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‘The General’s Son’ a Sellout Success in Seattle

October 9, 2012

Just World Books publisher Helena Cobban announced that Miko’s memoir The General’s Son was so popular in the Pacific Northwest that all the copies that were shipped out for the five day book tour sold out at the first event at the University Temple United Methodist Church on October 1.  There were many great sponsors for the evening’s presentation, including: Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Mideast Forum Ministry at St. Mark’s Cathedral, SUPER UW, The Palestine Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Kadima, Episcopal Bishop’s Committee for Israel/Palestine, Palestine Solidarity Committee, American Friends Service Committee, The Committee for Human Rights UW, Voices of Palestine, University Temple United Methodist Church, and the Seattle National Lawyers’ Guild.

Journalist Alma Khasawnih, who attended Miko’s book event at the church, describes his talk in her article for the Seattle Globalist. She says his presentation is “almost like The Question of Palestine 101″ as he  “begins with some background on Zionism’s movement into Palestine, then the partition of Palestine in 1948 and its occupation by what we now know as Israel.” But, true to form, Alma notes that  “his narrative goes beyond politics to a personal story of self discovery.”

Keep your eye on this blog for updated info regarding Miko’s upcoming book events around the US and beyond. Helena assures us that she will be sending out far more books to make sure there are plenty on hand for his presentations in the future, but remember you can always purchase The General’s Son for yourself or for a gift here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2012 10:08 pm

    Miko, I lived in Israel for 20 years before converting to Christianity, partly due to disillusionment with the violence of Zionism. I had lived as an ultra Orthodox Jew for many of those years, and hated Arabs. But during a hospitalization in Jerusalem I got to know the male Arab nurses and learned about their culture. Later after I became a Christian I worked a a security guard at a Jerusalem supermarket with many Palestinian employees and learned more about them. Some of the Jewish employees of the store would say only semi jokingly that they would consider voting for hamas thinking it could not be more corrupt than their own kenesseth!

    I think one flaw in your excellent presentation is the history of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Zionists might lay the blame for this on the Arab world, saying that since they believed war with the Arabs was inevitable, then they had no choice but to secure as much territory as possible forcing the Palestinians off their land.

    Unfortunately this attitude of displacing indigenous peoples has been displayed by Americans throughout our history. In this sense America is very close to Zionism, in that neither society respects indigenous cultures and both steal loot and destroy with biblically based arrogance.

    I think it is vital to stress that the original partition plan was unfair. And to present the case that it is not Zionism per se that has victimized the Palestinians so much as the Western World as a whole following the Holocaust.

  2. October 14, 2012 10:10 pm

    This idea is explained beautifully by Victoria Clark’s book, Allies for Armageddon.

  3. October 15, 2012 10:14 pm

    Also, Miko, if Israel had reason to assume the Arab states would attack it upon its independence, then they had every legal right to secure their position once having received UN recognition. The Palestinians were unfortumately caught in the middle, unarmed and politically naive.

    The real problem with Israel is that it has not found a way to incorporate the Palestinians in the conquered territories into its body politic. Most normal nations do exactly this when the conquer new territory.

    Israel lacks the courage to include them, disperse them or annihilate them. It chooses to suffocate them slowly.

    See the work of Tzvi Misinai: http://the-engagement.org/?page_id=73

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