By Alice Rothchild
The tragedies of the clash among Israelis and Palestinians are by no means faraway from the pages of the mainstream press. but it's infrequent to listen to concerning the truth of existence at the flooring -- and it's rarer nonetheless whilst those voices belong to girls. This ebook documents the adventure of a Jewish American health care professional traveling and dealing inside of Israel and the Occupied Territories. Alice Rothchild grew up in a family members grounded by means of the traumas of the Holocaust and passionately dedicated to Israel. This ebook recounts her studies as she grapples with the truth of existence in Israel and the hardships of Palestinians dwelling within the West financial institution and Gaza. the hot version contains a new preface, chapters on Israeli dissent and a bankruptcy which explores the influence of a Palestinian domestic demolition and the paintings of Israeli infantrymen and Palestinian warring parties who've joined jointly to shape warring parties for Peace.Ultimately, the ebook increases troubling questions concerning US coverage and the mainstream Jewish community's insistence on giving unquestioning help to all Israeli coverage.
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Somewhere in this journey, I began to see Israel not only as the victim of Arab hatred, but also as the neighborhood bully. I began to realize as the Israeli occupation continued and as Israel became a major military power backed primarily by the US, that Jewish suffering could not legitimize the excesses of Jewish power. Reading Marc Ellis’s Israel and Palestine – Out of the Ashes,7 I started to understand that an essential part of Jewish history and a just resolution to this tortured conflict requires understanding Palestinian as well as Jewish suffering.
In 1972, Hilary was born in East Jerusalem and grew up in Ramallah under Israeli occupation. Her father became a respected leader and Deputy Mayor of the city. She remembers Israeli soldiers patrolling the streets, repeatedly occupying her home and breaking the windows, the frequent curfews where the family was confined to their home, and bullets flying into the kitchen. Her father was often detained, interrogated, and arrested, and lived under house arrest for a time. One of his crimes was organizing a ringing of church bells in 1988 when the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), based in Tunisia, declared Palestinian independence.
Elaine, an Arab-American, is an outspoken Professor Emerita of Sociology from Simmons College, a respected scholar and activist on Mideast affairs. Ruchama remembers at that first meeting, Elaine spoke of the possibility of a future where Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories could live peacefully under Palestinian governance. Ruchama retorted, “How can you accept the settlers? I don’t accept the settlers! ” Ruchama felt that an enduring peace in Israel and Palestine would require the evacuation of the Jewish settlements.