Shell Shocked: On the Ground Under Israel's Gaza Assault

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Haymarket Books
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300
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5.4 X 0.5 X 8.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
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Paperback
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9781608465132
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About the Author

Mohammed Omer: is a Palestinian journalist. He has reported for numerous media outlets, including: the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs; Al Jazeera; Pacifica Radio; Electronic Intifada; The Nation and many others. In 2008, Omer was awarded the 2007 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

Reviews

"Read Shell-Shocked! Its author says, "I'm a journalist and I owe it to my people and the Israeli people to get to the truth." Thank you, Mohammed, the truth is like water, a basic necessity, without it we will not survive."
--Roger Waters

"Whenever I heard something had happened in Gaza, or I wanted to know the latest, I first turned to Mohammed Omer's Twitter feed. During Israel's summer onslaught, Omer worked day and night through harrowing and life-threatening conditions to ensure that the plight of Palestinians in Gaza would not be forgotten. A native of Gaza and part of its people who had to cope with the direct impact of the war on his own family and community, he is first and foremost a professional whose reportage is second to none."
--Ali Abunimah

"The horrors inflicted on the 1.8 million people of the Gaza Strip are hidden from most people in the West. "Shell-Shocked" draws back the curtain to tell us what it is like to live in a small besieged and enclosed area, subject to savage bombardment, systematic deprivation, and callous imprisonment. Written with painful immediacy, these are more than dispatches from a war zone: they convey the human reality of people who manage to survive and endure in conditions that have grown grimmer and more inhumane over the years. This book is a wake-up call to those who allow these war crimes to continue unpunished, while lauding the aggressor's right to "self-defense."
--Rashid Khalidi

"Omer bravely gathers the voices of ordinary Palestinians who live through the torment....Of the two and a half thousand Palestinians who died in the last attack, over 500 were children. Omer tells their story with poignancy....[His] style is crisp and unpretentious."
--Vijay Prashad for Economic and Political Weekly

"With a terrible and necessary exactitude, Mohammed Omer's war chronicle lets the world know the devastating losses borne by the Gazan people bombarded by Israeli forces in 2014. He himself suffered the losses he documents, opening up the question of how one continues to write, to live, and to struggle for justice under such conditions. This book shows us how and why this struggle can, and must happen, giving us the details of destruction we need to know to waken the world into a lucid understanding of the degradation of destruction undergone by a population that seeks to live, to mourn, and to resist. In this text, the witness of suffering, the one who suffers, and the activist are one, offering a searing case for why the assault on the Palestinian people must end, and why we must all struggle for the end to violence."
--Judith Butler

"Mohammed Omer could easily have escaped the horror of Israel's impending assault on the trapped and helpless people of tortured Gaza. Instead, he
chose to stay, to record, in searing and vivid detail the horror, savagery, and sadism of Israel's latest escapade of "mowing the lawn" and the steadfastness of the victims of a hideous tragedy. Few can match his courage and integrity, but all of us who provide the arms and diplomatic support should at least ponder every word and ask ourselves what we have done and what we must do."
--Noam Chomsky

"If you only have time to read one book on Israel's 2014 war on Gaza, let it be this one. Mohammed Omer's on-the-ground reporting is stunning and unforgettable, giving access to a daily reality few can imagine let alone endure. Omer describes the landscape of Palestinian life and death in this tiny strip of land during this horrific period. Yet, his accounts are not only about the immense suffering of Gaza's people but about their remarkable resilience and dignity, which cannot be destroyed. An act of conscience and documentation, Omer's book will remain with the reader long after it is read."
--Sarah Roy

"The truth about Israel's crimes in Gaza can never be forgotten, never successfully lied about and covered-up, because Mohammed Omer was there. This great reporter and his family were under fire day after day. When I phoned him, I could hear the explosions outside his front door. Yet, day after day he produced eyewitness dispatches of such clarity and brilliance that, almost single-handed, he reclaimed the honour of real journalism."
--John Pilger

"Mohammed Omer has documented Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip and the everyday acts of resistance by its people with unparalleled courage and clarity. To read Omer's captivating dispatches is to come as close as possible to the rubble-strewn ground in Gaza without passing through the fortified walls that encircle it. "
--Max Blumenthal

"Read Shell-Shocked! Its author says, "I'm a journalist and I owe it to my people and the Israeli people to get to the truth." Thank you, Mohammed, the truth is like water, a basic necessity, without it we will not survive."
--Roger Waters

"Whenever I heard something had happened in Gaza, or I wanted to know the latest, I first turned to Mohammed Omer's Twitter feed. During Israel's summer onslaught, Omer worked day and night through harrowing and life-threatening conditions to ensure that the plight of Palestinians in Gaza would not be forgotten. A native of Gaza and part of its people who had to cope with the direct impact of the war on his own family and community, he is first and foremost a professional whose reportage is second to none."
--Ali Abunimah

"The horrors inflicted on the 1.8 million people of the Gaza Strip are hidden from most people in the West. "Shell-Shocked" draws back the curtain to tell us what it is like to live in a small besieged and enclosed area, subject to savage bombardment, systematic deprivation, and callous imprisonment. Written with painful immediacy, these are more than dispatches from a war zone: they convey the human reality of people who manage to survive and endure in conditions that have grown grimmer and more inhumane over the years. This book is a wake-up call to those who allow these war crimes to continue unpunished, while lauding the aggressor's right to "self-defense."
--Rashid Khalidi

"Omer bravely gathers the voices of ordinary Palestinians who live through the torment....Of the two and a half thousand Palestinians who died in the last attack, over 500 were children. Omer tells their story with poignancy....[His] style is crisp and unpretentious."
--Vijay Prashad for Economic and Political Weekly

"With a terrible and necessary exactitude, Mohammed Omer's war chronicle lets the world know the devastating losses borne by the Gazan people bombarded by Israeli forces in 2014. He himself suffered the losses he documents, opening up the question of how one continues to write, to live, and to struggle for justice under such conditions. This book shows us how and why this struggle can, and must happen, giving us the details of destruction we need to know to waken the world into a lucid understanding of the degradation of destruction undergone by a population that seeks to live, to mourn, and to resist. In this text, the witness of suffering, the one who suffers, and the activist are one, offering a searing case for why the assault on the Palestinian people must end, and why we must all struggle for the end to violence."
--Judith Butler

"Mohammed Omer could easily have escaped the horror of Israel's impending assault on the trapped and helpless people of tortured Gaza. Instead, he
chose to stay, to record, in searing and vivid detail the horror, savagery, and sadism of Israel's latest escapade of "mowing the lawn" and the steadfastness of the victims of a hideous tragedy. Few can match his courage and integrity, but all of us who provide the arms and diplomatic support should at least ponder every word and ask ourselves what we have done and what we must do."
--Noam Chomsky

"If you only have time to read one book on Israel's 2014 war on Gaza, let it be this one. Mohammed Omer's on-the-ground reporting is stunning and unforgettable, giving access to a daily reality few can imagine let alone endure. Omer describes the landscape of Palestinian life and death in this tiny strip of land during this horrific period. Yet, his accounts are not only about the immense suffering of Gaza's people but about their remarkable resilience and dignity, which cannot be destroyed. An act of conscience and documentation, Omer's book will remain with the reader long after it is read."
--Sarah Roy

"The truth about Israel's crimes in Gaza can never be forgotten, never successfully lied about and covered-up, because Mohammed Omer was there. This great reporter and his family were under fire day after day. When I phoned him, I could hear the explosions outside his front door. Yet, day after day he produced eyewitness dispatches of such clarity and brilliance that, almost single-handed, he reclaimed the honour of real journalism."
--John Pilger

"Mohammed Omer has documented Israel's military assault on the Gaza Strip and the everyday acts of resistance by its people with unparalleled courage and clarity. To read Omer's captivating dispatches is to come as close as possible to the rubble-strewn ground in Gaza without passing through the fortified walls that encircle it. "
--Max Blumenthal