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The wound of dispossesion : telling the Palestinian story
Christison, Kathleen, 1941-
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First edition.
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Santa Fe, NM : Sunlit Hills Press, [2001]

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274 pages ; 23 cm
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E184.P33 C47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The views and experiences of 124 Palestinians who live in the United States give remarkable insights and perspective on the profound challenge now facing us in the Middle East. These rarely-heard voices are essential to understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Author Notes

Kathleen Christison is former CIA political analyst and the author of Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Here, Christison brilliantly tests readers' prejudices and preconceptions regarding Palestinians, including Palestinian Americans, and their attitudes toward Israel. She shatters the common assumptions that Palestinians harbor an intrinsic hatred of Jews, that Palestinians want exclusive ownership of the land in the Middle East, that Palestinians are all alike, or even that Palestinians don't want to be Israelis. She brings to the front the rarely heard voices of intellectuals, businesspeople, and Palestinian Americans, who are largely underrepresented in the Palestinian conversation concerning Israel. Christison, a former CIA political analyst and author of Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy, successfully shows that Palestinians are not all of one kind. She doesn't claim to provide an objective, scientific, or even representative voice but simply one that must be heard. Written in simple terminology for a wide audience, this book makes a great addition to public and academic libraries alike. Ethan Pullman, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This interesting and much-needed book tells the story of Palestinian dispossession from the vantage point of Palestinians living in the US. The author, a former CIA political analyst, interviewed more than 124 Palestinian Americans from different walks of life and allowed them to recount in their own words their tragic uprooting and exile. Although the book was completed in 1992 and hence does not include developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the past ten years, it is still a very relevant volume for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of what has motivated the Palestinians to continue their struggle for self-determination and dignity against seemingly insurmountable odds. Throughout, the author seeks to elaborate on issues that have influenced Palestinians' perspectives on myriad topics, including their condition of exile, their dual marginality, both in Israel/Palestine and in diaspora, and the impact of the Zionist ideology and practice on their lives. Highly recommended for general readers as well as students and scholars of the contemporary Middle East. N. Entessar Spring Hill College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
1. Eternal Guestsp. 8
2. Counternarratives: Stories of Loss and Exclusionp. 31
3. Otherness: The Condition of Exilep. 55
4. The American Experience: Maintaining a Balancep. 70
5. West Bank U.S.A.p. 102
6. Palestinians and the Zionist Ideologyp. 123
7. Israel and "The Palestine We Can Have"p. 144
8. Israel's Palestinians: The Bridgep. 174
9. Palestinian Politics: The PLO, Yasir Arafat, and the Question of Terrorismp. 187
10. Palestinian Pride: The Intifadap. 202
11. Palestinian Intellectualsp. 220
12. A Story With No Endp. 250
Intervieweesp. 255
Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 273