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by Ghada Karmi
It is a well-written memoir of a woman who spent her childhood in Palestine, her young adulthood in England, and her adulthood in limbo between the Arab world and England. It is also an amateur history of the British Mandate in Palestine and the devastation caused by the creation of Israel. Finally, it is a psychological self-study of the effects of dislocation, alienation, and the difficulties of assimilation
The book is also remarkable in its lack of rancour.
It enables the reader to understand and to empathise with the psychological dislocation of exile that continues to fuel the Palestinian cause. Karmi left Jerusalem in April 1948 when she was nine, a month before the creation of the Jewish state. The book is also remarkable in its lack of rancour. Karmi is naturally highly critical of Israeli policy, but there is no hint of anti-semitism, which, she shows clearly, was entirely alien to Arab culture.
Ghada Karmi’s acclaimed memoir relates her childhood in Palestine, flight to Britain after the catastrophe, and coming of age in Golders Green, the north London. com User, March 16, 2003. G. Karmi's book presents a side of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict that is seldom seen. Through the eyes of this little girl (8-9 years of age) we see the tragedy that has been inflicted on the stateless Palestinian people through no fault of their own. Ghada writes of her family's terrifying escape from Jerusalem under Israeli gunfire-leaving their home and possessions behind.
Ghada Karmi (Arabic: غادة كرمي, Ghādah Karmi) is a Palestinian doctor of medicine, author and academic. She writes frequently on Palestinian issues in newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Nation and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is a fellow and lecturer at the Institute of Arab & Islamic studies at University of Exeter. Karmi was born in Jerusalem to a Muslim family. Her father, Hassan was Palestinian while her mother was Syrian.
Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University
It speaks for the millions of people all over the world who have lived suspended between their old and new countries, fitting into neither. Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. She established the first British-Palestinian medical charity in 1972 and was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs.
Ghada Karmi writes simply and poignantly
Its author, a committed physician, is desperate for the wounds to heal; History, however, refuses to oblige. Ghada Karmi writes simply and poignantly. Here is a story of our time, exile and dispossession. This book must be read by young Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Europeans, and Arabs, to truly understand and appreciate the only solution that will bring a lasting Peace in Palestine. 4 people found this helpful.
Ghada grew up in a Jewish area of London. More information about. She discussed her identity struggles living as an Arab in an English country where the majority of sentiments lay with the Israelis. After her remarks she answered questions from members of the audience.
New York: Verso, 2002
New York: Verso, 2002. Ghada Karmi divides her autobiography into three distinct parts, which correspond to the common-if not the archetypal-phases of the Palestinian experience: First, the events leading up to the Nakba, the war, and the exodus from Palestine; second, the initial refusal to accept the finality of exile followed by the struggle for and with identity, and the often futile attempt to lay. down roots in alien soil; and third, the redemptive reconnection with the Palestinian past and the effort to join in the battle for justice through political action.