Operation Defensive Shield: Witnesses to Israeli War Crimes

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $29.25
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 70%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $29.25   
  • New (3) from $29.25   
  • Used (2) from $69.95   


On March 29, 2002 the Israeli army launched Operation Defensive Shield, the largest military offensive against Palestinian civilians since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. During the operation, the military used the most advanced weaponry at its disposal: Merkava tanks, Apache attack helicopters and F-15 fighter jets. When the operation ended on April 21, Israel had destroyed the Palestinian economic and social infrastructure, leveled large swathes of residential area, killed 220 people, injured hundreds more and arrested thousands. This book documents these events through a collection of electronic witness narratives written by Palestinians who were under attack and by Israeli and international peace activists who witnessed the results of these attacks. Deeply moving and courageous, these narratives offer a uniquely powerful and intimate account of the daily reality for Palestinians who endured Ariel Sharon's military strategy, and the death and destruction that strategy has caused throughout the Occupied Territories. Most important, the witnesses' voices bring to life the aggressive nature of this strategy — they belie the noble motives ascribed to Sharon and those in his government and military who designed and carried it out. The editors argue that Operation Defensive Shield is a prelude to Israel's ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. They provide historical context, a chronology, and an analysis of the conflict that situates the horror of these days in their proper perspective. Operation Defensive Shield: Witnesses to Israeli War Crimes is an essential record for those who want to understand what happened in the West Bank in the spring of 2002, and what it portends for the future of the region.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Always compelling, [Hamzeh's writing] movingly conveys these tragedies, and how, in a tight-knit society on a small patch of land, they are all inter-connected.'" —The Financial Times on Refugees in our Own Land
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745320649
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University where he teaches courses on international security and political violence. He lectures at universities and defence colleges in several countries and his publications include 26 books. He regularly appears on radio and television.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Origins of an Israeli Military Strategy 16
2 Witnesses to Operation Defensive Shield 25
From "The Apocryphon Arcane" 25
The Israelis Took Over My House 28
International Activists of Act as Human Shields in Dheisheh Refugee Camp 31
Too Many Images to Process Now 35
The Auschwitz Logic 38
When Malek Called 40
IDF Attack Humanitarian Aid Convoy 43
"Pray for the Israelis Too" 46
An Encounter We Will Never Forget 49
An Israeli View from Arafat's Compound 53
In the Eye of the Storm 55
"There's a Terrorist Coming!" 58
Will Someone Please Stand Up? 62
"We Don't Kill Innocent People" 65
Convoy to Nablus: "This is OUR Land!" 70
"We Are Stronger Than You" 72
Jad was Found, but Dead 76
As Though We Are Slowly Dying 79
Massacre in Jenin, Deir Yassin Relived 82
Detention at Ofra Military Camp 85
What Happened at the British Council Building in Ramallah? 89
Cries of the Heart 91
In Times of War Crimes: The Banality of Evil 94
Searching for the Truth in Jenin 98
Jara Asks Whether the Soldiers Shoot at Birds 101
3 Effects of Operation Defensive Shield 109
4 US, European and Arab Responsibility 122
Epilogue: A Prelude to Ethnic Cleansing 154
App Selected Websites 171
App Selected Peace Groups and Associations 173
App Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Article 8, War Crimes 176
App Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 179
Select Bibliography 185
Index 192
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)