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Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine


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For decades, weandrsquo;ve been shocked by images of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. But for all their power, those images leave us at a loss: from our vantage at home, itandrsquo;s hard for us to imagine the struggles of those living in the midst of the fighting. Now, American-born Israeli David Shulman takes us right into the heart of the conflict with Dark Hope, an eye-opening chronicle of his work as a member of the peace group Taandlsquo;ayush, which takes its name from the Arabic for andldquo;living together.andrdquo;

Though Shulman never denies the complexity of the issues fueling the conflictandmdash;nor the culpability of people on both sidesandmdash;he forcefully clarifies the injustices perpetrated by Israel by showing us the human dimension of the occupation. Here we meet Palestinians whose houses have been blown up by the Israeli army, shepherds whose sheep have been poisoned by settlers, farmers stripped of their land by Israelandrsquo;s dividing wall. We watch as whip-swinging police on horseback attack crowds of nonviolent demonstrators, as Israeli settlers shoot innocent Palestinians harvesting olives, and as families and communities become utterly destroyed by the unrelenting violence of the occupation.

Opposing such injustices, Shulman and his companionsandmdash;Israeli and Palestinian bothandmdash;doggedly work through checkpoints to bring aid, rebuild houses, and physically block the progress of the dividing wall. As they face off against police, soldiers, and hostile Israeli settlers, anger mixes with compassion, moments of kinship alternate with confrontation, and, throughout, Shulman wrestles with his duty to fight the cruelty enabled by andldquo;that dependable and devastating human failure to feel.andrdquo;

With Dark Hope, Shulman has written a book of deep moral searching, an attempt to discover how his beloved Israel went wrongandmdash;and how, through acts of compassionate disobedience, it might still be brought back.

About the Author

David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies in the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of several books, including Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine and The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Table of Contents


1and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Introduction

2and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jinba, Twaneh, the South Hebron Hills

3and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Jerusalem: Isawiyya, Mount Scopus, and#8216;Anata, Silwan

4and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Samaria: Salfit, Yanun, Banu Hassan

5and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Saying No

6and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; The Wall: Maskha, Abu Dis, Ar-Ram, Biland#8216;in

7and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Epilogue

Postscript Glossary Select Dramatis Personae

Product Details

Shulman, David
University of Chicago Press
Middle East - Israel
Peace movements
Palestinian arabs
Palestinian Arabs - Government policy -
Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Peace.
Politics - General
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