Broken Promises, Broken Dreams : Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience
The tragedies of the conflict between the Palestinian people and Israel are never far from the pages of the mainstream press. Yet, it is rare that we hear from both sides of the war and rarer still when those voices belong to women. This book is the personal account of an educated American Jewish woman travelling to Israel, meeting both Israeli and Palestinian women whilst working within the healthcare system. Opening with a look at how a traditional American Jewish upbringing shaped her views of Israel, Rothchild explains how she became increasingly aware of the incursions upon Palestinian human rights. Rothchild brings the Palestinian experience into sharp relief, looking at how their quality of healthcare has been drastically affected by Israeli actions. She follows several Palestinian doctors battling against the restrictions to deliver medical care. Recounting a series of episodes that reveal the traumatic impact of the conflict, the book humanizes a war often portrayed as being primarily concerned with land issues, giving the reader a dramatic and personal account of its wider reach.
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- Hardback | 280 pages
- 150 x 230 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
- 29 Mar 2007
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
- 1 map
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Table of contents
Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Map; Section One: Jewish Voices from Israel and the Diaspora; 1. My Own Story: Family Secrets; 2. Dr. Ruchama Marton: An Allergy to Lies; 3. Gila Svirsky: Liberating Israel; 4. Listening to the Israeli Street: We are Surrounded by Enemies; 5. Returning to Jerusalem: The Taxi Driver and the Rabbi; Section Two: Palestinian Trauma, Resilience and Resistance; 6. Checkpoints: Crossing the Line; 7. Visiting the Mythaloon Maternity Home: Like Women Everywhere; 8. A Day in Nablus with Dr. Allam Jarrar: We Will Have Just Fun!; 9. Restrictions on Access to Health Care: We are Not Animals; 10. A Visit to Gaza: Working in a War Zone; 11. Visiting Rafah: Just the Bad Face; Section Three: The Implications of Knowing: Complicity and Dissent; 12. Finding the Voice for a Just Peace: Seeing the Human Face; Abbreviations; Glossary; Brief Time Line; References and Websites.
About Alice Rothchild
Alice Rothchild, MD serves on the steering committee for Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston, and has worked with medical delegations to Israel and the Occupied Territories with the JVP Health and Human Rights Project. A Boston-based physician, she has sought to build alliances between Israelis and Palestinians in opposition to Israeli policies of occupation and to promote a more honest dialogue within the Jewish community in the US.