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We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israli Teenager --…

by Amal Rifa'i

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  cavlibrary | May 24, 2013 |
RGG: Revealing letter exchange between two eighteen-year-olds, one a Palestinian and one Israeli. Perspectives expressed are important. Could have used editing.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 4, 2012 |
Two young girls, one an Isreali, the other a Palestinian become friends and exchange letter discussing the political situation and their life experiences. A very touching book. It is amazing the differences between the two cultures; it seems like they should be living on opposite sides of the world, not in the same country. My sympathies lied with the Palestinians because it is clear the Jews (backed by the British) just pushed them off their land. However, I can see Odelia’s point; she was born there and it is her home too. ( )
  bibliophile26 | Sep 16, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312318944, Paperback)

Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder are two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000.

But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.

Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East.

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Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder are two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000. But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East.… (more)

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