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David K. Shipler , Robert Blumenfeld
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Oct. 1 2007
In this monumental work, David Shipler, award-winning correspondent for The New York Times, examines the forces that contribute to the mutual aversion and hatred in Israel.
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The correspondent for The New York Times in Jerusalem from 1979 to 1984, David K. Shipler brings a very American moral commitment to the problem of Arab-Jewish relations. The occupation of the West Bank was by then a static fact of life; many young Israelis and Palestinians had grown up knowing no other reality. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the massacres of Palestinians by Lebanese militiamen at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, which were under Israeli control, had shaken the consciences of many American Jews. Many of the voices in this book are American, from idealistic young secular Jews working for Arab-Jewish cooperation to the more fanatical followers of Meir Kahane. This work, which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, gives Shipler's narrative the power of a terrible family argument. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Shipler (Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams) explores the mutual stereotypes and the corrosive effects of terrorism practiced by Arabs and Jews on each other. He offers "an important contribution to the literature on the Middle East," PW found.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Even-handed June 18 2001
Great book. If there were a way to give this book 4 and a half stars, I would have rated it such. Shipler's book manages to give a face to both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without taking sides. Never before has there been such a need for people to be exposed to the intricacies behind both sides of the Middle East conflict. If you are interested in the historical facts that have led up to the Promised Land's current state of volatility, there are probably better books to go to. However, if you want to hear from the inside what the Palestinian experience is like living in occupied West Bank, Golan Heights, and Gaza Strip and their viewpoint of Israelis, no book can do it better. Also, what stands out above the fray of literature on this subject, is the continual reaching out of individuals and individual groups' to reconcile their differences and the points of hope and points of futility that result from these attempts. If you are looking for something black and white that will give you a clear conclusion on what is to be done in the middle east Pandora's Box that is modern day Israel, this book will not give it to you. What it will give you is an epiphany as to just how complex the human dimension is between the Jews and Arabs and how there really is no clear solution to the conflict as long as things remain status quo. It is not a hopeful book, but a deeply revealing one. Don't hesitate to buy this book if you are interested in the human dimension in modern day Israel and Palestine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first-class book! Sept. 30 2000
David Shipler's journalistic skills are enormous; the book is assembled nearly perfectly, with balance, insight, and compassion. I've read it through twice, and have never found another book that comes close in terms of presenting the truth of the Middle East conflict. For American readers, the greatest service this book offers is an uncompromisingly fair, even wise, portrayal of the Palestinian side of the conflict in this region, if only because of America's historically pro-Israel policies; policies, incidentally, which have not always concerned themselves with truth. Because of that act of journalistic justice, the peculiarly touching aspect of Israel's unavoidable internal sorrow at her predicament becomes, perhaps for the first time, something understandable and noble. It is an easy thing to take sides in a situation such as one finds in the Middle East; it is not so easy to patiently explore the myriad strands of time and fate that weave through both sides of such an 'unsolvable' conflict. This book goes a long way toward making an attempt to do just that. This is a clear-headed book 'spoken' by the very people involved; it is wise and engaging, and full of David Shipler's heart. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Highest recommendation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will change you Oct. 24 2001
By Sai Li
If you want to read a book about the Arab-Israeli conflict in order reinforce your position, this is not the one. This book offers no solutions nor presents any new arguments. In fact, its poignant depiction of suffering on both sides will make you question any prior views you've held, and that's a very difficult choice for some people to make. The prose is almost hypnotic, transcending the dryness of most non-fiction books. There hasn't been a book like Shipler's Arab and Jew in the last fifteen years. This book was written before the first intifadah, so some of the statistics are out of date, and rhetoric has intensified. I only wish Shipler could update this great work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Balanced treatment of the subject Aug. 14 2000
By "mnery"
This book is a well-written and relatively balanced account of the social forces that are hindering peace in Israel and the occupied territories. It is very thorough and you will certainly learn a lot about social life there that you never knew (even Israeli citizens may learn some surprising things about their country).
My only gripe about the book is that the author treats many behaviors and prejudices as being the root of the problem -- while those prejudices may simply be the result of the geopolitical strife in the area. Specifically, Shipler's solutions to the problems of hatred and prejudice don't contain any suggestions for long-term political fixes. Consequently, all of the individual efforts to eradicate hatred and prejudice that he highlights tend to get buried by larger forces. I know that Shipler was striving to maintain neutrality with a very controversial subject, but I would have liked at least an overview of the potential fixes and how they would fit into the social landscape that he sees.
This is a balanced, albeit incomplete, analysis of the relationship between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ISRAEL A Divided Promised Land Jan. 11 2000
By Tim
NEW TITLE INFORMATION ISRAEL A Divided Promised Land By Jonathan Jacob A Political Diatribe The birth of Israel in 1948 heralded a new beginning; the Jews at last had a homeland. Centuries of persecution and oppression were seemingly over Showing how European Jews are treating Easterners, the book in essence shows a nation divided and a paradise lost. With Europeans inflicting treatment similar to what they received by the Nazis: flagrant discrimination, giving Easterners the most menial jobs, tragically all at the hands of fellow Jews. In a plain, unsensational style making it all the more poignant, the author, an Indian Jew who has lived in Israel since 1966 reveals telling insight little known beyond Israel. As an Easterner himself the author could be open to questions of bias, but quotes enough examples to negate this. In essence the book really is a plea for equality and a strong warning of civil war if it is not forthcoming. The Author: Born in India in 1946, Jonathan Jacob immigrated to Israel at the age of twenty. He lived on a Kibbutz and studied the Hebrew language before enlisting for compulsory army service in 1967. He served in the forces for a period of 23 years, active in four different wars and wounded thrice during this time before serving four years with police investigations unit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Israeli resident
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fair Synopsis
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