When the occupied territories exploded following the collapse of the Camp David talks and
Ariel Sharon’s nflammatory visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Wendy Pearlman, a young Jewish woman from Nebraska, immersed herself amongst ordinary Palestinians and, a la Studs Terkel, recorded their lives.
A remarkable oral narrative emerges from the school principals, professors, TV reporters, school kids, mothers, do ctors, engineers, filmmakers, shop owners, victims of shellings and forced house removals that spoke to her: “The personal stories and heartfelt reflections that I encountered did not expose a hatred of Jews or a yearning to push Israelis into the sea.
Rather, they painted a portrait of a people who longed for precisely that which had inspired the first Israelis: the chance to be citizens in a country of their own.” Containing over thirty searing oral testimonies, this is one of the first books to tell the Palestinian story from the point of view of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.
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