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From Beirut to Jerusalem ~ Trd Pb Paperback – Feb 9 1989

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade (Feb. 9 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586205241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586205242
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,090,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book, "Doctora Swee" gives to the world what it needs to know. As an orthopaedic surgeon, she volunteered to help the war victims in Beirut after the Israeli attack in 1982. It changed her life forever. There she learned first-hand how brutal and inhumane Israel oppressed the Palestinians - things the media had failed to tell the world.
When she returned to Britain, she didn't stop there. She set up the charity organization, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and return to Beirut a few more times within a few years.
She tells the story of the Sabra-Shatila massacres 1982, the Ramadan war 1985, and the Bourj el-Brajneh 1986-87 seige. If you don't know what they are all about, then read the book. Human tragedy of such a degree must not be silenced.
Dr Swee served as a volunteer surgeon, administrator, driver, negotiator, reporter, fund-raiser, friend, and most of all: HUMAN.
This is a story of courage, compassion, and resilience of Palestinians and the volunteers.. against the continuous and repeated destructions of Palestinians' lives, livelihood, and spirit. It sure touches your heart and soul.
And please, don't tell me this is anti-Semitic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Close-up Accounts of Human Tragedy Jan. 21 2004
By Puteri Azlina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, "Doctora Swee" gives to the world what it needs to know. As an orthopaedic surgeon, she volunteered to help the war victims in Beirut after the Israeli attack in 1982. It changed her life forever. There she learned first-hand how brutal and inhumane Israel oppressed the Palestinians - things the media had failed to tell the world.
When she returned to Britain, she didn't stop there. She set up the charity organization, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and return to Beirut a few more times within a few years.
She tells the story of the Sabra-Shatila massacres 1982, the Ramadan war 1985, and the Bourj el-Brajneh 1986-87 seige. If you don't know what they are all about, then read the book. Human tragedy of such a degree must not be silenced.
Dr Swee served as a volunteer surgeon, administrator, driver, negotiator, reporter, fund-raiser, friend, and most of all: HUMAN.
This is a story of courage, compassion, and resilience of Palestinians and the volunteers.. against the continuous and repeated destructions of Palestinians' lives, livelihood, and spirit. It sure touches your heart and soul.
And please, don't tell me this is anti-Semitic.
3.0 out of 5 stars is a brilliant testimony of her journey This is a very intense ... Oct. 24 2015
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The title of the book, ” From Beirut to Jerusalem: A woman surgeon with the Palestinians”, is a brilliant testimony of her journey This is a very intense book from a aid worker, a surgeon, who also has strong meanings about who is to blame for the Palestinian tragedy. Her book makes a powerful impression on us. I highly recommend this book either you share her political reflections or not.

Swee Chai Ang give the readers a powerful and indignant eyewitness account about what really happened in the massacres in Sabra and Shatila in 1982. Swee Chai Ang was one of the doctors who was trapped in Sabra and Shatila camps during the massacres. So her motivation for writing this book is clear: ”To be alive, to have survived, meant that I had a duty to speak up on behalf of those who were dead, whose bodies were buried under the rubble, and who could speak no more; to speak on behalf of those alive and suffering every mortal day, in silence, without voice.”

Swee Chai Ang description of the massacres is definitive the hub of the narrative told from her point of view, as ”a survivor of the 1982 Sabra-Shatila massacres”, When she tells about her own work as surgeon is splendid art of storytelling.

She writes that first came she came to Sabra and Shatila she was ”a bigoted, selfrighteous fundamentalist Christian”, afraid of Palestinians. But her experiences in Beirut and Jerusalem has, made her an ardent advocate for the Palestinians fight. For her work Swee Chai Ang, herself a an exile from Singapore, was giving the honorary ”Star of Palestine”,
She write herself that ”I often wondered if I was crazy – that was the only way I could explain my obsession with the Palestinians.” I don’t think so, I believe strongly she is a person who stand up for what she think is right and for the people who are being bullied and oppressed, whatever the cost to herself.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking tales of everyday courage. Ang Swee Chai is a Singaporean heroine. Aug. 6 2015
By Letitia - Published on Amazon.com
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Utterly inspirational. Dr. Ang is intelligent, precise, humble, and a person of great compassion (both for the Palestinians and for the Israelis, and the Lebanese and Syrians and everyone caught in between). She’s done so much for the Palestinians, she even received the Star of Palestine from Yasser Arafat. It’s a transformative, universal story because Dr. Ang went into the conflict with no political preconceptions – in fact, she believes God called her to it – and ended up dedicating decades of her life to helping the Palestinians out of an instinctual human response to suffering. Initially it sent her into a crisis of faith because her Church seemed to be telling her different things from what God was telling her, but Ang Swee Chai was born with so much pluck and gumption, the reader delights in seeing how this tiny woman outwits, outplays, and fearlessly charges her way through some of the most life-threatening situations.

The fulcrum on which her story turns is the massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps while she was working at the hospital there. In 1982, Israel had invaded Lebanon in an attempt to "flush out the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) from its bases in Lebanon". After the end of this invasion, under a peace agreement the PLO fighters (mostly men) were evacuated from Beirut, then the international peacekeeping forces convinced the remaining women, children and old folks in Sabra and Shatila camps to disarm themselves, surrendering their pistols, machine guns and other weapons to the Lebanese Army for the promise of peace. Then Israel announced it was "invading West Beirut to flush out 2,000 terrorists left there by the PLO”, giving time for Palestinian hospital workers to leave Gaza Hospital (where Dr. Ang worked), then Sabra and Shatila camps were bombed from overhead for 5 kilometres in any direction around Gaza Hospital, gradually giving way to Northern Lebanese gunmen coming into camp homes and shooting residents. Injured people streamed into Gaza Hospital and Dr. Ang operated for 72 hours straight on the victims, after which she and other foreign medics were escorted out of the hospital by gunmen who were poking her with their machine guns, and saw the camp transformed into heaps of rubble and mutilated corpses. Meanwhile other soldiers went into Gaza Hospital with machine guns and finished off the patients. Dr. Ang soon comprehended the true horror of the situation, and realised that her surgical work had probably not made any difference, saving dozens of people while they were dying by the thousands outside.

One of the most difficult parts of this book for me was a few days after the massacre, when some of these militiamen who had been killing her Palestinian friends and patients had the audacity to come to her hospital and demand treatment. Dr. Ang was so tempted to “get even” and refuse them treatment, but then Azziza, the Lebanese Palestinian hospital administrator, begged her to remember the Palestine Red Crescent Society’s principle of treating everyone equally. I can’t have been the only reader to want to shake Azziza in disbelief. What a saintly capacity the Palestinians have for humanity and forgiveness, instead of justice – the book overflows with examples of this. So Dr. Ang treated their injuries, gained the militiamen's goodwill and saw them as human beings too.

As a Singaporean, it hurts me to know that the country I share with Dr. Ang has exiled her and her husband, but I am so proud of her, and as someone who also fell in love with the Levant the first time I visited, I understand her pain.

Negative: If you're buying the Kindle edition, unfortunately it is riddled with tonnes, tonnes, tonnes of typos. I'm guessing they scanned it with an OCR and nobody proofread it after.

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