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We Hate Each Other More than the Jews. Discord within Palestinian Society (We haten elkaar meer dan de Joden)



Original Language: Dutch | 328 pp. | October 2017

2 Seas Represents: French & Portuguese Rights

English sample available

Selected for the Spring 2018 ’10 Titles from Holland’ brochure of the Dutch Foundation for Literature



‘Few people know more about the fault lines in Israel and Palestine than Dutch historian and journalist Els van Diggele.’ — Dagblad van het Noorden

‘A disillusioning portrait of the fratricidal struggle between Palestinians.’ ***** De Volkskrant

‘Rarely has an outsider so ruthlessly exposed the deep internal divisions among Palestinians. An alarming book.’ **** NRC Handelsblad

‘If you really want to know why the peace process between Israel and Palestine seems to lead nowhere, this book is a must. Reveiling and exceptionally timely.’ — Nederlands Dagblad

It’s a question asked around the world: after decades of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, why do we seem further than ever from a resolution? Historian Els van Diggele reaches an unsparing conclusion: a main reason for the failure to achieve a Palestinian state is dissension among Palestinians. We Hate Each Other More than the Jews exposes the internal conflicts and corruption within Palestinian society.

Instead of discussing Israel and the occupation of Palestinian territory, this book exposes the internal conflicts and corruption within Palestinian society. It asks a question rarely asked: why are Palestinians often more afraid of each other than of the Israelis? The fratricidal struggle, a constant factor in Palestinian history, remains hidden behind the scenes of world politics, whereas the ordinary Palestinian citizen experiences its harmful effects daily. Is ignoring this tragedy justified by the now fifty-year-long occupation?

Ten years after the civil war between Hamas and Fatah, a Palestinian independent state seems no longer achievable and the Palestinians are on their way to two-state solution. Is this the fate of a people who are confronted with obsessive media attention and the highest NGO count in the world?

Els van Diggele visits dissidents and other well-informed independent Palestinians: people with guts, who speak freely. She lived in Ramallah and, through humor and earnestness, takes us along her search on Palestinian territory, where nothing is what it seems.

Els van Diggele (1967) studied history at the University of Leiden and is a freelance journalist. She studied Palestinian society for years. Previously she published A People Who Live Apart: Jewish Identity and the Future of Israel, which was published in English and Hungarian. She lived in Jerusalem for ten years, until 2006, and spoke to all important Christian leaders, as well as dozens of believers.