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Anthony Löwstedts Apartheid-Buch, 6. Auflage Update

Ein Denkanstoß zur Frage der Gerechtigkeit in und für Israel und Palästina:

die neue Auflage von Anthony Löwstedts Apartheid-Buch ist soeben erschienen und wird in folgender Veranstaltung präsentiert:

The Austrian-Arab Cultural Centre

Das Österreichisch-Arabische Kulturzentrum
Gusshausstrasse 14/3, 1040 Vienna

invites you to a book presentation on
Wednesday, 30 June, at 6.30 pm.

Apartheid – Ancient, Past, and Present: Systematic and Gross Human Rights Violations in Graeco-Roman Egypt, South Africa, and Israel/Palestine, Wien: Gesellschaft für Phänomenologie und kritische Anthropologie, 2010, 6th edition, (1st edition 2006)


The author, Dr. Anthony LÃ∞â√ıÃ≠¶wstedt, worked and carried out research over twelve years on three continents for this book, which is now appearing in a new, updated and considerably extended edition on the web. In his Foreword to this edition, the Israeli historian and editor of the forthcoming volume, Peoples Apart: Israel, South Africa and the Apartheid Question (I.B. Tauris, 2010), Ilan Pappe, writes:

„Although the association of apartheid South Africa and the Palestine issue has been in the air for quite a while, very few scholarly books tackled the comparison in a profound and professional way. This book is one of the first serious attempts. . . It does not confine the comparison to South Africa alone. After all, apartheid and segregation accompanied other … regimes and these case studies are equally important for such a comparative study. The novelty here, however, is not confined to extending the comparison geographically or chronologically. What the author calls the ‚wide sense‘ of apartheid exposes layers quite often hidden from the public, and quite often the professional eye. These include the impact of segregation polices in both societies on individual violence, family cohesion and gender issues. . . The awareness that the story in one case, South Africa, has come to an end and the terrible sense of worse to come in the other, in Israel and Palestine, gives this book particular urgency and vitality. As the author concludes: this state of affairs should be cautiously regarded as hopeful for Palestine and the Palestinians. Despite the conflict and tension in post-apartheid South Africa, the process of reconciliation and change has been completed. Cynics would point to the continued role of capitalist global powers in the process and highlight the less savoury aspects of the transition. But, as this book makes abundantly clear, justice was nonetheless served when apartheid fell. So it is not a super model, nor one that cannot be, or should not be, improved. But it is inspiring to think that it would be possible for the South African model of post-apartheid justice, as flawed as it is, to reappear in Israel and Palestine.“

The book will be presented by the author and discussed by a panel of experts and activists, addressing such questions as: How does apartheid relate to colonialism, genocide, and other crimes against humanity? To what extent does the concept of apartheid enable us to explain what has happened and what is happening in Israel/Palestine? How can human rights become prioritized, or will this conflict just keep continuing? Are predictions possible based on the South African experience? In what areas and for how long are apartheid legacies likely to linger in South Africa (and in a possible post-conflict Israel/Palestine)?


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