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, Brian Urquhart
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623710132
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
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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