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
Title of host publicationComparing Armed Conflicts
EditorsBruno Charbonneau, Adam Sandor
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages53-77
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781003179405
ISBN (Print)9781032016375, 9781032016405
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Israel-Palestine conflict
  • conflict comparisons
  • conflict narratives
  • apartheid

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

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