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Jonathan Cook

26 Nov '07 - 22:08 by houck021

Interview with the British author Jonathan Cook about his book Blood and Religion. The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State.

Jonathan Cook, a former staff journalist of the Guardian and Observer newspapers, has also written for The Times, Le Monde diplomatique, International Herald Tribune, Al-Ahram Weekly and Aljazeera.net. He is based in Nazareth, the largest Palestinian town inside Israel.

Click here to listen to the interview

About Blood and Religion:

What is Israel hoping to achieve with its recent pullout from Gaza? Journalist Jonathan Cook, who has been reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Second Intifada, presents a lucid account of the motivations and implications behind the Gaza disengagement and Israel's building of a 700km fence-cum-wall around the West Bank.

At the heart of the issue, he argues, is demography. The Jewish state fears the impending moment when the region's Palestinian population inside Israel and in the Occupied Territories becomes a majority and Israeli rule inevitably draws comparisons with apartheid in South Africa.

'The book charts Israel's increasingly desperate recent responses to its predicament:

lethal military repression of Palestinian dissent on both sides of the Green Line; accusations that the country's Palestinian citizens and the Palestinian Authority are secretly conspiring to subvert the Jewish state from within; a ban on marriages between Israel's Palestinian citizens and Palestinians living under occupation to prevent a right of return "through the back door;" the redrawing of the Green Line to create an expanded Jewish state.

The path of unilateral separation will lead to ever greater abuses of Palestinian rights and ultimately, concludes the author, it will lead to a third, far deadlier, intifada.

Visit the author's website at http://www.jkcook.net/

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