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An excellent overview to the situation in both Israel and the Occupied Territories of Palestine
on 11 February 2010
This is an excellent introduction. Those reviewers who say otherwise seem to be speaking from the viewpoint that any criticism of Israel is anti-semitic and should not be listened to. Ben White has concentrated on giving an overview of the history and present situation in Israel and the OPT. He has not gone into great detail. There are examples he gives which could have been far more damning to the Israeli government if he had given more detail. For example, when he is reporting the case of Captain R who killed a 13 year old Palestinian girl and fired 17 bulletts into her body, he does tell us that Captain R was cleared of any wrong doing and was awarded £10,000 and promoted, but ommits all the horrible details which are on a recording (see [...] for a copy ) including the words ""This is commander. Anything that's mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it's a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over." Anyone here who is objecting that Ben White is giving too negative a picture of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians should read more widely and face up to what has happened in the past and is still happening.