A Constant Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian Woman

A Constant Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian Woman
Title A Constant Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian Woman PDF eBook
Author Halima Alaiyan
Publisher
Pages 348
Release 2014
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9789187751073

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A Constant Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian Woman / with a Foreword by Prof. Rita Sussmuth (Bundestagsprasidentin a.D.) "My dream draws on the future, and reaches across borders and generations... I look to the next generations who will grow up together; generations who can carry this beautiful dream of justice to fruition. What kind of people would we be if we did not believe in a dream of justice and peace for all?," Halima Alaiyan Thomas BeVier, Foresight - Memoir, Foreword Review Fall/Winter issue: "If a movie were made of Halima Alaiyan s dramatic life of dislocation, disappointment, and transformation, it would challenge credulity. In 1948, when she was barely a year old, her village, Ibdis in Palestine, was destroyed by Israeli soldiers. With that, she began a life in exile. First she was shuttled to Egypt, then to Saudi Arabia, and finally to Germany, where, after escaping her abusive husband and their arranged marriage, she became an orthopaedic specialist. Overcoming the harsher aspects for women of Muslim custom, the barriers of language, and family strife would be story enough, but even more remarkable has been Alaiyan s ability to understand and set aside her prejudice of Jews and to gain international recognition for encouraging dialogue between young people in Europe, Israel, and Palestine. She does this through the Talat Alaiyan Foundation, named after a son who died. After visiting a German concentration camp, she understands why the Jews were so obsessed with having their own secure homeland. But, she asks, did they or the international community have the right to expel the people who were already living there and, to this day, deny them their homeland? While, by her standards today, the society she grew up in was regressive for girls and women, it was also loving and supportive. Her mother taught her to always help your siblings and love your family. She speaks fondly of family reunions in Iraq and Gaza. Perhaps, after all else, it s from that she draws her strength." Dr Halima Alaiyan now lives in Berlin and runs her own practice as an orthopaedic specialist. In 2003, she founded the Talat Alaiyan Foundation, which fosters dialogue and under-standing between young people in Europe, Israel and Palestine. She was awarded an Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.




Palestinian Women

Palestinian Women
Title Palestinian Women PDF eBook
Author Fatma Kassem
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages 256
Release 2013-07-04
Genre History
ISBN 178032118X

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Palestinian Women is the first book to examine and document the experiences and the historical narrative of ordinary Palestinian women who witnessed the events of 1948 and became involuntary citizens of the State of Israel. Told in their own words, the women's experiences serve as a window for examining the complex intersections of gender, nationalism and citizenship in a situation of ongoing violent political conflict. Known in Palestinian discourse as the 'Nakbeh', or the 'Catastrophe', these events of 60 years ago still have a powerful resonance in contemporary Palestinian-Jewish relations in the State of Israel and in the act of narrating these stories, the author argues that the realm of memory is a site of commemoration and resistance.




I Shall Not Hate

I Shall Not Hate
Title I Shall Not Hate PDF eBook
Author Izzeldin Abuelaish
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Pages 257
Release 2011-01-04
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 0802779484

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Search for Common Ground Award Middle East Institute Award Finalist, Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Stavros Niarchos Prize for Survivorship Nobel Peace Prize nominee "A necessary lesson against hatred and revenge" -Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate "In this book, Doctor Abuelaish has expressed a remarkable commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation that describes the foundation for a permanent peace in the Holy Land." -President Jimmy Carter, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 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. And, most recently, as the father whose daughters were killed by Israeli soldiers on January 16, 2009, during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, Abuelaish called for the people in the region to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be "the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis."




In the Land of My Birth

In the Land of My Birth
Title In the Land of My Birth PDF eBook
Author Reja-e Busailah
Publisher Institute for Palestine Studies USA Incorporated
Pages 371
Release 2017
Genre Blind children
ISBN 9780887280009

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In this remarkable book, Reja-e Busailah takes us on two parallel journeys. The first is to Palestine before the Nakba, which we discover with all our senses¿smelling, touching, and feeling the place thanks to an autobiographical narrative laced with poetry and the memory of words rooted in the land. And the second is to the self, which the author has fashioned into a reflection of life: here, the young boy uses the light of words to help illuminate our own vision, enabling us to transcend the surface of things and plumb their depth. What Busailah has done is to make words into eyes with which to see what the seeing eye cannot. He makes the reader privy to secrets that only sightless poets, from Homer to Abu al-`Ala¿ al-Ma¿arri, glean, beholding with words what their eyes could not discern.With In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood, Busailah has given us what life denied him, and in his hands, the memoir is transformed from a personal story into the chronicle of a country whose memory others have sought to erase. In this way, the tapestry of Palestine is rewoven, its map redrawn, thanks to the actual experience of life. This book also enriches the corpus of Arab and Palestinian autobiographical literature. On the Arab side, Taha Hussein's The Days is the iconic work. Its equivalent in the more specifically Palestinian realm is represented by at least two books, both of them by men of Jerusalem: The First Well by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra and Out of Place by Edward Said.




The Plough Woman

The Plough Woman
Title The Plough Woman PDF eBook
Author Rachel Katznelson-Shazar
Publisher
Pages 312
Release 1975
Genre Jewish women
ISBN

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You Exist Too Much

You Exist Too Much
Title You Exist Too Much PDF eBook
Author Zaina Arafat
Publisher Catapult
Pages 273
Release 2021-06-08
Genre Fiction
ISBN 1646220595

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A “provocative and seductive debut” of desire and doubleness that follows the life of a young Palestinian American woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities as she endeavors to lead an authentic life (O, The Oprah Magazine). On a hot day in Bethlehem, a 12–year–old Palestinian–American girl is yelled at by a group of men outside the Church of the Nativity. She has exposed her legs in a biblical city, an act they deem forbidden, and their judgement will echo on through her adolescence. When our narrator finally admits to her mother that she is queer, her mother’s response only intensifies a sense of shame: “You exist too much,” she tells her daughter. Told in vignettes that flash between the U.S. and the Middle East—from New York to Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine—Zaina Arafat’s debut novel traces her protagonist’s progress from blushing teen to sought–after DJ and aspiring writer. In Brooklyn, she moves into an apartment with her first serious girlfriend and tries to content herself with their comfortable relationship. But soon her longings, so closely hidden during her teenage years, explode out into reckless romantic encounters and obsessions with other people. Her desire to thwart her own destructive impulses will eventually lead her to The Ledge, an unconventional treatment center that identifies her affliction as “love addiction.” In this strange, enclosed society she will start to consider the unnerving similarities between her own internal traumas and divisions and those of the places that have formed her. Opening up the fantasies and desires of one young woman caught between cultural, religious, and sexual identities, You Exist Too Much is a captivating story charting two of our most intense longings—for love, and a place to call home.




The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust

The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust
Title The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust PDF eBook
Author Noam Chayut
Publisher Verso Books
Pages 257
Release 2013-06-04
Genre History
ISBN 1781680884

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“She took from me the belief that absolute evil exists in this world, and the belief that I was avenging it and fighting against it. For that girl, I embodied absolute evil ... Since then I have been left without my Holocaust, and since then everything in my life has assumed a new meaning: belongingness is blurred, pride is lacking, belief is faltering, contrition is heightening, forgiveness is being born.” The Girl Who Stole My Holocaust is the deeply moving memoir of Chayut’s journey from eager Zionist conscript on the front line of Operation Defensive Shield to leading campaigner against the Israeli occupation. As he attempts to make sense of his own life as well as his place within the wider conflict around him, he slowly starts to question his soldier’s calling, Israel’s justifications for invasion, and the ever-present problem of historical victimhood. Noam Chayut’s exploration of a young soldier’s life is one of the most compelling memoirs to emerge from Israel for a long time.