Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life

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Orion Publishing Group, Limited, 2007 - Arab-Israeli conflict - 562 pages

Born into a prominent family with deep roots in Jerusalem, Nusseibeh
reluctantly became involved in politics, constantly aware that co-existence
with Israel is possible. Hated by extremists on both sides, he has always
held fast to the principles of freedom and equality which have guided all
his decisions, no matter what the personal cost.
His beautifully-written memoirs, interwoven with the story of his larger
family - and with the history of the Palestinians since before 1948 - are a
rare view into what the Arab-Israeli conflict has meant in reality for a
Palestinian family. The consequences of the 1967 war changed things
even further for Nusseibeh's life in Jerusalem - not always negatively.
Appointed by Arafat to be the PLO representative in Jerusalem, we get a
first-hand view inside the workings of the first Palestinian Authority, and a
close-up of Arafat himself. "A deeply admirable book by a deeply
admirable man." New York Times

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ONCE UPON A COUNTRY: A Palestinian Life

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"This is not an ordinary place you can map out with a surveyor's rod." So, in this engaging memoir, notes Palestinian intellectual, politician and peace activist Nusseibeh of his lost homeland.As his ... Read full review

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Sari presents a frank account of his life in Palestine, his philosophy, his role as an activist and politician. Despite the breakdown in peace talks over and over again, he remains ever hopeful that ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Sari Nusseibeh is the President of Al-Quds University, the only Arab university in Jerusalem. He is also a professor of philosophy. He co-founded The People's Voice, an Israeli-Palestinian grass-roots organization which advocates peace between Israel and Palestine. In 2001 and 2002, he was the chief representative of the PLO in Jerusalem, advocating a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. He lives in Jerusalem.

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