In Your Eyes a Sandstorm by Arthur Neslen
Ways of Being Palestinian

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Who are the Palestinians? In this compelling book of interviews, Arthur Neslen reaches beyond journalistic clichés to let a wide variety of Palestinians answer the question for themselves. Beginning in the present with Bisan and Abud, two traumatized children from Jenin’s refugee camp, the book’s narrative arcs backwards through the generations to come full circle with two elderly refugees from villages that the children were named after. Along the way, Neslen recounts a history of land, resistance, exile, and trauma that begins to explain Abud’s wish to become a martyr and Bisan’s dream of a Palestine empty of Jews. Senior Fatah and Hamas figures relate key events of the Palestinian experience—the Second Intifada, Oslo Process, First Intifada, Thawra, 1967 War, the Naqba, and the Great Arab Revolt of 1936—in their own words. The extraordinary voices of women, children, farmers, fighters, drug dealers, policeman, doctors, and others, spanning the political divide from Salafi Jihadists to Israeli soldiers, bring the Palestinian story to life even as their words sow seeds of hope in the scorched Palestinian earth.


About Arthur Neslen

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Arthur Neslen has written about the Middle East for the Guardian, Observer, Haaretz, the Jane’s information group and, as a correspondent, for the websites of the Economist and al-Jazeera. He is also the author of Occupied Minds: A Journey through the Israeli Psyche.
Published October 17, 2011 by University of California Press. 322 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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An indefatigable journalist interviews more than 50 Palestinians about their fractured lives.Seeking to broaden our understanding of the Palestinians beyond the usual suspects, and, notwithstanding the difficulties posed by his own Jewish religion and ethnicity, Neslen (Occupied Minds: A Journey ...

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Part human-interest journalism, part ethnography, part national portrait, this study by Neslen (Occupied Minds) examines a people struggling with history, occupation, and diaspora.

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This collection of over 50 interviews is a rich source for understanding the complexity of Palestinian experience.

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