In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family

In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family

by Lis Harris

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Overview

An entirely fresh take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that examines the life-shaping reverberations of wars and ongoing tensions upon the everyday lives of families in Jerusalem.

An American, secular, diasporic Jew, Lis Harris grew up with the knowledge of the historical wrongs done to Jews. In adulthood, she developed a growing awareness of the wrongs they in turn had done to the Palestinian people. This gave her an intense desire to understand how the Israelis’ history led them to where they are now. However, she found that top-down political accounts and insider assessments made the people most affected seem like chess pieces. What she wanted was to register the effects of the country’s seemingly never-ending conflict on the lives of successive generations.

Shuttling back and forth over ten years between East and West Jerusalem, Harris learned about the lives of two families: the Israeli Pinczowers/Ezrahis and the Palestinian Abuleils. She came to know members of each family—young and old, religious and secular, male and female. As they shared their histories with her, she looked at how each family survived the losses and dislocations that defined their lives; how, in a region where war and its threat were part of the very air they breathed, they gave children hope for their future; and how the adults’ understanding of the conflict evolved over time. Combining a decade of historical research with political analysis, Harris creates a living portrait of one of the most complicated and controversial conflicts of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807029688
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,212,192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lis Harris was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1970 to 1995. She is a professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. In addition to innumerable articles, reviews and commentaries, she is the author of Holy Days: The World of a Hasidic Family, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Rules of Engagement: Four American Marriages, and Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings and the Corporate Squeeze.

Table of Contents

The Families

Prologue

Introduction

CHAPTER 1
The Greek Colony

CHAPTER 2
French Hill

TRAVELS WITH FUAD I

CHAPTER 3
Shelter

CHAPTER 4
In and Out of War

TRAVELS WITH FUAD II

CHAPTER 5
A New Country

CHAPTER 6
Occupied

TRAVELS WITH FUAD III

CHAPTER 7
Perspectives

CHAPTER 8
The 1,001 Nights of Wasif Jawhariyyeh and the Mingling of Christians, Jews, and Muslims

TRAVELS WITH FUAD IV

CHAPTER 9
The Ezrahis

CHAPTER 10
Aunt Rasmea

CHAPTER 11
Yotam’s Vision

CHAPTER 12
Soldiers

CHAPTER 13
Varieties of Religious Experience

TRAVELS WITH FUAD V

Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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