When Jacob Nammar was a young boy growing up in Harret al-Nammareh, his family, his friends, and the streets of his West Jerusalem neighborhood were the center of his life. It wasn't long, however, before his existence was turned upside down when his family was forced out of their home during al-nakba, the catastrophe that resulted in the ethnic cleansing of nearly 750,000 natives and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages and towns. In this heartwarming memoir, Jacob paints a vivid portrait of Palestinian lifefrom his childhood days in pre-1948 Jerusalem, the struggles of the Palestinian community under Israeli rule, to his ultimate decision to leave for America at age 23. Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming coming of age story set amid the backdrop of one of the most tragic historical events that engulfed the region.
|Publisher:||Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
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This page-turning memoir of a Christian Palestinian probes the human condition through the lens of a loving, joyful family shattered by the Nakba, the echo of the Holocaust. The young Nammar and his family are driven by Israeli authorities to a prison zone from their ancestral home, which was then given to Jewish immigrants. Growing up, he finds work at the Jerusalem YMCA and excels in swimming and basketball. When discrimination against Palestinians makes life in the city of his birth intolerable, he emigrates to the United States. Nammar's beautifully written story should be read widely for the insights it presents on life for Palestinians under Israeli occupation.