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Title:
Beyond intifada : narratives of freedom fighters in the Gaza Strip
Author:
Gordon, Ḥayim.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2003.
Physical Description:
xii, 162 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy036/2002028764.html
ISBN:
9780275971298
Format :
Book

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Summary

This book presents the personal narratives of six Palestinians--four men and two women--whose stories are central to describing the greater Palestinian plight in the Gaza Strip, the Intifada, the beginning of the 1993 peace process, and beyond. Each Palestinian has related crucial events in his or her life story, and by reading their accounts, we come to see the struggle through their eyes and put a human face on events that Western media and consciousness have only partially explored.

The story of the Intifada in the Gaza Strip, with its tragic and inspiring outcomes, is slowly fading from the world's collective memory. In the final weeks of 1987, however, this small strip of land became the major battleground of what the authors consider one of the few authentic national rebellions of the second half of the 20th century. This book presents the personal narratives of six Palestinians--four men and two women--whose stories are central to describing the greater Palestinian plight in the Gaza Strip, the Intifada, the beginning of the 1993 peace process, and beyond.

Each Palestinian has related crucial events in his or her life story, and by reading their accounts, we come to see the struggle through their eyes and put a human face on events that Western media and consciousness have only partially explored. This book is an important corrective for scholars, students, researchers, and the general reading public concerned about the contemporary Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Author Notes

Haim Gordon is Professor of Education at Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel. He is the editor, coeditor, or author 17 earlier books
Rivca Gordon is Director of the Foundation for Democratic Education in Israel and is an independent scholar who has coauthored or edited several earlier books
Taher Shriteh is a freelance journalist who has worked for CBS, BBC, The New York Times, and Reuters in the Gaza Strip


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Choice Review

The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated places in the world and has some of the most squalid Palestinian refugee camps. The wretchedness of life has led to hopelessness, despair, and a militant desire for freedom and an end to the Israeli occupation. Therefore, it is not surprising that the first intifada, or mass uprising, of the Palestinians in the occupied territories started in the Gaza Strip in 1987. The first intifada ended in 1993 in the aftermath of the Oslo Peace Accords with hopes that the Palestinians' desire for a viable state would be realized through diplomatic means. However, the Oslo "peace process" soon unraveled. The 2003 uprising is certainly built on the first intifada. In this highly readable book, two Israeli scholars and a Palestinian freelance journalist explain the plight of the Palestinians through personal narratives of six Palestinians. Their painful stories present unique appreciation of the complexities of the forces that have shaped the Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation since 1987. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers as well as students and scholars. N. Entessar Spring Hill College


Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Part 1 Backgroundp. 1
1. The Gaza Strip: An Overviewp. 3
2. Rivca Gordon and Haim Gordonp. 13
Part 2 Narratives of Freedom Fightersp. 29
3. Tahani Abu Daqap. 31
4. Tawfik Abu Khousap. 49
5. Nehad Mansourp. 65
6. Nema El Helop. 73
7. Taher Shritehp. 89
8. Mahmoud Zaharp. 105
Part 3 Beyond Intifadap. 123
9. The New Intifada and Israel's War Crimesp. 125
10. A Just Peacep. 133
Appendixesp. 137
Appendix Ap. 139
Appendix Bp. 147
Further Readingp. 155
Indexp. 157