Kibbutz journal: relections on gender, race & militarism in Israel
Continuing violence and unrest in Israel have made it increasingly clear that peace may be impossible to sustain. In Kibbutz Journal, the author urgently searches for answers to troubling questions of identity and conflict, and for possible points of compromise among competing social and political forces. Her "insider yet outsider" perspective is that of an American gentile married to an Israeli man, and the mother of two young sons. During a four-month stay with her husband's family on a kibbutz, Ferguson wrestles daily with the social contradictions that make life in Israel at once so vital and so unsettling. Her concern throughout is for her sons. What to tell them about why people are fighting? Who is right? And who are they in this welter of identities and beliefs?
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