An Age of Stone
5 1/2" x 8 3/4" • 173 pages
ISBN 9780704326927 • hardback • $19.95 •
An Age of Stone catalogues the steady rise of tension and resistance in the Palestinian population under occupation. As a Jew and survivor of the Holocaust, author Felicia Langer suffered the consequences of racial persecution at an early age. Since the occupation of 1967 her career as a lawyer in Israel has paradoxically centered on the defence of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.
This book was originally written in the form of diary entries and published in Hebrew newspapers. The events described were not written up afterwards with hindsight but recorded as they actually happened; as such they provide a unique and invaluable historical document.
An Age of Stone reveals many unpleasant truths, increasingly recognized in Israel itself and by friends of Israel throughout the world. It describes the increasing domination of militarist ideology, and the sharp deterioration in the moral climate of Israel since the invasion of Labanon in 1982. Most shocking perhaps are the accounts, drawn from Miss Langer's own experience as a defence lawyer, of the pace of dehumanization, the crudity and brutality in language and behavior even at the highest levels of Israeli society, and the diminishing attempts to justify inhuman and inhumane actions.
As a Palestinian whose son was buried alive by the Israeli army asks Felicia Langer: "Where does the cruelty in these people come from?" The stories in this book address the enormity of that question, yet the author in the face of unrelenting horror continues to find hope amidst what she calls this "terrible darkness."
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