In Your Eyes a Sandstorm: Ways of Being Palestinian

In Your Eyes a Sandstorm: Ways of Being Palestinian

By: Arthur Neslen (author)Hardback

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Who are the Palestinians? In this compelling book of interviews, Arthur Neslen reaches beyond journalistic cliches to let a wide variety of Palestinians answer the question for themselves. Beginning in the present with Bisan and Abud, two traumatized children from Jenin's refugee camp, the book's narrative arcs backwards through the generations to come full circle with two elderly refugees from villages that the children were named after. Along the way, Neslen recounts a history of land, resistance, exile, and trauma that begins to explain Abud's wish to become a martyr and Bisan's dream of a Palestine empty of Jews. Senior Fatah and Hamas figures relate key events of the Palestinian experience - the Second Intifada, Oslo Process, First Intifada, Thawra, 1967 War, the Naqba, and the Great Arab Revolt of 1936 - in their own words. The extraordinary voices of women, children, farmers, fighters, drug dealers, policeman, doctors, and others, spanning the political divide from Salafi Jihadists to Israeli soldiers, bring the Palestinian story to life even as their words sow seeds of hope in the scorched Palestinian earth.

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About Author

Arthur Neslen has written about the Middle East for the Guardian, Observer, Haaretz, the Jane's information group and, as a correspondent, for the websites of the Economist and al-Jazeera. He is also the author of Occupied Minds: A Journey through the Israeli Psyche.


Acknowledgments Introduction The Disengaged Generation Bisan and Abud Abdul Khadr Fihad Students, Jenin Camp, West Bank Sharif al-Basyuni Unemployed, Beit Hanun, Gaza Amira al-Hayb Soldier, Wadi al-Hammam, Israel Niral Karantaji Model, Haifa, Israel Doha Jabr Dancer, Ramallah, West Bank Abdul Rahman Katanani Artist, Shatila Camp, Beirut, Lebanon "Nabil" Student, Ramallah, West Bank The Second Intifada Generation Firaz Turkmen and Alla Subharin Islamic Jihad, Jenin, West Bank Ayman Nahas and Hanna Shamas Comedians, Haifa, Israel Asmaa al-Goule Journalist, Gaza Citys Neriman al-Jabari Widow, Jenin Camp, West Bank Tamer Nafar Rapper, Lyd, Israel Abu Abed Tunnel Engineer, Rafah, Gaza "Omar" Drug Dealer, East Jerusalem, West Bank The Oslo Generation Diana Buttu Lawyer, Ramallah, West Bank Haifa Dwaikat Student, Nablus, West Bank Hala Salem NGO Director, Amman, Jordan Sayed Kashua Journalist, Author, Screenwriter, West Jerusalem, Israel Tawfiq Jabharin Lawyer, Umm al-Fahem, Israel Fuad al-Hofesh Psychologist, Mardah, West Bank Samer Azmi al-Zugayyar Policeman, Ramallah, West Bank The First Intifada Generation "Abu Ahmed" Hamas Activist and Teacher, West Bank Rania Dabak, Naima Abdul Razek, and Shaykha Mahmud Villagers, al-Aqaba, West Bank Taghred Joma NGO Manager, Gaza City Huda Naim Hamas MP, al-Bureij Camp, Gaza Amal Masri Businesswoman, Ramallah, West Bank Fawsi Barhoum Hamas Spokesman, Gaza City "Haidar" Taxi Driver, Gaza The Thawra Generation Dr. Nafez Rakfat Abu Shabhan Plastic Surgeon, Gaza City Fawaz Dawoud Chief of Police, Nablus, West Bank Mohammed Dahlan Fatah Leader, Ramallah, West Bank Nabila Espanyoli NGO Director, Nazareth, Israel Muna Wakid DFLP Worker, Nahr el-Bared, Lebanon Nawal, Eshan, and Iman Fareiji Shatila Camp Residents, Beirut, Lebanon Marwan Shehadeh Web Manager, Amman, Jordan Sami Mahmoud Khader Zoo Curator, Qalqilya, West Bank The 1967 (Naksa) Generation Leila Khaled PFLP Fighter, Amman, Jordan Abu Adel Sulha Committee Judge, East Jerusalem, West Bank Mustafa al-Kurd Musician, East Jerusalem, West Bank Hanan Ashrawi Civil Society Leader, Ramallah, West Bank Raleb Majadele Former Minister of Science and Technology, Jerusalem Ahmad Yousef Deputy Foreign Minister, Rafah Camp, Gaza The Nakba Generation Gabi Baramki Former University President, Ramallah, West Bank Nuri al-Ukbi Bedouin Activist, al-Araquib, Israel Jamal Freij Former Well Maintenance Worker, Kfar Kassem, Israel Aisha Odeh Women's Center Founder, Deir Jarir, West Bank Eyad al-Sarraj Psychiatrist, Gaza City Hassan al-Kashif Journalist, Gaza City Rajab al-Hise Fisherman, Beach Camp, Gaza The 1936 Generation Jalil Sharqawi Fawadli Retired Teacher, Abud, West Bank Abdullah Rashid Retired Farmer, al-Hussein Camp, Irbid, Jordan Postscript: In Your Eyes a Sandstorm Glossary Selected Bibliography and Further Reading Photo Captions

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/09/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780520264274
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780520264274
  • weight: 476
  • ISBN10: 0520264274

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