Narratives of Life Under Occupation


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   Order Code: RNP273    ISBN : 9781940450247
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Humanize "the Palestinians" through 15 oral histories that do not reduce them to victims, but capture their shared values of education, hospitality, religion, connection to the land, and hope for a better future.

The restrictions of occupation affect, but do not define, the life stories of narrators including a fisherman, a student, an artist, an athlete, a computer technician, and two Israelis who live in the West Bank.

“Full of life…eye-opening.”
The San Francisco Chronicle

“If anyone has any doubt about the veracity of the soldiers’ reports, he or she has only to read the superb Palestine Speaks, edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek, a collection of documentary interviews with ordinary Palestinians living on the West Bank or in Gaza…The voices of these ordinary individuals, so similar to those Palestinians I encounter regularly in the territories, speak here with unsettling eloquence. They are heartrending stories.”
The New York Review of Books

“An excellent introduction to a controversial subject. Hoke and Malek’s work should prove a sturdy and revelatory resource for those looking for a deeper understanding of an intractable conflict.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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McSweeney's/Voice of Witness




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