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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. I highly recommend it., 13 Aug 2012
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Patricia A. Rantisi (Shrewsbury UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down. Since I know the political background from personal experience, this book gives a different perspective from the grandson of one of the signatories of the founding of the State of Israel. It revealed how the high hopes of the Zionist founders have become so corrupted by the humiliating and degrading behaviour of its army that a peaceful solution of two States is no longer possible. The author prophesies that one day the Zionists will have to suffer the same humiliations that they currently inflict on the Palestinians.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The General's Son, 17 Aug 2013
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I have read many books by Israelis who are opponents to the occupation and Israel's policies of ethnic cleansing, but this is the first time I read a book by a General's son! The son of a well- known General in the Israeli army who played an important role in the establishment of Israel and the war of 1967. The book is divided into five parts. First, the writer gives us a full picture of his roots, his family and his father. All of who were pure Zionists. He was raised to be proud of his Zionism and his father is considered a hero for his roles in the Israeli army. Then the writer talks more about his life, how he excelled in karate, how he moved to the US, and how he started his journey of knowledge and eye opening to the truth about the Israel/Palestine conflict. He started to participate in clubs for peace talks, he tried to promote peace between the two sides, and finally he made it to the West Bank and then Gaza. He saw the occupation as a reality on the ground, he lived with Palestinians and saw how they suffer, he saw how the Israeli army, which he was taught to be proud of, treats Palestine. While reading this book, I couldn't but feel impressed by this person who went against the grain. This person was raised on specific principles and stereotypes about his country, the hero army, and the other enemy. This was all supported by almost everyone in his surroundings, in school, in his community and in a whole country. How much courage did he have to really think about it and open his heart and his eyes to see the ugly truth and occupation? How much courage did he have to face most people of his country- who are known to exclude and be aggressive towards anyone who dare to speak about it? I know Israeli peace activists who call for peace, but based on the 1967 borders. For us Palestinians, the issue is not about only the 67 borders, the issue needs to go back to its roots, to Haifa and Yaffa, to Safad and Beesan..Thank you Mr. Peled for acknowledging that this is a Palestinian land! Thank you for speaking out, thank you for being brave and for writing this book.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peek behind today's public image of Israel., 27 April 2012
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T. Findlay (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I expect like most I previously hadn't thought too much about the history of Israel or as it turns out, the arcane, arrogant attitudes of the leadership of the Israeli people. This book through the personal story of Miko Peled gave me an insight to both and opened my eyes to the real situation in place today between Israel and Palestine and its people. My views are now more refined and lead me to believe that the Israeli government has serious questions to answer and much for which to atone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book by a well informed author, 10 Jun 2013
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Miko Peled's credentials are impeccable; he was a captain in the Israeli Defence Force, his father was a General in the IDF and his grand father took part in the declaration of Israeli independence. Despite all of that he has now turned his back on Zionism and explains in the book, with humility and humanity his reasons for doing so. After conducting his own research he also discredits many of the Zionist myths, including the background to the 1967 war and the true circumstances behind the Palestinians leaving their homes and homeland. Probably because of its explosive contents, this book has had little coverage in the UK media, all the more reason to read it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A painful but necessary journey, 14 Mar 2013
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Miko Peled takes the reader on a journey across the divide of hate created by Zionism in both Israel and Palestine. In tackling the apocalyptic cruelty of extreme far-right statehood and racial supremacism, his touching humanity towards his Middle Eastern brothers shines through.
Great read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and convincing, 9 Dec 2013
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Well worth reading.
Mico Peled's personal journey from Israeli nationalism to an understanding of the injustices inflicted on the Palestinian people and a desire to do something about it. Most remarkable is his retelling of the story of his father- a senior general and war hero in the Israeli Defence Force- who, seeing the suffering of the Palestinians, worked alongside Palestinians in attempts to bring a just and lasting peace.
Mico Peled comes to understand more about his late father as he learns about a massacre of Palestinian men and boys by the IDF in the '67 war which may have been a turning point for the general. General Peled had tried to investigate the massacre, to get some sort of justice for those who suffered and to prevent his beloved IDF from degenerating into a brutal and cynical army of occupation, but was stonewalled by the most senior Israeli military and politicians.
Later, the general helped to bring peace talks about, only to see agreements cynically ignored by successive Israeli governments- as seems to continue to this day.
There is a note of hope in the stories of Israelis who object to what their government does in their name, and have come alongside the Palestinians in the struggle to bring peace with justice to Israel/Palestine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 15 Feb 2013
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Raed W. Abualfia "1000 & 1 Bookshop" (Amman, Jordan) - See all my reviews
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From a perspective of a Palestinian living in exile, this book explained a lot about the time between 1948-1967. It also shows the other side of the story. Worth reading because it makes you think a lot about what's next and analyze why we reached the stalemate of peace talks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Feb 2013
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One of the best political books I ever read show the true story of Palestine, great person, I respected him so much and really enjoy reading the book and see you tube videos about it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pilgrimage of a different sort, 11 Sep 2013
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Miko Peled is the son of a famous Israeli general, hero of the 1967 war. This is a moving story of a man who has taken the baton from his father in confronting the cost to both Israelis and the Palestinians of the brutal occupation of Palestinian lands. Miko served in the IDF himself so he is no naive peacenik. While the 'two state solution' is still theoretically on the table, Miko rigorously challenges the feasibility of such an option as Israeli settlements continue to be built to scupper any possibility of a viable Palestinian state. He demolishes the deceptions around Israel's talk of 'security' in whose name violence continues to be perpetrated. As a Jew he has reached out to 'the other' and found common cause with all those who want a just peace in this troubled land where so many continue to be humiliated and dispossessed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN HONEST ISRAELI DESCRIBES THE PALESTINIAN PLIGHT, 10 Sep 2013
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Finally, the truth is told about the Palestinian ordeal - and by an Israeli! It is a MUST READ for everyone, written by a remarkable man. I sincerely recommend it.
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