The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Book Review:
Our Harsh Logic

Jan 7, 2013

The book “Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories 2000-2010” is a collection of 145 testimonies by veteran soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces who object to the Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They are active in the organization Breaking the Silence.

Veteran after veteran is revolted by the attitude toward the Palestinians which comes down from higher officers. Soldiers are ordered to make loud noises at night in occupied neighborhoods, simply to intimidate. They are made to close off villages, even to ambulances. Looting and brutality toward civilians is encouraged during patrol, and no one is held accountable.

The hundreds of men and women who work with Breaking the Silence continue to expose Israeli military policy, and in this 2012 book their words are available in English.