Refusenik! Israel's Soldiers of Conscience

ISBN-10: 1842774514

ISBN-13: 9781842774519

Edition: 2004

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In Israel, hundreds of soldiers called up to take part in controversial campaigns or assignments have refused orders. This text presents the stories, experiences, viewpoints and poetry, of these officers and ordinary footsoldiers, men and women, from every ethnic background and class.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Zed Books, Limited
Publication date: 2/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Susan Sontag, an influential cultural critic with a Harvard master's degree in philosophy, is noted for taking radical positions and venturing outrageous interpretations. Proclaiming a "new sensibility," she supported the cause of pop art and underground films in the 1960s. Her reputation as a formidable critic has been established by numerous reviews, essays, and articles in the New York Review of Books, the N.Y. Times, Harper's, and other periodicals. Against Interpretation (1966) includes her controversial essay "Notes on Camp," first published in Partisan Review. The title of the book introduces her argument against what she sees as the distortion of an original work by the countless critics who bend it to their own interpretations. "The aim of all commentary on art," she writes, "should be to make works of art---and, by analogy, our own experience---more, rather than less, real to us." Sontag has a mature modernist sensibility, but manages to depict the avant-garde in language accessible to any reader. She has lectured extensively around the United States and has taught philosophy at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, and Columbia. She is a frequent and popular television discussion personality, particularly on contemporary issues of illness or feminism, although many feminists are unhappy that she does not declare herself to be a "feminist critic." She is also, less successfully, a fiction writer.

Introduction: Israel's Refusal Movement
The Early Refuseniks Balance
Saying 'no' loudly and clearly
An artist at Ansar
Discovering the Palestinians
In solidarity with the almond trees
The First Intifada I'm no martyr
Whatever the price
The problem is in Jewish society
Refusal to Collaborate
I am an Arab Jew
Father and son: refuseniks
Spiral of evil
The limit is human life
The privilege of saying 'No!'
Silences that cry out
Benighted fanticism
A typical 'NO' poem
A policy that demeans my country
The refusenik answers the writer
On the festival of freedom I waive my freedom
No to 'Always at Command'
'You don't have to do anything wicked'
Decent people don't shoot children
I owe my children at least one refusal
The Philosophy of Selective Refusal
The Story of Yuval and Imad
The Second Intifada Letter to the editor of Koteret Rashit from Dov Barak
Statements by Jailed Conscripts
Those who enlist and those who don't
Militarism and racism have reached a fascist level
I am a prisoner, yet free
A violent and racist society
Statements by Jailed Reservists Vile injustice
The red line
Collaboration makes me a criminal
A cause which is not mine
An enormous 'black flag'
A letter to the commander of Battalion 719
I killed three innocent civilians
The shattered dream
The IDF teaches that it's okay to molest an Arab
Black Flag
The exercises in refusal
Why am I mad at the IDF?
Closing Statements My reply to the General
Israel today is like a prison
List of Addresses
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