My Enemy, My Self

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My Enemy, My Self

by Yoram Binur
Doubleday, 1989
215 pp. $18.95
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An enterprising Israeli journalist, disguised as a Palestinian Arab, experiences in a series of episodes the life of the underclass in Israel and the occupied territories. The mistrust, fear and hate generated by two decades of occupation are palpable and seem ready to break forth into violence, as indeed they did in late 1987 after Binur had completed his novel experiment-which was one of considerable risk, especially the sojourn in one of the Gaza refugee camps. It is a gripping story and should be a disturbing one for Israelis and for Israel's American supporters to read.