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In This Place Together: A Palestinian’s Journey to Collective Liberation

Beacon. Apr. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9780807046821. $27.95. HIST
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Khatib, a Palestinian peace activist, asked American writer Eilberg-Schwartz to help chronicle his journey—from growing up in Hizma, a town not far from the Israeli border, to his present-day life in Ramallah. What unfolds is a story, both sad and hopeful, of living among people historically believed to be the enemy. Instead, Khatib develops a sense of hope and a firm belief in the power of humanity. Khatib acknowledges the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, and expresses his hopes and dreams. Stories of others who live along the border show the daily realities of life in both worlds, and how the land itself has long been disputed. Khatib also looks for possibilities of peace and understanding among people with shared goals and visions for a better future. He admits he has no answers, but believes telling his story might help foster healing and perhaps lay the foundation for new peace initiatives.
VERDICT A poignant, beautifully told story of a young man wanting to help create a bridge between Palestinians and Israelis. Best suited for those interested in Jewish and Middle East studies and contemporary social history.
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