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Our harsh logic : Israeli soldiers' testimonies from the occupied territories, 2000-2010 / compiled by Breaking the Silence.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780805095371
  • ISBN: 0805095373
  • Description: xvi, 376 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012.

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  • 2 copies at NOBLE (All Libraries).

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Contents Note: Map -- 1. Stun grenades at three in the morning -- 2. To stop the village from sleeping -- 3. They came to a house and just demolished it -- 4. The deputy brigade commander beat up a restrained, detainee -- 5. They kicked a cuffed man in his stomach and head -- 6. He's hitting an Arab, and I'm doing nothing -- 7. We would send their neighbors to disarm explosives -- 8. I couldn't believe how an order to kill could be carried out in a minute -- 9. Death sentence for a man who wasn't armed -- 10. The battalion commander gave an order to shoot at people trying to recover the bodies -- 11. He took down an eleven-year-old boy -- 12. Her limbs were smeared on the wall -- 13. A well-known procedure -- 15. The brigade commander explained, "You go up to the body, put the barrel between the teeth, and shoot" -- 16. They told the force to shoot anyone in the street -- 17. Any kid you see with a stone, you can shoot -- 18. We collected all the men in the stadium -- 19. Disrupting the residents' everyday life -- 20. Slapping, shoving, all kinds of stuff like that. Everyday -- 21. Pointless arrests -- 22. The guys pissed into the courtyard -- 23. Taking control of some family -- 24. A moving human shield -- 25. We were waving the gun, showing the boy what to do -- 26. You could do whatever you like and no one asked any questions -- 27. They threw a grenade at him, then they put a bullet in his head -- 28. The commander said, "I want bodies full of bullets" -- 29. The division commander said, "You're ranked by the number of people you kill" -- 30. We only killed four children -- 31. They'd deliberately wreck the house -- 32. We go into the homes of innocent people. Every day, all the time -- 33. Stun grenades in central places -- 34. Going in festive with stun grenades -- 35. They came, set the explosives, blew up the house -- 36. We killed police who weren't armed -- 37. Aim for the eyes to take out an eye -- 38. A patrol to beat up Arabs -- 39. We went into the house for filming for television -- 40. Watching soccer in Nablus -- 41. The World Cup finals in a refugee camp -- 42. You can seize a house for years -- 43. It brings out the madness in you -- 44. You just put it all in your backpack -- Part 2. Separation: Control, Expropriation, and Annexation -- An Overview -- Map -- 45. I didn't know there were roads just for Jews -- 46. The checkpoint wrecks lives -- 47. The city's hermetically sealed -- 48. What is it if not a ghetto? -- 49. The commander said to block the road -- 50. A sterile road -- 51. Hebron, a stinging slap -- 52. The protesters were getting beaten, the officers were cracking sunflower seeds -- 53. They'd close the stores as collective punishment -- 54. "You really think I'm going to wait behind an Arab?" -- 55. I'm ashamed of what I did there -- 56. You don't know what you're doing there -- 57. The soldiers played a prank, the workers' permits disappeared -- 58. A bone in their throats -- 59. They aim their weapons at students -- 60. Guard duty in the Palestinian village -- 61. Every Friday: a closed military zone -- 62. They closed the road for a month -- 63. We played at Tom and Jerry -- 64. We got conflicting orders -- 65. It's like totally arbitrary -- 66. Incoherent information -- 67. The orders weren't clear -- 68. It's all up to individual interpretation -- 69. The great wisdom of the IDF -- 70. Aren't there people who just want to work? -- 71. Some products it's forbidden to bring into the West Bank -- 72. Don't let ambulances through the checkpoint -- 73. Going to the Jordan Valley? You need special permission -- 74. A truck entering Ramallah? You need a permit -- 75. How many permits does a person need? -- 76. Two villages, two different DCLs -- 77. It's called "segregation" -- 78. There's nothing to be done, anyone who's late can't cross -- 79. We blocked access to his livelihood' -- 80. The farmers burst into tears -- 81. He said: "I live in a prison" -- Part 3. The Fabric of Life: Administering Palestinian Civilian Life -- An Overview -- Map -- 82. Tipping out crates to set an example -- 83. I didn't understand the point of these mappings -- 84. The mission: to disrupt and harass -- 85. Every incident resulted in "limiting civilian movement" -- 86. Do you know what a naval blockade means? -- 87. How can you impose so many curfews and expect people to live? -- 88. Three thousand Palestinians at five posts -- 89. Restricted hours for crossing the checkpoint -- 90. The line wasn't straight, so the officer shot in the air -- 91. They told us, "Dry them out" -- 92. You take a man and take control of his life -- 93. I made him crap his pants -- 94. We had a kind of temporary prison camp -- 95. He mumbled a bit, I hit him in the face -- 96. You want the keys? Clean the checkpoint -- 97. The roads open for four hours every two days -- 98. Villages with no water -- 99. A kind of humanitarian environment -- 100. One of the workers was crushed to death -- 101. We shot at fishermen, cut their nets -- 102. Training in the middle of the village, in the middle of the night -- 103. They file the complaint and move on -- 104. Inefficiency and indifference -- 105. Anyone raised his voice, we'd tie him up -- 106. One of the veteran soldiers decided to humiliate him -- 107. It's the power that you have -- 108. The checkpoint commander called himself "the doctor" -- 109. You're undermining my authority -- 110. You feel like one more second and you'll spray them with bullets -- 111. What's the thing with closing the parking lot? -- 112. We confiscated keys and vehicles -- 113. Closing roads? It's political -- 114. You give Muhammad money -- 115. Some of the detainees weren't medically fit -- Part 4. Law Enforcement: A Dual Regime -- An Overview -- 116. The mission: providing security for the settlers' rampages -- 117. We shot in the air to chase the farmers away -- 118. The settlement security coordinator told us what is allowed and what isn't -- 119. He's basically a civilian, and he's telling the army what the law is -- 120. A settler transportation service -- 121. The settlers are touring the casbah, so get the Palestinians out of the way -- 122. Three or four soldiers guarding a shack -- 123. Things that don't make it to the media -- 124. An elderly woman … the guys beat her up -- 125. The cute boy took a brick and smashed the girl's head -- 126. Settlers' homes are inside the army base -- 127. You hate everyone -- 128. We confiscated cars, and the settlers vandalized them -- 129. The settlers went into the casbah, killed a little girl -- 130. The settlers put a hole in his wall -- 131. Stopping the settlers? The army can't do anything -- 132. The brigade commander didn't want to get involved -- 133. They close Palestinian places even without an injunction -- 134. Each time they went to evacuate the place, an order came from the minister of defense -- 135. They spat on me and cursed me -- 136. They stomp on the mitzvot and morals -- 137. The settlers in the administration do whatever they want -- 138. Evacuating an outpost? It takes years -- 139. It wasn't clear where the settlement begins -- 140. It was his settlement, and, the fact was, we were under him -- 141. The settlement security coordinator got angry, kicked him -- 142. The settlement security coordinators think of themselves as our commanders -- 143. The checkpoint's not for Israel's security -- 144. A settlement forbidden to soldiers -- 145. The political ranks are very close to the settlements -- Glossary -- Acknowledgments
Shovrim shetiḳah (Organization : Israel) (Added Author).

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