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

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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.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCivil Wars
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)1743-968X
ISBN (Print)1369-8249
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameCivil Wars
PublisherTaylor and Francis