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 territory.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745328822
  • 9780745328829
  • 1,471,606

Table of contents


Foreword Dr. Salman Abu Sitta



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


Selected Bibliography

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Review quote

'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 Council
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About Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, media consultant, author and editor of the Palestine Chronicle. He is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara. He is the author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story (Pluto, 2009), and The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story (Pluto, 2018), among others books. He has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter.
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