November 14, 2012

Occupation Diaries by Raja Shehadeh

This is a straight lift from the OR Books website:

Occupation Diaries


"Few Palestinians have opened their minds and their hearts with such frankness." —The New York Times
"At once gentle and angry, resolute and realistic." —The Nation
"Towards any proper understanding of history there are many small paths. I strongly suggest you walk with him." —John Berger on Palestinian Walks


It is often the smallest details of daily life that tell us the most. And so it is under occupation in Palestine. What most of us take for granted has to be carefully thought about and planned for: When will the post be allowed to get through? Will there be enough water for the bath tonight? How shall I get rid of the rubbish collecting outside? How much time should I allow for the journey to visit my cousin, going through checkpoints? And big questions too: Is working with left-wing Israelis collaborating or not? What effect will the Arab Spring have on the future of Palestine? What can anyone do to bring about change? Are any of life's pleasures untouched by politics?


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