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Out of Palestine: The Making of Modern Israel Hardcover – December 29, 2011

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About the Author

Hadara Lazar was born and grew up in Haifa, Israel. She is the author of five novels and the translator of Jean-Paul Sartre's Nausea into Hebrew.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlas (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935633287
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935633280
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In 1923 the League of Nations placed Palestine, no longer part of the defeated Ottoman Empire, as a Mandate under British control. The Southern part would become a "national home for the Jewish People" while the Arabs were expected to live side by side with their Jewish neighbors in peace. Both groups were euphoric with the Mandate. In 1948, Palestine was divided into two adversarial nations. Over the next six plus decades, there have been several wars and throughout the ultimate Cold War.

For the past twenty-five years Israeli journalist Hadara Lazar has conducted a series of interviews of those involved when The British Mandate ended in 1948. Fuad Shehadeh is an Arab whose family moved from Jerusalem to Ramallah in 1949. His description of Jerusalem in the last years of the Mandate sets the tone of a stunning series of memoirs as he recalls an upbeat community until the 1948 War that displaced many Arabs. James Livingstone of the British Consul remembers how much changed in 1946 from his previous assignments in Jerusalem as social life was limited to the British community. Meir Dreszner grew up in mixed Haifa while his wife Miriam in mixed Jerusalem. Under the Mandate Meir felt like a foreigner in an Arab restaurant; while Miriam says Jerusalem was a city of separate neighborhoods.

There are many more interesting anecdotal memoirs that provide readers the foundation of what has become entrenched enemies. Readers will appreciate the fascinating look back as Hadara Lazar interviews and obtains the thoughts and memories of numerous Jewish, Arab, and British people who lived in Palestine just after WWII as the Mandate was ending and the Jewish state formed.

Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M.Paul Friedberg on February 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was given the book and as I state in my letter to Hadara I knew I was obligated to read it. This is an obligation that I am now thankful for. The book give the reader an insight that cannot be achieved by an historian. The range of attitudes and emotions that this tiny country evokes makes each interview a discovery. I am a fairly avid reader and this has been one of the most interesting and important books that I have read in the recent past--I highly recommend the book to anyone who would like to better understand why the situation in Israel may never be totally resolved.

Dear Hadara,
How do I tell you that your book is wonderful without sounding obligatory.
I started the 'gift' with a certain amount of apprehension and ended by having trouble putting it down. What I really appreciated was the delicate manner in which you are very present thought out and yet not at all intrusive. I looked forward to your insights and views almost more than those you interviewed.
It was written in a way that was both historically informative with
a literary style that really held my interest-- through out.
The book is a wonderful peep hole in the past that
created a new and different awareness of your country.
I want to thank you for including me as a bystander and
wish you all the success that this book and you deserve..

M.Paul Friedberg
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norm Goldman VINE VOICE on March 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Author: Hadara Lazar
ISBN: 978-1-935633-28-0
Publishers: Atlas & Company

Hadara Lazar was born in Haifa and is the author of five novels, as well as non-fiction books that explore life in Israel and the British-Mandate Palestine. Her latest foray, Out of Palestine: The Making of Modern Israel was published by arrangement with the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and translated by Marsh Pomerantz.

About twenty-five years ago, Lazar began interviewing witnesses and other participants to the events that brought about the 1948 Partition dividing Palestine into two separate hostile nations. As she succinctly sums it up, "The Jews and the Arabs had great dreams, but the carriers of those dreams, the British, woke up first." She further explains that it was a fragile coexistence in a land claimed by two people and yet it seemed that a military solution was not necessarily the only one. Her objective was to deal with this tumultuous period, which still exists today, in her own way and the culmination was Out of Palestine: The Making of Modern Israel "where Jews, Englishmen, and Arabs lived in a historic time and neither wanted to nor could escape its significance."

Her interviewees include Palestinians, Arabs and various political figures from England that played in one way or another a role at the time of the creation of the State of Israel. As she points out in her introduction, she wished to know what people remembered about what had happened at the time the British Mandate was coming to an end and "to find some connections between their words and the myth of those days, to describe how their memories changed with time.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michaela Karni on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was disappointed by this book. The author interviewed the real movers
and shakers of the British Mandate and yet refused to ask the hard questions

These v famous people - English, Arab, Jewish
- had given her access.
And then. - out of courtesy or cowardice?
All she elicited were bland and self serving
comments and evasions from them. Apparently
She didn't even try to develop a relationship
Or pursue more than a polite conversation.
The interviewees had priceless memories and
and unique insights into the roots and causes
of the whole Israeli / Palestinian conflict.

Sadly only tantalizing hints of all that are served up
To the frustrated reader
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