IBNA- 'Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations' (2018) a book by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman has been published in Persian and is being displayed at the 33rd Tehran International Book Fair.
The book which details the history and scale of Israel’s use of extrajudicial killing has been translated into Persian by Hadi Ebadi. Samadieh Publishing has released 'Rise and Kill First’.
The title of the book comes from a saying in ‘The Talmud’: “If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.” It portrays the assassinations of British government officials, Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leaders, and Iranian nuclear scientists. To write the book, Ronen Bergman carried out about a thousand interviews with political figures and secret agents and consulted "thousands" of documents.
The book features never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, ‘Rise and Kill First’ brings us deep into the heart of Israel’s most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel’s targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world.
According to the book, Ariel Sharon mistakenly ordered Mossad to shoot down a plane, carrying 30 wounded Palestinian children, survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. The operation was cancelled "at the last moment" after it was reported that Arafat was not on board. He "even" consented to the downing of a commercial plane if it was carrying Arafat, Bergman says in his book.
The 33rd TIBF opened on May 11 and will run by May 21 at the Mosalla (Grand Prayer Grounds) of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.