“One of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation.”—David Shulman, The New York Review of Books “The soldiers in Our Harsh Logic have come forward to rouse the conscience of their fellow citizens . . . Anyone who thinks the IDF limits itself to confiscating weapons and punishing terrorists when patrolling the occupied territories would do well to consider what its own members say.”—The Nation “Humanitarian activists and opponents of illegal Israeli settlements will find much ammunition in these pages.”—Kirkus Reviews “Random brutality, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, hatred, and dehumanization: that’s the face of Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza as described by disaffected soldiers in this troubling oral history . . . Our Harsh Logic conveys a truth about the inescapable ugliness of Israel’s military rule over its neighbors.”—Publishers Weekly
Breaking the Silence, one of Israel's most internationally lauded NGOs, was established in Jerusalem in 2004 by Israel Defense Forces veterans to document the testimonies of Israeli soldiers who have served in the occupied territories.
1. Stun grenades at three in the morning
UNIT: PARATROOPERSLOCATION: NABLUS DISTRICTYEAR: 2003
We did all kinds of very sketchy work in Area A.* That could mean, for example, going into Tubas on a Friday, when the market is packed, to set up a surprise checkpoint in the middle of the village. One time, we arrived to set up a checkpoint like that on Friday morning, and we started to spread out: inspecting vehicles and every car that passed.