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A Season in Bethlehem: Unholy War in a Sacred Place

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Newsweek's Jerusalem bureau chief Joshua Hammer arrived in the West Bank in October 2000 — just after Ariel Sharon made his inflammatory visit to the Haram al-Sharif, otherwise known as the Temple Mount. Sharon's trip ignited the worst violence the Middle East had seen in decades. Overnight, the peace process gave way to an ever-worsening cycle of attack, revenge, and retaliation, destabilizing the entire region, killing thousands, and culminating in Israel's reoccupation of Palestinian towns in 2002.

A Season in Bethlehem is the story of one West Bank town's two-year disintegration, as witnessed by a reporter who was there from the beginning. Woven together from Hammer's own firsthand reportage plus hundreds of interviews, it follows a dozen characters whose lives collided on the streets of this biblical city. They include a Bedouin tribesman who rose to become the commander of Bethlehem's most feared and brutal gang of gunmen; the beleaguered governor, an opponent of the al-Aqsa intifada, who believed he had a mandate to stop the violence, only to discover that Yasser Arafat was undermining him; a Christian businesman who watched helplessly as his community was squeezed between Muslim militants and the Israeli army; an eighteen-year-old female honors student turned suicide bomber; and an Israeli reservist, son of a leader of the Peace Now movement, who wrestled with his left-wing convictions as he rode to battle through the predawn streets.

The narrative reaches a climax with a moment-by-moment recreation of the epochal drama that drew many of these characters together: the thirty-nine-day siege of the Church of the Nativity. A clear-eyed chronicle of deepening chaos and violence, in which Hammer lets the opposing sides speak for themselves, A Season in Bethlehem is both a timely and timeless look at how longstanding religious and political tensions finally boiled over in a place of profound resonance: the birthplace of Jesus.

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In the tradition of From Beirut to Jerusalem, Newsweek's Middle East bureau chief offers an unparalleled--and balanced--insider's perspective on the Palestinian intifada between 2000 and 2002. Newsweek's Middle East bureau chief Joshua Hammer arrived in the West Bank in October 2000--just in time to witness the start of the Palestinian intifada as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made his inflammatory visit to the Temple Mount. Since then, Hammer has been in the thick of it, interviewing players on every side of this furious, byzantine conflict: Palestinian guerillas, suicide bombers, Christian clergy, Israeli army reservists, and civilians everywhere. A Season in Bethlehem tells the story of the Palestinian uprising as it played out in one West Bank town. It begins in July 2002 with a startling visit to Israel's most wanted guerilla leader in exile in Spain, and then flashes back to the early days of the uprising. It reaches its dramatic climax with the bloody Israeli invasion of Bethlehem in April 2002 and the thirty-nine day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Drawing on a diverse cast of firsthand sources, his riveting narrative brings critical new information to light, including the inner workings of a suicide bomber cell and what it was like to be an actual participant in the siege itself. The result is a clear-eyed chronicle of deepening chaos and violence, and a timely look at how longstanding religious and political tensions finally boiled over in a place of profound resonance: the birthplace of Jesus. Praise for Chosen by God:

About the Author

Joshua Hammer is an internationally renowned journalist who has worked at Newsweek since 1988. Previous to his assignment in Jerusalem, he was the magazine's bureau chief in Nairobi, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, and Berlin. His first book, Chosen By God: A Brother's Journey, was a finalist for the 2000 Los Angeles Times Book Award. He currently lives in Jerusalem with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Contents

Cast of Principal Characters

Key Events in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1993-2003

Prologue

1. The Camp

2. The Tribe

3. The Christians

4. The Warlord

5. The Governor

6. The Cell

7. The battle

8. The Siege

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743244138
Subtitle:
Unholy War in a Sacred Place
Author:
Hammer, Joshua
Author:
Hammerman, Joshua
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Military policy
Subject:
Palestinian arabs
Subject:
Military occupation
Subject:
Bethlehem
Subject:
Al-Aqsa Intifada,
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Copyright:
Series Volume:
v 15, No. 8(A)
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.74x5.46x1.02 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of From Beirut to Jerusalem, Newsweek's Middle East bureau chief offers an unparalleled--and balanced--insider's perspective on the Palestinian intifada between 2000 and 2002. Newsweek's Middle East bureau chief Joshua Hammer arrived in the West Bank in October 2000--just in time to witness the start of the Palestinian intifada as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made his inflammatory visit to the Temple Mount. Since then, Hammer has been in the thick of it, interviewing players on every side of this furious, byzantine conflict: Palestinian guerillas, suicide bombers, Christian clergy, Israeli army reservists, and civilians everywhere. A Season in Bethlehem tells the story of the Palestinian uprising as it played out in one West Bank town. It begins in July 2002 with a startling visit to Israel's most wanted guerilla leader in exile in Spain, and then flashes back to the early days of the uprising. It reaches its dramatic climax with the bloody Israeli invasion of Bethlehem in April 2002 and the thirty-nine day standoff at the Church of the Nativity. Drawing on a diverse cast of firsthand sources, his riveting narrative brings critical new information to light, including the inner workings of a suicide bomber cell and what it was like to be an actual participant in the siege itself. The result is a clear-eyed chronicle of deepening chaos and violence, and a timely look at how longstanding religious and political tensions finally boiled over in a place of profound resonance: the birthplace of Jesus. Praise for Chosen by God:
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