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This book is a collection of 34 short narratives in which Palestinian and Israeli teenagers tell about their lives and how they feel about the conflicts in the region. Black-and-white photos accompany the interviews. Readers without prior knowledge of the region may find it difficult to understand some of the issues; the introduction summarizes broad points from the teens' interviews rather than providing background information on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The authors, who have founded a nonprofit peace organization called the Global Oral History Program (GOHIP), are well intentioned, but there is a sameness and repetitiveness about the narratives, possibly because there is not a wide variety of viewpoints represented. The teens are all fairly secular and tend to express similar sorts of opinions. There are no interviews with Orthodox Jewish or Conservative Muslim teens. Deborah Ellis's Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak (Groundwood, 2004) and Amal Rifa'i and Odelia Ainbinder's We Just Want to Live Here (St. Martin's, 2003) are stronger and more engaging choices. Voices is an additional purchase.
Kathleen E. GruverCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Teen Voices from the Holy Land: Who Am I to You?by Mahmoud Watad
A peaceful, long-lasting resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may never be found until both sides learn to see each other, not as "the enemy," but as fellow human beings. Teen Voices from the Holy Land takes a creative approach toward reaching greater understanding between two peoples who have known little but mutual hostility and suspicion for over fifty years.
Based on interviews of thirty-four Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, this uplifting book presents candid, first-person narratives of their day-to-day lives. These young people describe their ordinary lives, including their interests, facts about their families, friendships, and neighborhoods, as well as their spiritual concerns and dreams for the future. Photographs of the youngsters accompany the narratives, and together both picture and story offer a revealing glimpse into the common humanity that Palestinians and Israelis share.
A striking aspect of these stories is the depth of understanding and the brutal honesty exhibited. One teen exclaims, "If children had been in charge of managing their countries, things would not have happened the way they did. Children know how to get along with one another, despite everything." Another says, "A person should be loyal to his principles, but there's something more important which he has to do: He must be ready to criticize his own views." Everyone interviewed expresses the hope that they will someday live in peace with others in the region.
The voices that speak movingly from these pages offer many insights into the perceptions and feelings of young people in this strife-torn area of the world. They hold out the hope that the shared dream of peace mayeventually overcome the differences that now divide the two sides
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Former Governor of Vermont
"Congratulations to Professors Watad and Grob for compiling the articulate Teen Voices from the Holy Land. May the decision-makers hear them! We are inspired by the honesty and the promise of youth. These Israeli and Palestinian teenagers share with us a collective dream of human beings resolving our differences, no matter how difficult, in a civilized manner consistent with the meaning of Holy Land."
Former US Senator from Rhode Island
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Meet the Author
Mahmoud Watad, Ph.D. (Salisbury Mills, NY), is associate professor of management at the College of Business Administration of William Paterson University.
Leonard Grob, Ph.D. (Stony Point, NY), is professor of philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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