Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent

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The Other Israel is an urgent and passionate intervention by Israeli citizens challenging the continued occupation of Palestinian territory and the failed policies of Ariel Sharon’s government. Against a backdrop of increasing violence on both sides, the book presents a broad range of dissenting voices that articulate practical, legal, and moral objections to the occupation. Written from within the throes of the unfolding tragedy, it includes contributions from journalists, novelists, activists, military ...

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Overview

The Other Israel is an urgent and passionate intervention by Israeli citizens challenging the continued occupation of Palestinian territory and the failed policies of Ariel Sharon’s government. Against a backdrop of increasing violence on both sides, the book presents a broad range of dissenting voices that articulate practical, legal, and moral objections to the occupation. Written from within the throes of the unfolding tragedy, it includes contributions from journalists, novelists, activists, military reservists, and former government officials.

Needed now more than ever, this book challenges narrow American perceptions of public opinion in Israel, and will act as a catalyst in prompting vital debate about the future of Israel and the path to peace for all citizens of the Middle East.

Contributors include: Shulamit Aloni Uri Avnery Ami Ayalon Meron Benvenisti Michael Ben-Yair Yigal Bronner Neta Golan and Ian Urbina Neve Gordon David Grossman Jeff Halper Amira Hass Baruch Kimmerling Aviv Lavie Shamai Leibowitz Gideon Levy Yitzhak Loar Ishai Menuchin Adi Ophir Assaf Oron Ilan Pappé Tanya Reinhart Avi Shlaim Yigal Shochat Ze’ev Sternhell Gila Svirsky Sergio Yahni

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book proves once again that it is possible and even necessary to be critical of the policies of one's government without being considered a traitor." —Daniel Barenboim

"These contributions spell out how and why Sharon's policies have disfigured the prospects for peace, while ravaging the economies of both the Occupied Territories and Israel. . . . Their voices have not received enough attention thus far. It is imperative that they do." —The Washington Post

"A neat volume." —The Economist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565849143
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author


Roane Carey is a senior editor at The Nation.

Jonathan Shainin is on the staff of The New Press.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2003

    5 Stars Is Not Enough

    ¿The Other Israel¿ is truly a gem and will probably be the best read of the year. Not only for the historic perspective given, but also for the way these writers have literally bared their souls on a subject they feel so strongly about. In today¿s oversimplified coverage of the Middle East conflict that we see on the media, ¿The Other Israel¿ will take you on a journey to places you¿ve never been before, and may very well make you doubt what you once believed. These 28 essays are a contribution by Jewish novelists, historians, journalists, activists, as well as several military officers who have refused to serve in the occupied territories. All who hope that their voices will be heard around the world, and especially by their own people who, like most in America, will have their perceptions shaped by what the government tells them, what they see on the media, and often more than not, what they don¿t see. As a collective, the essays represent a growing discontented movement within Israel itself that questions the morality of the occupation, the mindset upon which it has endured, the terrible hardship on the Palestinian people, and the effect on Israeli society as a whole. No longer able to ignore their moral convictions, and acutely aware of the turmoil beset both sides, these writers expose the failings of the past peace processes, the myths that have been perpetuated over the years, and the apartheid conditions the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land has created. They condemn what the occupation has done to the moral fiber of their military, along with not only the price they pay as a society, but with their standing in the world community as well. None of these essays are terribly long, and some are amazingly short. But they are sophisticated in that they manage to convey complicated accounts of history along with deep personal perspectives in a relatively short amount of space due to the exquisite writing. Almost all are haunting. Some are point-blank in your face accusations and I was caught off guard, but I witnessed more in these pages then any documentary video I¿ve seen on the subject. If these pages don¿t strike some deep nerve within you then nothing will. As you read, it will become apparent that these essays took much courage on the part of the writers, knowing full well that they might, at the very least, be labeled as `self hating Jews¿ and at the very worst, traitors by the hard right Zionist wing. The essays were written last year just falling short of the current roadmap process, but nonetheless will still give an incredible insight into what has been going on over there. Often the writings depict the internal struggle within the authors themselves. On one hand there is a great need to be part of the greater Jewish solidarity, the wish for their country to live peaceably and prosper, while on the other as one essayist points out, the anguish that comes from ¿knowing all this, yet crying little, and keeping quiet too often.¿

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