Witness In Palestine
'Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories'
Author: Anna Baltzer (Revised edition, 2014)
Composed of hundreds of color photographs, original maps, and eyewitness stories,Witness in Palestine follows Baltzer’s eight months working with the International Women's Peace Service in the West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led popular resistance. Meet Munira, who has lost her freedom and land to the Wall that encages her home and family. Meet Hessa, who lost her twin babies because her village is separated from the nearest hospital by a checkpoint that is closed all night long. Meet Omar, who has chosen the path of peaceful resistance after six months imprisonment without charge and the losses of his best friend, cousin, and brother. Meet the people of Palestine and the Israeli and international volunteers supporting their movement for freedom, justice, and equality.
Even those who are familiar with the grim reality of the occupied territories will quickly be drawn into a world they had barely imagined by these vivid, searingly honest, intensely acute portrayals of unflagging courage, wanton cruelty, and enduring faith that through non-violent resistance fundamental decency will somehow prevail - an outcome that lies very much in our hands. I cannot find words to express my admiration for the solidarity workers and peacemakers, international and Israeli, and the people of Palestine whom they are supporting in their struggles to survive and to overcome. - Noam Chomsky
With photos, maps and exquisite prose, Anna Baltzer's memoir transports readers into the unfathomable reality of occupation, while inspiring hope for the future of Palestine. Baltzer's dedication and steadfast commitment are evident in the breadth of her encounters with various forms of the Occupation. From settlement violence and wanton arrests of young men to environmental destruction, she interweaves her personal chronicles with astute analysis of the larger context in which these assaults are taking place. Her profound and penetrating insight offers an important and timely perspective on the role internationals have in Palestine's struggle. - Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Palestinian physician, nonviolence activist, and presidential candidate
Whether you have been to Palestine or watched the reality from afar, this book is a must-read. It is deeply engaged with the suffering of the occupied Palestinians, while at the same time it is an accurate, informative, and incisive report of the reality on the ground. It is more than anything else a humane perspective on the evils that decades of occupation have inflicted on the people of Palestine. Anna's humanity corresponds constantly and movingly with real people in their daily struggle for freedom, dignity, and hope. Whether you are well-versed on the subject or new to it, you cannot allow yourself to skip this compassionate analysis, assisted by invaluable statistics, maps, and facts that make one feel, once more, bewildered by how this monstrosity can still continue today. - Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
- Paperback: 415 pages
- Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (updated and revised edition, 2014)
- Language: English