Israel: As seen by an Israeli General’s son

Israel is not an occupation. It’s the ethnic-cleansings of the native Palestinians,” Miko Peled, son of Israeli Gen. Matti Peled and brother of Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan. Miko Peled is a former Israeli soldier. Last year Miko gave an interview to the Alternate Focus describing his experiences as a young soldier in the Jewish army. He also describes a confrontation with the same army on a recent visit to Israel and the West Bank. Watch the video below.

Both Miko, an Israeli-American citizen, and his sister, Nurit, are among the few courageous Israeli Jews who though born and raised in committed Zionist Jewish families – have the moral courage to challenge Israel’s official Hasbara (propaganda) lies about Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. Their grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson, sang Israeli anthem on Israel’s unilateral declaration of a state in May 1948 and their father Gen. Matti Peled was a commanding officer during 1967 war. Later both of them became committed to building a single democratic state in occupied Palestine for the foreign Jews and the native Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

A former soldier in Israel Occupation Force (IOF), Miko has turned into peace-activist. His passionate memoir, ‘The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine‘ is expected to be at stores this Spring. Incidently, Miko Peled’s experience living in Israel’s racist society and a country ruled by Zionazi leaders – is not much different than my blogger friend – Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon, who has documented his views on Israel and Judaism in his controversial book, ‘The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics‘.

Miko Peled’s favorite story from the Bible is: “The Bible tells us a great story of the patriarch Abraham willing to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac to prove his faith. At the moment of truth, when Abraham was about to kill his son an angel appeared telling Abraham not to harm the boy. In the Koran, Abraham is about to sacrifice Ishmael to the same God and the angel of God appears telling him not to harm his beloved son, Ishmael. The moral of the story is quite clear: Neither Israelis or Palestinians are called to sacrifice their sons and daughters to war, in fact, whether we are believers or not we are all called by our God or our conscience to care for our children so that they may live in peace and grow up as the equals that they are”.

Miko’s sister, Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan, in her address at the European Union in 2005, told the Islamophobe western delegates: “The so-called free world is affraid of the Muslim womb“.

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