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Shifting Sands: Jewish Women Confront the Israeli Occupation Paperback – May 4, 2010
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Throughout history, women's stories have played a key role in drawing attention to social injustices and human rights violations. Indeed it is stories that have shaped the Jewish-American experience and collective memory. Yet, amid stories of suffering and triumph, so many nations, races, borders and enemies have been defined, that it demands the grueling work of unlearning preconceived notions in order to uncover the other stories that parallel these. This anthology contains Jewish-American women's stories spanning generations, life experiences, and means of questioning the status quo and making room for more than one victim. Their bravery in speaking out against the injustices perpetuated by our own people (this time) is not the main story here--the legacy they will create is through their acts of witnessing the truth, swallowing its ramifications and exposing stories too often untold to Jews worldwide. If there is ever to be true, just peace and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine, it must start with embracing our traditions and stories enough to depart from them and teach new ones. --Emily W. Schaeffer, American-Israeli human rights lawyer and anti-occupation activist
Writing with personal modesty yet great humanity, these courageous women offer richly textured, revelatory accounts that will grip the reader's thoughts and feelings. All the selections are finely rendered, insightful, and endowed with a determined sense of justice and compassion. --Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons
This is a moving collection of readings by Jewish women writers who are committed to the quest for justice and compassion in Palestine and Israel. They powerfully articulate, in their different ways, the axiom of our common humanity. It may have taken our whole life to reach that place (as one contributor put it), but those who are finally able to see, must stand up and advocate for sanity now, today. --Deb Reich, translator, Abu Ghosh, Israel/Palestine
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Jews and Israelis against Israel's occupation of Palestine
By Anis B. Salib on May 10, 2010
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Honest and brave Jewish women express their outrage against Israel's treatment of the same Palestinians whom it dispossessed and expelled in 1948, then resumed the process of ethnic cleansing since it occupied their remaining lands and refugee camps in 1967 to this day. These graceful women, including the book's editor who was inspired by her cousin's moving letter to his commander declaring his refusal to be a soldier enforcing occupation, and along with thousands of other Jewish and Israeli human rights activists and hundreds of Israeli soldiers refusing to serve the occupation, are a living testimony that genuine humanitarian feelings go across the superficiality of ethnic and religious barriers.
Anis Salib, May 10, 2010
Such moments are also familiar to many Gentiles whose path to the Palestinian cause was not necessarily a self-evident one. Jews, however, have a specific opportunity - and, perhaps, responsibility - to fight the propaganda ploy that maliciously equates Zionists and Jews, and anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Contributor Emma Rosenthal is refreshingly described as "affirmatively Jewish and assertively anti-Zionist", a combination that is slowly but inevitably changing public perceptions of the Palestine issue in the two countries that hitherto have been most unquestionably supportive of the Zionist project - the USA and Germany.Read more ›
Each amazing woman who contributed to this anthology took a different path but arrived at the same destination: Israel's continued brutal and violent occupation of the Palestinian people must end in order for there to be any chance of a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. The writers are all women and Jewish, but beyond that, they are very diverse. Among them are an elderly Holocaust survivor, an Ivy league Fullbright scholar, an artist and child psychologist, a doctor, a journalist, a filmmaker, and several writers. Some have always been activists, but not necessarily in this area. Others became activists because of this issue. They are from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel. Each one of them has had to face difficult truths, then face opposition and accusations of being a traitor or "self-hating Jew," not just from the Jewish community at large, but also from their own friends and families. Their stories are very personal and compelling.
Although I am very knowledgeable about the history of the conflict and the occupation, I drew inspiration and courage from these women to continue to struggle for an end to the occupation. How can I be afraid, or too tired, or lose hope after reading about Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust survivor, who has gone to Gaza several times and doesn't give up or give in even after being subject to a humiliating cavity search by Israeli security? Even after being physically attacked in her hometown of St. Louis?Read more ›
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People need to be aware that Israel's genocide, and the US being complacent, are 2 of the main causes for middle east turmoil.Published 18 months ago by Raini
I liked the book and. It was interesting yo read about Lifta. It's where my patents were born before they were kicked outPublished on December 25, 2013 by Riham
Those who would silence doubt are filled with fear
The house of their spirit is built on shifting sands. Read more
Several of the essays in this remarkable book feature a characteristic "epiphany" (a moment when the hitherto concealed truth of a situation flashes forth). Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by Raymond Deane
Who should read this book? 1) Anyone- of any background- who is confused or intimidated about conflicting information about the Israel/Palestine conflict and is not sure where to... Read morePublished on July 13, 2010 by Richard A. Siegel
I will make disclosure up front. I created the cover art. I didn't know the editor/author or have anything to do with the book until I connected with her via a magazine article. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Mim G. Scalin
I suspect that I am like many Americans who don't fully understand the plight of the Palestinians. I feel a genuine sense of relief that Israel provides a homeland and safe haven... Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by James Tibbs