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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-513
Number of pages24
JournalCivil Wars
Volume21
Issue number4
Early online date7 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Nov 2019

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