Besides wanting to believe Peace is possible, I think Jeff in his need to become a war journalist experiences exhilaration in being in an environment in which war is imminent and danger is just around the corner. Po r+i,0 :Uo i,r-1 ,g e,yr t,3 ,i,! When he arrived he was told that the Muslims do not have problems with Christians, only with Jews. Far too many on both sides are unwilling to make peace. The best way for terrorist to recruit is to force Shabak to arrest innocent people thus leading credence that terrorism is the people's only salvation. Which makes me a typical American Jew. It is an honest and interesting search for hope in a brutal conflict. But that seems to have made your friendship with Rafiq more interesting.
By cross-cultural trade, the Palestinians and Israeli's will be forced due to intertwining economies to temper their blood-lust for each other. But the hard answers to the divisive recurrence of violence and hatred in the region allow for no simple resolution for peaceful relations between the Jews and Muslims. One prisoner in particular made an impression on him. Who wouldn't want to know about them? Now an award-winning journalist, Goldberg During the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg — an American Jew — served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel. Rafiq is the Muslim in the title and at that place they strike a tentative, cautious, tenuous, almost-friendship. He has also sat down with militants of Hamas and Hezbollah.
This is in the end, then, a tale far more grim than hopeful and, in that sense, a useful primer on why things seem so pessimistic just now. No double-dating, no football games. We see how their relationship deepened over the years as Goldberg returned to Washington, D. Goldberg's description of this prison is worthy of Kafka and will no doubt end up on a shelf where classics of the genre are kept. Goldberg has reported thoughtfully from Israel, the Palestinian areas, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq. When he moves to Israel, he seems really to believe it will prove to be a version of Jewish socialist summer camp. Like the warring nationalisms it presents, his book is complex and deeply affecting.
When Goldberg ask Bargouti why he referenced the story Bargouti answered, It's a Jewish story. Despite their fears and prejudices, they began a dialogue there that grew into a remarkable friendship—and now a remarkable book. In the end, they come to some understanding. A riveting, deeply affecting book: spare, impassioned, energetic, and unstinting in its candor about the truths that lie buried within the animosities of the Middle East. He also goes to talk to ex-prisoners, not all of whom are quite as forgiving as Rafiq about having started their lifetime prison careers for doing nothing but waving a flag or throwing a rock, without being charged for even that.
Soon, as a military policeman in the Israeli army, he was sent to the Ketziot military prison camp, a barbed-wire city of tents and machine gun towers buried deep in the Negev Desert. This is a compelling true life tale of an American Jewish journalist's and former Isreali Military Police Officer pilgrimage to the front lines of Zionist activism in Isreal. That neediness informs most of this account of their relationship. I felt this keenly, almost from the moment we met. He tells of being obsessed with reading about the Holocaust and listening to old First off, the title is a bit misleading. Far better, more passionate and more mature than From Beirut to Jerusalem.
I learned some about the Palestinian side of things, but not a lot of new information. What a powerful story he tells, how moving, smart, hard-headed, and honest. It is a book that confronts head-on the issues dividing the Middle East, but one that also shines a ray of hope on that dark, embattled region. Thanks for all your suggestions! Jeffrey Goldberg, now an award-winning correspondent for The New Yorker, moved to Israel while still a college student. Despite their fears and prejudices, they began a dialogue that grew into a friendship.
The feelings of being a historically oppressed group makes them lean heavily toward civil rights movements that give minorities a voice equal to the majority. Jeff returns to America because he feels disillusioned by his view of Israel as the promise land of Peace. This book is definitely worth reading, but don't expect it to be the beacon of hope to which Goldberg or his editor aspires. He spent time at a Pakistani madrassa, did award winning pieces on Hezbollah, talked to Sheik Yassin and a ton of others. You were also criticized for writing in The New Yorker of alleged contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Jeff talks about a Jewish soldier who hates Arabs, but he justifies it in his mind because he got his arm blown off by a rocket. Goldberg's short update at the end of the book is pessimistic. In Rantisi's world there is nothing called Israeli but rather there is umma which represents lightness, and the Jews who are darkness. As a journalist, Goldberg has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and interviewed figures as central to the discord as Arafat and Sharon. If you are at all interested in the Middle-East crisis, you would definitely have a lot to take from this true to life story. We also learn about Druze Israelis, and other people who seem to be politically invisible. Rantisi told Goldberg that the Jews will lose because they crave life, but a true Muslim loves death.
Bargouti laughed and said, Then we could talk about bigger things. We could not, for that matter, shake hands in an even approximately normal way. The story of his unsentimental education is not only deeply heartening, it is also deeply Jewish. Elena Rappin also apparently felt this, I also fo The second book I've read this week by a white male writer who is an eloquent prose stylist, but whose basic outlook I disagreed with so completely it was almost uncomfortable reading. Jeffrey Goldberg moved from Long Island to Israel while still a college student. A Season of Stones: Living in a Palestinian Village by Helen Winternitz is good.