Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women by Janet M. Powers

By Janet M. Powers

Blossoms at the Olive Tree is an American woman's account of labor that Israeli and Palestinian ladies are doing to teach themselves and their societies approximately militarization, human rights, women's rights, and the democratic technique. The e-book highlights ladies on either side of the political divide who succeed in out to one another, have interaction in bi-national discussion, and problem ongoing violence.Blossoms at the Olive Tree is an American woman's account of labor that Israeli and Palestinian ladies are doing to coach themselves and their societies approximately militarization, human rights, women's rights, and the democratic procedure. The booklet highlights girls on either side of the political divide who succeed in out to one another, have interaction in bi-national discussion, and problem ongoing violence. regardless of serious societal restraints in carving out political house for themselves, ladies in either societies have devised artistic possibilities. Powers files the women's operating committees connected to Palestinian political events and the creativity of Israeli girls striving to civil-ize their society. paradoxically, it really is their marginalization that gives ladies area to interact of their peace-building efforts. The e-book ends with a clarion demand the implementation of UN solution 1325, which calls for the presences of ladies on the maximum degrees of peace negotiations. ladies, with their dedication to reconciliation and therapeutic, carry an important imaginative and prescient to the company of peace-building, and Powers means that it truly is excessive time they be taken seriously.In the process gaining knowledge of this booklet, Powers stayed in Jewish houses, Muslim houses, and Christian houses, watching girls going approximately their day-by-day initiatives. She shared Shabbat dinners and xmas dinners, Muslim kin celebrations, natural tea and Arab espresso, making the most of impressive hospitality, and studying that Israeli and Palestinian are extra alike than they're diverse. Like girls in every single place, Jewish and Arab girls care deeply for his or her kids, submit with anger and abuse from their husbands, and take a look at to barter a direction among societal expectancies and private convictions. almost them all yearn to reside in peace, to elevate their households with out worry, and to benefit from the small pleasures of lifestyles with no nervousness for the long run. those are their tales, they usually impart a degree of humanity to the career, the Separation Wall, and dwelling with the terror of suicide bombings that's tricky to glean from nightly information stories. most vital, those striking ladies are succeeding in altering from in the manner during which their very own societies take into consideration themselves.

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Yes, we have something like it in Hebrew but not so much. So I was a complete failure at learning to speak Arabic, even though I wanted to do it. One day I went to a lecture by the son of a Danish editor who was starting courses to train doctors from al-Gaza. They could choose what medical subject they wanted to study for three months—it was later extended to six months. Just before the Second Intifada, a woman contacted me about participating in a subdivision of the project. They said I should go to Ramallah the next day to the physio school there.

Ruth: I wonder why we don’t hear the truth about Camp David. The government is not lying, but they’re not telling everything or they comment on it rather than giving facts. Ona: My nephew is only five years old, but he doesn’t agree with his parents because they are anarchists and don’t vote. He thinks they should be active. They get upset when they watch the news, so he tries to convey their opinions to his kindergarten teacher. Pnina: When the state was founded, Ben Gurion wasn’t intimidating.

I still don’t know Hebrew as well as I know English. I read the newspapers and watch the news in Hebrew, but I can’t read literature or anything theoretical. I learned English very well in school in Denmark. Danish and Swedish are similar except that the Danes swallow their words, and the Swedish articulate theirs quite clearly. Actually I didn’t have to speak very much in the physio program. Most everything involved doing things—demonstrations and hands-on treatment. Once a doctor told me in the second year that my Swedish was quite good, but could I stop mumbling?

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