It's Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir [NOOK Book]

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A deeply affecting memoir and a unique contribution to our understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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

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Overview

A deeply affecting memoir and a unique contribution to our understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict

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.

Williams lived on the very border of East and West Jerusalem, working with Palestinians in Ramallah during the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. Weaving personal stories and conversations with friends and colleagues into the long and fraught political background, Williams' powerful memoir brings to life the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She vividly recalls giving birth to her fourth child during the siege of Bethlehem and her horror when a suicide bomber blew his own head into the schoolyard where her children played each day.

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. Anyone wanting to understand this intractable and complex dispute will find this unique account a refreshing and an illuminating read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623710132
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 412
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Emma Williams studied history at Oxford and medicine at London University. She has worked as a doctor in Britain, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New York, South Africa and Jerusalem. She wrote for several newspapers and magazines about Palestinian-Israeli affairs and was a correspondent for the Spectator from 2000-2003. She now lives in New York.
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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Highly recommended by The Nation magazine

    Emma Williams is a wife, mother of four young children, and medical doctor who wrote about living on the "seam" of East and West Jerusalem during the 2nd intifada. She manages to vividly describe traveling and working within the Occupied Palestinian territories while, at the same time, maintaining friendships with both Palestinians and Israelis. Her bravery, her lucidity, her empathy for the people victimized by this conflict makes for fascinating reading. Those that object to her descriptions of Israeli snipers targeting rock-throwing teenagers or the internal closures/checkpoints that affect the lives of ordinary Palestinians trying to attend school or reach their workplaces are refusing to accept a reality that is more readily reported in Israeli newspapers than in the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2007

    A Missed Opportunity

    A Missed Opportunity When I read on the cover of Emma William¿s book, Its Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street, that here was an author who knew both Palestians and Israelis and was able to give an objective account of the Middle East situation, I was delighted to think I had finally found an author who could give me real insights into the situation. I was extremely disappointed. Ms Williams had close friends amongst the Palestians and obviously has deep sympathy for their plight. She goes in to great detail about their sufferings and creates very sympathetic pictures. On the other hand, when mentioning Israeli tragedies, she tends to list them giving very few details about how horrific these tragedies are. Although she goes into great detail about the suffering caused to Palestians because ambulances are searched (without mentioning that ambulances were often used to smuggle in arms to terrorists) she does not give any details about the horrific murders of Israeli children and adults. Another book which only muddies the waters and does nothing to illuminate the situation. What a pity. A great opportunity lost.

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