Writings on the Wall
Palestinian Oral Histories collected by the Arab Educational Institute in Bethlehem

A remarkable collection of brief testaments by everyday Palestinians,
here organized, annotated, and with an Introduction and photographs by Thomas Suárez

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Lost in the chaos of Israel’s war against Palestine are the voices of the ordinary Palestinians who are its primary victims. This book puts a dent in that injustice by preserving oral testimonies collected and translated by the Sumud Story House project of Bethlehem’s Arab Educational Institute.

Despite their brevity — each oral history occupies a single page in this book — they convey the fears, the hopes, the resolve, the humanity of people under brutal military occupation, and their unwavering determination to realize a better future for their children.

The book begins with an Introduction in which Suárez gets to the root of the so-called 'conflict', free of mystification. His annotations and numerous photographs provide background to these testimonies of people living under a seven-decade military occupation.

This is a book that truly ‘sees through walls’.

From the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, concerning Israel's apartheid Wall:
“[We express our] grave concern about the continuing construction, contrary to international law, by Israel of the wall inside the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem ... in departure from the Armistice Line of 1949 ... [and] the failure of the Government of Israel to cooperate...”

From Miriam Margolyes, BAFTA Award-winning actress:

“At last, a chance to hear the voices of Palestinians being punished simply for their homes being in a place that others wanted. If you think you understand the Palestine-Israel conflict, read this.”

© 2019 Thomas Suárez

Interlink Publishing, 978-1623719227

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