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Letters from Palestine: Palestinians Speak Out about Their Lives, Their Country, and the Power of Nonviolence Paperback – 2010
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"Letters from Palestine is searching and powerful, remarkable and daring. It's a serious attempt at understanding what the media has missed, deliberately or otherwise, for many years. It must be read and recounted for years to come."
"[A] powerful testimony to collective heartbreak and pain, but also a story of continued Palestinian determination and the endurance of their quest for justice."
"The letters in this book will break your heart and they will make you laugh. I am excited to invite others to learn from them as I have. It is my hope that these Palestinian voices will inspire you, as they have inspired me, to believe that a peaceful and just future in Palestine is not only essential, but indeed possible."
About the Author
Ghassan Abdullah studied mathematics and computing in England and lived in Syria, Lebanon, Italy, and Jordan before moving to Palestine in 1994. He worked at Birzeit University for nearly a decade. Ghassan is currently active in several Palestinian civil society NGOs concerned with heritage, human rights, development, and the arts.
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Ken presents a collection of personal stories from Palestinians, inside and outside the occupied territories, that provide penetrating insights - sometimes harrowing, sometimes funny, always fascinating - into their daily lives and thoughts. It would not surprise me if, in time, these accounts became inscribed in Palestinian folklore.
They reveal the Palestinians' strength of character so well. For these are among the world's most civilised and sophisticated people. They have withstood 90 years of betrayal and humiliation, and still they bubble with humour and friendship, thanks to their resilience and a gritty determination to overcome the collective and individual tragedies inflicted on them.
The thirty whose voices are heard in the letters they write to their American friend, are a wonderfully varied group.
One young lady says that, for her, the adeyat phalastin (question of Palestine) is the ultimate fight for humanity and justice. "And being Palestinian reminds me every day that justice and human rights can never be taken for granted. Because, in theory, every person is entitled to equality and his or her rights. In reality they are a privilege a select few enjoy."
A young Palestinian-American woman visiting family members in Birzeit comments: "Despite the occupation, Palestinians still remain some of the most educated people in the Arab world. They sit at the checkpoint if they can't make it to school and read their books, or have class right there if their teacher happens to be around..."
She tells how "the majority of the students I worked with at the camp had a parent or a sibling in jail.Read more ›
Author of Talking with Angel about Illness, Death and Survival
His latest masterpiece, Letters From Palestine, is the result of his journey to discover, uncover, and document the inhumanity that is taking place in Palestine and of the tremendous spirit and resilience of the peple living there.
I must shamefully admit I was ignorant of the horrendous treatment and living conditions taking place in Palestine. This book opened my eyes and my heart to the discrimination and brutality the people of Palestine continue to endure. After reading this book, I don't think I can ever again be oblivious to the tumultous heartbreak and pain the people of Palestine suffer while living under the occupation. From the voices of the actual people living there, we get to read what daily ife is like for them and believe me, no one should live like this!
This rare and wonderful book awakens its readers to examine our own humanity and reminds us of our deeper need to reconnect with the humanity of all the world's people so that our commonalities can build bridges to transition peacefully into a new world of peace and equality for all.
This beautifully crafted book serves as an open doorway to show us how to change the course of history, moving us from the current system of vengeance to the path of restorative justice, and more.Read more ›
What makes this book special is how carefully these stories have been selected to represent the most honest, heart-felt description of not political views, but the lives of human beings who have little hope that anything will ever change. These stories give a well-rounded picture from ground zero, not from some newspaper office in New York. And it took great courage to write them, and then for the authors to compile and publish them. This book rates high with me not so much as a contribution to literature, although it is that, but as a selfless contribution to humanity in the hope that people can slowly evolve into being humane to each other.
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This is the book everyone should have on the top of their list to gift, buy, and encourage others to read. It is beautifully expressed and humble in its desires. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Iman Loves Reading
I think every American should read this book at tax time....See how our taxes help a state to en-slave millions of people. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Philippe
It is hard to think of a book which can so delicately yet firmly shake one's own personal foundations for the better. But this book is one of them. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by B. Long
Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah have done a wonderful thing, giving a voice to Palestinians whose stories would otherwise not be heard. Read morePublished on August 18, 2010 by J. Jewell
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