During the second Palestinian intifada, Philip C. Winslow worked in the West Bank with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), driving up to 600 miles a week in the occupied territory. He returned to the region in 2006. In this book, Winslow captures the daily struggles, desperation, and anger of Palestinians; the hostility of settlers; the complex responses of Israeli soldiers, officials, and peace activists; and even the breathtaking beauty of nature in this embattled place.
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Published by Beacon Press Sep 01, 2008| 248 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780807069073
Winslow, a veteran foreign correspondent who has lived and worked in the West Bank, opens a window onto the personal experiences of Palestinians and Israelis during the second Intifada.—Middle East Journal
“Wise, modest, fair, and alert to the nuances of human interaction, Winslow is a gentle guide to an ungentle landscape. But the picture he etches of the effects of Israeli control over the West Bank is devastating. Americans who care about forging a lasting peace in the Middle East should read this book, because this is the disastrous occupation that our tax dollars are paying for.”—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains
“[Winslow] writes in a gentle tone about the constant brutalizing and inhumane quality of the Israeli occupation, the administration of checkpoints, and attempts to crush the Palestinian community and economy. He doesn’t consider the political positions of either side but blames both for ignoring the repercussions of their actions, on their enemy and on themselves. Winslow’s sensitivity and strong writing make this an important volume.”—Library Journal
“Foreign correspondent Winslow depicts the universal cost of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands in excruciatingly human terms . . . The multilayered narrative demonstrates unusual compassion for the human side of the conflict, sympathizing with both the Palestinian citizens and the Israeli soldiers in the clear understanding that the latter, too, are dehumanized by the violence that surrounds them.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review