Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine

Dark Hope Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine For decades we ve been shocked by images of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza But for all their power those images leave us at a loss from our vantage at ho

  • Title: Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine
  • Author: David Dean Shulman
  • ISBN: 9780226755748
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For decades, we ve been shocked by images of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza But for all their power, those images leave us at a loss from our vantage at home, it s hard for us to imagine the struggles of those living in the midst of the fighting Now, American born Israeli David Shulman takes us right into the heart of the conFor decades, we ve been shocked by images of violent clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza But for all their power, those images leave us at a loss from our vantage at home, it s hard for us to imagine the struggles of those living in the midst of the fighting Now, American born Israeli David Shulman takes us right into the heart of the conflict with Dark Hope, an eye opening chronicle of his work as a member of the peace group Ta ayush, which takes its name from the Arabic for living together Though Shulman never denies the complexity of the issues fueling the conflict nor the culpability of people on both sides he forcefully clarifies the injustices perpetrated by Israel by showing us the human dimension of the occupation Here we meet Palestinians whose houses have been blown up by the Israeli army, shepherds whose sheep have been poisoned by settlers, farmers stripped of their land by Israel s dividing wall We watch as whip swinging police on horseback attack crowds of nonviolent demonstrators, as Israeli settlers shoot innocent Palestinians harvesting olives, and as families and communities become utterly destroyed by the unrelenting violence of the occupation.Opposing such injustices, Shulman and his companions Israeli and Palestinian both doggedly work through checkpoints to bring aid, rebuild houses, and physically block the progress of the dividing wall As they face off against police, soldiers, and hostile Israeli settlers, anger mixes with compassion, moments of kinship alternate with confrontation, and, throughout, Shulman wrestles with his duty to fight the cruelty enabled by that dependable and devastating human failure to feel With Dark Hope, Shulman has written a book of deep moral searching, an attempt to discover how his beloved Israel went wrong and how, through acts of compassionate disobedience, it might still be brought back.

    One thought on “Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine”

    1. Dark Hope is heartbreaking, a text built from story after story of the work of peace activists in Israel and Palestine. Written by Schulman, an Israeli Jew, the book is not a record of large diplomatic efforts, but of everyday acts - standing the path of bulldozers that would demolish a house; picking up grains of poisoned barley a settler has dropped in the fields where a Palestinian farmer grazes his sheep; harvesting olives on trees that belong to Palestinians, but that the army won't let the [...]

    2. This book is fascinating, but sadly, a lot of people have already made up their minds on the topic of Israel without really thinking. When you feel like actually thinking about the Israel/Palestine conflict, add this book to the list of things you must read.

    3. The author is an Israeli peace activist, working for many years with Taayush, on the ground, with the Palestinians, peacefully. The accounts are not easy to digest, very well written, especially for Israelis a must read. (you can't say, you didn't know after this book)ry much recommended!

    4. A truly optimistic book. Shulman succeessfully portrays the israeli occupation in its brutal and complex everydayness, and yet leaves the reader with plenty of (dark) hope.

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