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We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israli Teenager -- an Unlikely Friendship

 
 
 
 
We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israli Teenager -- an Unlikely Friendship
Author: Amal Rifa'i - Odelia Ainbinder - Sylke Tempel
ISBN 13: 9780312318949
ISBN 10: 312318944
Edition: N/A
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $14.99
 
 

"Profoundly moving....The conflict between Jews and Arabs has been described in countless books and argued in unending polemics, but here, in the letters between these two eighteen-year-old women, an Arab and a Jew, is the heartbreaking essence of the quarrel.... In these letters (an idea brilliantly conceived and carried through by Sylke Tempel) Amal and Odelia educate each other..... This is the book for anyone who wants to feel and understand the emotions on both sides. It will become a classic."

-Arthur Hertzberg, author of A Jew in America: My Life and a People's Struggle for Identity

Publishers Weekly

The two authors, now 18, met in Switzerland during an exchange program in 2000, and returned to a Jerusalem soon gripped by the second intifada. After falling out of touch, they exchanged the letters collected in this book from August to November of 2002, cycling through anguish, accusation, artifice, allowance, appreciation-all of the beginnings of real friendship. The book proves to be that rarest of contexts-a place for young women of the Middle East to discuss politics with openness and mutual respect. 6 maps. (Sept. 12) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.