The pioneering autobiographical story of a British Zionist in her fifties who moved to Israel and - amazed by her Jewish compatriot's ignorance of their Arab neighbours - chose to live among 25,000 Muslims in the all-Arab Israeli town of Tamra, a few kilometres from Nazareth.
Susan Nathan's revelatory book about her new life across the ethnic divide in Israel is already creating international interest. At a time when Middle Eastern politics (in many ways, central to the current world disorder) have become mired in endless tit-for-tat killings, Susan Nathan is showing - by her own daily example - that it is perfectly possible for Jews and Arabs to live peacefully together in a single community, recognising their common humanity.
The author's familiarity with the former injustices of apartheid South Africa enables her to draw telling comparisons with the state of Israel. The increasing segregation of, and discrimination against, the million-strong Arabic population of Israel is something she witnesses at first hand, but in describing her experiences in Tamra she is as observant of Arab frailities as of Jewish oppression.
Written with warmth, compassion and humour, 'The Other Side Of Israel' is one courageous woman's positive life-enhancing response to a situation where entrenched attitudes lead only to more violence and bloodshed.
- Publication Date:
- 31 / 08 / 2005
- 153 x 234mm