Fanning the Flames or a Troubling Truth? The Politics of Comparison in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Abstract

The politics of comparison in the Israel-Palestine conflict is largely encapsulated in
the use of two analogies. The first is the ‘Holocaust-Hitler analogy’ used by Israel
and its supporters, which portrays Israel as a beleaguered nation surrounded by
Nazi sympathisers who seek to destroy it as the Jewish homeland. The second is
the ‘apartheid analogy’, which compares the conflict to that of Apartheid-era
South Africa and portrays Palestinians as being the victims of racism and settler
colonialism. This article analyses why, how and with what desired impact these
two comparisons are invoked.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-513
Number of pages25
JournalCivil Wars
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

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