Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

Broken Promises, Broken Dreams : Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience

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The tragedies of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians are never far from the pages of the mainstream press. Yet it is rare to hear about the reality of life on the ground -- and it is rarer still when these voices belong to women.

This book records the journey of a Jewish American physician travelling and working within Israel and the Occupied Territories. Alice Rothchild grew up in a family grounded by the traumas of the Holocaust and passionately devoted to Israel. This book recounts her experiences as she grapples with the reality of life in Israel and the hardships of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza.

The new edition includes a new preface, two chapters on Israeli dissent and a chapter which explores the impact of a Palestinian home demolition and the work of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have joined together to form Combatants for Peace.

Ultimately, the book raises troubling questions regarding US policy and the mainstream Jewish community's insistence on giving unquestioning support to all Israeli policy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0745329705
  • 9780745329703
  • 1,620,627

Table of contents

Preface to Second Edition

Preface to First Edition




Part One

Jewish Voices from Israel and the Diaspora

1. My Own Story: Family Secrets

2. Dr. Ruchama Marton: An Allergy to Lies

3. Professor Daniel Bar-Tal: Danny! Think About It!

4. Angela Godfrey-Goldstein: Avodah Kodesh

Part Two

Palestinian Trauma, Resilience and Resistance

5. Checkpoints: Crossing the Line

6. Visiting the Mythaloon Maternity Home: Like Women


7. A Day in Nablus with Dr. Allam Jarrar: We Will Have

Just Fun!

8. Restrictions on Access to Health Care: We Are Not


9. A Visit to Gaza: Working in a War Zone

10. Visiting Rafah: Just the Bad Face

11. Military Occupation: Samoud and Sorrow

Part Three

The Implications of Knowing : Complicity and Dissent

12. Finding the Voice for a Just Peace: Seeing the Human Face


Brief Time Line


References and Websites

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About Alice Rothchild

Alice Rothchild is a physician, author, and filmmaker who has focused her interest in human rights and social justice on Israel/Palestine. She is the author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams (Pluto, 2010), On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion (Just World Books, 2014), and Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine (Just World Books, 2017).
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