My Life in the PLO

My Life in the PLO : The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle

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This is the inside story of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), from its beginnings in 1964 to the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993.For over three decades, the main goal of the PLO was to achieve a just peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and to build a democratic state in Palestine for all its citizens. Shafiq Al-Hout, a high ranking PLO official until his resignation in 1993, provides previously unavailable details on the key events in its history such as its recognition by the UN and the Oslo peace negotiations. Analysing and criticising decisions and individuals, including Yasser Arafat, we are taken right to the heart of the decision making processes; our eyes opened to the personalities and internal politics that shaped the PLO's actions and the Palestinian experience of the twentieth century.An essential piece of history that sheds new light on the significance of the PLO in the Palestinian struggle for justice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 22mm | 557.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745328830
  • 9780745328836
  • 1,073,699

About Shafiq Al-Hout

Shafiq Al-Hout was one of the leading figures of the PLO, from its foundation through to the Oslo Agreement. He has written numerous articles, essays and books, including The Left and Arab Nationalism (1959), The Palestinian between Diaspora and State (1977) and Moments of History (1986). He lived in Beirut until his death in 2009. Jean Said Makdisi is the sister of Edward Said. A Christian, born in Jerusalem, she went to English schools in Cairo, then attended college in the United States, where she lived for fifteen years before moving to Beirut in 1972 with her Lebanese husband.
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'In this refreshingly unconventional chronicle of a half-century of Palestinian nationalism, tough-minded Shafiq al-Hout never flinches from talking truth to power' -- Jonathan Randal, retired Washington Post Correspondent
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Table of contents

List of Acronyms


1. Jaffa, My City

2. From Homeland to Exile

3. From Journalism to Politics

4. The Birth of the Palestine Liberation Organisation

5. The Factions Gain Control over the PLO

6. Jordanian-Palestinian Relations

7. Nasser As I Knew Him

8. Fratricidal Wars

9. The PLO at the United Nations

10. Palestine, Around the Globe

11. The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon

12. The Sabra and Shatila Massacre

13. After the Departure

14. The Mysterious Triangle

15. The Second Exodus From Lebanon

16. The Session that changed the Path

17. The Intifada of Stones

18. Return to the Executive Committee

19. No Final Solution without a Single Democratic Palestine

20. The Night of Abu Ammar's Plane Crash

21. Resigning in Protest over the Oslo Agreement

22. After the Resignation

23. My Heart Rebels

24. Coming out of a Dark Abyss

Appendix: Photographs?

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