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Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege Paperback – June 1, 2000
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In 1992 she became a resident in the Occupied Territories (OT) because as a resident "I learned to see Gaza through the eyes of its people, not through the windshield of an army jeep...". She was warned that her neighbors were savage, violent and hostile to the Jews. Her experience proved to be quite different. Everyone knew she was an Israeli Jew; still they welcomed her into their homes. Those Palestinians who spoke Hebrew spoke to her in Hebrew.
Palestinians in the OT suffer many indignities, harassments, and cruelties. The Israeli military, the IDF, is always present and watching. Palestinians are restricted to the OT and can leave only with permission. Obtaining a permit can be quite difficult. Even those with medical emergencies have been denied permits. Unmarried men and men under forty can not leave.
Making a living is onerous. If a Palestinian is able to find work in Israel he will work at a low end unskilled job for substantially less than an Israeli doing similar work--but he would still be making more than someone who works in the OT.
The Israeli military, the IDF, is constantly watching the inhabitants. People live in constant fear of arrest; being subjected to brutal, humiliating interrogations; being held for months, without seeing a lawyer, without being tried, without charges being brought against them, without being told their offense, without seeing members of their families. Homes have been demolished long before guilt or innocence has been extablished. The army, when searching for wanted men, will break into homes, usually in the middle of the night, and needlessly shoot, destroy and vandalize the contents.Read more ›
Many of the best, most relentless and devastating critiques of Israel's colonialism come from Israelis, and none more so than Hass. The most powerful passages are where she likens the lot of the dispossessed in Gaza to the experiences of her own family, Holocaust victims and survivors, in being uprooted by the Nazis from their ancestral homes in Romania. It was her mother's account of the indifference on the faces of the German women who watched as she and the rest of the human cargo were herded from the cattle train en route to Bergen-Belsen that convinced Hass that "my place was not with the bystanders".
This book is no hagiography. She savages the Palestinian Authority leadership for their corruption and brutality (while giving it the necessary context of "a land under siege"). She meticulously documents the inferior position of women in Gaza - their exclusion from the few positions of authority, their lives of domestic drudgery while their unemployed husbands and brothers sit idly by.
Hass gives voice, humanity and a history to a people who live wretchedly on the doorstep of the homes and the lands from which they were expelled barely fifty years ago; who must now accept that neither their own leadership nor the world at large any longer insists on their right of return.Read more ›
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Amira Haas is an Israeli journalist who by choice lives among the palestinians to see the occupation through their lives. It is informative and gives palestinians a human face.Published on November 8, 2013 by CQ
Amira Hass is a severely delusional and uneducated anti-Israel polemicist whose purpose in life is evidently to invent garbage and spew it out. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Kitchen Magician
This author has a direct language that is central to telling the stories of those who live in the contested lands of Gaza. Read morePublished on April 12, 2013 by Joseph
The subtitle of this book, "Days and Nights in a Land under Siege," accurately describes the subject. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by John W. Chuckman
This is a wonderful book. It is NOT a light or easy read. It is a lengthy, deep and profound work based on years of research, interviews and first hand experience by one of... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Richard Sterling
I first saw Amira Hass in a joint presentation with Ahdaf Soueif at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, NM several years ago. Read morePublished on May 25, 2008 by John P. Jones III
Written in the wake of the Oslo peace process, Drinking the Sea at Gaza vividly describes the unrelenting hardship that characterizes life in the Gaza Strip. Read morePublished on March 31, 2008 by Valerie J. Saturen
A very moving account of daily life without the politics, written with care and compassion.Published on January 8, 2007 by John Fisher
I have spent the last summer reading numerous books on the Palestinian perspective of the MidEast crisis, and Hass' 'Drinking The Sea At Gaza' is perhaps the finest and most... Read morePublished on August 22, 2006 by J. R. Limeburner