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Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor | Yossi Klein Halevi
Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes. I call you "neighbor" because I dont know your name, or anything personal about you. Given our circumstances, "neighbor" might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each others dream, violators of each others sense of home. We are incarnations of each others worst historical nightmares. Neighbors? Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israelis powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians and into the hearts of "the enemy." In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland, which he is committed to see succeed as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. This is the first attempt by an Israeli author to directly address his Palestinian neighbors and describe how the conflict appears through Israeli eyes. Halevi untangles the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. In lyrical, evocative language, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, using history and personal experience as his guide. Halevis letters speak not only to his Palestinian neighbor, but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region.
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This is a book I‘m very grateful to have read. Halevi writes as an Israeli Jew wanting to open up a dialogue with his Palestinian neighbours, putting his beliefs and the story of his homeland out there, whilst recognising that the Palestinian narrative is very different. 👇

RachelO I learnt a lot. And, especially right now, his approach seems important - wanting to listen, wanting to find commonalities, appreciating that there is more than one narrative. The last part of the book is from #anotherpointofview, letters from Palestinian readers in response to his book.

Cinfhen I thought this book was a great starting point and a clear, concise easy to comprehend approach to the Israel/Palestine conflict. I dislike the word conflict because it‘s SO MUCH MORE than a political war/ it‘s about identity and Homeland to two peoples. 4mo
squirrelbrain Sounds very interesting and thought-provoking... 4mo
RachelO @Cinfhen It really was. Coming at it with virtually no background knowledge, it was very readable (and short 😉), but covered so much ground. I think I already had it on my tbr when you posted the other week, but it finally prompted me to read it. 4mo
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On the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, when millions of Jews from around the world gather in Synagogues to pray, I thought this was an apt time to read this book. I found his letters open, compelling, compassionate & inline with my own feelings & beliefs. There is A LOT that can be learned in these pages. Equally important were the responses from our Palestinian neighbors. 👇🏽

Cinfhen Unfortunately, I felt disheartened as it seems based on the responses that both sides are so embedded emotionally and wholeheartedly to their own narratives that it seems unlikely either “side” can find an acceptable solution. Not for lack of wanting but for fear of betraying what each feels is their history and core belief system. I still pray we find a way to live side by side as neighbors, free from worry, oppression and fear of war. 5mo
TrishB Nearly brought this yesterday. Seems really interesting. Peace is still an ideal worth wishing for 💜 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft 💜💜💜 5mo
Cinfhen I actually think this book is the most concise and well written approach to “understanding” the “conflict” @TrishB @Libby1 @4thhouseontheleft and one worth reading! And credit to the author who has provided this book translated into Arabic for free via his website as an instant download to anyone who wishes to read it ( in Arabic) 5mo
Librarybelle 💜💜💜 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful picture ♥️ 5mo
Crazeedi Beautiful review and I pray the same for my fellow travelers in your country and around the world. 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Crazeedi 🕊😘and thank you @Cathythoughts @Librarybelle 🍎❤️🍎 5mo
Reviewsbylola L‘shana tova Cindy!! 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks my dear friend @Reviewsbylola 💟 5mo
BarbaraBB This sounds like a poignant read. I so wish it will he possible one day to live in peace and respect one another 5mo
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While I was shopping for shoes my hubby stumbled upon a book store. He bought 3 books!!! I think he‘s been Litsyfied 😂Two of his books are #chunksters 📚📚of course I couldn‘t let him be the only one to buy a book...I got one too ( and a new pair of shoes 😉) Can you guess which book was my choice???

Crazeedi Letters , the top one! 6mo
Cinfhen 👍🏽 @Crazeedi 💗 6mo
Cinfhen What I like about my copy is it‘s the revised edition. It contains responses from Palestinians who share their own dialogue and beliefs. Should be fascinating 6mo
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Dolly They all look good to me and congratulations on a mate who‘s literate. I wasn‘t so lucky. 😏 6mo
Crazeedi @Dolly I agree they all look good ! 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Dolly 😂 🙏 6mo
DivineDiana Does that say colehaan.com??? And what book store did you discover, pray tell? 6mo
Cinfhen This was actually in NJ last week 🤫but I never posted the book/ shoe haul @DivineDiana 🤭sorry I can‘t share a local discovery with you 😘 6mo
DivineDiana Glad you found one! At first, I thought that the shoebox was a book spine and colehaan.com was the name of the book! 😂 6mo
MicheleinPhilly We‘re going book shopping tomorrow. I‘m taking you to Shakespeare & Co. 😉 6mo
Cinfhen Really??? @MicheleinPhilly we‘re flying to Paris 🙌🏻❤️I didn‘t know Philly has a Shakespeare & Co !!!!! I‘m sooooooooo excited 😃😃😃😃😃😃 6mo
MicheleinPhilly It‘s AMAZING! I ❤️ it! 6mo
Cinfhen Tomorrow is gonna be #Epic 😘 @MicheleinPhilly 6mo
Cinfhen I better get cash @MicheleinPhilly 😜 6mo
Cinfhen I just Googled the store @MicheleinPhilly looks UH.MAY.ZING 6mo
MicheleinPhilly It is! Blowing my paycheck for sure. 👌🏼 6mo
BarbaraBB That was easy, the upper one! Also, I envy you and @MicheleinPhilly ! Have fun & lots of books! 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB hopefully we‘ll get our do-over real soon xx Too bad you‘re US road trip didn‘t pass through Philly 😢 6mo
TrishB Enjoy your day ❤️ I have been looking at that letters book! 6mo
Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB wish you were joining us♥️ 6mo
BarbaraBB All the Rivers makes me want to revisit Israel too so maybe I‘ll plan a trip next year 🤞😘 (edited) 6mo
Reviewsbylola Def knew it was the top book! Your husband is too funny. 6mo
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Starting the week with some light listening 👀🤔🧐

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