Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada

Occupied Voices Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada As the Middle East peace process disintegrates the second Palestinian Intifada begins Wendy Pearlman a young Jewish woman from the American Midwest travels to the West Bank Gaza Strip in a quest to

  • Title: Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada
  • Author: Wendy Pearlman Laura Junka
  • ISBN: 9781560255307
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • As the Middle East peace process disintegrates the second Palestinian Intifada begins, Wendy Pearlman, a young Jewish woman from the American Midwest travels to the West Bank Gaza Strip in a quest to talk to ordinary Palestinians A remarkable narrative emerges from her conversations with doctors, artists, school kids families who have lost loved ones orAs the Middle East peace process disintegrates the second Palestinian Intifada begins, Wendy Pearlman, a young Jewish woman from the American Midwest travels to the West Bank Gaza Strip in a quest to talk to ordinary Palestinians A remarkable narrative emerges from her conversations with doctors, artists, school kids families who have lost loved ones or watched their homes destroyed Their stories, ranging from the humorous to the tragic, paint a profile of the Palestinians that s as honest as it s uncommon in the Western media that of ordinary people who simply want to live ordinary lives As Pearlman writes, the personal stories heartfelt reflections that I encountered did not expose a hatred of Jews or a yearning to push Israelis into the sea Rather, they painted a portrait of a people who longed for precisely that which had inspired the first Israelis the chance to be citizens in a country of their own.

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    1 thought on “Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada”

    1. I read this book about 4 years ago. And what stays with me is the fact that when I was read the book, I took 2 buses to work, and 2 buses from work every day. In between the 2 buses I would have a 20 minute wait outside. And for the time I read this book. I literally sat in shock on the street outside. Desperately trying not to cry. And in shock, literally, at the peace around me. The lack of bombs. The birds flying. People walking to/from work. Clean sidewalks. Everyday life just happening. No [...]

    2. The intellectual debate over Israel's hellish rule over the Palestinians often gets lost in details of dates, resolutions, Camp Davids, and recriminations. In the end, though, it's about real people, and this book does a wonderful job at compiling accounts from actual Palestinians -- surgeons, engineers, students, merchants. Here's just a taste from one account, from Mohammed, a surgeon, heart specialist at Ramallah Hospital. He grew up in a refugee camp:"Last week an eleven-year-old boy was sho [...]

    3. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to debate about the Israeli/Palestine conflict. The testimonies of real Palestinians are invaluable to understanding the effects of Israeli occupation. Even if you believe that Israel has a right to all of that land, I think we can all agree that killing civilians and strangling Palestine's economy is not the way to achieve this goal. The reason I took away a star was due to the narrator's self-centered intrusions on her interview subjects. Pearlman feels [...]

    4. Really just a collection of interviews with a little prefacing by the author (a Jewish girl from Nebraska interviewing Palestinians). Good read if you're interested in the perspective of occupied Palestinians with some general history of the Israeli/Palestinain "situation". Mildly interesting anecdote about how I discovered this book: my roommate at the time, a Jordanian by birth, was given a copy by some girl he met at an Arabic conference in NYC. Unfortunately, he had read a total of zero book [...]

    5. I wanted to read the story of the Palestinians from the viewpoint of the Palestinians. This book did do that but the ironic part was I found out Wendy Pearlman is a Jewish girl from Lincon NE. In high school she was the head of the Lincoln ACLU and since then has gone on to study history at harvard. She did interviews with various Palestinians from the west bank and Gaza strip and let the Palestinians tell their own stories. It was interesting.

    6. Not exactly an unbiased read - there's a definite agenda, but its still informative. And plus, I'm a sucker for personal histories, or short stories, and these fit the bill. I could have done with less author commentary, but c'est la vie. Especially interesting at the moment, given Israel's recent actions in Gaza.

    7. The author is a Jewish woman from the Mudwest, which is interesting. The stories in this book are from Paledtinians of all walks if life, telling stories of personal tragedies and just general life experiences during the Intifada.

    8. A very compelling read. I had to keep picking this one up to find out the next person’s story. I found the author’s stories of getting to the interviews as informative as the interviews themselves. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the middle east.

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