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Many books have been written dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the pro-Israeli perspective. However, relatively few reflect the Palestinian point of view. Letters from Palestine is one of the rare books that offers a Western and especially an American audience the chance to listen to and learn about the lives of actual Palestinian people as they describe what it is like to live in the occupied territories of the West Bank or Gaza, or to grow up as a Palestinian in the U.S.

The contents include not only accounts of everyday trials, hassles, and humiliations that Palestinians suffer, but also stories of triumphs over these adversities and the use of humor to cope with the sometimes almost surreal absurdities of life under occupation. These stories—lively, poignant, tragic, funny, reflective, heartbreaking—inspire readers with the resourcefulness of the Palestinian people, demonstrating their resilience and creativity under the most trying of conditions. There are also stories about life under the destructive sieges of 2002, and some searing firsthand dispatches of what people experienced during the savage bombardment of Gaza in 2008–2009.

Readers will meet and come to know Palestinians in all their humanness, and begin to see them beyond the usual stereotypes. Most of all, these stories will introduce us to contemporary Palestinians who represent both the traditions of their culture and the bright promise of their future.

These stories can be read almost as if each contributor is writing a letter to a friend. It will give the reader a vivid sense both of the writer’s own personality and his or her daily life as a Palestinian. To further this sense of personal intimacy, each contribution is accompanied by a photograph and an introductory paragraph or two about the writer.

About the Authors
Kenneth Ring, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Connecticut, and a world-renowned expert on near-death experiences on which subject he has published five books, including Heading Toward Omega and Lessons from the Light. This, however, is his first book on Palestinian-related issues, though he has published articles on contemporary events in Palestine.
Ghassan Abdullah lives in Ramallah in the West Bank. He studied mathematics and computing in England, and later worked at Birzeit University for nearly a decade. A former editor of science journals, he is currently active in Palestinian civil society, in heritage, human rights, development and the arts.

Ordering Information
Trade Paperback, 6 x 9 inches, 384 pages
Publication Date: June 2010
Authors: Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah
ISBN: 978-1-60494-416-7
Published by Wheatmark: www.wheatmark.com/bookstore/

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“The letters in this book will break your heart and they will make you laugh. I am excited to invite others to learn from them as I have. It is my hope that these Palestinian voices will inspire you, as they have inspired me, to believe that a peaceful and just future in Palestine is not only essential, but indeed possible.ÃÂÃÂÃÃÂÃÃ