The attack

Author: Yasmina Khadra

Language: English

Summary: From the bestselling author of The Swallows of Kabul comes this timely and haunting novel that powerfully illuminates the devastating human costs of terrorism. Dr. Amin Jaafari is an Arab-Israeli surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv. As an admired and respected member of his community, he has carved a space for himself and his wife, Sihem, at the crossroads of two troubled societies. Jaafari’s world is abruptly shattered when Sihem is killed in a suicide bombing. As evidence mounts that Sihem could have been responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Jaafari begins a tortured search for answers. Faced with the ultimate betrayal, he must find a way to reconcile his cherished memories of his wife with the growing realization that she may have had another life, one that was entirely removed from the comfortable, modern existence that they shared. Source:

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Palestinian walks: forays into a vanishing landscape

Author: Raja Shehadeh

Language: English

Summary: Raja Shehadeh is a passionate hill walker. He enjoys nothing more than heading out into the countryside that surrounds his home. But in recent years, his hikes have become less than bucolic and sometimes downright dangerous. That is because his home is Ramallah, on the Palestinian West Bank, and the landscape he traverses is now the site of a tense standoff between his fellow Palestinians and settlers newly arrived from Israel.
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Mornings in Jenin: a novel

Author: Susan Abulhawa

Language: English

Summary: Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.

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Holy Land, unholy war: Israelis and Palestinians

Author: Anton La Guardia

Language: English

Summary: Writing dispassionately about the Holy Land, said Mark Twain, is as hard as being dispassionate about your own wife or children. Today, more than a century after Twain led the way for mass tourism to what was then a remote corner of the Ottoman Empire the difficulties are redoubled. “The modern struggles of the Israelis and Palestinians – with their larger-than-life stories of disaster and redemption – command the obsessive attention and passion of sympathizers around the world.”

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The ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Author: Ilan Pappe

Language: English

Summary: This is an absolute must if you want to understand the plan behind the creation of Israel, and what really Israel is based on. Ilan Pappe is an Israeli university professor in Exeter, UK, who devoted his life to document the conflict and its roots. He based this book on extensive research but mostly on inedited documents he accessed in the Israeli restricted archives before he became famous and not liked by Israeli authorities. It explains in detail how the attack on Palestinian villages and the killing of hundreds of innocent people was planned beforehand and carried out in total awareness.

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I shall not hate: a Gaza doctor’s journey on the road to peace and human dignity

Author: Izzeldin Abuelaish

Language: English

Summary: By turns inspiring and heart-breaking, hopeful and horrifying, I Shall Not Hate is Izzeldin Abuelaish’s account of an extraordinary life. A Harvard-trained Palestinian doctor who was born and raised in the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip and “who has devoted his life to medicine and reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians” (New York Times), Abuelaish has been crossing the lines in the sand that divide Israelis and Palestinians for most of his life – as a physician who treats patients on both sides of the line, as a humanitarian who sees the need for improved health and education for women as the way forward in the Middle East.
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