How many times did I hear that phrase spouted by my classmates before the 1939-1945 war? Yet I was French, born in France, and I had received a secular, public school education. Sixty years later, all of it spent in France, it was explained to me that “Palestine” is the country of the Palestinians and that the Jews have no business there…
The object of this book is to recall a number of facts and to run a lot of preconceptions through the wringer.
Few peoples have been so reviled as the Jews. We need only mention the unjustified accusations of the past, about blood libel, poisoning of wells, and spreading the plagues, which led to the killing of thousands of Jews around the world. Since the creation of the State of Israel, slander and misinfor- mation against the Jewish People have continued and proliferated, generating a climate of totally unjustified hatred against the only democracy in the Middle East, against a country that aspires only to peace, humanism and progress, whatever its detractors may claim.
In her extremely precise and well-documented book, From Time Immemorial, Joan Peters presents an exhaustive analysis of the Israel-Palestine problem. We have preferred to be brief, even terse, preserv- ing only essential assessments updated for the 21st century.