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VIDEO: An Israeli soldier recounts the Nakba

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The above video features former Palmach fighter Amnon Neumann recounting his experience fighting in 1948. The video was produced by the Israeli organization Zochrot.

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  1. irena
    December 29, 2011, 11:36 am

    The fact that he refuses to delve into details of the expulsions indicates that those must be horrendous crimes.

  2. Cliff
    December 29, 2011, 12:31 pm

    Amazing video. I have never seen a former Israeli soldier of the 48′ War be so candid on video.

    Thank you for posting this and thank you Zochrot.

    • Nevada Ned
      Nevada Ned
      December 30, 2011, 10:26 pm


      You say you have never seen a former Israeli soldier of the 1948 war be so candid?
      Remember that Uri Avnery was a soldier in that war.

      Thanks Zochrot and MW! This is important.

      -Nevada Ned

  3. pabelmont
    December 29, 2011, 12:56 pm


  4. eljay
    December 29, 2011, 1:19 pm

    Powerful stuff. Mr. Neumann is:
    – brave for speaking so candidly about the past; and
    – fortunate that he will, most likely, never be held accountable for his war crimes.

    I suspect RW will condemn not the unjust and immoral activities of Zionists and Israeli terrorists, but instead Mr. Neumann’s “academic speculation” on events of the past (see the segments from 13:30 to 13:50 in the video).

  5. MRW
    December 29, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Wow. This is a must-watch video. Thank you for posting this.

  6. December 29, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Good video. It is sad though that it took so many years ,( many didn’t even reach this point) for some to realise that they were cheated.
    Cheated into believing in this “great ideology of great zionism”, that gave them the legal right and permission to go and murder innocent people.
    The conscience must hit this older man pretty hard, since he is refusing to talk about details of those crimes.
    He is not going to be punished for the crimes that he did, since they were legally, internationally, officially permitted.
    Yet ,his inner conscience will keep reminding him, that what he did, as a young man /soldier, was wrong, very , very wrong.
    And it is good that it does, it should.

  7. December 29, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Here is a good, recent movie about Gaza, from Mr. Finkelstein’s site .
    “Israeli soldiers told to “cleanse” Gaza”.!/pages/Dr-Norman-Finkelstein/323613229514?sk=wall

  8. anonymouscomments
    December 29, 2011, 3:15 pm

    For those of you who struggle with getting Jewish family members to even crack open the door of Nakba acceptance… Send them this video.

    I am about to send it to one aunt who is *interested* in my views (very Jewish town, Sharon MA). She is open, but says that my facts do not fly with those in her community/friends. For Jews bred on mythological narratives, it helps to hear it from the horse’s (war criminal’s) mouth, in Hebrew.

  9. DICKERSON3870
    December 29, 2011, 3:21 pm

    RE – “VIDEO: An Israeli soldier recounts the Nakba”

    A LONGER VIDEO BY A ONE-TIME MEMBER OF THE ISRAELI ARMY, Berek Joselewics, that also deals with the Nakba [with Ilan Pappe and Jeff Halper]
    VIDEO (1:14:58) – The Zionist Story – Confronting The Zionist Deception (Documentary), YouTube, Uploaded by Alkindi90 on 10/16/11
    A documentary challenging the astonishing lies by Zionists (Jews and Christians).
    LINK –

  10. annie
    December 29, 2011, 3:38 pm

    amazing video, everyone should see it. i’d like a trnscript. the part at the end where he talks about the drunkness. heroes, no heroes. they cleansed the land.

    • Erasmus
      December 31, 2011, 5:50 am

      Certainly an impressive video.
      Thanks to Zochrot and respect for its important work to record time witnesses’ memories of what really happened in and around 1948. Such critical historical work ought to be encouraged and financially supported – after all the time witnesss must be in the range of 80+ years of age.

      The Nakba is not the story of another people that took place somewhere else — it is a story that we, as Israeli Jews, are responsible for. Learning, without taking responsibility, is to me not enough.”
      Norma Musieh, Curator of the Zochrot, 2009

      I second Annie’s request for a transcript.
      , however at the same time observe that the English video subtitle text ought to be improved to make it more intelligible, please

  11. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    December 29, 2011, 7:23 pm

    Hmm. You see the old man, genuinely feeling sorry for the wrong he has done, and you begin to feel sorry for him – but then you re-read his words, and know that he raised his gun against innocent women and children, and drove them from their homes – forever.

    Pretend that you don’t know his name, or who is he – and also pretend that he spoke not in hebrew, but in german. “Following given orders”………

    And there is a “liberal” strain of what indoctrinated this man?

  12. December 29, 2011, 7:57 pm

    When you are young, you are planning your life, hoping to conquer the world , and turn it upside down. You think that you own the world in the palm of your hand.
    When you are getting older, you start summarizing your life, and realise that being a puppet in somebody’s hands, doing what others ordered you to do, was not always the right thing to do. And it is too late to change it, to fix it.
    We can not re-live our life, re-do it, re-peat it.
    And then, there is this fear of unknown, of this Eternal Justice that might wait for us, once we cross the other side. Some believe in it, some not, but many feel uneasy about it.

  13. December 29, 2011, 8:09 pm

    Here is a good , touching movie about plight of Palestinian families ,who were forced into exile in 1948.

  14. lobewyper
    December 30, 2011, 8:47 am

    This man was 18 or 19 years old, and had been told he was fighting for the survival of his people. Yes, he did bad things, but so do many other young fighters of all ethnic groups when placed in combat roles. When you’re that age, most of us do what we’re ordered to do. I agree with those who feel this man’s public words are courageous. (They certainly cannot be welcome to the Israeli government!) They also represent an attempt at atonement and plea for forgiveness, and (I suspect) a wish to now “do the right thing” vis a vis the Palestinians. I commend this man for now speaking the truth many others have not (yet) spoken.

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