- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 7, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742540138
- ISBN-13: 978-0742540132
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,160,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Holy Land Mosaic: Stories of Cooperation and Coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians
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From Publishers Weekly
In this hopeful book, Israeli journalist Gavron visits sites in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to demonstrate how Palestinians and Israelis can live together, "as proved by the fact that some of them do." Indeed, these aren't isolated communities where the region's political tensions aren't felt, but wide swaths of mainstream life. Though readers may wish Gavron would stay longer in one location, the depth and breadth of cooperative Israeli-Palestinian efforts is Gavron's main point, and he finds them in hospitals, schools, neighborhoods, media outlets and other organizations working within and without the government (one highlight is the profile of Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, an "improbable, eccentric" refuge for abused livestock). Conversations between Israelis and Palestinians, concerned largely with the nuances of their situation, are eye-opening for the tension and anxiety they reveal; as such, they make statements of solidarity ("The occupation is not natural. It won't last, and then we will live together in mutual respect and co-operation") that much more remarkable. In its accumulation of small, promising revelations, this book makes a large impact.
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Daniel Gavron is an indefatigable believer in Israeli-Palestinian coexistence. In this delightful, moving, and thought-provoking book, he tells the stories of many others who in their daily lives translate that belief into reality. (David Landau, editor in chief, Haaretz)
Without overlooking the vicious cycle of hatred and violence in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this remarkable book records many stories of cooperation and friendship between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews in various fields of life. Daniel Gavron presents these little-known glimpses of sanity and hope in a well-written and vivid account. (Moshe Ma'oz, former director, The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University; Harvard University)
Daniel Gavron's book is a bombshell read. Gavron looks behind the tired cliches for thrilling, living-and-breathing indeed spine-prickling personal stories, full of drama and comedy. A saga of love, hate and almost superhuman endurance, on both sides. The book is also wonderfully useful for its concise summary of the Middle East troubles and as a practical guide in how to jostle if not entirely break the log jam. A terrific and inspiring read. (Clancy Sigal, National Book Award nominee, journalist, PEN Lifetime Achievement Award Winner)
In its accumulation of small, promising revelations, this book makes a larger impact. (Publishers Weekly, December 2007)
Holy Land Mosaic is an excellent and important book....It should be required reading at schools and universities around the world. (Sir Arnold Wesker, playwright, playwright and author)
Unlike many books about Israel/Palestine relations, this one conveys some optimism. The author...sets out to show that cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians has been viable and productive. While he brilliantly outlines the political history of Israel, Gavron focuses mostly on the individual rather than on the political and social system that developed in Israel....It is an eminently readable and honest book that leaves a bittersweet taste. (Outlook)
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