Book Review: This Time We Went Too Far

Book Review: This Time We Went Too Far – Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion by Norman G. Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein, who is the subject of a recent documentary called American Radical, has been one of the most outspoken critics of Israel for many years. In This Time We Went Too Far, he investigates the brutal 2008 Israeli invasion of Gaza.

This Time We Went Too Far is available at Lobby Books for R220

During 22 days of military action, dubbed Operation Cast Lead, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) killed hundreds of Palestinians and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, hundreds of schools and many civilian buildings, including mosques, hospitals, the UN headquarters in Gaza City as well as biscuit, juice, cool drink and ice cream factories, all supposedly in self-defence.

Many people saw the invasion as an indiscriminate attack using vastly disproportionate force against a largely defenceless population trapped in a tiny strip of land. Finkelstein places the invasion in its historic context and meticulously analyses the roles played by various protagonists as well as the local Israeli and international media.

He draws heavily on reports by independent international observers, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Dugard Committee, lead by South African jurist John Dugard and, of course, the Goldstone Mission, headed by former South African Constitutional Court judge and Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia, Richard Goldstone.

I’d recommend This Time We Went Too Far to anyone who wants to know what really happened during the 2008 Gaza invasion.

Andreas Späth, Idasa

This Time We Went Too Far is available at Lobby Books for R220.

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