Wall of Tears

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

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Abdiel and Maya, two Polish Jewish children separated by World War II, survive the horrors of the Holocaust and are reunited in a refugee camp in Poppendorf, Austria. In 1948 they settle into kibbutz life in the emerging State of Israel. Their lives become intertwined with a Palestinian Arab family, bringing both happiness and heartbreak as religions and cultures clash and forbidden passions rage.

At the Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Abdiel stands, shaking with emotion, beside his young son Uri and sheds a single silent tear created by his dark past. Uri, upset by his papa's pain, questions his distress, only to be met with silence.

Abdiel's terror at the prospect of revealing the secret of that tear has a profound impact on his family. Mysterious letters from Abdiel's brother, Daniel, a survivor of Auschwitz, adds to his torment. Why does Daniel choose to remain hidden?

Uri enters medical school and is not only confronted with the suffering of his Jewish countrymen, but the pain of the Palestinians who fight for a place in the land they call home. Yet Uri's greatest battle is his rage, which almost ends his life.

This multi-generational historical novel combines fact and fiction. Set in the tumultuous history of Israel/Palestine, it takes the reader to the heart of the complexity and intensity of this ancient conflict.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 649g
  • English
  • 1922329029
  • 9781922329028
  • 6,968

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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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