Al-Naqba (the Catastrophe): A Novel about the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

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Frog Books, 2005 - Fiction - 258 pages
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Based on events, organizations, and locations that Barbara Goldscheider experienced while working on army bases throughout Israel, Al-Naqba, The Catastrophe follows the parallel stories of an elite Palestinian Arab and an officer of the Israeli Defense Forces. Asa Ibrahimi’s infatuation with the daughter of a desert sheikh is brutally ended when he’s arrested and beaten in the Russian Compound, two of his brothers are killed by Israeli soldiers, and his parents’ home in Ramallah is demolished. Israeli Colonel Neyri Ben-Ner attempts to begin a new life far from the instability of his country by going to Harvard and marrying an American woman. But a return to Israel brings him back to the horror of suicide bombings and mass murders. Both face a personal and political transformation with ramifications beyond their own lives. This epic novel blends drama, suspense, and romance, in the process tallying the tragedies to both parties in this seemingly unstoppable conflict.
 

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
14
Section 4
20
Section 5
26
Section 6
31
Section 7
35
Section 8
42
Section 20
115
Section 21
123
Section 22
138
Section 23
142
Section 24
147
Section 25
159
Section 26
170
Section 27
175

Section 9
49
Section 10
55
Section 11
61
Section 12
65
Section 13
72
Section 14
76
Section 15
81
Section 16
87
Section 17
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Section 18
104
Section 19
108
Section 28
181
Section 29
187
Section 30
199
Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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About the author (2005)

Barbara Goldscheider is an Israeli-American who lived in Jerusalem for twelve years and served in Sar-El (a volunteer branch of the Israeli Defense Forces) on army bases in the Golan Heighs, Haifa, and Ashkelon. In 2001, Goldscheider supervised dozens of volunteers assisting the relief efforts at Ground Zero. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island and now lives in Bangor, Maine.

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