Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupationby Saree Makdisi, Alice Walker (Foreword by)
Palestine Inside Out Sheds Light on the most important—but also the least visible—aspects of life under occupation: the permits, passes, curfews, closures, “sterile roads,” and “seam zones” that have isolated Palestinian communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other. Through eye-opening statistics and day-by
Palestine Inside Out Sheds Light on the most important—but also the least visible—aspects of life under occupation: the permits, passes, curfews, closures, “sterile roads,” and “seam zones” that have isolated Palestinian communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other. Through eye-opening statistics and day-by-day reports, Saree Makdisi reveals how the “peace process” has institutionalized Palestinians' loss of control over their lives and explains why a one-state solution may be the most viable option. Updated and with a new foreword by Alice Walker, Palestine Inside Out is a must-read for anyone seeking insight into the human consequences of the ongoing conflict.
In chronicling Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories-from road blocks to curfews, economic chaos to health care crises-UCLA professor Makdisi sketches a powerful, relentlessly heartbreaking account of a reality few Westerners know. According to Makdisi, the global media rarely covers the "routine" destruction of the occupation; rather than assessing the hermetic sealing of the Gaza Strip or the slicing up of West Bank communities for the sake of Israeli settlements, the media focuses on violence-eclipsing the "deadly effects of the Israeli apparatus of bureaucracy and control." Makdisi unequivocally condemns attacks on civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, and acknowledges the many Israelis working toward conflict resolution (indeed, much of his data comes from Israeli human rights organizations), but his scholarship occasionally fails when surveying Israeli society: Jews who fled Arab lands don't generally consider themselves "Arab Jews," for instance, and Zionism is a 19th-century nationalist movement, not a reaction to the Holocaust. Yet this doesn't detract from the urgency of Makdisi's work. The combined weight of personal stories of abject suffering, harsh statistics (in the past seven years, Israeli military operations have killed 854 Palestinian children) and facts on the ground make Makdisi's case that the occupation is destroying the Palestinian people, and possibly any chance for peaceful coexistence. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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