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

Miko Peled , Alice Walker
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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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13 of 14 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 Compelling Reading August 3, 2014
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A story worth reading if you want a different narrative that slays at least 3 sacred cows. Firstly it shows Palestinians in a more human light despite the hardships they have faced and are currently facing. Refreshing reading countering the predominant narrative in the media that Palestinians are stupid (90% literacy) violent and don't want peace. Miko made many journeys into the West Bank, which incidentally is illegal for Israelis, and the stories may surprise you. Secondly, It is also worth reading for the story of his father General Peled, who went from decorated army general and commander of Gaza to a prominent peace activist. After the 1967 war he argued that 1967 was the time to make peace and to recognize the rights of the Palestinian People (the second sacred cow). He prophesied that if not, Israel would become an occupation army and would resort to brutal means to enforce the occupation. He also said that if Israel kept the lands, a resistance would arise and Israel's army would be used to quell the resistance with disastrous and demoralizing results. Quite prophetic given current circumstances. Thirdly as to the future, Miko Peled argues that because of continued state-sanctioned theft of land, illegal settlement building and lack of political will, a two state solution (third sacred cow) is dead, a cruel carrot that should not be dangled in front of Palestinians. The only solution is a single secular state for both Arabs and Jews. Read his arguments. They are practical and compelling yet probably naive. Time will tell. Compelling reading nevertheless.
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I am not Jewish or Palestinian but I have always been baffled by the conflicts in Israel. this book, written by a Jew but having an open mind about the Palestinian point of view... Read more
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Don't accept the common, media view of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Hear a different voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great book for those who only heard one side..
A really great book. Especially useful if you hve grown up hearing one side of the narrative between Israel and Palestine only. Read more
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An excellent personal account of on the ground conditions in Palestine.
Published 9 days ago by Mouna Schaheen
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the Book. I used to hate history.
More insight from a different perspective.

We can not be controled when we take the time to learn not just what we are told. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Grandma Snyder
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing book well worth reading - if you have an open mind. Firmly...
I wanted to learn more about the history of this region and the peoples who live there - from differing viewpoints. On hearing this, a Jewish friend recommended this book. Read more
Published 14 days ago by SoulSong
5.0 out of 5 stars (Kliché-alert) A Must Read!
This is a volume that anyone who has an interest in a deeper understading of the Israeli-palestinian conflict should read. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Claus Bundgaard Rasmussen
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Good balance report.
Published 17 days ago by Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars but other than that it speeks truth to horrible policies of a people...
This book about the son of a highly placed Israili General who later sees the error in the very Zionist policies he previously defended is one that everyone should read. Read more
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