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David Pratt
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"David Pratt's first book, Intifada: The Long Day of Rage is a
real gem... passionate, frightening, intense, there are searing details of
humanity on both sides. This remarkable book is a testament to the power of
an honest partisan." -- Louisa Waugh - The Herald

"THIS book will be an eye-opener for many readers, Americans in
particular . . . it unveils a longstanding lapse in the Western concept of
justice."
-- Steve Tanner, author of Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban.

"THIS is eye-witness reporting at its best - clear, well-observed,
fair. Read it, and you'll understand why most of what you read about Israel
and the Palestine is nonsense." -- Charles Glass, former ABC News Chief Mideast Correspondent and author of The Tribes Triumphant and The Northern Front

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Armed with stones, Kalashnikovs, and the scarcely believable martyrdom of the suicide bomber, a generation of Palestinians has confronted one of the most lethal armies in the Middle East in a battle that has stunned and horrified the world. For almost two decades the Intifada has been the byword for Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation. But, for all its familiar usage in the media, many people remain unclear as to what the Intifada really is, or how it began. Just what fuels the anger? Who are the key players in this deadly clash and where, during these dangerous days in the Middle East, does the resistance go from here? Part reflection, part reportage, in The Long Day Of Rage award-winning foreign correspondent and film-maker David Pratt, takes the reader on a journey across the frontlines of the Palestinian uprising.

From the War of the Stones in the 1980s, to the eruption of the al-Aqsa Intifada in 2000, and the ultimate rise of Hamas, this is an eyewitness tour through the Islamic hotbeds, beleaguered refugee camps, and bomb-makers’ dens of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Above all, it is a gripping and graphic account of a people's struggle to shake off oppression as viewed from the ground zero of besieged Ramallah and the ruins of a shell-shattered Jenin.

About the author: David Pratt has been a foreign correspondent and photojournalist specialising in the Middle East, Arab and Islamic world for more than twenty years. He has worked for Reuters, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), and is a regular contributor to the BBC on conflict and foreign affairs issues. During an adventurous career, Pratt has covered wars across the Middle East and Africa, including Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Congo, Sudan and Somalia, and has twice been a finalist in the Amnesty International Media Awards for his reporting on human rights issues. In Afghanistan in 1989 he had the dubious pleasure of having tea and a chat with Osama bin Laden during a lull in fighting around the city of Jalalabad.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 525 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1932033637
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishing (19 Mar 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DI7R6U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Billy Briggs Freelance Journalist 29 July 2007
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Pratt's perceptive book is invaluable for anyone wishing to fully understand the two Palestinian Intifadas and recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Pratt is a highly experienced and respected British journalist who has spent more than twenty years covering this conflict, often putting his own life at risk in order to bear witness and to gain first hand experience of one of the world's most tragic stories: Pratt knows his subject matter inside out.
What I enjoyed most about this book is Pratt's writing style and his roller coaster reportage that takes the reader right into the heart of the dozens of major incidents he has covered. Pratt has interviewed most of the major players on both sides during his time but what makes this book for me is the insight the reader is given into how the conflict impacts ordinary people on both sides, details often missed by much media reporting.
In the foreword Pratt refreshingly abandons journalistic impartiality and states his belief that the Palestinian people are victims of a great injustice because the "weight of evidence which as a reporter I have come across over considerable time, convinces me that the State of Israel has a case to answer for its appalling treatment of the Palestinian". It's a courageous move and Pratt must be applauded for being so honest at the outset. I came to a similar conclusion after spending only one week in the West Bank: I'm no anti-Semite and neither is Pratt. Far from it, in fact, and anyone who has spent any time at all in the West Bank/Gaza could possibly come to any other conclusion than that Israel has a lot to answer for in its treatment of the Palestinians. Pratt does not neglect to present the Israeli point of view and he is severely critical of the PLO and Palestinian Authority.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Liberation Struggle 22 May 2010
By S Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"The Palestinian intifada is a war of national liberation. We Israelis enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the occupied territories, engaging in theft and finding justification for all these activities . . . we established an apartheid regime" (Michael Ben-Yair, Israeli Attorney General 1993-96)

Sunday Herald reporter David Pratt's, "Intifada: The Long Day of Rage" is based on his newspaper reports from Israel and the occupied territories from the mid 1980's through to early 2006. The reports have been expanded, and additional material added to put them into their full context.

Pratt captures the day to day reality of the occupation as it has evolved over that period, as well as many of the key events including the eruption of the first intifada, the Hebron massacre and it's aftermath, Ariel Sharon's walk-a-bout in occupied East Jerusalem that triggered the Al-Aqsa intifada, the Israeli assault on Jenin refugee camp, the annexationist wall, and a number of other events. He also covers events in Israel including the Iraqi Scud missile attacks that occurred during the 1991 Iraq War, and bombing attacks by Palestinians.

As far as British journalism from the Middle East goes, Pratt is second only to Robert Fisk; he has no difficulty in capturing the details, large and small, in powerful and often disturbing prose, as well as placing them into the bigger historical picture.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unholy land 18 Jan 2007
By Craig
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Intifada The Long Day Of Rage is one of the most incisive and well researched books of the unholy land to date. Pratt shares his intimate knowledge of the Palestinian struggle to portray the injustice and violence faced by ordinary citizens on both sides of the divide.

Essentially a polemical work, inspired by his personal experience as a war correspondent he provides a narrative that is both sympathetic and honest in its approach to what is a very daunting subject. For those that have never read about this conflict or have been confused about the chronology or the various participating factions this book is essential reading.

Intifada The Long Day Of Rage will inspire and inform anyone with an interest in one of the most important and pivotal conflicts of our age.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fact checkers are always important. 29 Dec 2007
By J. B. Copland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought this book knowing that is was going to be a slam on Israelis so I was prepared for it to make my blood boil to an extent. However, to suggest that the first homicide bombing did not take place until 2001 is just irresponsible for both author and editor to publish.

All in all I found it an easy read but I took it with a grain of salt factually. If you already have a bias against Israel this will only reinforce your views. For anyone else, I would call it a nice trip down fantasyland.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Liberation Struggle 20 Mar 2012
By S Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Palestinian intifada is a war of national liberation. We Israelis enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the occupied territories, engaging in theft and finding justification for all these activities . . . we established an apartheid regime" (Michael Ben-Yair, Israeli Attorney General 1993-96)

Sunday Herald reporter David Pratt's, "Intifada: The Long Day of Rage" is based on his newspaper reports from Israel and the occupied territories from the mid 1980's through to early 2006. The reports have been expanded, and additional material added to put them into their full context.

Pratt captures the day to day reality of the occupation as it has evolved over that period, as well as many of the key events including the eruption of the first intifada, the Hebron massacre and it's aftermath, Ariel Sharon's walk-a-bout in occupied East Jerusalem that triggered the Al-Aqsa intifada, the Israeli assault on Jenin refugee camp, the annexationist wall, and a number of other events. He also covers events in Israel including the Iraqi Scud missile attacks that occurred during the 1991 Iraq War, and bombing attacks by Palestinians.

As far as British journalism from the Middle East goes, Pratt is second only to Robert Fisk; he has no difficulty in capturing the details, large and small, in powerful and often disturbing prose, as well as placing them into the bigger historical picture. Nor is he afraid to tackle a number of the issues that are deemed controversial such as the comparison of the Israeli states policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians to that of Apartheid era South Africa and their policy with regard to the black majority; the failures of the Arafat led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as in its negotiations with the Israelis; and the utter poverty of the Oslo "peace" process.

This is a valuable work that covers a remarkable amount of the history of the occupation over the last twenty or so years given its relatively short size. It also includes a brief chronology of events and a glossary of terms. Readers who wish to learn more about the issues covered in this book may find Said K Aburish's Children of Bethany which covers the state of affairs in the occupied West Bank in the early 1990's; Edward Said's From Oslo to Iraq and the Roadmap is a selection of articles that span the period of the "peace" process. The Israeli dissident Tanya Reinhart's two books (Israel/Palestine and The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003) give an articulate and principled view of the conflict, primarily during the period of the Al-Aqsa intifada.
3.0 out of 5 stars Intifada: the Long day of Rage 31 Jan 2014
By M. L. Poundstone - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is well written and easy to read. The author, David Pratt, seems extremely knowledgeable about the subject. In the beginning of the book, he admits to no pretense towards impartiality. That is the reason for the rating I gave this book. Prior to purchasing the book, I did my due diligence by reviewing comments made by other readers and some minor research on the author. I knew the book was written to provoke a response. In past years, I have read some books that were strongly biased in the opposite direction. I was glad to have read this book. It gave me a different perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and presented the residents of Palestine in a different manner than that depicted on the evening news. I would recommend this book for reading as a companion to other books on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased, poorly written, and sloppily edited 14 July 2007
By S. Azoulay - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't really complain about the bias of the book, it comes with the territory, but the fact that the book pretends to be impartial and balanced is somewhat annoying. It is much better to admit your views and prejudices outright than to feign innocence and mislead people into thinking there is only one way to view the situation.

However, being a critical reader, this is not even the main objection I have to the book. there are far more fundamental problems here. Forget the controversial stuff, let's talk about simple math:

Pratt states the intifada broke out in 1987 following "a 35-year Israeli military occupation"(pg 21), but Israel had only gained control of the Palestinian territories in 1967 - which would make it 20 years.

Pratt discusses a pamphlet put out by the Israeli government just before the start of the intifada (again, 1987), "Marking 27 years since the 1967 war"(pg. 22). 1967 plus 27 equals 1994, not 1987.

Most infuriating is the description of a 2001 suicide bombing in Netanya as "the first time ever that the ticking bombs had struck outside the occupied territories and inside the borders of the Jewish state itself."(pg. 109). This is a gross misstatement as Pratt fails to mention the suicide bombing campaigns of the nineties, which struck in places like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramat Gan, Afula, Hadera, and Tiberias. If he gets such basic facts wrong, how can we trust anything else he writes?

I don't know if these mistakes are the result of an inherent bias or faulty research. I would guess it's the latter, since there are many other indications that this book does not adhere to the strictest of publishing guidelines. Aside from multiple typos and the gaudy cover, Pratt's writing style is a clear indication that the editor was either asleep at his post, or non-existent. For most of the book Pratt sticks to a strict journalistic reportage, which is slightly dull, but at least manages to convey the facts (or those he chooses to include, anyway). In other places, however, Pratt slips into a vague almost-purple prose, which is administered with a heavy hand at moments that should, by his logic, have an emotional effect on us. The result is an uneven and heavy book by turns didactic and melodramatic. Skip this one, Read Joe Sacco's Palestine instead. Though it only deals with the first intifada, it presents a much more interesting and clear picture.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Liberation Struggle 20 Mar 2012
By S Wood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Palestinian intifada is a war of national liberation. We Israelis enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the occupied territories, engaging in theft and finding justification for all these activities . . . we established an apartheid regime" (Michael Ben-Yair, Israeli Attorney General 1993-96)

Sunday Herald reporter David Pratt's, "Intifada: The Long Day of Rage" is based on his newspaper reports from Israel and the occupied territories from the mid 1980's through to early 2006. The reports have been expanded, and additional material added to put them into their full context.

Pratt captures the day to day reality of the occupation as it has evolved over that period, as well as many of the key events including the eruption of the first intifada, the Hebron massacre and it's aftermath, Ariel Sharon's walk-a-bout in occupied East Jerusalem that triggered the Al-Aqsa intifada, the Israeli assault on Jenin refugee camp, the annexationist wall, and a number of other events. He also covers events in Israel including the Iraqi Scud missile attacks that occurred during the 1991 Iraq War, and bombing attacks by Palestinians.

As far as British journalism from the Middle East goes, Pratt is second only to Robert Fisk; he has no difficulty in capturing the details, large and small, in powerful and often disturbing prose, as well as placing them into the bigger historical picture. Nor is he afraid to tackle a number of the issues that are deemed controversial such as the comparison of the Israeli states policy vis-à-vis the Palestinians to that of Apartheid era South Africa and their policy with regard to the black majority; the failures of the Arafat led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as in its negotiations with the Israelis; and the utter poverty of the Oslo "peace" process.

This is a valuable work that covers a remarkable amount of the history of the occupation over the last twenty or so years given its relatively short size. It also includes a brief chronology of events and a glossary of terms. Readers who wish to learn more about the issues covered in this book may find Said K Aburish's Children of Bethany which covers the state of affairs in the occupied West Bank in the early 1990's; Edward Said's From Oslo to Iraq and the Roadmap is a selection of articles that span the period of the "peace" process. The Israeli dissident Tanya Reinhart's two books (Israel/Palestine and The Road Map to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003) give an articulate and principled view of the conflict, primarily during the period of the Al-Aqsa intifada.
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