Monday, March 30, 2015

Morocco—Indefinite hunger strike by groups of political prisoners

Posted by Maoist_Revolution:

 Regarding - Aziz Elkhalfawi and Aziz Elbour, in local prisons Boulmharez and Oudaia Marrakech

We continue our struggle in local prisons Boulmharez and Oudaia Marrakech against catastrophic realities in which we live and to face the systematic refusal of the prison administration to meet our claims made, and despite several hunger strikes that we conducted. We also denounce harassment and daily threats we face every day inside our prisons—whether in the form of insults, bullying, physical assault made by guards, officials, directors and presidents of our prisons.
We Maoist political prisoners have decided to engage in a new stage of resistance by conducting a fresh indefinite hunger strike for the group of Aziz Elkhalfawi and another renewable three days for the group of Aziz Elbour if necessary. These strikes will begin Monday, March 23, 2015 in memory of the glorious uprising of March 23, 1965; and there, we seek to impose our just and legitimate demands within the prison. Our demands are:
Our release and that of all political prisoners unconditionally.
The abandonment of the charges and proceedings from scratch mounted against us.
The dropping of charges against our comrades unconditionally
The abandonment of the University of militarization and the complete abandonment of the Tripartite circular.
Authorization of access for our families, for students and for all those who want to visit us throughout the week.
Improving diets, the right and access to care, health and hygiene.
The provision of books and free access to reference books, newspapers and all that contribute to the study.
Authorization to enroll in bachelor’s, master’s and the vocational license.
Authorization of a free phone use to communicate with the outside.
Authorization for walks on adequate and proper time.
Consolidation of political prisoners in one prison and in the same cells.
The end of harassment and all measures having abuses we face everyday.
Finally, we report on a national and international opinion our full solidarity: With all the struggles of the Moroccan people in all its components (workers, peasants, students, pupils, unemployed…). With all political prisoners throughout the country and abroad.
We strongly condemn: Repression and solitary confinement experienced by our families, the National Union of Students of Morocco, activists of the movement of February 20 and all democratic activists. Abuses and restrictions faced by union and political freedoms in Morocco. Finally, we declare our determination to continue the struggle inside prison by all means at our disposal to achieve our true and accurate claims and we bear full responsibility for what may happen to us in prison management and the reactionary regime.
“You can pick all the flowers, but you will never be able to stop the advance of spring.”
Long live the struggle of the student movement!
Long live the Morroccan revolution!
Long live the World Proletarian Revolution!
Long live Marxism-Leninism-Maoism!
SIGNATORIES:
Groupe Aziz Elkhalfawi: Aziz Elkhalfawi – n° 2375 (Oudaia) Radwan Aladimi – n° 2376 (Ouadhias)
Groupe Aziz Elbour: Aziz Elbour – n°12679 (prison de Tiznit) Mohammed Almouaddine – n° 21409 (Boulmharez) Hicham Almiskini – n°21 415 (Boulmharez) Abdelhak Atalhaoui – n° 21 853 (Boulmharez) Marrakech, 2015/03/21


Sunday, March 29, 2015

ISIS competes with us for the lost souls


There has been a lot of blather on the radio lately as to why young people from Europe and the US are going to the Middle-east to join ISIS (Islamic State). A lot of theories have cropped up. Some people may feel left out of the society they live in. If they are made to feel as outsiders in their own society, there is a good chance they will turn against that society.
If we consider that today our news media has learned to make certain people and ideas disappear. Since the end of the cold war, the bourgeois press has decided that any kind of socialism is no longer to be discussed. Socialist people are only mentioned as relics of the past and a past that never could or would work. Those who favor socialism never exist in the sense that they are never quoted nor heard from. Their books and actions are completely ignored as if they don't exist at all. Likewise the peace movements which oppose war, but more specifically the imperialist system that requires constant war. Many people don't even realize that such groups or people exists. They never really see or hear from them. So those who know specifically what is being excluded from the news and those who know they exist when the news media seems to suggest they don't, feel left out of society all together. They are invisible. The same may be said for minority religions as Muslims. The dominant religion is Christianity. Even though discrimination is not encouraged out-right, it develops from a sense that the Muslims are not really part of this society. The less sophisticated Christians automatically look at Muslims as a competing religion. Even though our society is supposed to be tolerant of all religions, most Christians really see that as tolerance for THEIR religions and the others, such as Muslims, simply found a loop-hole. So as with atheists and socialists, the Muslims find that in this society they are invisible.
So we constantly see, on TV, a society that is capitalist and Christian. The capitalism is no longer an option. It would be easy to believe that it is almost illegal and definitely not tolerable to oppose the 'great and all powerful' "free-market" (,so-called). We also see a society in which there is no opposition to the military and we all love and support our troops. Not since World War II has the media been so pro-military. Those who oppose our imperialist "heroes" are made to fee like outsiders.
There is also the feeling that there is a sense of spiritual emptiness. They long for a sense of purpose in their lives. Our society shows lots of people who are happy in our capitalist place in life and happy with their Christian religion, but that is not adequate for all people. For many young people it doesn't work. Even in the 1960s when young people actually sought out spirituality from LSD.[1] Many people developed the use of that drug along with the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Even though the young people of the1960s seemed almost anarchistic in their approach to life they sought out a spiritual meaning they could not find in Christianity. That is the key to today's spiritually lost youth. They are no longer anarchists, but the seek answers to questions that have not been answered by modern Christianity. To put it bluntly CAPITALISM and CHRISTIANITY have FAILED much of US and European society.   
So when I heard a panelist on NPR (National Public Radio) say that "Google is an alternative" I couldn't believe it. Technology is a reason people find spiritual emptiness. We have all these "gee wiz bang toys" and no real purpose for their use. We have the technological means but not the wisdom to know how to use it.
It is like a Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Dingle, the Strong." Aliens from Mars give him great strength, but soon they realize he will only use it for petty exhibitionism. They get bored with him and take the powers away. As with that episode young people notice the petty exhibitionism of modern technology and its use, but have no way to take it away when they realize how shallow its use actually is. The panelist also said he thought the free market was also a solution to the problem. But the free market is part of the problem for the spiritually empty. The free market is a brutal "dog eat dog" form of realism that sucks the spirituality out of many people. This is one reason why capitalism relies so heavily on Christianity. The free market has no soul. It works on pure logic and benefits some and only some in pure materialist pleasures. Those who lose out become invisible. But such pleasures can lead to a feeling of emptiness. Christianity is suppose to give us that sense of belonging and purpose. We are suppose to work hard and prosper, to get THINGS we need and WANT. But those things lack a sense of purpose and connectedness. People need from Christianity to give them that sense that our lives actually have purpose. But Christianity doesn't work for everyone. If it did there would be no LSD gurus of the 1960s and today no one would want to leave our society to spiritually fulfill themselves in broken down third world countries fighting for Allah.
And that brings us to the life and death struggles in the Middle-east. In that part of the world, religion is now the liberating force outside of the unworkable capitalist ideology that the US is implementing on people in the Middle-east. There is very little actual capitalist development in the Middle-east compared to the more industrialized countries. The people there know that won't change because the US could have made those changes 30 years ago and they didn't. The US government just wants control of the resources and people there know that.
During the 1960s Marxist groups held promise to those who were tired of suffering under the US empire. But back in those days, there was a Soviet Union to aid those who needed it. China and others also sent aid to help these groups. As the cold war ended, so did any outside support to these Marxist groups. Now the remaining Marxists must work all over again to gain back the support of people who have now looked to Muslims for a sense of liberation. They hope going back to their religious routs will allow them be break fee of the feeling they are slaves to the US and European Empire.
So the longing for a better life under Muslim fascism combines with the spiritual emptiness of the west and its children to create a monster of a movement in the Middle-east. For the US imperialists and their grand plans this is a disaster. For the left, it is a missed opportunity.
For those of us who are leftists we are competing with a movement that is not as sophisticated, but it IS winning the hearts and minds of both disillusioned imperialist youth and the underlings of the Middle-east. For us it may be a long hard road to win back the hearts and minds of people in either of these places. In the 1980s young people went to Central America and made connections to the people there. That is a far cry from groups such as ISIS. ISIS acts out senseless and grandiose murders and encourages aimless murder.
The one and ONLY thing we have in common is our enemy; imperialism. We both seek to destroy a system that reduces the people in the imperialist nations to mindless consumers, while the actual people of the Middle-east are slaves.    
Marxism can also fulfill spirituality in the sense that as humanists we are part of a bigger whole; something that is bigger than the individual. Unlike the "wheel of chance" style free market system where some of us come out as big winners and others as complete losers and unlike a system that encourages us to hate and despise those who have lost, Marxism encourages us to take a leap forward were ALL of us are winners. That ideology worked for the youth in SDS in the 1960s and the supporters of Central American revolution in the 1980s, and it can work again. 
This is about understanding what people who join ISIS really want. But it is not about supporting those decisions. We also want to destroy imperialism. We will work for that regardless. We are competing with ISIS and imperialism and we will never work with any of those. They are enemy ideologies. They are poison to the people in the long run. We seek to destroy all of them eventually.

 -សតិវ​អតុ 

ISIS's propaganda


"He uses his powers for petty exhibitionism."



[1] Lysergic acid diethylamide, an extremely powerful hallucinogen.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Enjoy Spring Break before conservatives ban it


Conservatives are like fascists. They believe all human activity has to be regulated and regulated a lot. This is especially true of college students who decide to break out on their own and disregard societies suffocating rules when it comes to having parties in public places. Do you really care if your parents approve of what your are doing on Spring Break???!!
Any time young people get together and throw out all the suffocating rules of our nation we can count on conservative pundits, such as blather mouth Sean Hannity to try and bring an end to it. According to Hannity and his flunky Ainsley Earhardt, Spring Break is nothing more than an orgy of drugs, alcohol, sex and nudity on the beach.   
It seems as if such anal retentive stiffs, such as Hannity can’t stand to see people who are having fun and not regulated.  What is wrong with such people? Why do conservatives talk about getting government off our backs only to want it put on tight when young people try to break loose? They want lots of government regulations on what young people do. They want their fun seriously monitored.
Young people deserve to have some times and places where they can be free of their inhabitation’s and they can let lose. I did those kinds of things when I was young and I turned out fine.
Best of all I never became a fascist or a conservative.

 -សតិវ​អតុ 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Committee to support People's War in India is looking for support

From The International Committee to Support the People's War:

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The International Committee to Support the People's War in India (ICSPWI) appeals all the forces that refer to it, all the forces of the international support to the PW in India, to give substance to the protracted campaign of international support, with any kind of initiatives, according to the possible and necessary timetable in the situation in different countries.
2
ICSPWI calls to bring the international solidarity to the PW in all the anti-imperialist protests and in the May Day demos.
3
ICSPWI welcomes the advanced efforts made by
International Delegation-NOWARONPEOPLEINDIA,
whose plans proceed with the necessary pace for a successful implementation.
We call again anyone is interested in the Delegation to make himself available, taking the necessary contacts.
4
ICSPWI announces that new important publications will be issued in the next time, which can be an effective tool for the knowledge and development of the strategic value of the support for the PW in the current international situation.
5
ICSPWI convenes a plenary meeting, open to representatives of all the supporting organizations, proposing the of 21 June as date and the Northern Italy as place.
ICSPWI
25-3-2015


Monday, March 23, 2015

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback booed



Comment:
From F5:
For many, the highlight of the KU/WSU game at the NCAA tournament was when the cameras trained on Gov. Sam Brownback and the crowd just booed.
Some have suggested that it was because he was wearing a KU/WSU T-shirt and showing no favorite team. These people would be wrong. He was booed because he's the leading asshole in the state.

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Statement of the RBC: Panama, fascism and revolution

I've noticed a long time ago that a small group of people in a backward, small country, with a few people over all, can still lead to a revolution (see CP Ecuador Red Son). With blog-sites and interaction with other revolutionaries, these groups can have a major impact on their own country and the world around them. So I was not surprised to see that the RED DE BLOGS COMUNISTAS (RBC) have released this article about the Communist Party (Marxist Leninist) of Panama. This party seems involved in the blog Luminoso futuro. A small group in a small country can achieve a lot. So I am glad to repost this story in English.
  -សតិវ​អតុ 


Blog Network Communists thinks fit, taking advantage of one of our members knows the political, economic and social situation of the Central American country, performing an introductory discussion of the relevance of Panama, which we consider interiimperialistas illustrates the growing tensions caused by the crisis economic and collapse of hegemonic polarization by the need for redistribution of resources. The situation, as throughout the world, and Latin American peculiarities, creates internal tensions enters the local ruling classes, influenced by those occurring between the imperialist powers, and develops resistance of peoples, nations and, in particular, the working class, as shown in a country like Panama, deepens their resistance to the worsening of exploitation and proceeding with increasing firmness, the resolution of the tension between capitalism and development of fascist New Democracy Revolution for the second.

Panama is a country illustrative of the changes taking place in the XXI century as a result of the strategic changes caused by the deepening of the confrontation interiimperialista result of the economic crisis and the struggle for resource allocation.
The strategic location of Panama, on the isthmus that connects North America with South, and its essential role in the commercial control by the existence of the Canal, make the interiimperialistas tensions inside are characteristic features, including the emergence apparently mediated by strong anti-imperialist movements, actually anti-American, not finished understand, because the ruling oligarchy was saved well to avoid it, increasing its traditionally cosmopolitan ideological control, with US support.
United States, which looks like the entire continent, rather dominated, out of hand their control, are using Panama as a base against countries that develop large nationalist movements and in which Russian and Chinese influence are increasingly evident.
First, Panama is an artificial state, like many others in the environment, created by colonialism, consisting of many nations, even the white minority, of European origin, which has seized power and wealth, and has their particular tax and interested homeland vision. This minority is, however, dependent and subservient to US interests, making Panama remains a colony-like free nation, and where the interests of 85% of the population do not matter to anyone.

Secondly, the interiimperialistas tensions have caused the government tries to control more strongly to the growing working and different minority nationalities resistance, concentrating power in the executive, multiplying institutional violence and deepen the draconian measures against the protest and resistance. Among them we can highlight the hardening of the penal code, targeted assassinations, mass arrests, the search for the destruction of unions, the liquidation of the right to strike and day of 8 hours. It can be said that the international situation, in addition to the consequences of the economic crisis and competition for local and foreign markets, have made ​​capitalism traditional buyer since the beginning of the creation of the Republic (1903) has lived so contrasted with bureaucratic capitalism, throwing ballast appearance democratic rights and humanism and becoming a totalitarian regime (serving, yes, of outside interests). It must be noted, however, that although this coexistence persisted since the creation of the state, it is now that bureaucratic capitalism is winning the game the importer capitalism, parallel to similar developments across the continent and fractures that occur between different dominant groups due to the deepening of the crisis and the worsening interiimperialistas their struggle for resources and economic influence " 
In fact, the revolutionary crisis, the product of tensions between the growing national internal resistance, and working and the increasingly fascist ruling class, makes the dilemma in which the working class is increasingly Panamanian clearly between Popular Fascist Dictatorship and Democracy.
Clearly, the increasingly apparent redistribution of resources, arising both from the economic crisis and the emerging interiimperialista fight in the environment, has also caused the minority, divided into factions, fight ever more openly for control of quotas power and, indeed, for the scraps of leftover wealth from northern metropolis. On one hand, the pro-European mafias, of Italian origin, embodied by former President Martinelli, and secondly, the pro-American families (Varela and Motta), collide for a privileged position in the dictatorial regime to be settling, while trying to play with the influence of China and Russia, increasingly present in the region, and the immense power of the United States therefore not forget that the Panamanian economy remains, for now, an extension of the US economy .
The fascism of Panama ago, along with the rest of said circumstances, the passivity of the working class begins to stir, noticing a revival of resistance and mobilization dragging increasingly immobile other sectors, particularly those who have been impoverished or affected by the concentration of power in fewer hands and have been adversely affected by the redistribution (middle classes, small businessmen, etc ..), not to mention the growing peasant mobilization for economic and national reasons, since the Most of those belonging to ethnic groups excluded from the mythical and artificial vision of white capitalist Panama. Another important feature of the growing tension interclasista Panama is the influence on the environment of so-called socialism of the XXI century, but a bureaucratic capitalism with dyes Social and, in some cases, also has fascists lashes. However, regarding the anti-imperialist struggle or rather, antiyankee serve motor and influence subjugated classes in other countries like Panama to problems due to the dependence and subjection of the national economy to US interests.

However, we note that antimperialismos these assumptions, many arising from the hand of XXI century socialism, and other developed under the influence of the growing economic influence of China and Russia (recently it has been known that China has overtaken as lender to the World Bank and IMF together in Latin America) and, ultimately, to another imperialist pole in the accelerated struggle for control of resources and for world hegemony.

In any case, in Panama, as in other neighboring countries, revolutionary perspectives opened must make us think, especially Panamanian working class, that is when considering the struggle for a New Democratic Revolution in the Central American country. Do not rely on false hopes of a democratizing change from "above" as does the small-middle bourgeoisie, the only way is the creation of an Anti-Fascist People's Liberation Front, bureaucratic anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist to achieve political sovereignty of all nations that comprise against all imperialism and emancipation and freedom of the working class and peasantry against the minorities unpatriotic, anti-Latin American and anti-Communists who have looted and subjected to today.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wichita Marijuana initiative stays on the ballot- despite Kansas Republicans


Despite all the attempts to stop the Marijuana Sentencing Reform Initiative from being on the ballot in the next Wichita city election, plans are to go straight ahead. Citizens will get to vote on marijuana decriminalization on April 7.
And this vote has not been respected my many of Kansas' elected officials. The irony is that they bend over backwards to protect gun rights and the rights of  high school Christians to discriminate, based on their "religious rights." But they show no respect for those of us who want to decide for ourselves if we want to smoke pot or not.
The ballot initiative to stop the criminalization of marijuana use was put on the ballot after local activists from Kansas for Change coalition along with JENI (Jobs & Education-Not Incarceration) and the Peace and Social Justice Center worked for months to get the Marijuana Reform Initiative-ICT on the ballot. The proposal seeks to amend the city code and make a first-offense marijuana possession a criminal infraction with a $50 fine. The conviction would be expunged after 12 months if an offender kept a clean record.
These groups have collected signatures twice and now have 4,000 signatures to put this on the ballot. Still, there are many officials in the state who don't approve of letting the people of Wichita to make this decision. Our own Attorney General Derek Schmidt has threatened to sue Wichita if it allows the vote to go forward. He argued that city laws 'can't put a state law to a vote on the ballot through the petition process.' He keeps arguing that only the state can make such a decision.
Other Kansas Republicans, such as Kansas Representatives Steve Brunk, and Mark Kahrs are also trying to take the initiative off the ballot. It is as hard for conservatives to move away from marijuana prohibitions as it would be for them to stop supporting Israel. There are their alliances with various churches, there are supporters from groups that run drug treatment programs and there are the pure and simple biased conservatives out there that simply can't take change. 
Despite the efforts to take the vote away from the people of Wichita, the vote will stay on the ballot. This and efforts like this across the country show that this is a nation that is tired of the relentless and useless draconian marijuana laws. There is a state effort to lessen marijuana penalties (HB 2049) here in Kansas and such efforts are being made in other states as well. We have already heard about the changes in Colorado.
Almost as many adults smoke marijuana today as in the 1970s when groups such as NORMAL were on the verge of changing the laws.
If this ordinance passes, it will not likely go into effect. But it will send a message to our leaders that they can't maintain their anti-marijuana laws forever. Just as with alcohol prohibitions, marijuana prohibition is not here to say. We deserve the right to chose.





Friday, March 20, 2015

Palestine: An expulsion day, 1949 Part 2

From  A World to Win News Service:

During the wait, the narrator starts thinking about how fighting the war was one thing, you fought to stay alive, never mind the goal of the war. But emptying the villages ''pestered the soul, and the best thing to do was to rid oneself of it, assume a furious glance and fix it upon that very village, what was its name, the one in front of us.'' The narrator fails to connect the dots, that the systematic emptying of Palestinian villages he describes was a basic goal of the war from the start. ''Once villages were something you attacked and took by storm. Today they were nothing but gaping emptiness screaming out with a silence that was at once evil and sad. These bare villages, the day was coming when they would begin to cry out. As you went through them, all of a sudden, without knowing where from, you found yourself silently followed by invisible eyes of walls, courtyards, and alleyways. Desolate abandoned silence. Your guts clenched.''

When the order is given to attack and gunfire rattles all around there is great glee among the Israeli soldiers. They argue over who is the better shot and who should use the machine gun. Many villagers manage to escape with nothing but the clothes on their back. Frantic mothers desperately gather their children but they and others don't succeed in leaving before the arrival of the soldiers.
Going through the village, the narrator is distressed by how similar it is to the countless others they had taken, and by the signs of life left by those who had just fled.

''The mattresses were still laid out, the fire among the cooking-stones was still smouldering, one moment the chickens were pecking in the rubbish as usual and the next they were running away screeching as though they were about to be slaughtered. Dogs were sniffing suspiciously, half approaching, half-barking. And the implements in the yard were still – it was clear – in active use. And silence had not yet settled except as a kind of wonderment and stupefaction, as though the outcome hadn't yet been determined, and it was still possible that things would be straightened out and restored to the way they had been before. In one yard a donkey was standing, with mattresses and colourful blankets piled on its back, falling on their sides and collapsing on the ground, because while they were being hastily loaded, the throb of fear ‘They're-here-already!' had overcome the people, and they'd shouted: 'To hell with it, just run!' And in the next-door courtyard, which contained a kitchen garden, with a well-tended patch of potatoes, the fine tilth of its soil and the bright green of the leaves calling to you and telling you to go straight home and do nothing but cultivate beautiful potatoes.''

As the soldiers pushed through the village, leaving behind the first curls of smoke, they gathered the remaining villagers who had not managed to escape.

''When a stone house exploded with a deafening thunder and a tall column of dust – its roof visible from where we were, floating peacefully, all spread out, intact, and suddenly splitting and breaking up high in the air and falling in a mass of debris, dust, and a hail of stones – a woman whose house it apparently was, leapt up, burst into wild howling and started to run in that direction, holding a baby in her arms, while another wretched child who could already stand, clutched the hem of her dress, and she screamed, pointed, talked, and choked, and now her friend got up, and another, and an old man stood up too, and other people rose to their feet as she began to run, while the child attached to the hem of her dress was dragged for a moment and stumbled to the ground and bawled… She had suddenly understood, it seemed, that it wasn't just about waiting under the sycamore tree to hear what the Jews wanted and then to go home, but that her home and her world had come to a full stop, and everything had turned dark and was collapsing; suddenly she had grasped something inconceivable, terrible, incredible, standing directly before her, real and cruel, body to body, and there was no going back.''

There is some questioning and back-and-forth banter among the Israeli soldiers. ''What will happen to them? What will they eat or drink?'' asked one soldier. Another replies, ‘Stop thinking so much. And if that's the way you feel, you can go with them. ‘

''Something struck me like lightning. All at once everything seemed to mean something different, more precisely: exile. This was exile.''

The Palestinians are herded together and shipped off in trucks. When the narrator tells his commanding officer that this is a filthy war, he is told that Jewish immigrants will come and settle this land and it will be beautiful, a Hebrew Khizeh on the ruins of the former village.
Biblical references abound throughout the book, referring to the two thousand years of exile of the Jews. But the Jews here are now the masters who came, shot, burned, blew up and drove others into exile. In spite of this realization the narrator fails to overcome his moral paralysis and complicity.
Much greater crimes were committed during the expulsions than takes place in the book where no Palestinian is killed. While Khirbet Khizeh is a fictitious village, it is nonetheless emblematic of the actual expulsions that occurred with the establishment of the state of Israel and which are still going on today in areas near the ever increasing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Israeli historian Pappe calls what the Zionist movement led by David Ben-Gurion and his closest advisors started in 1948 “ethnic cleansing”. More than 500 Palestinian villages were forcefully emptied of their inhabitants through terrorist attacks carried out by various Israeli militias like the Stern Gang, Haganah and Irgun as well as the Israeli Defence Force. Pappe references newly released military and political archives as well as the diaries of David Ben-Gurion. The directives of Plan Dalet included "bombarding villages… setting fire to homes, properties and goods, expulsion, demolition and planting mines among the rubble to prevent any of the expelled inhabitants from returning." Pappe also documents how water supplies were poisoned, and that the atrocities committed included massacres and the rape of many women. All this has been erased from conventional Israeli history.

Approximately 800,000 Palestinians were exiled, more than half the population of Palestine at the time, according to Pappe's figures. Palestinians call it the Nakba or catastrophe.

In the book the soldiers differ amongst themselves about what they are doing. ''As they argue they are impressed by a woman with a seven year old child. There was something special about her. She seemed stern, self-controlled, austere in her sorrow. Tears, which hardly seemed to be her own, rolled down her cheeks. And the child too was sobbing a kind of stiff-lipped 'what have you done to us.'... I felt ashamed in her presence and lowered my eyes. It was as though there were an outcry in their gait, a kind of sullen accusation: Damn you... a determination to endure her suffering with courage, and how now, when her world had fallen into ruins, she did not want to break down before us. Exalted in their pain and sorrow above our – wicked – existence they went on their way and we could also see how something was happening in the heart of the boy, something that, when he grew up, could only become a viper inside him, that same thing that was now the weeping of a helpless child.''

The narrator is caught between the indifference of the other soldiers and his own revulsion at what he and they are doing. But in calling the boy's righteous anger a "viper", he reveals an attitude that still sees what he considers the interests of "his people" as higher than the interests of other human beings. He hates the methods being used to create Israel, but does not reject the goal of a Zionist state in Palestine. So he can't resolve his moral dilemma. Revolted by what he and other Israeli soldiers are doing, he remains complicit with what he knows to be intolerable.
The author himself was less conflicted. He spent a good part of his life as an officer in the Israeli military.