Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian by Jacob J. Nammar
A Memoir

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A poignant memoir of an eye witness of a major historical event in Jerusalem

When Jacob Nammar was a young boy growing up in Harret al-Nammareh, his family, his friends, and the streets of his West Jerusalem neighborhood were the center of his life. It wasn’t long, however, before his existence was turned upside down when his family was forced out of their home during al-nakba, the catastrophe that resulted in the ethnic cleansing of nearly 750,000 natives and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages and towns.

In this heartwarming memoir, Jacob paints a vivid portrait of Palestinian life—from his childhood days in pre-1948 Jerusalem, the struggles of the Palestinian community under Israeli rule, to his ultimate decision to leave for America at age 23. It is a relevant and deeply personal tale of a man struggling to hold his world together as his beloved homeland is torn apart before his eyes and a chronicle of a love story with a city and a Palestinian family’s resilience and determination to survive even in their weakest moments.

Readers will laugh, cry, and be inspired by this charming coming of age story set amid the backdrop of one of the most tragic historical events that engulfed the region.
 

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Published December 28, 2012 by Olive Branch Press. 152 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Born to an old, well-established family in the Haret al-Nammareh neighborhood—his father was a tour guide, and his mother was an educated refugee of the Armenian genocide—Nammar generally enjoyed a bountiful, bucolic first six years of life in Palestine.

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In this heartwarming memoir, Jacob paints a vivid portrait of Palestinian life from his childhood days in pre-1948 Jerusalem, the struggles of the Palestinian community under Israeli rule, to his ultimate decision to leave for America at age 23.

May 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Born in Jerusalem, Born Pales...

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He “could not live in a state that had been created by terror and illegal confiscation of my home, land, and personal freedom.” If we perceive reality without political agendas and strictly from the perspective of human rights, it becomes impossible not to view the decimation of Palestinian soc...

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