Neve Gordon

Lebanon - a War Within a War

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While the fighting in Lebanon was still raging, many analysts claimed that Hizbollah's modern weaponry and its utilisation of civilian spaces distinguished the war from any other.

Article after article mentioned the homes used as repositories for missiles, how the missiles were launched from village centres, and the way Hizbollah guerrillas, after firing the missiles, immediately blended back into the civilian population.

What struck me about these descriptions was that there was really nothing new about them, and that, in fact, most guerrilla warfare has been carried out in a similar manner. Even the pre-state Jewish paramilitary groups that attempted to drive the British out of Palestine operated in comparable ways.

Searching for the Realm of Freedom

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No more than a month ago I sat with a friend drinking coffee at the Hillel Cafe in Jerusalem. Today it is a shattered edifice, with bloodstains on the floor.

Indeed, this was the first thought that crossed my mind after hearing the news about the horrific suicide attack that left another seven Israelis dead and 45 wounded. 'I could have been there,' I said to myself.

Letter from Israel: A Cell is Still a Cell

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Israeli defence minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer recently reached an agreement with Palestinian interior minister Abdel Razak Yehiyah called the 'Gaza, Bethlehem First' plan.

Israeli forces will evacuate Bethlehem and Palestinian-populated areas in the Gaza Strip while the Palestinian Authority will take on the responsibility of policing the inhabitants. Accordingly, Israeli soldiers and tanks have moved to the outskirts of Bethlehem, allowing the residents who have been under curfew for nine weeks to leave their homes. The tight military blockade around the city continues, however, Bethlehem has been transformed into an island.

Letter to a War Criminal

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Israeli peace activist Neve Gordon is shocked at the actions of a former fellow student.

To Colonel Aviv Kohavi, brigade commander of the Israeli paratroopers

I presume you remember me. In any event, I remember you. We first met in the paratrooper brigade. I was a platoon sergeant in the corporals' company--you were a young platoon officer. Even then, friends of mine who were serving with you in the same post in Lebanon related that you were a sensible, serious and, above all, decent officer.

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