Witness in Palestine: journal of a Jewish American woman in the occupied territories

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Paradigm Publishers, 2006 - History - 221 pages
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Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, went to the West Bank to discover the realities of daily life for Palestinians under the occupation. What she found would change her outlook on the conflict forever. She wrote this book to give voice to the stories of the people who welcomed her with open arms as their lives crumbled around them. For five months, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across endless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves. Baltzer witnessed firsthand the environmental devastation brought on by expanding settlements and outposts and the destruction wrought by Israel's 'Security Fence,' which separates many families from each other, their communities, their land, and basic human services. What emerges from Baltzer's journal is not a sensationalist tale of suicide bombers and conspiracies, but a compelling and inspiring description of the trials of daily life under the occupation.

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Very biased book that only shows one side of a complicated picture. Israel is blamed for the plight of the Palestinians when all the facts show their misery is self inflicted.


November 18 The Olive Harvest
Farmer Kidnapped in Marda
Checkpoint Watch in Deir Ballut Jubara

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About the author (2006)

Anna Baltzer is a Jewish American graduate of Columbia University, Fulbright scholar, and two-time volunteer with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, where she documented human rights abuses and supported the nonviolent resistance movement to the occupation.