"One of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation."―The New York Review of Books
Support for Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory―both internationally and within Israel itself―rests on the belief that the Israeli army's presence in the West Bank and Gaza is essentially protective, aimed at safeguarding the country from terror. But Israeli soldiers themselves tell a profoundly different story. In this landmark work, which includes more than a hundred soldiers' testimonies collected over a decade, what emerges is a broad policy that is as much offensive as defensive. In their own words, the soldiers reveal in vivid detail how key planks of the army's program have served to accelerate Israeli acquisition of Palestinian land, cripple all normal political and social life, and ultimately thwart the possibility of Palestinian independence.
Taking aim at a silence of complicity that perpetuates the justification for occupation, the soldiers who speak out here offer a gripping and immediate record of oppression. Powerful and incontrovertible, Our Harsh Logic is a supremely significant contribution to one of the world's most vexed conflicts.
Breaking the Silence
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these are brave ex soldiers who are telling the truth of what happens during israels military incursions into Palestinian territories, which are happening with increasing frequency and more and more brazenly.
the efforts of the authors of this book, to expose these untoward practices, must be commended. Israel has already dismissed these testimonies as false, but the level of consistency in the testimonials in this book, speaks for itself, and leaves no doubt about the extent and premedidation of these policies. please support breaking the silence, who authored this book. please buy this this book and let everyone see the real face of the monsters who call themselves the most moral army in the world
is it moral for soldiers to deliberately and gleefully, destroy olive trees, which are the sole source of income of destitute Palestinian farmers??
This is a "must-read" book for anyone wanting to understand the effects of the Israeli occupation on not only the Palestinians but on the soldiers whose job it is to enforce that occupation. These are moving, powerful and disturbing testimonies.
Breaking the silence has been collecting testimonies of IDF soldiers for over six years, and this book is a selection of testimonies from 2000-2010, covering the bulk of the latest round of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in the aftermath of the breakup of the Oslo accords. This is a one-of-a-kind collection of first-hand evidence on what Israeli soldiers actually do every day, paid for by the US taxpayer (among others) and how they think of themselves while doing it. Your view of the conflict will never be the same.
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