Posted by: Lister | June 6, 2007

Shimon Tzabar’s Michelin Guide

Via JSF, who’s looking for a copy of the full guide.

Michelin sue over ‘guide to jail’

A large excerpt

Before we start our guided tour of Israel’s prisons, concentration camps and torture chambers, it would make sense to ask why we are doing this. Why should anyone go on such a tour? The answer is simple: to see history in the making.

[…] It will be obvious that to see the prisons from the inside, one has to be arrested. For Palestinians or any other Arab, this is not a problem. But for people who are not Arabs and may speak Arabic but don’t have the proper accent, it is not so easy to get inside a jail. So, we have to give some guidance as how to be arrested.

Of course, it is easy to commit a crime and be arrested, but we can’t recommend such an ungraceful solution, especially since being arrested as a criminal may land you in the wrong jail. So, you have to do something political. You can demonstrate against the mistreating of Palestinians or try to stop bulldozers demolishing their homes or even try to save children from being shot. But this carries with it another danger. Instead of being arrested you may be shot yourself, or buried alive by the bulldozer.

[torture described]

You may rightly ask how we know all this. Is it from personal experience? The answer is no. We copied this information from a booklet by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel which was published in Jerusalem, in April 2003. You can order this booklet yourself, by writing to: Public Committee Against Torture in Israel / PO Box 4634 / Jerusalem 91046 / ISRAEL.

[beating of 16-year-old Mejad Abdalatif Fatah Sabach, April 24th 2003]

On top of physical torture one can also expect psychological torture. Since psychological torture involves vocals, and is executed in Hebrew or in Arabic, those who don’t know these languages will not understand a word and, therefore, have nothing to fear.

Bon voyage.

Obituary of Tzabar in the Independent

Shimon Tzabar was probably the only Israeli who could claim to have once been a member of all three anti-British underground groups active in Palestine before the establishment of Israel in 1948: Haganah, Etzel and Lehi (aka the Stern Gang). In the course of his long, jolly and very active life, he was many things for many people: a friend, a husband, a father, a lover, an artist, a cartoonist, a satirical writer, a mycologist, a journalist, a poet and an activist.

Tzabar immigrated to the UK in December 1967, disillusioned with the prospect of changing Israel’s Zionist character and ending the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, which were taken by Israel during the war that broke out six months earlier. Despite having participated as a soldier in Israel’s first three wars – the 1948 war that led to its establishment and to the Nakba (“Catastrophe”) of the Palestinian people, the Suez campaign of 1956 and the Six-Day War of 1967 – Tzabar recognised the perils of the occupation from its early days.

In September 1967, he initiated the publication of a paid advertisement in the daily broadsheet Haaretz, signed by himself and 11 others, in protest against the occupation. The prophetic text read:

Foreign rule leads to resistance. Resistance leads to oppression. Oppression leads to terror and counter-terror. . . keeping the territories will turn us into a nation of murderers and murder victims.

The 40th anniversary of that war just passed.



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