Download e-book for iPad: A Crazy Occupation: Eyewitness to the Intifada by Jamie Tarabay

By Jamie Tarabay

The unforgettable stories of a tender Australian journalist published in Israel to file at the clash within the occupied territories are documented during this compelling memoir. Unafraid, or even simply stunningly naïve, Jamie Tarabay, an Arabic-speaking Australian of Lebanese descent, dove headfirst into the thick of heart japanese politics. From the nice optimism following the Camp David summit in 2000 to the beginning of the intifada in 2001, Jamie used to be within the thick of it—Nablus, Ramallah, Hebron, suicide bombers, hard-line Jewish settlers, Palestinians dwelling less than curfew, and the coming of the recent millennium after a Christmas in Bethlehem. This exciting, detailed, and hugely illuminating memoir chronicles a transitional interval within the heart East and strains the author's studies as she redefines her experience of nationality, morality, historical past, and faith.

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He was married with children and while we were speaking his wife called his mobile. ‘She just wanted to see if I had anything to eat. I left the house without breakfast,’ he said. Lefteris couldn’t come with us—he was photographing stone-throwers and gunmen at Joseph’s Tomb and when I saw his pictures later it was obvious he’d often been in the line of fire—but he told me to take a picture of the gunmen. I wasn’t particularly confident in my skills and I also had to convince the gunmen to let me photograph them.

One of the men jumped up from his seat and reached into the back of his 39 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 40 a crazy occupation jeans. He pulled out a small handgun and started firing it into the air, just a metre in front of me. I was so shocked that I burst into tears. The others began chiding him: ‘No, no, don’t,’ but by then I’d walked away, shaking. Nasser scolded them, ‘See? You’ve upset her,’ then he followed me. ሖሗመ While we stayed in Nablus, Lefteris and I would check into Al Qasr, the Palace Hotel, every evening, then every morning we would check out.

As I sat down I looked at all the homemade food on the table. 34 A Crazy Occupation 24/8/05 3:05 PM Page 35 30 September–10 October 2000 ‘All this food reminds me of my mother’s cooking,’ I told her. I recalled my mother’s cauliflowers, crispy golden brown and wrapped in Lebanese bread with a smattering of salt. So simple yet so delicious; something I was really craving at that point. ’ Mervat asked. I nodded. We talked about the similarities between Lebanese and Palestinian food. ‘The only thing that’s really different is the bread,’ I said.

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