Wall of Tears

Wall of Tears : The Human Face of the Israel - Palestine Conflict

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If you loved 'Apeirogon', 'The Tattooist of Auschwitz', and 'My Promised Land', don't miss 'Wall of Tears'.

What lies behind the single tear that trickled down Abdiel's face at the Western Wall in 1973?Uri, his son, is obsessed with uncovering the truth.
Abdiel and Maya, two Polish Jewish children, survive the Holocaust and flee to Israel. Their friendship with a Palestinian family creates dangerous tensions.
Uri enters medical school and is confronted by the suffering of his people and his Palestinian brothers. His passion for peace and decision to challenge social, cultural and religious values brings heartache and conflict to his family and community.
Maya is torn between supporting her husband, who suffers the nightmares of Auschwitz, and her strong-minded sons, who choose different and dangerous paths.
The author weaves together history and human stories, collected from Israelis and Palestinians during his visits to the Middle East. The story is both joyful and tragic, gripping and shocking. There is wisdom, conflict, love, betrayal and a shattering conclusion.
"This novelised account of the Arab - Israeli conflict is one of the best I've read". (Barbara Scott Emmett - Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 649g
  • English
  • Illustrations
  • 1922329029
  • 9781922329028
  • 871,190

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'Wall of Tears is an extraordinary book. Author David Kerr has successfully straddled that most bitter of divides, the Israel-Palestine imbroglio, to create a novel of both warmth and wisdom. Told through the eyes of Uri, the son of a Holocaust survivor, Wall of Tears explores the creation of modern Israel at a human level, through the experiences of a Jewish family and their Arab neighbours. There is conflict, love, betrayal, loss and a shattering conclusion--essential elements of a compelling read. And through it all there is a sense that the author has a deep understanding of and respect for the history and complex issues that continue to rob Israelis and Palestinians of peaceful co-existence.' Nick Hartgerink - writer, former editor of Illawarra Mercury and media consultant.

'In Wall of Tears, David Kerr compellingly achieves the delicate task of revealing the heart and humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians through the fictional narratives of endearing, unforgettable characters from both groups. He further interweaves a thoroughly researched historical backdrop into this page turner to give a higher perspective of a system plagued by horrific collective trauma and the inevitable aftermath that continues to overwhelm both sides. David Kerr's compassionate humanizing of his characters, gives a model of higher understanding and hope as viable building blocks of deeply needed peace.' Cyntha Gonzalez - counselor, international speaker and seminar leader, writer.

'This novelised account of the Arab/Israeli conflict that followed the creation of Israel after the Holocaust is one of the best I've read. Even-handed in its telling of a desperate situation, it is full of human stories, both joyful and tragic. It is gripping, shocking and heartbreaking, yet at the same time full of love. Though hard-hitting, this is a very readable story, and it is a clear and affecting account of a complex situation. The experiences of all sides are shown with humanity and compassion. Highly recommended.' Barbara Scott Emmett - author of Delirium: The Rimbaud Delusion.

'Wall of Tears has many levels--political, historical, interpersonal, social, national, religious and driven by the author's style. The Jewish/Muslim animosity is graphically and emotionally portrayed. A well-researched novel--a seminal book.' Dr Rob McMurdo.

'Many books and novels have been written on the Palestinian-Israeli situation. Most of them focus on the mega picture of "Palestinians" and "Israelis" and few go to the depth of understanding the deep personal aspects that influence the collective. In his novel, Wall of Tears, David Kerr, takes us to the core, to the point of pain and trauma, that in it and through it, a healed and true understanding of peace can be envisioned.' Sami Awad -founder, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, West Bank
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