This Side of Peace by Hanan Ashrawi
A Personal Account

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This is a personal account of the struggle of Hanan Ashrawi who, by adhering to a moderate political stance, worked for the co-operation and coexistence of Arabs and Jews in Palestine. A Christian woman, living in a predominantly male, moslem community, she affords a glimpse into the truth behind the PLO and tells how she helped to bring the Israeli and Palestinian women's movement together. When the Intifada erupted in Palestine in 1987, Hanan Ashrawi found her way to the front lines of the revolution, becoming a crucial link between the established but exiled leadership of the PLO and the outside world. Later, in 1993, she sat waiting on the White House lawn for the signing of an agreement, and a final handshake, between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Her story is one of an oppressed people, of the hierarchy of the PLO, and of Middle Eastern diplomacy.
 

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Hanan Mikhail-Ashrawi is a professor of English at Birzeit University in the West Bank.
 
Published May 9, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Here she writes at length about the roots of her more than two decades of political activism as a Palestinian and a feminist, and about life with her husband and two daughters.

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Ashrawi, who came to international media attention as a spokeswoman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) during the long, frustrating peace negotiations with Israel, gives a notable behind-the-scenes account of the events leading up to the signing of the accord by Prime Minister Rabin ...

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This former PLO spokeswoman gives her perspective on the Israel-Arab peace process.

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