Peace under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement

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The last two years have been the most brutal in the entire thirty-six year history of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; indeed the most violent since the creation of Israel itself. The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) was founded as a peaceful resistance to that violence. Its highly visible actions, which have included breaking the sieges in Ramallah and Bethlehem, as well as saving countless lives, have shone a spotlight on Israel’s occupation. Outlawed in Israel and nominated ...

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Overview

The last two years have been the most brutal in the entire thirty-six year history of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; indeed the most violent since the creation of Israel itself. The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) was founded as a peaceful resistance to that violence. Its highly visible actions, which have included breaking the sieges in Ramallah and Bethlehem, as well as saving countless lives, have shone a spotlight on Israel’s occupation. Outlawed in Israel and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the ISM has threatened the governing coalition with fears that Israeli opinion might at last be turning against them.

In showing what risks Palestinians take, ISM volunteers have also tragically been targeted. The deaths of Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, as well as the shootings of Kate Edwards, Caoimhe Butterley and Brian Avery, have never been fully explained, covered up in the US and UK and brushed aside in Israelan unfortunate consequence of Israel’s “war on terror.”

This collection of accounts, drawn from web-logs and diaries of ISM volunteers, news articles, press releases, writings from the Corrie and Hurndall families, Rachel Corrie’s last email home, and cover photograph by Tom Hurndall, reveals the real horror of life under occupation and describes the first signs of a new wave of international solidarity.

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“What Rachel Corrie’s work in Gaza recognized was the gravity and the density of the Palestinian people as a national community, and not merely as a collection of deprived refugees. That is what she was in solidarity with. And we need to remember that that kind of of solidarity is no longer confined to a small number of intrepid souls here and there, but is recognized the world over.”—Edward W. Said
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675012
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward W. Said (1935–2003) was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. New Left Review published an obituary in Nov–Dec 2003.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : the meaning of Rachel Corrie
Pt. 1 Beginnings 1
1 Founding the international solidarity movement 3
2 First and second campaigns 23
Pt. 2 Reoccupation 43
3 Siege of the Muqata'a 45
4 Siege of the Church of the Nativity 67
5 Invasion 87
6 Defying curfew 103
7 Checkpoints and freedom of movement 123
8 Ambulance accompaniment 150
9 Home protection 159
10 The olive harvest 175
11 The apartheid wall 191
12 The largest concentration camp in the world 209
Pt. 3 ISM under attack 231
13 Rachel Corrie, Brian Avery and Tom Hurndall 233
14 Crackdown on ISM 259
15 Here to stay 279
Epilogue : a letter from an Israeli to ISM 295
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