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This Heated Place: Encounters in the Promised Landby Deborah Campbell
Synopses & Reviews
This Heated Place takes readers into twenty-first century Israel and the occupied territories. Deborah Campbell, a Canadian student at Tel Aviv University during the Gulf War, returns to the region after a ten-year absence, seeking insights into one of the worlds most intractable conflicts. She drives through the West Bank with an American-Israeli settler in his bombproof SUV; attends the Love Parade in Tel Aviv, where thousands of Israeli ravers celebrate under armed guard; visits a Palestinian family in Hebron following an Israeli army raid; talks to girls at an Islamic school in Gaza; meets Israeli refuseniks who have spent time in prison for their stance; and drinks tea at the refugee camp home of the family of twelve-year-old Mohammad al-Durrah, whose dramatic death in his fathers arms made him the Arab worlds symbol of opposition to Israeli occupation.
Book News Annotation:
Campbell (associate editor, Adbusters magazine) reports on her visit to Israel and the occupied territories of Palestine in the year 2001. In her interviews with Israeli settlers, Palestinian refugees, Israeli refuseniks, and other actors in the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, she is particularly concerned with the power of the journalistic image and how it frames the debate over the occupation.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This Heated Place is a compelling account of travel in war-torn Israel, with personal insights into the region's complex and bloody struggles. Returning to Israel after a ten-year absence, Deborah Campbell — a Canadian student at Tel Aviv University during the Gulf War — takes readers along for the ride as she gains insight into one of the world's most intractable conflicts. She drives through the West Bank with an American-Israeli settler in his bombproof SUV; visits a Palestinian family in Hebron following an Israeli army raid; talks to girls at an Islamic school in Gaza; and meets Israeli refuseniks who have spent time in prison for their stance.
Skillfully weaving together elements of political reporting with travel writing, and rejecting the simplifications that characterize mainstream journalism, Campbell carefully records her observations. Her belief that the majority of people on both sides want peace is based both on her personal experiences and on recent developments, and always she is mindful that, when it comes to understanding this terrible conflict, what you see depends on where you are standing. A highlighted map of the region and a selection of the author's own photos are included.
A freelance writer who once lived in Israel delivers a compelling account of travel in war-torn Israel, with personal insights into the region's complex, bloody struggles.
This Heated Place takes the reader into 21st Century Israel and the occupied territories. Incisive, impassioned and compelling, here is a bright new voice that depicts the daily lives of Arabs and Jews caught up in a complex and bloody struggle.
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