... If the evil is in the detail, it can only be confronted and disposed of in methodical parsing of logic and evidence. The reader’s forbearance must in advance be begged, as perusing this book will require infinite patience.’
The book is certainly not an easy read, but Finkelstein has done a great service in providing to the world a historical record of Israel’s atrocities in Gaza.