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It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir
     

It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

by Emma Williams
 

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In August 2000 Emma Williams Arrived with her three small children in Jerusalem to join her husband and to work as a doctor. A month later, the second Palestinian intifada erupted. For the next three years, she was to witness an astonishing series of events in which hundreds of thousands, of lives, including her own, were turned upside down. Weaving personal

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In August 2000 Emma Williams Arrived with her three small children in Jerusalem to join her husband and to work as a doctor. A month later, the second Palestinian intifada erupted. For the next three years, she was to witness an astonishing series of events in which hundreds of thousands, of lives, including her own, were turned upside down. Weaving personal stories ad conversations into the long political back-ground, Williams' powerful memoir brings to life the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Understanding in her judgment, yet unsparing in her honesty, Williams exposes the humanity, as well as the hypocrisy, at the heart of both sides' experiences. This unique account is a refreshing and illuminating read.

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Library Journal
Williams's deeply moving memoir relates the three years her family spent in a Palestinian neighborhood in Jerusalem. Tragically, shortly after the family's arrival in 2000, the second intifada (uprising) erupted, and life in Israel and the occupied territories was shaken by suicide bombings, vicious reprisals, and constant fear. The personal experiences of the author's family are contrasted with the daily violence committed by both Palestinians and Israelis, both sides driven by a sense of victimhood and vulnerability. Williams laments that Israeli dominance and the devastation of the Palestinian economy and community can never provide security; she blames the U.S. media and government for not presenting an honest picture of or a responsible policy for the cruelty and futility of Israeli actions. She frames her memoir with a tourist's perspective on her family's explorations of the countryside, visits to historic sites, and friendships with interesting and compassionate Israelis, Palestinians, and expatriates. VERDICT A beautifully written report of the human costs of the ongoing struggle between two peoples unable to live in peace in the land they both love, focusing on the experiences of fear and suffering, violence and compassion. Highly recommended.—Elizabeth R. Hayford, emeritus, Associated Colls. of the Midwest, Evanston, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566567893
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,124,200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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