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Internationally acclaimed novelist Amos Oz grew up in war-torn Jerusalem, where as a boy he witnessed firsthand the poisonous consequences of fanaticism. In two concise, powerful essays, the award-winning author offers unique insight into the true nature of extremism and proposes a reasoned and respectful approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He also comm Internationally acclaimed novelist Amos Oz grew up in war-torn Jerusalem, where as a boy he witnessed firsthand the poisonous consequences of fanaticism. He also comments on related issues--the Gaza pullout, Yasser Arafat's death, and the war in Iraq--in an extended interview at the end of the book. The brilliant clarity of these essays, coupled with Oz's ironic sense of humor in illuminating the serious, breathes new life into this old debate.
Oz argues that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a war of religion or cultures or traditions, but rather a real estate dispute--one that will be resolved not by greater understanding, but by painful compromise. Fresh, insightful, and inspiring, How to Cure a Fanatic brings a new voice of sanity to the cacophony on Israeli-Palestinian relations--a voice no one can afford to ignore. Get A Copy. Hardcover , 95 pages.
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To ask other readers questions about How to Cure a Fanatic , please sign up. See 1 question about How to Cure a Fanatic…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of How to Cure a Fanatic. Mar 12, Ina Cawl rated it liked it. One thing I always in any conflict is that always paint one group as righteous and the other group as wrongdoers, one group as good guys and the other group as a bad guys, one group as a victim who deserve our sympathy and another group as a villain who will be denigrated and stand accused of everything.
There is no good guys versus bad guys in this conflict but two righteous owners of the same One thing I always in any conflict is that always paint one group as righteous and the other group as wrongdoers, one group as good guys and the other group as a bad guys, one group as a victim who deserve our sympathy and another group as a villain who will be denigrated and stand accused of everything.
There is no good guys versus bad guys in this conflict but two righteous owners of the same land in which there is two different claim about the same land In the past both the Arab and Israeli denied each other existence and tried unsuccessfully in the Arab side to militarily erase Israel from the map,fortunately the failed and after six wars the neighbouring Countries have accepted the Israeli right ti exist in Israel.
But what about Palestinian who rotted in refugee camp around the world what would happen to them will they always be stateless for eternity. It is easy to paint Israeli as the bad guys in the region as they are most developed nation in the region but who is Goliath and who is David depends in which scale you are looking at, If it comes to Israeli Palestinian conflict we can paint the Easily the Israeli as Goliath but if you enlarge your perspective a little more and used bigger scale then Israel will be the victim in the region I mean being entrapped in region where almost three hundred Arabs hates it and vowed to destroy it in this case Israeli will be the nice guys in that region.
What the author tries to tell is compromise and negotiations is what this conflict need to end I mean to Israel to accept there would be no greater Israel and for Palestinian there would be no greater Palestine This compromise which is hard to go through for both Israeli and Palestine is what this conflict needs as this conflict is real Estate problem not religious problem as many Muslim and Jewish extremist tries to paint.
About the Fanaticism which is now became like the virus spreading around Muslim world and also in Western world as far right is getting more and more chairs in Western government. What about Fanaticism attracted me in my youth was the ability for the fanatic to sacrifice his life for his beliefs but in growing older I became more rational and kind scared for sacrificing my life for any goal whatsoever. Being fanatic is easy for any human but being understanding and trying to put your self in other shoes, trying to imagine what the other feels and what being the other could be.
But sometimes it feels really tiring to talk with fanatic with people who believe Jews control the world and US with people who believe homosexuality is disease and throwing gays out of high building is great way to reduce homosexuals in the society,people who believe who believe every western nation are secretly trying to destroy Islam Talking with people with this mindset and trying to be the devil advocate can be very tiring sometimes But one the solution to fanaticism is literature because literature allows you to put yourself in the shoes of other and also humour you don't see Terrorist in who have good sense of humour and also trying to be with the people you have prejudice against them can heal fanatic in your heart View all 4 comments.
Nov 01, Arda rated it it was ok. A nice lady in Knoxville, Tennessee, attended one of my talks in the States this October. During lunch break, she sat next to me, started searching inside her bag and picked up a tiny book.
Halfway through the book, I was grunting already. In more than one instance, Amos Oz justifies war, and in more than one occasion, he insists on separation. I was looking, perhaps, for a broader perspective; a global human perspective that acknowledges the rights of people as who they are rather than on what their ethnicity dictates.
Yes, they may have both been victims of the same oppressor, but one of these victims is the occupying force at this point. The difference between those examples and the reality of today is that while those examples are in the past, this one is taking place before our eyes.
A lot of South Africans have said that the Israeli Occupation is in fact much worse than what apartheid was. All of that said, I did learn quite a few things from this book.
They are depicted as the colonialists who came to the Middle East once again, this time disguised as Zionists, to tyrannize, to colonize, and to exploit. Very often Arabs, even some sensitive Arab writers, fail to see us as what we, Israeli Jews, really are — a bunch of half-hysterical refugees and survivors, traumatized not only by Europe but also by the way we were treated in Arabic and Islamic countries.
He speaks about! A sense of humor, he adds, is necessary: the ability to laugh at ourselves, and see ourselves as others. Reading these parts, I knew exactly why Julie thought I would enjoy this book. She knew I would agree with this. Treason is not the opposite of love; it is one of its many options.
The traitor is the one who changes in the eyes of those who cannot change and would not change and hate change and cannot conceive of change, except that they always want to change you. In my thinking, I am sure I like him much more as the buddy I found in him in that chapter. He would be the kind of friend I would genuinely like but would avoid talking politics with, which is unfortunate, because you would expect more from the two of us. View all 3 comments. Oct 09, Jake rated it did not like it Shelves: palestine-israel , books , nypl , mena.
I'm not impressed. Oz correctly asserts that both Israelis and Palestinians have made mistakes and will need to make tough compromises in order to end the conflict. However, Mr. Oz draws a simplistic and unrealistic equivalency between the Israelis and Palestinians. This is the unsound foundation upon which he predicates his arguments. Oz completely ignores historical and current power imbalances between the State of Israel with its fully developed military machine and nuclear capability I'm not impressed.
Oz completely ignores historical and current power imbalances between the State of Israel with its fully developed military machine and nuclear capability and the Palestinians who have security forces but no military. The state of Israel also has a fully functional economy, while Israeli military occupation and limitations have hampered economic development in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. So yes, compromises need to be made, but, and this is a big but, it is simply foolish to imply that these compromises are being made by two equal players in the conflict.
Or two parties with equally "right" claims to land in the area. Oz also sticks to the standard line that Arab "rejectionism" is the reason that no solution was reached in From the extensive reading I have done on the topic this simplistic assertion ignores the complex situation at the time and only serves to blame the resulting 60 years of conflicts on the Palestinians.
Oz also alludes to his military service claiming he would fight again if Israel faced an existential threat. He says that he is not ashamed to have fought in and Implicit then in his lack of regret for having fought in those wars is that Israel was facing destruction during both of these conflicts.
Again Mr. Oz ignores history and relies on popular myth and revisionist claims in this case. The reason that the nascent Israelis won their first war in is that they were better armed, better trained, and better organized than certainly the Palestinians, but also their Arab neighbors. This continued to be the case, and is still the case. It is, not to put too fine a point on it, propaganda, to keep trotting out the old saw that Israelis must continue to fight endless wars in order to stave off annihilation.
I'm glad that Mr. Oz wants peace, but I don't think he has truly opened his eyes to the asymmetrical situation created by the war in and perpetuated by the well-armed, U. View 1 comment. Apr 13, James rated it really liked it. Fanatics are often sarcastic. Some of them have a very pointed sense of sarcasm, but no humor. Humor contains the ability to laugh at ourselves.
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