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The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine [Kindle Edition]

Miko Peled , Alice Walker
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Book Description

In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Esteemed African-American author Alice Walker has contributed a very moving and thoughtful Foreword to The General's Son.
The journey that Peled traces in this groundbreaking memoir echoed the trajectory taken 40 years earlier by his father, renowned Israeli general Matti Peled. In The General's Son, Miko Peled tells us about growing up in Jerusalem in the heart of the group that ruled the then-young country, Israel. He takes us with him through his service in the country's military and his subsequent global travels... and then, after his niece's killing, back into the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The book provides a compelling and intimate window into the fears that haunt both peoples-- but also into the real courage of all those who, like Miko Peled, have been pursuing a steadfast grassroots struggle for equality for all the residents of the Holy Land.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. July 19, 2014
By Zee
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I will never be the same after reading this. Where do I even start?

"Mine is the tale of an Israeli boy, a Zionist, who realized that his side of the story was not the only side and chose to cultivate hope in a situation most call impossible."

This is about Miko Peled's journey. His father's influence. The death of his niece in a suicide bomb attack that only further strengthened his resolve. It is enlightening, moving, at times, almost too much to read.

His father was the famous General Matti Peled. A hero for the Israelis for his military finesse and ruthlessness. A man who went on to become a peace activist. Who received death threats and hate from the very people he fought wars for. That right there should tell us everything about the VERY toxic Israeli mentality that goes with Zionism and Nationalism. Calling someone an "Arab lover" is an insult. Fraternizing with the "dirty, stinking, Arabs" is frowned upon. Two groups of people who live that close, and aren't allowed to intermingle.

"It wasn't long before friends stopped inviting him and my mother to social events. He became a political and social pariah"

And let me clarify, his father was NOT against the Zionist state. He was ONLY against the continued oppression of the Palestinians and believed they deserved equal rights. THIS was the man other Israelis sent death threats to, THIS is why he was accused of treason.

"One point he came back to often was that the best thing America could do for Israel was to stop selling it weapons and giving it free money."

It amazes me, that an ENTIRE population of Israelis, and people around the world, choose to blindly believe the propaganda they are told by ANY government, let alone the Israeli govt.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing August 21, 2013
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As an American I grew up understanding the Zionist narrative about Israel and Palestine as fact. We never were exposed to the other side of the story, and when we do get glimpses, our media writes it off as the victimized Israel defending themselves against the hostile, terrorist Arabs (read: Muslims). My husband found a video of Miko Peled speaking and it was one of the most important hours of my life; I immediately bought this book to get more of the story. Peled's tales of his father's experiences in the Army, growing up as a committed Zionist, and coming to terms with Israel's true actions and motives as he got older are illuminating. As a Jew, He exhibits that anti-Zionism has no relation to anti-semitism, another myth with which we have been brainwashed into submission.

Every American should read this book and learn what our media has been keeping hidden for so long. It will uncover your humanity and change your perception of Palestine/Israel forever.

God bless Miko Peled for his courage in speaking the truth against the powers that be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Miko Peled July 23, 2014
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I am a 68 year old New Zealander and have been aware of the Palestine/Israel story since I was a small girl, can remember hearing the celebrations on the radio and the quote "a land without a people and a people without a land" I presume this was when the United Nations gave Palestine to the Jews. Even then I felt sorry for the Palestinians and have ever since. I have to say I was always in the minority. Just finished reading this book! It makes me feel sick to the stomach to realise what horrors the Palestinians have endured! Worse than I ever imagined. Everyone needs to read this! I hope someday in the not to distant future, that the Israeli government is held to account.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare honest description of what happened July 17, 2013
By Neil
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Miko Peled followed in his father footsteps (sort of) and is pushing for peace between the Palestinians and Jews in Israel/Palestine.

He recognised that acknowledging the Truth is esential before Reconciliation can take place,

This book debunks much of the approved (false) "Narrative about the Arab Israeli conflict.

This is one book that must be on everyones readng list if they genuinely want to know the truth about Israel / Palestine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a personal journey through fear to respect June 3, 2013
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I enjoyed Peled's honesty and passion for Justice. He has traveled roads (metaphorical & literal) closed to most to tell us his own evolutionary story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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highly recommend this to anyone that wants to know the truth about what Israel is actually doing. Miko is not the only Israeli officer to come out and tell the truth about his government.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, but... January 12, 2014
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This is a fascinating book - a remarkable account of one man's journey across the Palestinian / Israeli divide. His conclusion is that the wisest way forward is to unite rather than divide the communities - to create a single, secular and truly democratic state comprising all the land of Israel / Palestine - with equal rights for all its inhabitants - rather than continue with the pretence that the 'peace process' towards a two state solution will ever yield results acceptable to both sides. As it is, the main function of the 'peace process' from Israel's perspective has always been to provide political cover for its ongoing program of oppression of the Palestinian population under its control, and of creeping land annexation and settlement building in the occupied territories.

Those who already believe in the single state solution will be heartened, but the book lacks the necessary detailed vision of how such a state can come into being and what it might look like in operation, so it is unlikely to sway many of those who doubt that a single state is practical or achievable, or who are actively opposed to the idea.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The history & political stuff is difficult for me to retain but I...
I'm not finished reading. The personal part of his story is interesting. The history & political stuff is difficult for me to retain but I think that someone on top of their... Read more
Published 6 days ago by tammy enyart
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing presentation and perspective on this misunderstood issue.
This is a fabulous and honest biography that it makes reading it a joy. It is very well written and an easy read, but more importantly it is one of the few direct and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Debra Dirks
4.0 out of 5 stars Turns my view of the Palestinian-Israeli situation upside down.
The book is powerful for what it has to say, not so much for how it is said. Experiences that he has had first-hand, the history and path that his father followed, and the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ken Talan
5.0 out of 5 stars General Matti Peled's son's solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Two state solution or one state solution. Can Israel actually become a democracy? Very compelling argument for a surprising solution to the seemingly insolvable problem of a... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Charles Hama
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great eye opener from a new perspective
Published 1 month ago by Judy Sedlacek
4.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate to IsraeliArab Suffering, but Not to Tortured Jews...
This book opens eyes to the suffering of many Arabs in territories controlled by Israeli soldiers and should help to open eyes of Israeli officials of the need to enforce proper... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Brodsky
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a work of peace and reconciliation... so important at this...
All Israelis, Palestinians and especially Americans (who listen only to propaganda) should read this book. It is a work of peace and reconciliation... Read more
Published 1 month ago by LouellaB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good perspective on Israel Arab history as experienced first hand
Published 2 months ago by Edward Goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book, author is compelling in his account of the abuses by Israel's IDF.
Published 2 months ago by Ana Contreras
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all to know the truth!
One of the most incisive and penetrating books I've read in a while. I wish Miko would speak at the U.N. in rebuttal to Netanyahu. The world needs to hear about these atrocities.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Betty-Ann Burns
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