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By Uri Avnery, Christopher Costello

The first eye-witness account ever released of the 1948 Israeli battle of Independence, this riveting memoir of a tender Israeli soldier grew to become an speedy bestseller on e-book in 1949, and continues to be well-known because the remarkable publication of that conflict, within the culture of Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet at the Western Front. First becoming a member of the Givati Brigade and later volunteering for "Samson’s Foxes", the mythical commando unit, Avnery took half in just about all the foremost battles at the Jerusalem and southern fronts. Written from the trenches, and from an army health facility mattress, he bargains a very targeted account of the struggle, of fast paced battles, and acts of maximum bravery, in addition to the camaraderie and off-duty exploits of younger women and men thrust into front line. this can be a gripping, delicate, and now and then deeply poignant account of the daily brutalities of 1 of the main major wars of our times.

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Overnight I changed from hero of the day to public enemy number one. “Lies! ” cried the patriots, who had stayed at home during the war. “Our soldiers don’t swear like that! Our soldiers don’t murder and rob! They didn’t drive away any Arabs! It is well known that the Arabs decided to flee on their own initiative. They were just following the calls of their own leadership! Our weapons are pure! ” Everything possible was done to make the book disappear from the market. The critics ignored it. However, the first printing did indeed sell out immediately, but when the publisher wanted to reprint the book, it was blocked.

Camp in Kibbutz Hulda Plate 3. A moment of rest during the retreat Plate 4. Returning from the battle of Latrun Plate 5. Samson’s Foxes take part in the “Day of the Brigade” Plate 6. Soldiers of Givati brigade on parade Plate 7. Reclining on the hay in an Arab village Plate 8. The truck arrives in Jerusalem Plate 9. Shalom Cohen interrogates a captured Arab villager Plate 10. Soldiers carry a wounded comrade on a stretcher Plate 11. “Captured” photo of an Arab woman Plate 12. Palestinian Arab leader Haj Amin al-Husseini Plate 13.

It was really peculiar. Before the war I was one of the people everyone loved to hate. Eighteen months before the war I published a little magazine that I had named Bamaavak (In the Struggle). In it I wrote that we would form a new Hebrew nation in Palestine, a nation distinct from everything earlier among the Jewish people, and that we should realize our national interests and form an alliance with the Arab national movement. The attacks of Bamaavak on the sacred cows of official Zionism1 caused a lot of bad blood.

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