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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and convincing
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...
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An autobiography backgrounded by the conflict
I was hoping for more on the relationship between Palestine and Israel. Whilst this forms a backdrop to the narrative, I was less interested in the autobiographical sections.
Published 12 months ago by Rik Bennett


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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A painful but necessary journey, 14 Mar. 2013
This review is from: The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine (Kindle Edition)
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 21 July 2013
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This book originates from an unusual source i.e. an Israeli Generals son both of whom were involved in the establishing of the State of Israel but came to see that the Palestinian people have a right to independence. Their peace making/keeping is truly inspirational. The involvement of the Rotary movement is also very illuminating. Read it! Get others to read it too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting book!, 26 Oct. 2013
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This book is very informative and cuts through all the garbage that surrounds the reporting of the plight of the palestinian people. Here is an ex-army Israeli, son of one of the most distinguished Israeli generals, talking about his own experiences and shining a merciless light on the apartheid that the State of Israel is imposing on its people. Wonderful read!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brutal land-grabbing force verses the resilience of an oppressed people., 8 Sept. 2014
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Miko Peled has literally taken me on a journey that has opened my mind in more ways than one; from the moments when he begins to question the actions of the IDF all the way to the enlightenment that actually there isn't much difference between Palestinians and Israelis, the author recounts the misinformation of how Palestinians were seen to be a threat to Israelis and their very existence. The loss of his niece, Smadar, sets off a catalyst that paves the way for an unexpected journey. His sister's reaction to losing her daughter in a suicide bombing is tremendously moving, however, the most touching element within the book is the power that some of his Palestinian friends have of staying rooted to the path of reconciliation even when they had suffered the unthinkable loss of life at the hands of the IDF. How determined one must be, to be able to still talk about peace when they are on the verge of losing their own child is truly a power to be able to comprehend. The non-violent means of protests are an on-going process with the backdrop of a continued onslaught of oppression by the occupying forces against the people of Palestine. Miko Peled shows us the absurdity of the how the media presents the 'conflict' if that is what one chooses to see it as; in all essence it is a forced occupation upon a deliberately weakened population.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 29 Jan. 2014
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Spells out the dual history on Israel / Palestine. Debunks the Israeli & Us propaganda and fingers Israelis as serial war criminals. The conclusion on one state with equality for all citizens is bound to be the inevitable conclusion as a (Jewish / religious state concept) is medieval at best. The project in its current for is essentially doomed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A View from One Who Knows., 19 Aug. 2014
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A fine review of the direction that Israel is taking. It is of particular interest that a person with the direct experience that Miko Peled has ,is now willing to speak out against the actions of the Israeli Government and IDF. If read in conjunction with Shlomo Sands book 'The Invention Of The Jewish People' a clearer view of the appalling actions currently in progress can be made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book, 3 Dec. 2013
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Well written.... by someone who knows !
Palestine is being devastated and its people murdered en mass.
The perpetrators must be stopped and held to account.!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compulsory read for anyone concerned or interested in the events in Israel, 4 Aug. 2014
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Miko has written a book that accelerates attention as you read further through it. His conclusion is the only logical way that that I can see that there will ever be peace in that country. Wonderfully written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be on school curriculums around the world., 31 Aug. 2014
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This book is a must read. It is powerful beyond measure for anyone trying to understand the Israeli - Palestinian situation. This book should be on the school curriculums in Israel, America the UK and indeed around the world. Because this book could and indeed should change everything. As the author an Israeli Jew himself said, he had to change his thinking 180 degrees through the process of learning from the other sides perspective. From one whose family has had to suffer a great loss themselves this book stands out as a shining light for compassion and peace. We are but the same if we could only see it. Thank you Miko Peled you are a man of true courage, integrity and humanity.
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