Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ)

Book Launch: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories


Palestine Link and gate48, critical Israeli's in the Netherlands will host the presentation of Yehuda Shaul's book Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000–2010. On Wednesday 24 October, 18:00 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague.



The Israeli army is still held by many to be “the most moral army in the world,” and its actions in the Occupied Territories are—it claims—first and foremost aimed at protecting the country from terror. But the soldiers themselves tell a different story. Talking frankly about what they did, what they were told to do, and what they saw, these young Israelis draw a broad and powerful portrait of an ostensibly defensive military program that in fact serves an offensive agenda. As the soldiers show in vivid and immediate detail, even the key terms of the Israeli army policy—“preventing terror,” “separating populations,” “preserving normal Palestinian life,” and “law enforcement”— in fact mean precisely the opposite on the ground, spreading fear and subjugation, accelerating Jewish settlement and the acquisition of Palestinian land, crippling all political and social life, and ultimately thwarting any possibility of independence.


About the author:

Yehuda Shaul served in the IDF as commander and platoon sergeant in the 50th battalion of the Nahal Brigade from 2001 to 2004. After graduating from a yeshiva high school in a Jewish settlement on the West Bank in 2004, Shaul founded “Breaking the Silence” with a group of fellow veterans. Born and raised in Jerusalem in an ultra-Orthodox family. He serves as the organization’s Co-Director and Foreign Relations Officer.


Location: ISS - Kortenaerkade 12, 2518 AX The Hague (How to get to ISS)