Halper’s new book sheds light on the arms industry, arguing that Israel is now the go-to nation for armies and police forces around the world
Jonathan Cook, August 29, 2015
Middle East Eye
For 18 years Jeff Halper has been on the front lines of the Israel-Palestine conflict, helping to rebuild Palestinian homes in the occupied territories demolished by Israel. As he prepares to step down as head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), he is publishing a new book on Israel.
Halper’s main conclusion is disturbing. Israel, he says, is globalising Palestine.
The former anthropology professor’s wide-ranging research has forced him into an expertise he is not entirely comfortable with: the global arms industry.
Halper argues that Israel is cashing in – both financially and diplomatically – on systems of control it has developed in the occupied territories. It is exporting its know-how to global elites keen to protect their privileges from both external and internal challengers.
In a world supposedly mired in an endless war on terror, we may all be facing a future as Palestinians.
Halper’s book, entitled War Against the People, due out next month, suggests that Israel provides a unique window on some of the most important recent developments in what he terms "securocratic warfare".
The book’s central thesis emerged as he tried to understand why tiny Israel hits way beyond its weight economically, politically and militarily. How does Israel have so much clout – not only in the US and Europe but, more surprisingly in countries as diverse as India, Brazil and China?
None of the usual explanations – Holocaust guilt, the power of lobbies, even the growth in Christian fundamentalism – seemed to provide a complete answer.
Jeff Halper Tour
Jeff Halper visit 12 cities in Canada on a nation-wide speaking tour,
from January 17-February 13, 2015
Jeff is an academic, anthropologist, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
He is co-founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Watch video of Jeff Halper live-streamed in Surrey, BC
Listen also to Jeff Halper on CBC Radio Feb 11/15
Since its founding, ICAHD has been educating internationals and Israelis about the effects of the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem on Palestinian, and advocating for the rights of Palestinians living there.
ICAHD has produced
many helpful resources.
ICAHD rebuilds destroyed homes...
- Organizers of the national tour were UNJPPI (United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel) and IJV (Independent Jewish Voices)
- SPONSORS OF THE NATIONAL TOUR:
- United Church of Canada
Anglican Church of Canada
Canadian Friends of Sabeel
Canadian Friends Service Committee
United Jewish People’s Order