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.
Praise for Palestine Speaks:
“A stunning, essential, and heartbreaking book that puts a profoundly human face on the suffering of the Palestinian people. This should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the Middle East, which is to say: everyone. Like all Voice of Witness books, Palestine Speaks, uses the grand old tools, presenting beautifully shaped narratives that evoke the reader’s empathy and help him see the connections between himself and the people narrating. The effect is magical and empowering–the reader feels a sense of connection and warmth, and is thus able to imagine positive outcomes. In other words, to read a Voice of Witness book is to feel one’s habitual sense of disconnection begin to fall away.” –George Saunders, author of The Tenth of December and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient
“Palestine Speaks demonstrates that nothing is more eloquent than the voices of those who endure and try valiantly to survive. Nothing is more important for us than to listen to them carefully, to grasp their suffering, to learn from their testimonies about them and about ourselves, and to use this understanding to bring their tragedy to an end.” –Noam Chomsky, author and professor at MIT
“If anyone has any doubt about the veracity of the soldiers’ reports, he or she has only to read the superb Palestine Speaks, edited by Mateo Hoke and Cate Malek, a collection of documentary interviews with ordinary Palestinians living on the West Bank or in Gaza . . . The voices of these ordinary individuals, so similar to those Palestinians I encounter regularly in the territories, speak here with unsettling eloquence. They are heartrending stories.” –David Shulman for The New York Review of Books
“An excellent introduction to a controversial subject. Hoke and Malek’s work should prove a sturdy and revelatory resource for those looking for a deeper understanding of an intractable conflict.” –Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
“Thirty years ago, Edward Said wrote of the systematic exclusion of Palestinian voices from American public discourse, of Palestinians being denied the ‘permission to narrate’ their own lives. Not nearly enough has changed, but Palestine Speaks–a collection of testimonials from Palestinians narrating their own experiences, their own suffering, their own choices–defies that interdiction. This is a rare and courageous book.” –Ben Ehrenreich, journalist and author of Ether and The Suitors
“Full of life . . . eye-opening.” –Evan Karp, The San Francisco Chronicle