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Pastoral in Palestine

For decades, Israel and Palestine have been locked in ongoing conflict over land that each claims as its own. The conflict is often considered a calculated landgrab, but this characterization does little to take into account the myriad motivations that have shaped it in ways that make it seem intractable, from powerful nationalist and theological ideologies to the more practical concerns of the people who live there and just want to carry out their lives without the constant threat of war.

In 2011, Neil Hertz lived in Ramallah in Palestine’s occupied West Bank and taught in Abu Dis, just outside Jerusalem. With Pastoral in Palestine, he offers a personal take on the conflict. Though the situation has resulted in the erosion of both societies, Hertz could find no one in either Israel or Palestine who expressed much hope for a solution. Instead, they are resigned to find ways to live with the situation. Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs taken by the author, Pastoral in Palestine puts a human face to politics in the Middle East.

122 pages | 78 color plates | 4 1/2 x 7

Political Science: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

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“Travel literature, social commentary, and political commentary all in one. Alternately tragic, humorous, and discerning, [Pastoral in Palestine] reveals as much about life in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank as it does the author. The author’s fondness for literary allusions, apt comparisons to life in inner cities in North America, and insightful observations are riveting. . . . Though a slender volume, with photographs he himself took and a few from the Internet, it is weighty in its effect. . . . Regardless of one’s views, this book inspires conversation.”

World Literature Today

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