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Publisher Comments:

"In this impossible task of representation, Arthur Neslen writes a book that is impossible to put down. In Your Eyes a Sandstorm is where Joyce's The Dubliners meets Howard Zinn's A Peoples History. Thrilling, compassionate, and unflinching narratives and dialogues converge the critical events of contemporary Palestinian being into the present. Palestinians are field negroes, house negroes, ghettoized schlemiels and pariahs, ethnically cleansed, colonized, occupied, militant, pacifist, doctors, zookeepers, rappers, journalists, teachers, etc. They are also an original people who will continue to write a new story in the book of survival and hope, of overcoming suffering and, hopefully, of going beyond power." —Fady Joudah, author of The Earth in the Attic and translator of Mahmoud Darwishs If I Were Another

“In this wonderful collection, one can hear the Palestinians speaking for themselves and not through others who may distort or dim their messages. Very few collections have brought home to us so vividly and authentically what it means to be a Palestinian today.” —Ilan Pappe, author of The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty

"This highly original work is an important contribution to Palestine literature, especially in the way that personal narrative interacts with and enriches collective-national and public memory." —Nur Masalha, author of Expulsion of the Palestinians: The Concept of "Transfer" in Zionist Political Thought

"Neslen powerfully gives voice to Palestinians, humanizes them, and reveals the complexities of Palestinian society." —Sara Roy, author of Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza

“A remarkable achievement at the junction of Middle East politics and anthropology, this collection of interviews with Palestinians from eight successive generations—defined according to historical watersheds—is a necessary complement to treatise-like readings on the Palestinians and the Israel-Palestine conflict. It offers the means for a reasoned empathy with the Palestinian people, and provides a perfect counterpoint to the ‘journey through the Israeli psyche which Arthur Neslen took his readers on in his previous book.”

—Gilbert Achcar, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives

Review:

"Part human-interest journalism, part ethnography, part national portrait, Neslen (Occupied Minds) examines a people struggling with history, occupation, and diaspora. Neslen travels across Israel, the occupied territories, and several Gulf states, sometimes at great personal risk, to interview Palestinians from various walks of life — NGO leaders, supermodels, refugee camp residents, and jihadis. The book's subjects share common experiences, among them the psychological effects of occupation, limitations on personal and economic mobility, bearing witness to extreme violence, and coping with religious and political factionalism. Neslen accesses some unique voices, including a zookeeper/taxidermist in the West Bank and a PFLP hijacker who became a poster girl for Palestinian resistance in the 1970s. One of the most salient themes to emerge from the collection is the experience of Palestinian women and their political marginalization by right-wing religious groups. Neslen's occasionally awkward prose ('Below, chartreuse grass sprouted from sour hills like a halfhearted hair transplant') and terse analysis prevent the book from being more than the sum of its parts, but as it is, it still offers important insight into the multifaceted Palestinian experience. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Who are the Palestinians? In this compelling book of interviews, Arthur Neslen reaches beyond journalistic clichés to let a wide variety of Palestinians answer the question for themselves. Beginning in the present with Bisan and Abud, two traumatized children from Jenins refugee camp, the books narrative arcs backwards through the generations to come full circle with two elderly refugees from villages that the children were named after. Along the way, Neslen recounts a history of land, resistance, exile, and trauma that begins to explain Abuds wish to become a martyr and Bisans dream of a Palestine empty of Jews. Senior Fatah and Hamas figures relate key events of the Palestinian experience—the Second Intifada, Oslo Process, First Intifada, Thawra, 1967 War, the Naqba, and the Great Arab Revolt of 1936—in their own words. The extraordinary voices of women, children, farmers, fighters, drug dealers, policeman, doctors, and others, spanning the political divide from Salafi Jihadists to Israeli soldiers, bring the Palestinian story to life even as their words sow seeds of hope in the scorched Palestinian earth.

About the Author

Arthur Neslen has written about the Middle East for the Guardian, Observer, Haaretz, the Janes information group and, as a correspondent, for the websites of the Economist and al-Jazeera. He is also the author of Occupied Minds: A Journey through the Israeli Psyche.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Disengaged Generation

Bisan and Abud Abdul Khadr Fihad

Students, Jenin Camp, West Bank

Sharif al-Basyuni

Unemployed, Beit Hanun, Gaza

Amira al-Hayb

Soldier, Wadi al-Hammam, Israel

Niral Karantaji

Model, Haifa, Israel

Doha Jabr

Dancer, Ramallah, West Bank

Abdul Rahman Katanani

Artist, Shatila Camp, Beirut, Lebanon

“Nabil”

Student, Ramallah, West Bank

The Second Intifada Generation

Firaz Turkmen and Alla Subharin

Islamic Jihad, Jenin, West Bank

Ayman Nahas and Hanna Shamas

Comedians, Haifa, Israel

Asmaa al-Goule

Journalist, Gaza Citys

Neriman al-Jabari

Widow, Jenin Camp, West Bank

Tamer Nafar

Rapper, Lyd, Israel

Abu Abed

Tunnel Engineer, Rafah, Gaza

“Omar”

Drug Dealer, East Jerusalem, West Bank

The Oslo Generation

Diana Buttu

Lawyer, Ramallah, West Bank

Haifa Dwaikat

Student, Nablus, West Bank

Hala Salem

NGO Director, Amman, Jordan

Sayed Kashua

Journalist, Author, Screenwriter, West Jerusalem, Israel

Tawfiq Jabharin

Lawyer, Umm al-Fahem, Israel

Fuad al-Hofesh

Psychologist, Mardah, West Bank

Samer Azmi al-Zugayyar

Policeman, Ramallah, West Bank

The First Intifada Generation

“Abu Ahmed”

Hamas Activist and Teacher, West Bank

Rania Dabak, Naima Abdul Razek, and Shaykha Mahmud

Villagers, al-Aqaba, West Bank

Taghred Joma

NGO Manager, Gaza City

Huda Naim

Hamas MP, al-Bureij Camp, Gaza

Amal Masri

Businesswoman, Ramallah, West Bank

Fawsi Barhoum

Hamas Spokesman, Gaza City

“Haidar”

Taxi Driver, Gaza

The Thawra Generation

Dr. Nafez Rakfat Abu Shabhan

Plastic Surgeon, Gaza City

Fawaz Dawoud

Chief of Police, Nablus, West Bank

Mohammed Dahlan

Fatah Leader, Ramallah, West Bank

Nabila Espanyoli

NGO Director, Nazareth, Israel

Muna Wakid

DFLP Worker, Nahr el-Bared, Lebanon

Nawal, Eshan, and Iman Fareiji

Shatila Camp Residents, Beirut, Lebanon

Marwan Shehadeh

Web Manager, Amman, Jordan

Sami Mahmoud Khader

Zoo Curator, Qalqilya, West Bank

The 1967 (Naksa) Generation

Leila Khaled

PFLP Fighter, Amman, Jordan

Abu Adel

Sulha Committee Judge, East Jerusalem, West Bank

Mustafa al-Kurd

Musician, East Jerusalem, West Bank

Hanan Ashrawi

Civil Society Leader, Ramallah, West Bank

Raleb Majadele

Former Minister of Science and Technology, Jerusalem

Ahmad Yousef

Deputy Foreign Minister, Rafah Camp, Gaza

The Nakba Generation

Gabi Baramki

Former University President, Ramallah, West Bank

Nuri al-Ukbi

Bedouin Activist, al-Araquib, Israel

Jamal Freij

Former Well Maintenance Worker, Kfar Kassem, Israel

Aisha Odeh

Womens Center Founder, Deir Jarir, West Bank

Eyad al-Sarraj

Psychiatrist, Gaza City

Hassan al-Kashif

Journalist, Gaza City

Rajab al-Hise

Fisherman, Beach Camp, Gaza

The 1936 Generation

Jalil Sharqawi Fawadli

Retired Teacher, Abud, West Bank

Abdullah Rashid

Retired Farmer, al-Hussein Camp, Irbid, Jordan

Postscript: In Your Eyes a Sandstorm

Glossary

Selected Bibliography and Further Reading

Photo Captions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520264274
Author:
Neslen, Arthur
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Sociology-Islamic Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
61 b/w photographs
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1.05 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Part human-interest journalism, part ethnography, part national portrait, Neslen (Occupied Minds) examines a people struggling with history, occupation, and diaspora. Neslen travels across Israel, the occupied territories, and several Gulf states, sometimes at great personal risk, to interview Palestinians from various walks of life — NGO leaders, supermodels, refugee camp residents, and jihadis. The book's subjects share common experiences, among them the psychological effects of occupation, limitations on personal and economic mobility, bearing witness to extreme violence, and coping with religious and political factionalism. Neslen accesses some unique voices, including a zookeeper/taxidermist in the West Bank and a PFLP hijacker who became a poster girl for Palestinian resistance in the 1970s. One of the most salient themes to emerge from the collection is the experience of Palestinian women and their political marginalization by right-wing religious groups. Neslen's occasionally awkward prose ('Below, chartreuse grass sprouted from sour hills like a halfhearted hair transplant') and terse analysis prevent the book from being more than the sum of its parts, but as it is, it still offers important insight into the multifaceted Palestinian experience. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Who are the Palestinians? In this compelling book of interviews, Arthur Neslen reaches beyond journalistic clichés to let a wide variety of Palestinians answer the question for themselves. Beginning in the present with Bisan and Abud, two traumatized children from Jenins refugee camp, the books narrative arcs backwards through the generations to come full circle with two elderly refugees from villages that the children were named after. Along the way, Neslen recounts a history of land, resistance, exile, and trauma that begins to explain Abuds wish to become a martyr and Bisans dream of a Palestine empty of Jews. Senior Fatah and Hamas figures relate key events of the Palestinian experience—the Second Intifada, Oslo Process, First Intifada, Thawra, 1967 War, the Naqba, and the Great Arab Revolt of 1936—in their own words. The extraordinary voices of women, children, farmers, fighters, drug dealers, policeman, doctors, and others, spanning the political divide from Salafi Jihadists to Israeli soldiers, bring the Palestinian story to life even as their words sow seeds of hope in the scorched Palestinian earth.

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