Gaza In Crisis (Revised and Updated Edition)

Reflections on the US-Israeli War Against the Palestinians

Israel’s Operation Cast Lead was described by a UN fact-finding mission (“the Goldstone report”) as “a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population.” The winter 2008–09 assault claimed the lives of 1,400 Palestinians and thrust the crisis in Gaza into the center of the debate about the Israel/Palestine conflict.

The crippling siege continues to block access to construction materials desperately needed to rebuild in the wake of the Israeli attack and prevents people from leaving the Strip even for treatment of life-threatening illnesses. With the constant humiliation of living a life punctuated by regular military incursions and ubiquitous checkpoints, the people of Gaza live in an area that has come to be known as the world’s largest open-air prison.

Following Israel’s naval attack on the Freedom Flotilla—a group of vessels carrying relief supplies and aiming to break the unbearable siege—international observers are increasingly questioning the logic of Israeli military aggression, and worldwide public support for Palestine is growing.

In Gaza in Crisis, Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé, two of the conflict’s most insightful critical commentators, survey the fallout from Israel’s conduct in Gaza and place it into the context of Israel’s long-standing occupation of Palestine.

About the author

NOAM CHOMSKY is widely regarded to be one of the foremost critics of U.S. foreign policy in the world. He has published numerous groundbreaking books, articles, and essays on global politics, history, and linguistics. Since 2003 he has written a monthly column for The New York Times syndicate. His recent books are the New York Times bestsellers Hegemony or Survival and Failed States.

ILAN PAPPÉ is the Director of the European Center for Palestine Studies and a fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He is the author of fifteen books among them The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (London and New York 2007) Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on the US-Israeli War Against the Palestinians (Haymarket Books 2012), and his most recent book is The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge (London and New York 2014).


"This sober and unflinching analysis should be read and reckoned with by anyone concerned with practicable change in the long-suffering region."
Publishers Weekly

"Both authors perform fiercely accurate deconstructions of official rhetoric."
The Guardian