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Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (edition 2010)

by Saree Makdisi, Alice Walker (Foreword)

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Title:Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation
Authors:Saree Makdisi
Other authors:Alice Walker (Foreword)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2010), Edition: Revised edition, Paperback, 387 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:nonfiction, current affairs, by poc

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Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation by Saree Makdisi



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This is a pretty damning indictment of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Palestine Inside Out is a slow read not because the prose is dense (though it is occasionally a little awkward and the eye does tend to skim over the statistics lists at times), but because there's only so much one can read about the deliberate slaughter of children before having to put the book down. There's one particular case which Makdisi documented, of a group of Jewish Israeli schoolchildren spitting on and stoning their Arab Israeli counterparts—children, stoning one another; imagine how one instills that much hatred at so young an age—that turned my stomach. Makdisi makes a powerful case for the impossibility of a two state solution, drawing parallels between modern Israel and Apartheid-era South Africa. Rather, he argues, if there is to be any hope of a democratic, peaceful solution which respects the rights of all peoples, ethnicities and faiths, then a single state is the only answer: "mutual and domestic cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis is not only feasible; it offers the only alternative, the real hope for peace in the long run" ( )
  siriaeve | Nov 3, 2012 |
good information on Palestinian plight. Is it believeable that Jewish people are nasty to them...that they are captive and only want to work their land which they are kept from? I found it believeable. One land shared is the only possibility seen by this author as a workable solution. To divide is to always have separate laws, tolerances and grudges between them. ( )
  hammockqueen | Jan 17, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393066061, Hardcover)

How the "peace process" has made life impossible for ordinary Palestinians.

This book is not about suicide bombers. Tending one's fields, visiting a relative, going to the hospital: for ordinary Palestinians, such everyday activities require negotiating permits and passes, curfews and closures, "sterile roads" and "seam zones"—bureaucratic hurdles ultimately as deadly as outright military incursion.

Not since the late Edward Said has there been such an articulate Arab voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In devastating detail, Saree Makdisi reveals how the "peace process" institutionalized Palestinians' loss of control over their inner and outer lives. He shows how Israel's massive concrete walls going up around Gaza and the West Bank isolate communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other. Through eye-opening statistics and day-by-day reports, we learn how Palestinians have seen their hopes for freedom and statehood culminate in the creation of abject "territories" comparable to open-air prisons.

Anyone surprised at Arab anger or the election of Hamas must read this book.

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Reveals how the everyday activities of Palestinians have become encumbered by the permits, curfews, and other bureaucratic hurdles associated with the region's institutionalized peace-keeping methods, in a report that offers insight into the tragic ways in which communities are becoming increasingly isolated from their lands and livelihoods.… (more)

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