Victory for Us Is to See You Suffer
Philip C. Winslow
In the West Bank with the Palestinians and the Israelis
On Sale: October 4, 2007
Add to Wish List
A rare, firsthand account of life in the West Bank by a UN
relief worker and journalist
During the second intifada, Philip C. Winslow worked in the
West Bank with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency
(UNRWA), driving up to 600 miles a week between almost every
Palestinian town, village, and refugee camp and every
Israeli checkpoint in the occupied territory. He returned
just before the onset of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.
In Victory for Us Is to See You Suffer, Winslow captures the
human aspects of the conflict during the years of suicide
bombings and Israeli reprisals in the West BankĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthe daily
struggles, fear, and anger of Palestinian farmers and
teachers, and the hostility of Israeli soldiers and
settlers. On this small territory, punctuated with hundreds
of heavily guarded crossings and physical barriers, nervous
young Israeli soldiers who believe they are fighting
terrorists enforce stringent controls over the movement of
Palestinians trying to live on their own land. Working with
UNRWA, Winslow negotiated the delivery of humanitarian aid
through army checkpoints, often finding himself the target
of anger from both Palestinians and Israelis. He returned as
a journalist, in the wake of the Hamas victory in
Palestinian parliamentary elections, to interview people on
both sides of the checkpoints and look at the decades-long
destructive cycle through their eyes. From these unique
multiple perspectives, Winslow offers an uncensored view of
the realities on the ground that have made a just political
solution and enduring peace so difficult.
"Wise, modest, fair, and alert to the nuances of human
interaction, Winslow is a gentle guide to an ungentle
landscape. But the picture he etches of the effects of
Israeli control over the West Bank is devastating. Americans
who care about forging a lasting peace in the Middle East
should read this book, because this is the disastrous
occupation that our tax dollars are paying for."
Ă˘â‚¬â€ťAdam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and
Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
No comments posted.
Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!