Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland

Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland

by Pamela J. Olson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054829
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 842,964
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Pamela Olson lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She’s published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine, and she also wrote an essay about disputed holy sites for the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 From the Midwest to the Middle East 1

Chapter 2 Olives, Tea, and Assault Rifles 13

Chapter 3 Behind the Fence 37

Chapter 4 Ramallah-Palestine has its own Beer? 62

Chapter 5 Suddenly a Journalist 87

Chapter 6 Bombings, Weddings, and a Kidnapping 121

Chapter 7 Arafat's Funeral 157

Chapter 8 Running for President in a Nation Without a Country 173

Chapter 9 Holy Land Spring 199

Chapter 10 Okies in the Promised Land 223

Chapter 11 The Gaza Disengagement 241

Chapter 12 The Last Ramadan 267

Glossary of Terms 292

Maps 296

What People are Saying About This

"Pamela Olson's insightful, sometimes shocking, but always deeply human account of the Palestinian reality should be read by anyone who wants to get beyond the myths and misconceptions around the Palestinian struggle. The effortless narrative is driven by encounters with ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, people sometimes as confused as the rest of the world about their reality. But Olson is clear in laying out the stark truth of dispossession, oppression, and outright racism imposed on the Palestinians—insights all too lacking in news reports and political debate." —Chris McGreal, The Guardian

"A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that's enormously informative yet reads like a novel!" —Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace

"It's love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson . . . takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah. . . A charming book brimming with tension and tragedy, but also with the humor, warmth, everyday foibles and irrepressible hopes of a people determined to live free." —Tony Karon, senior editor of TIME Magazine

"Part adventure story, part searing reportage, part love story, and wholly absorbing." —Dr. Kenneth Ring, co-author of Letters from Palestine

"Pamela Olson leads the reader on an exciting, funny, at times heart-wrenching journey, carefully deciphering complex political and historical issues. Olson is a talented writer, intelligent and exceptional in her ability to convey both tragedy and hope, remaining morally grounded and refreshingly honest." —Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father was a Freedom Fighter

"As an Israeli whose life was shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I found Fast Times in Palestine moving and refreshing. Pamela Olson comes to the Middle East with a blank slate and is therefore able to hold up an undistorted mirror to the reality she encounters." —Miko Peled, author of The General's Son

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Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
A-Bedor More than 1 year ago
The author does an amazing job of interspersing the accounts of many Palestinians with her own experiences. Her knowledge and attention to detail allows us to peer into the reality of life in the West Bank. In addition to her beautiful work; she allows the reader to gain a greater understanding of the core issues behind the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinian. Pamela delves much deeper than just politics, history, and religion. She reveals how far a human being can go to claim justice.