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This Side of Peace: A Personal Account

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From the world-recognized leader of the Palestinians comes an inside view of Arafat and of the secret negotiations and last-minute decisions that led to the Oslo Peace Talks. "A revealing document of a partisan who has helped make Middle East history".--Publishers Weekly.

In a revealing and important memoir, Ashrawi, the founder of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights, tells of her struggles as a Christian Arab woman in a Muslim, male-dominated...

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Overview

From the world-recognized leader of the Palestinians comes an inside view of Arafat and of the secret negotiations and last-minute decisions that led to the Oslo Peace Talks. "A revealing document of a partisan who has helped make Middle East history".--Publishers Weekly.

In a revealing and important memoir, Ashrawi, the founder of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights, tells of her struggles as a Christian Arab woman in a Muslim, male-dominated world, torn between motherhood and her cause, and as a pivotal peacemaker in the most monumental negotiations of our time. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ashrawi, who came to international media attention as a spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) during the long, frustrating peace negotiations with Israel, gives a notable behind-the-scenes account of the events leading up to the signing of the accord by Prime Minister Rabin and PLO chairman Arafat on the White House lawn. A major player in these events, she speaks proudly of her participation in organizing the intifada, with passion of her people's anger and humiliation under Israeli occupation and with dissatisfaction of the final agreement, which brought on her resignation. Here we see the human side of the Arab-Israeli dilemma, through the eyes of an independent, intellectual Arab woman brought up in a freethinking Christian-Muslim household where daughters were considered a gift, not a curse. Ashrawi offers a close-up portrait of Arafat as well as of the major American and Israeli negotiators, Palestinian women emerging from passivity to join the intifada, the outrage at the U.S. pro-Israel policy and the dissident Israelis who became her friends. Though committed to peace, Ashrawi is intransigent on still unresolved problems, among them the Arab claim to Jerusalem. A revealing document of a partisan who has helped make Middle East history. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (May)
Library Journal
Ashrawi, a Christian Palestinian woman from a prominent family and a political activist who has been a spokesperson for the Palestinian delegation in the on-going peace talks with Israel, provides a rare insight not only into the diplomacy involved but also into her ethnic community. This autobiographical approach is extremely well characterized. Ashrawi delves into the attitudes of many of the Palestinian political elites, examining their cultural heritage and how it has affected their behavior. Of course, she also provides an intimate detailing of the intricate diplomatic process by which the Palestinian delegation treated its demands dealing with the PLO, several Arab states, and the United States. The reader gets a firm feel for the delicacy of multilateral diplomatic talks and the pressure that can be brought to bear by major and more powerful political bodies on groups with no recognized government. This work is essential to the understanding of the current phase of the Arab-Israeli conflict and is required reading. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/95.]-Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684823423
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/5/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 581,860
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    A MUST-READ

    If you want to at least come close to understanding the 'middle-eastern conflict' - as we are used to reffering to brutal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, you MUST read this book. There are many books that will help you understand this problem and this is one of them. This book looks at the problem from the inside - not the outside as most of the 'other' books do. This book tells stories - true stories, human stories, heart-breaking stories, stories from behind the negotiation desk, stories from occupied country, stories of courage, love, too real stories of the horror of occupation (including deaths of innocents, indiction of victims)... This book includes it all...even facts from behind the negotiation desk. You simply have to read this book. Hanan Ashrawi is possibly one of the strongest, most courageous and righteous people in this world that we have to support or at least acknowledge.

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