In this monumental work, David Shipler, award-winning correspondent for The New York Times, examines the forces that contribute to the mutual aversion and hatred in Israel.
Shipler, a New York Times correspondent who lived five years in Jerusalem, examines in this monumental work the personal dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Through penetrating interviews and the use of a wide range of printed materials, he probes deeply into three aspects of the human dilemma in the Holy Land. First, Shipler explores the sources of mutual fears and hatreds of Arabs and Jews resulting from war, nationalism, terrorism, and religious absolutism. Then he traces the origin of distorted stereotypes to factors such as newspapers, films, children's textbooks, and other literature. Finally, he describes the personal interactions of Jews and Arabs (sometimes heartbreaking in outcome) in relationships such as love and marriage, employment, and official control of minorities by the army, the secret police, and bureaucracy. Throughout the study, Shipler manifests a deep and genuine sympathy for both Israelis and Palestinians, and focuses whenever possible on the individual rather than the group. He consistently seeks to promote understanding rather than hostility among his readers. This is the most impressive work of its type yet published. It can usefully be supplemented by earlier works such as Fouzi El-Asmar's To Be An Arab in Israel (2nd ed., Beirut, 1978), Peter Grose's A Changing Israel (1985), and Ian Lustick's Arabs in the Jewish State (CH, Nov '80). Highly recommended for all libraries.-G.B. Doxsee, Ohio University
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This exceptionally balanced account of Jews and Arabs living side by side in Israel combines poetic descriptions of life in the Holy Land with perceptive discussions of the ways in which two cultures are attempting to reconcile their differences. (S 1 86 Upfront)
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Publisher's Weekly Review
Shipler (Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams) explores the mutual stereotypes and the corrosive effects of terrorism practiced by Arabs and Jews on each other. He offers ``an important contribution to the literature on the Middle East,'' PW found. (October) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Library Journal Review
int affairs The political and military dimensions of the middle Eastern crisis are the common stuff of headlines and books; Shipler focuses instead on the human dimension. In portraits of Arabs and Jews from all walks of life and political perspectives, he examines the ``attitudes, images, and stereotypes that Arabs and Jews have of one another, the roots of their aversions, and the complex interactions between them. . . .'' The effects of war, nationalism, terrorism, religion, and history come to life, illuminated by Shipler's insights drawn from his five-year residence in Jerusalem and his wide reading. While he concludes with a dream of a peaceful society growing out of direct links among the youth of the two groups, he offers no promise that such a dream can survive the hatred, fear, and pain. Highly recommended. Elizabeth R. Hayford, President, Assoc. Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Journalist and author David K. Shipler was born on December 3, 1942 in Orange, N. J. He was schooled at Dartmouth College and Columbia University's Russian Institute. Shipler was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and a former senior associate at the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace. Over ten years of work went into Shipler's book, A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.