My Mideast Punchlines: flesh wound…

A book accusing the IDF of deliberately sparing the lives of Palestinians in order to debilitate them was awarded the 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize by the National Women’s Studies Association. The Algemeiner explains:

Jasbir Puar, an associate professor of women’s and gender studies, co-won the NWSA’s 2018 Alison Piepmeier Book Prize for her work The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability.

Published by in November 2017 by Duke University Press — which has come under scrutiny for its editorial advisors’ ties to the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel — the book posits that the “Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have shown a demonstrable pattern over decades of sparing life, of shooting to maim rather than to kill.”

Yet it contends that this “purportedly humanitarian practice of sparing death by shooting to maim” is not rooted in a desire to minimize fatalities, but rather seeks to maintain “Palestinian populations as perpetually debilitated, and yet alive, in order to control them.”

biffIt’s safe to say that if Puar had written a book about how Tsahal had solely a shoot-to-kill policy, it too would have garnered a Piepmeier prize. When it comes to Israel, it always seems that you’re damned if you do and your damned if you don’t. As one who has served in Tsahal and learned tohar ha’neshek (purity of arms)*, I suggest you don’t worry too much about this garbage. It’s only a flesh wound.

(*The code of purity of arms (Hebrewטוהר הנשק‎, Tohar HaNeshek) is one of the values stated in the Israel Defense Forces‘ official doctrine of ethics, The Spirit of the IDF. It states that:


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