Childerley uI just expected too much Painstaking and painful story describing the forced removal of Palestinians from their land in Israel s War of Independence Reminiscent of Tim O Brien in its humanization of the enemy Protagonist is Israeli soldier who consistentlyestions and only briefly and Cultural Excursions unsuccessfully tries to rationalize official policy Authornflinchingly describes brutality of dispossession and like all good war stories makes clear the dehumanization that occurs to oppressor and oppressed alike Brave account that pretty much avoids
the how and why those rationalizations we arrive to that point how and why those rationalizations we arrive to that point instead focuses on the disastrous and tragic impact and hints presciently at the
conseuences on those in the middle of cataclysmic events Extraordinary S Yizhar real name Yizhar Smilansky published this short book in 1949 The plot takes place during the expulsions and operations of 1948 when soldiers were forcing Palestinian occupants of villages and reshaping the human geography of the territory Cruelty and Laughter under their control Khirbet Khizeh is the name of one such village which the protagonist visits with his militarynit and expels its inhabitants The book is short but packs an incredible punch It s remarkable over that Yizhar manages to sound his cry of injustice without lapsing in. * Published just months after the founding of the state of Israel and the * Published just months after the founding of the state of Israel and the of the 1948 war the novella Khirbet Khizeh was an immediate sensation when it first appeared Since then the book has continued to challenge and disturb even finding its way onto the school curriculum in Israel The various debates it has prompted would themselves make Khirbet Khizeh worth reading but the novella. ,Future Conseuences On Those
Picked Cop Knowledge up this novella in a second hand store in New York having never heard of it before Turns out it wasite the thing in Israel back in the 50s It is a lyrical account of an Israeli attack on a Palestinian village in 1948 that was published to great acclaim less that a year after the end of the War of Independence It tells a familiar story of young soldiers engaged in actions they don t really nderstand with different ideas of the nature of war and the nature of their enemies The afterword highlights some of
the things I was missing by reading it in translation and made methings I was *missing by reading it in translation and made me my Hebrew was *by reading it in translation and made me my Hebrew was enough to nderstand it in the original and my knowledge of the Bible good enough to pick Class and Conformity up the references Still the translation is excellent and the narrativergent and compelling I Descartes and His Contemporaries understand thissed to be a set text in Israeli schools I think that was probably a good thing It s not KK it s me that this book is wise I can agree with absolutely That it is still shockingly wise as the blurb suggests is a little bit much Turns out the Israeli occupation wasn t and isn t all that noble a thing The prose was decent but not so good that it took me away from the obviousness of the rest of the book I m glad this was written that it s still in print and that people are reading it But I think. Exhilarating How often can you say about a harrowing High Tide at Midnight unuiet book that it makes you wrestle with your soul Neel Mukherjee The Times LondonIt’s 1948 and the Arab villagers of Khirbet Khizeh are about to be violently expelled from their homes A young Israeli soldier who is on duty that day finds himself battling on two fronts with the villagers andltimately with his own conscience . .
Summary סיפור חרבת חזעה.
weeping of which yizhar is supposedly a protoof which Yizhar is supposedly a proto Responses to this book can and should be complex than the initial emotional reaction Indeed the protagonist has an internal struggle and regrets about the operations which he is part of but he participates in them nonetheless Food for thought About two weeks ago there was a review of this republished novella on the back page of the NYTimes book review that I couldn t resist I immediately got the novella and wasn t disappointed It was published in May 1949 and describes the feelings and moral dilemma of the soldier narrator who is part of an Israeli detail sent to destroy a Palestinian village As he watches the villagers driven into exile he becomes and outraged but ltimately remains an observer not an activist The sensitivity of the narrator to his own growing discomfort with the operation is visceral the descriptions of the bewildered villagers and the desperate mothers are painful and the reader feels the fear of exile as palpably as the Is much than a vital historical document it is also a great work of
art Yizhar’s haunting lyrical style and charged view of the landscape are in many ways as startlingYizhar’s haunting lyrical style and charged view of the landscape are in many ways as startling his wrenchingly honest view of modern Israel’s primal scene Considered a modern Hebrew masterpiece Khirbet many ways as startling his wrenchingly honest view of modern Israel’s primal scene Considered a modern Hebrew masterpiece Khirbet is an extraordinary and heartbreaking book that is destined to be a classic of world literatu.