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Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine Hardcover – June 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0226755748 ISBN-10: 0226755746 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226755746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226755748
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Beautifully written and emphatic in its calm insistence on the need to take both responsibility and action, Dark Hope is notable not just for the bleak picture it paints of the nightmare that the settlers and their sponsors, the Israeli government, have brought to millions of Palestinians but also, as its title suggests, for the faith it places in a basic human decency and in the belief that there must be another way. It is essential reading for anyone who wants—or hopes, however darkly—to grasp the lay of this punished land.”--Adina Hoffman, The Nation
(Adina Hoffman The Nation)

"During what he calls the 'unhappy years' from 2002 to 2006, David Shulman, an Israeli professor at Hebrew University, did some of the harder work of his country's peace movement: clashing with police and settlers to deliver food and medical supplies to Palestinian villages. In his excellent record of these years, Dark Hope, Shulman vividly describes the small bands of Palestinians who live in caves in the Hebron Hills."
(Emily Bazelon Slate)

About the Author

David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies in the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was born in Iowa but moved to Israel in 1967 at age eighteen. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 1987, Shulman is the author or coauthor of nineteen books, including The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

 


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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. Swartz on September 27, 2007
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As an American Jew who just spent 6 months in Israel, this was a difficult and important book for me to read. The author writes of first-hand experience in the Israeli peace movement, and the challenging relationships between people on both sides of the Green Line. No one comes off looking perfect - not Israelis or Palestinians, right-wing or left-wing - but all the actors are flawed in one way or another, product of a terrible history. The book gave me hope that human beings can mend long-standing conflict, even if imperfectly and slowly. The story is, of necessity, biased, as it tells of one man's personal experiences, but still worth reading.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Andy of Minnesota on May 29, 2007
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Extremely well-written account of Israeli peace activists working to bring a bit of justice to the day to day lives of Palestineans under the Occupation.

Reveals a glimpse of the future in the fraternal interactions and warm personal relations that develop between Palestineans and Israelis when the task is to clear a roadblock, bring blankets to a village or harvest a crop faced with hostile settlers.

A great read.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JerryJeweler on July 7, 2013
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My reading of this book is reflective of the fact that I try to find balanced sources for my understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, how it started, unfolded, and plays out today. That said, my major criticism is something that the author freely admitted to - that he does not care who started it. Frankly, I don't see how one can ignore the antecedents of a conflict and simply look at the consequences that that we see today. In other words, an intended victim (the Jews) does not turn around and become the perpetrator simply because they successfully defended themselves against repeated attempts at annihilation and then took steps to ensure their defensibility against enemies from all sides - and from within. The converse of not winning would have meant the annihilation of all Jews and the elimination of Israel - goals that are still in the charters of some Palestinian organizations. So now how does one reliably provide for the safety of its citizens when the enemy is encouraged, rewarded, and martyred for infiltrating Israel and killing innocent Jews? Sure it's wrong to assign those motives to most Palestinians but they pay the price for the deeds of the terrorists whether that be fair or not. I just think that sometimes Israel goes too far in its treatment of those who have shown nothing but peaceful intentions and agree that they should not be punished by losing land, their livelihood, and not being protected from over-zealous settlers. And although I am Jewish I frankly do not like to hear the "God gave this land to us argument." We have Israel because it was our ancient Holy Land, land of our matriarchs and patriarchs, site our Temple and other holy sites.Read more ›
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mullennix on July 27, 2011
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Were I a father of a son killed by those who would destroy Israel, I would have a distinct dislike of David Shulman. Being for peace is easy...when one is only working on one side of the problem. Shulman, smart, capable and with a big heart does not however take his message to the other side. Doubtlessly, the actions he described happened..but, we only get to see it through his eyes. He speaks continuously of TERROR caused by the Israeli's...but, I've no idea what he means when he uses the word. I see babies crumbled, women and children destroyed, innocents slaughtered. Shulman sees mistreatment. He does his adopted country a disservice. He has it easy...at anytime he wants, he puts himself and his family on a jet leaving Tel Aviv and lands with is sense of moral superiority intact, in Iowa. To actually test his thesis of peace, I'd suggest he take the idea to the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas and work out a deal whereby Israel, with ANY borders, has the sworn legal support of the Arab states or political entities to the existence of Israel as a state. What we know is the hundreds of millions of Arabs are determined to see to it that Israel and all its Jews are destroyed. Period. Negotiation means nothing when there isn't any kind of a middle ground to be reached. How does anyone negotiate with people what want the state and all of its inhabitants destroyed. Shulman would be dead in a few moments after crossing...well, maybe not...he is a great propagandist for the Arabs.
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5 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jaysonrex on February 20, 2008
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It's a pity one cannot find a really objective book about the conflict between Israel and its Arab Muslim neighbours. For a moment I thought that I found one but I was wrong: the victimhood complex permeates the book and nowhere could I find anything about Palestinians working, creating or building a better life for themselves.

Israel was built with the help of the international Jewish community. Why can't the "oil filled" Arab Muslim nations provide their brothers with a similar support? The book did not touch, explain or clarify this topic. Pity!
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