Emma Williams arrived in Jerusalem with her three children in August 2000 to join her husband and to work as a doctor. A month later the second Palestinian Intifada erupted. For the next three years she lived on the border of East and West Jerusalem, working with Palestinians in Ramallah by day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. This deeply affecting memoir is a unique contribution to our understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and a sympathetic yet unsparingly honest account of the humanity and hypocrisy at the heart of it.
Emma Williams read history at Oxford and medicine at London University. She has worked as a doctor in Britain, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New York, South Africa and Jerusalem. From 2000-3 she was the correspondent for the Spectator and wrote for several other newspapers about Palestinian-Israeli affairs and her own experiences.