Explosive poems by an Israeli accusing his country of crimes against humanity.Playing on Zola's famous letter denouncing the anti-Semitism of the French government throughout the Dreyfus affair, Aharon Shabtai's title can be taken literally: it charges his government and his people with crimes against the humanity of their neighbors. Here we find snipers shooting children, spin-masters trying to whitewash blood baths, ammunition "distributed like bars of chocolate," and "technicians of slaughter" for whom morality is merely "a pain in the ass."
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While there are occasional glimmerings of personal struggle here—"O my country, my country,/ with each sandal,/ with each thread / of my khaki pants, / I've loved you"—for the most part, the book is a relentless polemic, elegizing innocent Palestinians and demonizing Israeli soldiers: "Idiotic so...| Read Full Review of J'Accuse
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