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This Time We Went Too Far

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For the Palestinians who live in the narrow coastal strip of Gaza, the December 2008 Israeli invasion was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions: in the 22-day-long action 1,400 Gazans were killed, several hundred on the first day alone. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The cost of the destruction and disruption of economic life, in one of the world’ ...more
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Published March 31st 2010 by OR Books
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Mar 31, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title of Norman Finklestein's latest book on the Israeli occupation of Palestine is a direct quote from a column written by Haaretz's Gideon Levy regarding the international community's response to Israel's brutal assault on Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. The implicit argument in Levy's column is also the central theme of Finkelstein's book: the worldwide public response to Israel's massacre of 1,400 Palestinians, 800 of whom were civilians and 400 of whom were women and children, i ...more
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Norman Finkelstein draws on reports from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Goldstone Report to document the war crimes committed by Israel in its December 2008 attack on Gaza. He begins with the recent history of Israeli policies, including the 1982 and 2006 invasions of Lebanon, the ongoing expansion of settlements in the West Bank, and the failed 2000 peace agreement (about which Ben-Ami, a lead Israeli negotiator at those talks later said "I
For someone that only knows the basics about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, like me, I hoped this book would educate me and shed a light on the core of the dispute. That was too optimistic. The book reads like a university textbook. Each page has at least 5 notes and 5 more quotes, so I had to read it with a pencil and with full concentration. Only in the last two chapters, when Finkelstein writes from his experience of a visit to Gaza in 2009, I could relax and start to understand the comple ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though the Alan Dershowitz-led witch hunt may have robbed him of his academic position at DePaul University in Chicago, Finkelstein has fortunately refused to fade into obscurity (in fact, Dershowitz’s infantile campaign may have raised Finkelstein’s profile).

Per his usual standards (though largely without, and I note this with some degree of sadness, his typical acerbic wit), Finkelstein’s latest work ably dissects the rationales, realities, and outcomes of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s wanton,
Feb 19, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Norman Finkelstein begins his new book—This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion—debunking the oft-repeated claim that Israel waged Operation Cast Lead in order to stop Hamas from firing rockets into Israeli cities. If Israel's goal had been to stop the the rockets, Finkelstein writes, then it wouldn't have broken the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas. (Israel did this on November 4, 2008, when a group of Israeli soldiers entered Gaza and killed six Palestinia ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The purpose of this book is to provide an account of the 2009 war. Finkelstein does it by, crucially, offering up the context of the war too. Briefly, you'll learn:
1. Why Israel carried out the war
2. Why Israel is not interested in peace and how that can be proven
3. That most of the world has gone from being in favour of Israeli military dealings to now being against, and continues in this direction.

This is a scholarly - and I mean scholarly - treatment. As another reviewer points out, Finkelst
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Nov 20, 2012 بینش بیگ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Itz really time to raise our voice against Israel crimes on Gaza.I will definitely read this book i'v marked it to read.
Aimee Warrington
This book is a poorly written compilation of information gathered from numerous sources. By "poorly written" I simply mean the narrative from the author's own voice is missing beyond the introduction and the quotation after quotation, citation after citation, made this a very dry, painful, difficult to finish read for me. The book assumes a good familiarity and understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict of it's reader (which I admittedly have not). The book is blatantly pro-Palestinian (a ...more
Andrew Jones
Jan 21, 2013 Andrew Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding piece of literature with hard hitting facts. People have suggested the overuse of references throughout this book is a failure; I believe this aspect is what makes the book such a great piece of writing and shows finkelsteins expertise on the subject. I look forward to reading more of his work; the more reliable references from a range of respectable sources the better.
Bryan putt
Finkelstein is a great jounalist who documents here the war crimes and attrocities carried out by the IDF in the 2008 invasion of Gaza. He also writes of the blacklisting of those who came out against the invasion. While a dry read, it is a well researched one (a third of the book is dedicated to citations) and an eye-opening account of the dangers of Zionism.
Aug 21, 2011 Bilal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ability of the author to provide stunning fact-checked arguments and ectensive evidences on the subject is brilliant. I believe this book is a must to read for every person interested in the Palistinia-Israeli conflict. Hats off.
Reza Putra
Sep 05, 2010 Reza Putra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Akhirnya, kita tidak bisa lagi menggunakan embel-embel seperti paham kebangsaaan, agama, dan/atau status sosial untuk membedakan yang benar dari yang bathil.
Mary Ann Tavery
Jun 26, 2016 Mary Ann Tavery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
another wonderful book by Norman

If you are interested in the Middle East you must read this book and you will really find out what is happening in the Israel Palestine conflict. Norman is a wonderful writer and researcher and everybody should read his stuff
Jun 08, 2011 Gabriel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikita Jayswal
May 04, 2013 Nikita Jayswal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tantalizing facts about the 2008 invasion.
"there is room for everyone at the rondezvous of victory" Aime Cesaire

striving for human rights, human dignity, and human equality.
Nov 30, 2011 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
how the 2008 Gaza attack and the flotilla attack have pushed international opinion close to the tipping point
Aug 23, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably Finkelstein's most readable work, and well-documented, as always.
Sham Issa
Apr 08, 2012 Sham Issa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب تم بحثه بصورة جيدة، ويلفت النظر لأشياء معينة. غير أنه يسنهدف الجمهور الغربي الغائب المغيب عن حقيقة ما يحدث بفلسطين بسبب إعلامهم السيء.
Fred Grube
May 15, 2013 Fred Grube rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is both informative and believable. I would consider it a must read for anyone interested the holy land and humanitarian issues.
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Norman Finkelstein, son of a holocaust survivor, is a fierce and controversial critic of Israeli policy, especially toward Palestinians. He has had a tense rivalry with his pro-Israel counterpart, Alan Dershowitz. In 2007 DePaul University denied his tenure, a decision for which Dershowitz lobbied. For his views and suspected connections to anti-Zionist groups, Israel has denied Finkelstein entry ...more
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