PALESTINE SPEAKS: NARRATIVES OF LIFE UNDER OCCUPATION
Edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek
For more than six decades, Israel and Palestine have been the global focal point of intractable conflict, one that has led to one of the world’s most widely reported yet least understood human rights crises. In their own words, men and women from West Bank and Gaza describe how their lives have been shaped by the conflict. Here are stories that humanize the oft-ignored violations of human rights that occur daily in the occupied Palestinian territories.
EBTIHAJ, whose son, born during the first intifada, was killed by Israeli soldiers during a night raid almost twenty years later.
NADER, a professional marathon runner from the Gaza Strip who is determined to pursue his dream of competing international races in the face of countless challenges, including severe travel restrictions and few resources to help him train.
AMIAD, the head of security for Eli Settlement, which covers eight hilltops in the central West Bank. He talks about the Jewish identity and the conflict from a settler perspective and his conflicted feelings about the settlement project and relationships with Palestinians.
IBTISAM, the director of a children’s center in the West Bank whose work is significantly constrained by mobility obstacles in the region.
KIFAH, who was jailed for years with no charges. She believes she was imprisoned for her work as a community leader and outreach to prisoners before her arrest.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Mateo Hoke studied journalism at the University of Colorado-Boulder and The University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Cate Malek is a freelance writer and teacher in Bethlehem. She previously worked as a reporter, receiving multiple Colorado Press Association awards.
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