My Father Was a Freedom Fighter

My Father Was a Freedom Fighter : Gaza's Untold Story

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This book is a personal account of the daily lives of the people of the frontline of the Palestine / Israel conflict, giving us an insight into the deadly, seemingly never-ending rounds of violence.Ramzy Baroud tells his father's fascinating story. Driven out of his village to a refugee camp, he took up arms and fought the occupation at the same time raising a family and trying to do the best for his children. Baroud's vivid and honest account reveals the complex human beings; revolutionaries, great moms and dads, lovers, and comedians that make Gaza so much more than just a disputed more

Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 148 x 228 x 20mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745328814
  • 9780745328812
  • 332,179

About Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is a syndicated columnist, veteran journalist and Editor-in-Chief of He has appeared on numerous television programs including CNN International, BBC, ABC Australia, National Public Radio and Al-Jazeera. His previous books include Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion (2003) and The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto, 2006).show more

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'A gifted writer' -- Salman Abu Sitta, author and historian, Founder and President of Palestine Land Society, London. 'This is a very fine book: both a loving tribute to the author's father and the struggle and pain of Palestine seen through the witness and insights of two generations. Together, they beckon freedom' -- John Pilger, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. 'Ramzy Baroud's sensitive, thoughtful, searching writing penetrates to the core of moral dilemmas that their intended audiences evade at their peril' -- Noam Chomsky 'This book should be read by all who struggle to understand the Middle East and to find passage to a just peace in the region' -- Cindy and Craig Corrie, The Rachel Corrie Foundation 'A deeply moving chronicle of the persisting Palestinian ordeal. This book more than any I have read tells me why anyone of conscience must stand in solidarity with the continuing struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and a just peace' -- Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University and Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestinian Territories, UN Human Right Councilshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Foreword Dr. Salman Abu Sitta Preface Map 1. Happier Times 2. Born into Turmoil 3. Taking Flight 4. A World Outside the Tent 5. Lost and Found 6. Zarefah 7. Al-Naksa: The Setback 8. An Olive Branch and a Thousand Cans of Tomato Sauce 9. Strange Men at the Beach Casino 10. Intifada: ... and All Hell Broke Loose 11. Oslo on the Line 12. The World as Seen From the Stone Staircase 13. Dying, Again Notes Selected Bibliography Indexshow more

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The more I read about the history of the Palestinian people, the more I am reminded of the history of America's indigenous people since Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola in 1492. In both cases ethnic cleansing with its accompanying genocide were norms, especially when the indigenous peoples fought back. In both cases the indigenous populations were treated with disrespect, contempt and removal. And in both cases, genocide and ethnic cleansing were denied by the conquerors and their friends. In the public discourse, we're the good guys, they the villains. As Israeli historian Shlomo Sand says "what history does not wish to relate, it omits " as if omitting it wipes the slate of history clean. It does not. Eventually, liked or not, truth emerges and has to be faced. For the Palestinians, many people still believe the old story. Just recently I heard someone say "it's hard to feel much sympathy for them when they spend so much time killing innocent people." That's the approved story, and vested interests would like to keep it that way, but with the advent of the Internet and the vocal voice of Palestinian journalists like Ramzy Baroud, this is rapidly changing. It is way past time that we all hear the Palestinian side of the story of what has happened to them since Israel became a nation in 1948 with the blessing of the UN, the U.S., Britain, France and other European powers. The truth, it is said will make us free when we hear and understand it. It is not always a pleasant experience, nor should it be. Ramzy Baroud's book, My Father Was a Freedom Fighter is an important book. It is more than the story of his father, grandfather, their ancestral village of Beit Daras, its obliteration and their flight to Gaza. It is the story of the Palestinian people since 1948 when a well-trained army of 65,000 attacked them, making over 700,000 of them refugees. It is the story of their heroic will to live, to educate themselves, and to provide for their families. It is also the story of constant persecution and agony that culminates in the apocalyptic destruction of Gaza during Israel's monstrously-named "Operation Cast Lead". Ramzy Baroud is a fine writer, his book is well-researched, and the story of his family's experience one that is easily understood. It doesn't make for pleasant reading, nor should it. I came away from it with an appetite to learn more. Pick up a copy, read and reread it, quarrel with it, listen, and do more research on your own. That's what I more
by George Polley
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