My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story

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The frontline in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza is constantly reported as a place of violence and terror. Ramzy Baroud's memoir explores the daily lives of the people in that turbulent region: the complex human beings — revolutionaries, mothers and fathers, lovers, and comedians — who make Gaza so much more than just a disputed territory. At the heart of Baroud's tale is the story of his father who, driven out of his village to a refugee camp, took up arms to fight the occupation while ...

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Overview

The frontline in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, Gaza is constantly reported as a place of violence and terror. Ramzy Baroud's memoir explores the daily lives of the people in that turbulent region: the complex human beings — revolutionaries, mothers and fathers, lovers, and comedians — who make Gaza so much more than just a disputed territory. At the heart of Baroud's tale is the story of his father who, driven out of his village to a refugee camp, took up arms to fight the occupation while trying to raise a family.

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"Ramzy Baroud's sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril. Few are spared his perceptive eye, and only the morally callous will fail to respond to his pleas to look into the mirror honestly, to question comforting beliefs that protect us from facing our elementary responsibilities, and to act to remedy the terrible misery and injustice that he exposes to our view, as we surely can." — Noam Chomsky
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745328812
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramzy Baroud is a veteran Palestinian-American journalist and former Al-Jazeera producer. He has taught Mass Communication at Australia's Curtin University of Technology, is editor-in-chief of The Palestine Chronicle and a noted publicist. He lives outside Seattle, WA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword Dr. Salman Abu Sitta xi

Preface xiii

Map xvi

1 Happier Times 1

2 Born into Turmoil 14

3 Taking Flight 26

4 A World Outside the Tent 40

5 Lost and Found 50

6 Zarefah 59

7 Al-Naksa: The Setback 76

8 An Olive Branch and a Thousand Cans of Tomato Sauce 95

9 Strange Men at the Beach Casino 111

10 Intifada: … and All Hell Broke Loose 127

11 Oslo on the Line 152

12 The World as Seen From the Stone Staircase 165

13 Dying, Again 186

Notes 189

Selected Bibliography 200

Index 202

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