Book Review: Seeking Palestine by Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh

This is another in a series of reviews of new books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, to review the book Seeking Palestine, edited by Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh.

Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh, Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian
Writing on Exile and Home (Northampton, Massachusetts: Olive Branch seeking-palestine
Press, 2013), 202 pages. $16.00.

What does it mean to be an exile from Palestine? Is it defined merely by physical dislocation, or is it less tied to a place than to an idea, to a Palestine that once or perhaps never existed, to a pervasive sense of being displaced, even from a land that was not the land of one’s birth? The essays that compose Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home examine notions of exile, of Palestine, of Palestinian identity in diaspora from the perspectives of poets, academics, novelists, artists and independent writers living as outcasts from a country that never existed as a nation-state, the idea of which calls forth irrepressible longing for a way of life known only through memories, many of those not memories of their own. These writers ask themselves what it means to cling to an identity, a way of life, a set of grievances across generations, and whether the persistence of an idea and an identity can persuade the world at large to seriously address the Palestinian longing to return to their homeland.

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APN/Peace Now in the News: September 12-19, 2014

Boston Globe - September 15, 2014
In Memory: Leonard Fein 
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/09/14/leonard-fein-writer-and-activist-illuminated-roles-and-responsibilities-america-jews/PIzs464sVq3Qy1f3HZGiiM/story.html

 

Boston Globe (AP Story) - September 17, 2014
Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer commenting on surge in number of West Bank settlers
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/09/16/west-bank-settler-group-boasts-rapid-growth/9TjFJXTydM6EFQndZ5TpML/story.html

 

LA Jewish Journal - September 17, 2014
Peace Now data quoted in opinion article criticizing Israeli government's West Bank settlement policy
http://www.jewishjournal.com/opinion/article/west_bank_land_grab_undermines_two_state_advocacy

 

Haaretz - September 18, 2014
Peace Now data quoted in opinion article criticizing Israeli government's West Bank settlement policy
http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.616291

News Nosh 09.19.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Friday September 19, 2014

Quote of the day:
“But he told me, ‘I’m afraid they’ll burn me like they burned Abu Khdeir, so I won’t stay at home.’”
--Father of one of hundreds of children from E. Jerusalem detained by Israel since the riots began some three months ago says what his son answered him when told not to go out.**

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News Nosh 09.18.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Thursday September 18, 2014

Quote of the day:
"There was a time when police would beat the people being interrogated. Today they use psychological methods - they convince them that this way will be better for them."
--Criminal law professor Boaz Sangero explains why innocent people say they are guilty of crimes and sit in jail in Israel.**

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Israel Study Tour 2014: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This year's Israel study tour was an amazing experience.
Below is a sampling of images from this year's tour: It's not too early to sign up for next year.
If you would like to be placed on the mailing list for the 2015 Israel study tour please contact Ori Nir at 202-408-9898 or at israeltour@peacenow.org

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Peace Now: So How Many Settlers Are There?

As published today by AP, Settlers claim that the number of Israelis living in the West Bank is 382,031 (excluding those who live in East Jerusalem). This number shows a rapid growth in setters' population, of 2% in six months, double the growth rate in Israel itself.

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News Nosh 09.17.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday September 17, 2014

Quote of the day:
"But a big rocket more significant than any fired by Hamas is being welded at this time in Ramallah, at Abbas's office."
--Maariv's military affairs analyst, Alon Ben-David, says that Hamas may return to rockets when it discovers that Israel has no intention of giving it a seaport, but Israel's bigger threat will come from The Hague.**

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16/9/14

Earlier this year the Jerusalem Municipality approved two construction permits requested by the right wing Elad association in Jerusalem's Hashalom Forest located on the seam zone between East and West Jerusalem. One permit was for legalizing structures built by Elad as part of an ideological tourist center they established on lands given to them by the JNF (KKL), and the other was for the construction of a new camping site meant to accommodate large groups.

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News Nosh 09.16.14

APN's daily news review from Israel
Tuesday September 16, 2014

Quote of the day:
"The occupation corrupts, the 8200 refuseniks say, and they are telling the truth. In the best-case scenario, the information they gather prevents a terror attack; in many other cases, it contributes to the occupation's maliciousness, arbitrariness and foolishness, or provides a decent cover to the government's false policy."
--Senior Yedioth commentator, Nahum Barnea, says the conscientious objectors from Unit 8200 are right, but their declaration won't change the policy.**

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Inspired by stories his father told him as a child, Leonard Fein felt called to mend a torn world, in words and deeds.

Cofounding the magazine Moment with Elie Wiesel in the 1970s, he became one of the nation’s most visible writers and thinkers about Jewish ideas and issues. In 1985 he launched Mazon, a nonprofit that has raised tens of millions to help feed the hungry. A dozen years later he helped create the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy to train tutors, and he also was a founder of Americans for Peace Now.

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