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“There are more terrible atrocities in the world than what is being done to the caged prisoners of Gaza, but it is not easy to think of a more cruel and cowardly exhibition of human savagery, fully supported by the US, with Europe trailing politely behind. Gideon Levy’s passionate and revealing account is an eloquent, even desperate, call to bring this shocking tragedy to an end, as can easily be done.”—Noam Chomsky

“Levy has a way with words that leads him to some brilliant indictments of Israel.”—Asa Winstanley, Electronic Intifada

“Levy has made it his exclusive mission ... to document the grim and brutal facts of the occupation, to tell the stories he knows Israelis do not want to hear ... To this shiny nation—democratic, prosperous, confident in its righteousness—Levy holds up Gaza like a mirror.”—Ben Ehrenreich, Nation

“Gideon Levy is among a small group of Israeli journalists giving a face and a voice to Palestinians in the world’s most intractable conflict.”—Irwin Block, Montreal Gazette

“Levy ... deals with the politically and emotionally charged subject of the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, and their conflicts with the Israeli military and Jewish settlers.”—Am Johal, Rabble.ca

“The story of Gideon Levy—and the attempt to deride, suppress or deny his words—is the story of Israel distilled. If he loses, Israel itself is lost.”—Johann Hari, Independent

“An Israeli dedicated to saving his country’s honour.”—Nick Lezard, Guardian

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Israel’s 2009 invasion of Gaza was an act of aggression that killed over a thousand Palestinians and devastated the infrastructure of an already impoverished enclave. The Punishment of Gaza shows how the ground was prepared for the assault and documents its continuing effects.

From 2005—the year of Gaza’s “liberation”—through to 2009, Levy tracks the development of Israel policy, which has abandoned the pretense of diplomacy in favor of raw military power, the ultimate aim of which is to deny Palestinians any chance of forming their own independent state. Punished by Israel and the Quartet of international powers for the democratic election of Hamas, Gaza has been transformed into the world’s largest open-air prison. From Gazan families struggling to cope with the random violence of Israel’s blockade and its “targeted” assassinations, to the machinations of legal experts and the continued connivance of the international community, every aspect of this ongoing tragedy is eloquently recorded and forensically analyzed. Levy’s powerful journalism shows how the brutality at the heart of Israel’s occupation of Palestine has found its most complete expression to date in the collective punishment of Gaza’s residents.

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65 internautes sur 77 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Israel's Conscience 24 juin 2010
Par R. N. Cable - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This short book collects 40 pieces by journalist Gideon Levy from his weekly column in Haaretz, "Israel's most influential daily newspaper." They are listed in the Contents by title and in (basic) chronological order from June 1, 2006 to July 19, 2009. Author Gideon Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1953, the eldest son of Holocaust survivors. He was a writer/editor in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), 1974-1978, and an aide to Shimon Perez, 1978-1982. For 28 years since then he has written for Haaretz, which has assigned him to cover "Palestinian Affairs."

A Chronology at book's end gives essential background for appreciating Levy's commentaries. It lists salient political and military events concerning Gaza during the three-year time frame of these articles and the eight months preceding them. They include, (A) Sept. 2005--Israeli army withdrawal from the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation, (B) Jan. 2006--Hamas win over Fatah in the first elections for a Palestinian legislature, (C) Feb. 2006--"Israeli government adopts a series of measures collectively punishing the population of the occupied territories," (D) June 2006--Israeli abduction of a Palestinian doctor and a student, followed by Palestinian abduction of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, (E) June-Nov. 2006--Operation Summer Rains, Israel's "huge ground and air offensive" in Gaza, (F) June-Dec. 2008--a six-month ceasefire, (G) Dec. 27, 2008 to Jan 17, 2009--Operation Cast Lead, "a massive airborne offensive against the Gaza Strip, and (H) Jan. 17, 2009 to present--the current ceasefire.

Levy points out in the Introduction that although the IDF withdrew from Gaza in 2005, "The occupation did not end. On the contrary, it is more cruel, criminal and inhuman today than ever before...the largest prison on earth, a gruesome experiment performed on living human beings...." He declares the purpose of his writing: "I am asking all Israelis to be outraged--or at least to understand what is being perpetrated in their name, so that they may never have the right to claim: 'We did not know. We didn't know that the Israeli occupation was so devastating, so brutal; we didn't know this horror was going on...."

He describes various methods for "The Punishment of Gaza" (book's title), above all, "the frightening balance of blood--about 100 Palestinian dead for every Israeli killed...." Indeed, in "The Children of [Jewish] Year 5767" he notes an even greater disproportion of death: 457 Palestinian dead (92 of them children) versus 10 Israeli dead (none of them children). "Collateral Damage" and "The Wahba's Last Meal" describe the devastation of two entire families by Israeli missiles. "Caterpillar Fashion" describes how "another weapon of mass destruction," the two-storey, armored, Caterpillar D9 bulldozer made in America especially for Israel, helps to continue the phased policy of ethnic cleansing, beginning with "the 416 villages Israel wiped off the face of the earth in 1948," with ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes and even whole neighborhoods. "The Ebb, the Tide, the Sighs" reports that Israel's land/sea/air blockade of Gaza has deprived Gaza's 40,000 fishermen of their livelihood due to scarcity of fuel, pollution of the sea, and Israeli naval attacks on Palestinian fishermen.

"War By Any Other Name" deftly catalogues "war's verbal arsenal" of words that "whip up, incite, inflame, push, urge and encourage" a military solution to political problems and "justify, validate, purify, polish and clean" the inevitable resultant carnage, death, destruction and devastation of lives. "The Little Ahmedinejads" describes 16 right-wing Israelis who urge extreme violence on Gazans. "The Silence of the Jurists" wonders why "Forty-one thousand attorneys in the State of Israel" have not deplored or opposed such incitements to violence and the actual violent executions of policy by the Israeli state. "With Friends Like These" concludes that U.S. and European "blind friendship enables Israel to do whatever it wants....Israel now has carte blanche to kill, destroy and settle." "Puppet Leader" discusses Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as part of "the short-sighted coalition of the royal triumvirate, Jerusalem-Washington-Ramallah...trying to promote a false vision of 'peace talks' without the decisive partners [Hamas and Syria] while the world is applauding this illusion." "Another Wonderful Summer" concludes that modern Israel has once again gone astray, as in Biblical times, "Thanks to the media and the politicians--two of the worst agents for dumbing down and blinding Israeli society....We practice the cult of security, society's true religion...." with counterproductive policies so that, recurrently, "some part of the world will blow up in our faces. And then we will pretend to be amazed, miserable victims, as we so like to be."

Gideon Levy is a sabra with "A Different Patriotism," an Israeli Cassandra, a contemporary Jeremiah who does not "write these words with joy but with sorrow and deep shame." Read his lamentations and weep, as Jesus did for Jerusalem in his day. But let us not be hypocrites. Americans as well as Israelis should share Levy's sorrow and shame because our own misguided government has been an exemplar and abettor of Israel's folly and crimes. Rather than punishment, "liberty and justice for all" is the correct basis for peace, prosperity, joy and pride rather than sorrow and shame.
30 internautes sur 35 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Devastating 13 novembre 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Gideon Levy's book The Punishment of Gaza is hard to read.

It's a compilation of his columns from Haaretz and other sources from the period 2006 to 2009.

When you read one article per week or one per month in the paper about a Palestinian family who's house was blown up, a child who was left without parents, a disabled man in a wheelchair shot by an IDF bullet, a neighborhood bulldozed, or another bomb dropped on Gaza, it's shocking enough.

But reading one story after the next, seeing all the incidents of a particularly violent 4 year period laid bare for 160 pages non stop is just heart wrenching.

It's not about who's "side" you're on, or your own political views, it's a plain and simple human rights catastrophe. Human blood is being shed for no reason, without any gain, outside of the rule of law, and it shows no sign of improving.

This book is a desperate call for awakening. The author has gone to great length to detail the inconvenient truth of the tragic reality of life in Gaza. It's a short book, very easy to read, with a message that needs to be spread.
28 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Brilliant! 10 septembre 2010
Par N. Joseph - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Gideon Levy is a treasure! I have been reading his articles on a regular basis and have a great deal of respect for his courage and commitment to speak the truth. This book is a must read and I very, very highly recommend it. Please do yourself a favor and buy this book.
9 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
"The only war in history against a strip of land enclosed by a fence" 1 février 2011
Par R. M. Peterson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
That is how Gideon Levy characterizes the Gaza War of December 2008 and January 2009. Levy is a journalist for the Israeli newspaper "Haaretz". For twenty years he has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in particular the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. This slim book is a collection of his columns on the Israeli treatment of the Gaza Strip after the withdrawal of Israeli forces (the supposed "liberation" of Gaza) in September 2005 through the summer of 2009.

I am somewhat ambivalent about the book. I value it as an alternative to the abysmal mainstream media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire here in the U.S., but I sense that it too veers away, in the other direction, from sober objectivity (both in intent and effect).

In the U.S., the end of the Israeli military occupation of Gaza was much ballyhooed. But Levy, in THE PUNISHMENT OF PALESTINE, argues that Israeli withdrawal "did almost nothing to change the living conditions for the residents of the Strip":

"Gaza is still a prison, and its inhabitants are still doomed to live in poverty and oppression. Israel closes them off from the sea, the air and land, except for a limited safety valve at the Rafah crossing [into Egypt]. * * * Gaza has no chance of escaping its poverty under these conditions. Nobody will invest in it. Israel locked the cage, threw away the keys and left the residents to their bitter fate."

And matters then got worse, culminating in the Gaza War. Actually, as Levy points out, "war" is an example of Orwellian distortion of language in the interest of political misinformation. It certainly was not "an armed clash between armies." The staggering disparity in firepower is highlighted by the disparity in deaths - around 100 Palestinian deaths (about one-third of them children) for each of the thirteen Israelis who were killed. Although within Israel it was celebrated with all of the usual trappings of patriotic wars, in reality it was, as Levy quotes one senior officer, "a superb call-up and training exercise." And, in line with the title of Levy's book, it was one more step - a rather harsh one - in the punishment of Gaza.

Levy is at his best when he deals in the realm of facts, including the numerous accounts of the "collateral damage" - the children, women, and nose-to-the-grindstone apolitical men who have been killed or maimed simply because their unfortunate lot in life was to be among the caged Palestinians of Gaza. (Footnote: Israel made it much more difficult for Levy and his colleagues to report on those facts when it barred Israeli journalists from entering Gaza in late 2006.) Levy's political criticism is at its strongest when he rebukes Israel for ignoring or (at best) being disingenuous about that collateral damage. But, aside from the repeated injunction "STOP!", Levy does not really offer any proposals. And his moral outrage becomes shrill and even, I fear, unfair (as, for example, when he criticizes Amos Oz and David Grossman).

The book suffers somewhat from being a collection of forty newspaper columns. In a column, rhetorical overstatement and emotional appeals are both natural and expected. When repeated forty times in succession, however, that mode of discourse is rather mind-numbing. Still, Levy tells us things that have been ignored by most of the U.S. media and he gives us an idea of what life is like in Gaza - something anyone who deems herself a humanitarian should be familiar with, regardless of her views on which side is more to blame.
7 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Tells it like it is 15 janvier 2013
Par Roger Green - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is how it really is, first-hand. The negative reviews here are from "Israel right or wrong" folk who are really criticizing Levy for exposing it. They are the equivalent of hyper-patriotic Americans who criticized those who exposed the My Lai massacre in Viet Nam, or who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. Or mid-19th century Americans who criticized those who told the truth about the Mexican War - like Abraham Lincoln saying it was the Mexicans who were defending their homes and hearths not the Americans, or Ulysses S. Grant saying it was one of the most unjust wars ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. Just as they were true American patriots, Gideon Levy is a true Israeli patriot. He should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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