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Title: Palestine Inside Out, Author: Saree Makdisi, Category: Books, Hardcover: 320 pages, Publisher: W. W. Norton.
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Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation (Hardcover)
by Saree Makdisi (Author)


Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton (May 12, 2008)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In chronicling Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories—from road blocks to curfews, economic chaos to health care crises—UCLA professor Makdisi sketches a powerful, relentlessly heartbreaking account of a reality few Westerners know. According to Makdisi, the global media rarely covers the routine destruction of the occupation; rather than assessing the hermetic sealing of the Gaza Strip or the slicing up of West Bank communities for the sake of Israeli settlements, the media focuses on violence—eclipsing the deadly effects of the Israeli apparatus of bureaucracy and control. Makdisi unequivocally condemns attacks on civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, and acknowledges the many Israelis working toward conflict resolution (indeed, much of his data comes from Israeli human rights organizations), but his scholarship occasionally fails when surveying Israeli society: Jews who fled Arab lands don't generally consider themselves Arab Jews, for instance, and Zionism is a 19th-century nationalist movement, not a reaction to the Holocaust. Yet this doesn't detract from the urgency of Makdisi's work. The combined weight of personal stories of abject suffering, harsh statistics (in the past seven years, Israeli military operations have killed 854 Palestinian children) and facts on the ground make Makdisi's case that the occupation is destroying the Palestinian people, and possibly any chance for peaceful coexistence. (May)

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Palestine Inside Out Book Description

How the "peace process" has made life impossible for ordinary Palestinians.

This book is not about suicide bombers. Tending one's fields, visiting a relative, going to the hospital: for ordinary Palestinians, such everyday activities require negotiating permits and passes, curfews and closures, "sterile roads" and "seam zones"—bureaucratic hurdles ultimately as deadly as outright military incursion.

Not since the late Edward Said has there been such an articulate Arab voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In devastating detail, Saree Makdisi reveals how the "peace process" institutionalized Palestinians' loss of control over their inner and outer lives. He shows how Israel's massive concrete walls going up around Gaza and the West Bank isolate communities from their lands, their livelihoods, and each other. Through eye-opening statistics and day-by-day reports, we learn how Palestinians have seen their hopes for freedom and statehood culminate in the creation of abject "territories" comparable to open-air prisons.

Anyone surprised at Arab anger or the election of Hamas must read this book. 33 photographs, 12 maps.

About Palestine Inside Out Book Author

Saree Makdisi is a professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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