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Checkpoint Kalandia Paperback – October 5, 2014
About the Author
Dixiane Hallaj spent eleven years living and working in Jordan and Palestine. She learned more than the Arabic language by sitting in the kitchens and listening to the women's stories of their experiences as refugees. She also learned to love the culture, the people, and their strong sense of family. She returned to Palestine to do research within the refugee camps of the Occupied West Bank for her award-winning doctoral dissertation, Caught by Culture and Conflict. Visit her website http://www.hallajs.com to learn more.
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This family is made up of good people, eager to bring their children up in a peaceful world where there are opportunities for success and where hard work is rewarded. The constant poverty imposed by Israel and the frequent curfews not to mention the endless anxiety about the safety of children at school and adults at work undermines family life. Muhammad, a skilled wood worker, is forced to work as an unskilled carpenter where new buildings are being erected on Palestinian lands. His employment is jeopardized by curfews and delays at checkpoints on his way to work. Without work, his family will starve. Eventually he succumbs to depression and desperation when he loses his beloved wife. If you have wondered what would possibly make a sane person into a suicide bomber, you will get some insight from Mohammad's story.
Dixie Hallaj tells a riveting story with characters who will break your heart. It will change the way you read the news in the Middle East. You will not forget this book.
If you think the Palestinians are an angry people, this book challenges you to consider how you would feel if placed in the same situation. How would you handle it? Can we really blame them when their frustration boils over? These are ordinary people, like you and me, placed in an extremely difficult situation, and Ms Hallaj handles the subject matter with skill and sensitivity.
A must read for anyone interested in powerful and moving literature.
I was honored to be allowed to read this book free of charge before publication.