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A Street Divided: Stories From Jerusalem’s Alley of God (edició 2015)

de Dion Nissenbaum (Autor)

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"It has been the home to priests and prostitutes, poets and spies. It has been the stage for an improbable flirtation between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy living on opposite sides of the barbed wire that separated enemy nations. It has even been the scene of an unsolved international murder. This one-time shepherd's path between Jerusalem and Bethlehem has been a dividing line for decades. Arab families called it "al Mantiqa Haram." Jewish residents knew it as "shetach hefker." In both languages, in both Israel and Jordan, it meant the same thing: "the Forbidden Area." Peacekeepers that monitored the steep fault line dubbed it "Barbed Wire Alley." To folks on either side of the border, it was the same thing: A dangerous no-man's land separating warring nations and feuding cultures in the Middle East. Nissenbaum offers a more intimate look at one road at the heart of the conflict, where inches really do matter"--… (més)
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Títol:A Street Divided: Stories From Jerusalem’s Alley of God
Autors:Dion Nissenbaum (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Press (2015), 272 pages
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A Street Divided: Stories From Jerusalem's Alley of God de Dion Nissenbaum

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I had read reviews that called this book biased, but I decided to see for myself. I was intrigued by some of the summaries and reviews that portrayed this as a study of a tiny street and how life has been lived on this street throughout the years of the conflict. The author expanded far beyond the realm of the street and the challenges of it's residents - partially to give context, but more often to show support for the Palestinian cause, never the Israeli point of view. Sadly, the author (who is a convert to Islam) couldn't control his personal point of view - quotes are always aimed at condemning Israel and it's supporters while polishing the Palestinian viewpoint. Rock and rocket throwers are always "protestors" and any police or military response is always the focus - the reason for the response, mentioned as an afterthought.
I was truly hoping for an impartial, rational view into the conflict as it played out on this tiny street, but do not feel that is what this book provided. Sometimes the author reluctantly gave interesting points of view that veered from his narrative - Palestinians who would rather be citizens of Israel than a Palestianian state- but it feels like this is painful for him to write.
As someone who has conflicted feeling about this whole subject I was hoping for an objective examination of the issues, but sadly it was not found here. BTW - the whole summary (above) about priests and prostitutes, flirting, etc is barely mentioned, never mind any kind of focus of the book - false advertising! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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"It has been the home to priests and prostitutes, poets and spies. It has been the stage for an improbable flirtation between an Israeli girl and a Palestinian boy living on opposite sides of the barbed wire that separated enemy nations. It has even been the scene of an unsolved international murder. This one-time shepherd's path between Jerusalem and Bethlehem has been a dividing line for decades. Arab families called it "al Mantiqa Haram." Jewish residents knew it as "shetach hefker." In both languages, in both Israel and Jordan, it meant the same thing: "the Forbidden Area." Peacekeepers that monitored the steep fault line dubbed it "Barbed Wire Alley." To folks on either side of the border, it was the same thing: A dangerous no-man's land separating warring nations and feuding cultures in the Middle East. Nissenbaum offers a more intimate look at one road at the heart of the conflict, where inches really do matter"--

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