The Palestinian Right of Return Under International Law [Paperback]
Francis A. Boyle (Author) Clarity Press
The just resolution of the Palestinian right of return is at the very heart of the Middle East peace process. Nonetheless, the Obama administration intends to impose a comprehensive peace settlement upon the Palestinians that will force them to give up their well-recognized right of return under United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194(III)) of 1948; accept a Bantustan of disjointed and surrounded chunks of territory on the West Bank in Gaza; and even expressly recognize Israel as "the Jewish State,” as newly demanded by Benjamin Netanyahu. All this will fail for the reasons so powerfully and eloquently stated in this book. For the past three decades, Francis A. Boyle has provided the leadership of the Palestinian people with advice, counsel, and representation at all stages of the Middle East Peace Process. Here, he elaborates what the Palestinians must now do to realize their international legal right of return, in keeping with his startling perception of Israel as itself nothing more than a Jewish Bantustan bound for failure. While an enormous amount of scholarly literature has been generated affirming the Palestinian right of return under international law, none is as authentic, powerful, personal, or convincing. Boyle has gone to the heart of the solution.
The Plight of the Palestinians: A Long History of Destruction [Hardcover]
William A. Cook (Editor)
The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction is a collection of voices from around the world that establishes in both theoretical and graphic terms the slow, methodical genocide taking place in Palestine beginning in the 1940s, as revealed in the Introduction. From Dr. Francis A. Boyle’s detailed legal case against the state of Israel, to Uri Avnery’s “Slow Motion Ethnic Cleansing,” to Richard Falk’s “Slouching toward a Palestinian Holocaust,” to Ilan Pappe’s “Genocide in Gaza,” these voices decry in startling, vivid, and forceful language the calculated atrocities taking place, the inhumane conditions inflicted on the people, and the silence that exists despite the crimes, nothing short of state-sponsored genocide against the Palestinians.
Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation [Paperback]
Adel Iskandar (Editor), Hakem Rustom (Editor)
Edward W. Said (1935-2003) ranks as one of the most preeminent public intellectuals of our time. Through his literary criticism, his advocacy for the Palestinian cause, and his groundbreaking book Orientalism, Said elegantly enriched public discourse by unsettling the status quo. This indispensable volume, the most comprehensive and wide-ranging resource on Edward Said's life and work, spans his broad legacy both within and beyond the academy. The book brings together contributions from thirty-one luminaries--leading scholars, critics, writers, and activists--to engage Said's provocative ideas. Their essays and interviews explore the key themes of emancipation and representation through the prisms of postcolonial theory, literature, music, philosophy, and cultural studies.
Contributors: Bill Ashcroft, Ben Conisbee Baer, Daniel Barenboim, Timothy Brennan, Noam Chomsky, Denise DeCaires-Narain, Nicholas Dirks, Marc H. Ellis, Rokus de Groot, Sabry Hafez, Abdirahman A. Hussein, Ardi Imseis, Adel Iskandar, Ghada Karmi, Katherine Callen King, Joseph Massad, W. J. T. Mitchell, Laura Nader, Ilan Pappe, Benita Parry, Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan, Jahan Ramazani, Jacqueline Rose, Lecia Rosenthal, Hakem Rustom, Avi Shlaim, Ella Habiba Shohat, Robert Spencer, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Anastasia Valassopoulos, Asha Varadharajan, Michael Wood
"Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear (Paperback)
by Tim Jon Semmerling (Author)
The "evil" Arab has become a stock character in American popular films,
playing the villain opposite American "good guys" who fight for "the American
way." It's not surprising that this stereotype has entered American popular
culture, given the real-world conflicts between the United States and Middle
Eastern countries, particularly since the oil embargo of the 1970s and
continuing through the Iranian hostage crisis, the first and second Gulf Wars,
and the ongoing struggle against al-Qaeda. But when one compares the "evil" Arab
of popular culture to real Arab people, the stereotype falls apart. In this
thought-provoking book, Tim Jon Semmerling further dismantles the "evil" Arab
stereotype by showing how American cultural fears, which stem from challenges to
our national ideologies and myths, have driven us to create the "evil" Arab Other.
Semmerling bases his argument on close readings of six films (The
Exorcist, Rollover, Black Sunday, Three
Kings, Rules of Engagement, and South Park: Bigger,
Longer & Uncut), as well as CNN's 9/11 documentary America
Remembers. Looking at their narrative structures and visual tropes, he
analyzes how the films portray Arabs as threatening to subvert American "truths"
and mythic tales—and how the insecurity this engenders causes Americans to
project evil character and intentions on Arab peoples, landscapes, and cultures.
Semmerling also demonstrates how the "evil" Arab narrative has even crept into
the documentary coverage of 9/11. Overall, Semmerling's probing analysis of
America's Orientalist fears exposes how the "evil" Arab of American popular film
is actually an illusion that reveals more about Americans than Arabs.
The Axis of Evil Cookbook
Did you know that Gaddafi has his own
herd of camel to supply milk wherever he goes? Or that Kim Jong-Il flies in
chefs from Japan to cook live fish?
Terrifyingly delicious recipes from the ‘Axis of Evil’ and ‘the ‘Axis of
Including dictators’ favourite dishes, fascinating facts, colour illustrations
When they’re not actively attempting to develop weapons of mass destruction,
‘Axis of Evil’ countries such as Iraq, Iran and North Korea are busy enjoying
their region’s finest dishes. And their ‘Axis of Somewhat Evil’ cohorts, such as
Cuba and Syria, are at it too.
With over one hundred recipes, from soups and salads to meat dishes and
desserts, this unique cookbook includes snapshots of each country as well as
profiles of famous leaders. Regional recipes appear alongside dictators’
favourite dishes – from Kim Jong-Il’s ruthless appetite for shark fin soup to
Saddam’s celebrated rack of fresh roasted gazelle.
Full of cultural anecdotes, political insight (eg. there’ve been around 637
assassination attempts on Castro, including bombs disguised as underwater
molluscs) and delectable recipes (dog stew, for example, and its vegetarian
quorn substitute), The Axis of Evil Cookbook is an intriguing and forbidden
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
by Jimmy Carter
Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former
president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an
assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity
and justice to Palestine.
President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has
remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since
leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major players from all
sides in the conflict and has made numerous trips to
the Holy Land, most recently as an observer in the Palestinian elections of 2005
In this book President Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of
the Middle East and his personal experiences with the
principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many American
officials avoid. Pulling no punches, Carter prescribes
steps that must be taken for the two states to share the Holy Land without a
system of apartheid or the constant fear of terrorism.
The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known, the
president writes. There will be no substantive and
permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is
violating key U.N. resolutions, official American
policy, and the international "road map" for peace by occupying Arab lands and
oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually
agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel's official pre-1967 borders must be
honored. As were all previous administrations since
the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of
achieving this long-delayed goal of a just agreement
that both sides can honor.
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a challenging, provocative, and courageous
Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle
by Ramzy Baroud
prose. ... (A) scathing but heartfelt portrait.' Norman G. Finkelstein
'Few are spared his perceptive eye, and only the morally callous will fail to
respond to his pleas to act to remedy the injustice
that he exposes to our view, as we surely can.' Noam Chomsky, Professor of
linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology '[Baroud] presents a compelling narrative
of Palestinian victimization without being defensive, and with no attempt at
disguising internal shortcomings. In the same way,
Baroud exposes Israeli culpability and international abrogation of
responsibility with candor and uncompromising
integrity.' Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Palestinian Legislator for the Jerusalem District
'[Baroud] enables readers to see
through the distorted image provided by a biased
pro-Israeli Western media of the Middle East as a
whole, and of Palestine in particular.' Ilan Pappe
Ramzy Baroud is a veteran journalist and former producer for Al-Jazeera TV. This
is his comprehensive account of the momentous events
of the last five years which shaped the political
landscape not only of Palestine and Israel but of the entire Middle East
region. Addressing the most controversial issues, including the alarming
escalation in suicide bombings, and the construction of the
Separation Wall, he reports on the huge rate of unemployment and hunger in the
Occupied Territories -- statistics so critical that
NGOs compare their magnitude to African nations such as the Congo. From the
brutality of the Israeli army to the ever-compromising
nature of the Palestinian Authority, few are spared Baroud's thoughtful
critique. The book is clear and concise, with one chapter
dedicated to the major events of each year, and includes a comprehensive
The Road Map
to Nowhere: Israel/Palestine Since 2003
by Tanya Reinhart
DAn urgent and searing exposé of the "peace process" by a prominent
The Road Map to Nowhere is a devastating and timely book, essential
to understanding the current state of the
Israel/Palestine crisis and the propaganda
that infects its coverage. Based on analysis of information in the
mainstream Israeli media, it argues that
the current road map has brought no real progress and that, under
cover of diplomatic successes, Israel is using the road map
to strengthen its grip on the remaining occupied territories.
Exploring the Gaza pullout of 2005,
the West Bank wall and the collapse of
Israeli democracy, Reinhart examines the gap between myth—the
Israeli leadership's public affairs achievement that has
led the West to believe that a road map is in fact being
implemented—and bitter reality. Not only has nothing fundamentally
changed, she argues, but the Palestinians
continue to lose more of their land and are pushed into smaller and
smaller enclaves, surrounded by the new
wall constructed by Sharon.
About the Author Tanya Reinhart is a
professor of linguistics and cultural studies at Tel Aviv University
and at the University of Utrecht. She has
had a regular column in the biggest Israeli daily, Yediot Aharonot,
and is the author of Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of
The Power of Israel in the
United States by James Petras
This book is a chapter-by-chapter analysis and documentation of the power of
Israel via the Israeli, Jewish or Pro-Zionist Lobby on US Middle East policy. It
raises serious questions as to the primary beneficiary of US policy, and its
destructive results for the United States. The extraordinary extent of US
political, economic, military and diplomatic support for the state of Israel is
explored, along with the means whereby such support is generated and
consolidated. Contending that Zionist power in America ensured unconditional US
backing for Israeli colonization of Palestine and its massive uprooting of
Palestinians, it views the interests of Israel rather than those of Big Oil as
the primary cause of the disastrous US wars against Iraq and threats of war
against Iran and Syria. It demonstrates and condemns US imitation of Israeli
practice as it relates to conduct of the war on terrorism and torture. It sheds
light on the AIPAC spying scandal and other Israeli espionage against America;
the fraudulent and complicit role of America’s academic “terrorist experts” in
furthering criminal government policies, and the orchestration of the Danish
cartoons to foment antipathy between Muslims and the West. It questions the
inability in America to sustain or even formulate a discourse related to the
subject of Israeli influence on the United States. It calls for a review of
American Mid East policy with a view to reclaiming US independence of action
based upon enlightened self-interest and progressive principles.This book is the first and only book so far which tackled the aftermath of 9/11 and how it impacted the lives of millions of people in the US negatively. It tells the untold story to the average reader about the plight of millions of people in the US and even in the West who have been suffering silently after 9/11. The book is an attempt to educate the nation on these issues, as an effort to heal and reconcile our communities. More than eight hundred of the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 happened to be Arab and Muslim Americans. Arab, Muslim and Mid Eastern communities in the United States have been the collateral damage of 9/11.
by Francis Anthony Boyle - Foreword by
This book outlines how and why the United States government initiated,
sustained and then dramatically expanded an illegal biological arms buildup.
Most significantly, U.S. expert Francis A.
Boyle reveals how the new billion-dollar U.S. Chemical and Biological Defense
Program has been reorientated to accord with the Neo-Conservative pre-emptive
strike agenda--this time by biological and chemical warfare.
Linking U.S. biowarfare development to the October 2001 anthrax attack on
Congress--the most significant political attack on the constitutional
functioning of democracy in the United States in recent history--Boyle sheds new
light on the motives for the attack,
the media black hole of silence into which it has fallen, and why the FBI may
never apprehend the perpetrators of this seminal crime of the 21st century.
Biowarfare and Terrorism should raise public concern at what the vastly expanded
US biowarfare research and purported civilian preparedness programs hold in
store for America. Will the American people allow the Bush administration to
pursue these programs, despite their incitement to a global biowarfare arms
race, and the risk of accidents and reprisals? This book provides a unique tool
for understanding the magnitude of the danger, and for countering it.
Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts
By Samar Dahmash-jarrah
Howard Zinn Wrote:
"It is an important book, because Americans do not really know what people in
the Middle East are thinking, and these voices are heartfelt and cannot fail to
move any reader. I hope the book gets wide distribution."
Paul Findley, Member of Congress from Illinois for 22 Years, and author of
Silent No More confronting America's false images of Islam And They Dare To
Speak Out People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby, Wrote: "This book
should stimulate a powerful movement down the road to a just peace.
It is a must read, especially for the
Americans who have no Arab ancestry. Through fascinating personal interviews
with Arabs in private life in the Middle East, this book identifies shocking
made-in-America Ground Zero that Arabs resent deeply. In remarkable candor, the
interviews explain the critical steps the U.S. government must take before
America will once again be revered throughout the region.
The Great War for
The Conquest of the Middle East
U'One of the outstanding reporters of his generation.
As a war correspondent he is unrivalled'.
Rarely have first-hand reporting and history been so powerfully combined as they
are in Robert Fisk's epic story of tragedy and betrayal in the Middle East. As
his narrative of bloodshed and cruelty unfolds in Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria,
Iran, Palestine and other battlefields, the carnage of 11 September 2001 and the
overthrow of Saddam Hussein's brutal regime take on a new and frightening
Fisk, who has met Osama bin Laden three times, has been on the battlefront of
the Middle East's conflicts for 28 years, and his devastating accounts of human
suffering are now read around the world. In the tradition of all foreign
correspondents, his eyewitness testimony of the horrors of modern warfare - like
that of the great reporters of World War II - is laced with
both suspicion and anger.
This is no chronology of Middle East history but, rather, a passionate outcry
against the lies and deceit that have sent soldiers to their deaths and killed
tens of thousands of men and women - Arab, Christian and Jew -
over the past century. It is also a chronicle of journalists at war, of the
rage, humour and frustration of the correspondents who spend their lives
reporting the first draft of history, of their occasional courage - and,
sometimes, their deaths. It is also a deeply personal memoir which moves from
Fisk's own presence on the front line in the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s to the
experience of his father, 2nd Lt Bill Fisk, in the trenches of the Somme in
1918. In the months that followed World War I, the victors drew the borders of
Northern Ireland, Yugoslavia and much of the Middle East; Robert Fisk has spent
his entire career watching people within these borders die.
The Great War for Civilisation - the legend on the back of Fisk's father's
1914-1918 campaign medal - is a masterpiece of adventure and tragedy, softened
with both humour and compassion. It is the story of the violent world that is
shaping our lives - and our future.
Understanding Arabs A Guide for Modern Times (Paperback)
by Margaret K. Nydell
Understanding Arabs is a handbook, intended to be read easily and quickly, by people who are not specialists. Written by highly-esteemed Arabist and academic Margaret Nydell, Understanding Arabs will bring about understanding about modern-day Arabs for foreigners—especially Westerners in America and Europe—without pushing a political agenda.
Updated to reflect the complex events that are playing out on the world stage, new chapters include:
Islamic Fundamentalism—This political and social issue is not a part of the mainstream Islamic religion. The efforts to follow and understand evolving Islamic social/religious thought have been completely overwhelmed by the notorious emergence of fundamentalism.
Anti-Americanism—It needs to be made clear that Middle Eastern Muslims and Arabs do not “hate” America. Nor do they hate American people. But they are very angry at America’s government and a perceived unfairness with the American foreign policy. Between 1980 and 2001, the United States engaged in fifteen direct military operations in the Middle East, all of them directed at Muslims.
There were an equal number of non-military actions such as imposing punitive embargoes, threats through military build-up, policies in support of some regional states against others, support of selected opposition groups, and providing weapons (sometimes secretly). What matters here is not the diplomatic issue of who we supported or why, the result has been that these actions are seen by local people as American interference in their region, and resentment has continued to build.
Sharon and My Mother-in-Law
By Suad Amiry
Translated in more than a dozen languages, and just published in the United
States and Great Britain, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law is already a
bestseller in France. In August, Dr. Amiry was awarded the Viareggio
Literature Prize for International Writing in Italy.
Irreverent, darkly funny, unexpected, and very unlike any other writing on
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Sharon and My Mother-in-Law describes
Palestinian architect Suad Amiry's experience of living in the Occupied
Territories. Based on diaries and e-mail correspondence that Amiry kept to
maintain her sanity from 1981 to 2004, the book evokes, through a series of
vignettes, the frustrations, cabin fever, and downright misery of daily life
in the West Bank town of Ramallah, with its curfews, roadblocks,
house-to-house searches, and violence.
Beyond Chutzpah : On the
Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
by Norman G. Finkelstein (Hardcover)
In this long-awaited sequel to his international bestseller
The Holocaust Industry, Norman G. Finkelstein moves from an
iconoclastic interrogation of the new anti-Semitism to a
meticulously researched expose of the corruption of
scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Bringing to bear the latest findings on the conflict and
recasting the scholarly debate, Finkelstein points to a
consensus among historians and human rights organizations on
the factual record. Why, then, does so much controversy
swirl around the conflict? Finkelstein's answer, copiously
documented, is that apologists for Israel contrive
controversy. Whenever Israel comes under international
pressure, another media campaign alleging a global outbreak
of anti-Semitism is mounted.
Finkelstein also scrutinizes the proliferation of distortion
masquerading as history. Recalling Joan Peters' book From
Time Immemorial, published to great fanfare in 1984 but
subsequently exposed as an academic hoax, he asks deeply
troubling questions here about the periodic reappearance of
spurious scholarship and the uncritical acclaim it receives.
The most recent addition to this mendacious genre,
Finkelstein argues, is Harvard Law Professor Alan
Dershowitz's bestseller, The Case for Israel.
The core analysis of Beyond Chutzpah sets Dershowitz's
assertions on Israel's human rights record against the
findings of the mainstream human rights community. Sifting
through thousands of pages of reports from organizations
such as Amnesty International, B'Tselem, and Human Rights
Watch, Finkelstein demonstrates that Dershowitz has
systematically misrepresented the facts.
Thoroughly researched and tightly argued, Beyond Chutzpah
lifts the veil of contrived controversy shrouding the
Israel-Palestine conflict, enabling readers in search of a
just and lasting peace to act on the basis of truth.
The Other Side of
Israel : My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
by Susan Nathan
In 2003, Susan Nathan moved from her comfortable home in Tel
Aviv to Tamra, an Arab town in the northern part of Israel.
Nathan had arrived in Israel four years earlier and had
taught English and worked with various progressive social
organizations. Her desire to help build a just and humane
society in Israel took an unexpected turn, however, when she
became aware of Israel’s neglected and often oppressed
indigenous Arab population. Despite warnings from friends
about the dangers she would encounter, Nathan settled in an
apartment in Tamra, the only Jew among 25,000 Muslims. There
she discovered a division between Israeli Jews and Israeli
Arabs as tangible as the concrete wall and razor-wire fences
that surround the Palestinian towns of the West Bank and
From her unique vantage point, Nathan examines the history
and the present-day political and cultural currents that
have created a situation little recognized in the ongoing
debates about the future of Israel and the Middle East. With
warmth, humor, and compassion, she portrays the daily life
of her neighbors, the challenges they encounter, and the
hopes they harbor. She introduces Arab leaders fighting
against entrenched segregation and discrimination; uncovers
the hidden biases that undermine even the most
well-intentioned Arab-Jewish peace organizations; and
describes the efforts of dedicated individuals who insist
that Israeli Arabs must be granted the same rights and
privileges as Jewish citizens.
Through her own courageous example, Nathan proves that it is
possible for Jews and Arabs to live and work peacefully
together. The Other Side of Israel is more than the story of
one woman’s journey; it is a road map for crossing a divide
created by prejudices and misunderstandings.
The Question of Zion (Hardcover)
by Jacqueline Rose
Zionism was inspired as a movement-one driven by the search
for a homeland for the stateless and persecuted Jewish
people. Yet it trampled the rights of the Arabs in
Palestine. Today it has become so controversial that it
defies understanding and trumps reasoned public debate. So
argues prominent British writer Jacqueline Rose, who uses
her political and psychoanalytic skills in this book to take
an unprecedented look at Zionism-one of the most powerful
ideologies of modern times.
Rose enters the inner world of the movement and asks a new
set of questions. How did Zionism take shape as an identity?
And why does it seem so immutable? Analyzing the messianic
fervor of Zionism, she argues that it colors Israel's most
profound self-image to this day. Rose also explores the
message of dissidents, who, while believing themselves the
true Zionists, warned at the outset against the dangers of
statehood for the Jewish people. She suggests that these
dissidents were prescient in their recognition of the
legitimate claims of the Palestinian Arabs. In fact, she
writes, their thinking holds the knowledge the Jewish state
needs today in order to transform itself.
In perhaps the most provocative part of her analysis, Rose
proposes that the link between the Holocaust and the
founding of the Jewish state, so often used to justify
Israel's policies, needs to be rethought in terms of the
shame felt by the first leaders of the nation toward their
own European history.
Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle
by Mazin B. Qumsiyeh (Paperback ) $16.07 click on title to buy
There is no more compelling and dramatic unfolding story, with more profound international ramifications, than the conflict in the Middle East.
Sharing the Land of Canaan is a critical examination of the core issues of the conflict that dares to put forward a radical but logical solution: that a shared state is the best way to achieve justice and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, a human rights activist based at Yale University, offers an overview of the issues at stake, and outlines his vision for a lasting peace based on upholding the principles of human rights for all. Tackling taboo subjects, myths and obstacles, he argues convincingly that apartheid in the form of a two-state solution is no longer a feasible way to achieve enduring peace.
At this critical t ime, when the 'road map' to peace looks
more uncertain than ever, this book provides a refreshing
counterpoint to the failed strategies of the past. It is a
direct and accessible account of the history - and mythology
- of the fabled 'Land of Canaan', which lays out hopeful
ideas for the future of this truly multiethnic and
The Intelligence Files: Today's Secrets, Tomorrow's Scandals
by Olivier Schmidt Price: $10.17 Click on title to buy
This collection of the decade's "best-of" from the
online journal, Intelligence, offers a shocking glimpse into the frequently
illicit and routinely immoral undertakings of states, whose harm to individuals,
groups and countries is seldom recognized or understood by the public at large.
Fifteen thoroughly researched and documented chapters probe the clandestine
workings of the world's intelligence services . . . from the CIA and the FBI in
the US, MI5 and MI6 in Britain, the DGSE and DST in France, the Sûreté d'Etat in
Belgium, all the way to the DINA in Chile and its ties with both the CIA and
with the international "Black Orchestra" and its neo-Fascist assassins in Italy
A Short History
picture of Islam as a violent, backward, and insular tradition should be
laid to rest, says Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Muhammad
History of God. Delving deep into Islamic history, Armstrong
sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation
in an Arab businessman named Muhammad. His concern with the poor who
were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets
the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a
manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming
into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured
Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a
community becomes a panoramic drama. With great dexterity, Armstrong
narrates the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the
clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the
spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us
through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day,
putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide
phenomenon. Islam: A Short History, like Bruce Lawrence's Shattering
the Myth and Mark Huband's Warriors
of the Prophet, introduces us to a faith that beckons like a minaret
to those who dare to venture beyond the headlines. --Brian Bruya
War : The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
in Our Own Land : Chronicles from a Palestinian Refugee Camp in
bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully
narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their
profound and continuing influence.
In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the
cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that
would focus the power of Europe against a common enemy and become
the stuff of romantic legend. In reality the Crusades were a series
of rabidly savage conflicts in the name of piety. And, as Armstrong
demonstrates in this fascinating book, their legacy of religious
violence continues today in the Middle East, where the age-old
conflict of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists.
four days, I haven't been able to write. The headaches, the nausea, the
pain in my eyes finally caught up with me ... I couldn't write, just as
I couldn't keep any food down, or escape the persistent nightmares
whenever I tried to sleep. I've been dreaming of friends getting
injured, of blood, and of people seeking shelter from falling bombs.
Even when we sleep, there is no escape." Muna Hamzeh
This remarkable book is
a gripping eyewitness account of what it is like to live in Palestine as
a refugee in your own homeland. Born in Jerusalem, Muna Hamzeh is a
journalist who has been writing about Palestinian affairs since 1985.
She first worked as a journalist in Washington DC, but moved back to
Palestine in 1989 to cover the first Palestine Intifada - the war of
stones. She then settled in Dheisheh, near Bethlehem, one of 59
Palestinian refugee camps that are considered the oldest refugee camps
in the world.
The first part of the
book consists of a diary which Hamzeh wrote between October 4th and
December 4th 2000, telling the story of the second Intifada. Facing the
tanks and armed guards of one of the best equipped armies in the world,
the Palestinians have nothing. The anguish and terror that Muna and her
friends face on daily basis is tangible. Who will be the next to die?
Whose house will be the next to burn down?
The second part of the
book provides the background to these current events. It describes what
life has been like for Dheisheh's refugees since 1990, and explains why
the second Intifada was a natural development of the Oslo peace accord.
"Refugees in Our Own Land" is a rare insider's look into the
hearts and minds of Palestinian refugees.
Muna Hamzeh is a Palestinian-American journalist whose work on the
Palestinian question has appeared in The Economist, Ha'aretz, The
Christian Science Monitor, Jerusalem Report, and Middle East
International. Her internet coverage of life in the Dheisheh refugee
camp has received international attention. She is currently Official
Visitor at the University of Texas in Austin..
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