Dedication; Contents; Introduction; Journey; Ramallah; Jerusalem; Homecoming; Interviews; Elias; Ronen; Sam B.; Eliyahu; Huwaida Arraf; Judy B.; Hanna; Tali; Maise; Maha; Um Walid; Carmen; Amira; Yasmine; Omar; Shira T.; Rabbi Cohen; Two Israeli Soldiers; Three Teenage Girls, Ages 14 to 16; Brief History of the Middle East
1914 to Present; Conclusion; Online Resources; Suggested Reading; Bibliography; Discussion Questions for Reading Groups; Acknowledgments.
Cathy Sultan offers further insight into the disturbing and seemingly unsolvable situation in the Middle East. Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A dialogue with Both Sides is part adventure, part history, part travelogue, all bound together with a startling collection of interviews which this courageous housewife from Wisconsin conducted first-hand in a variety of sometimes not-so-safe places. Her cinematic account of a narrow escape from Ramallah into East Jerusalem prior to a military assault on the town leaves the reader breathless. This book is a continuance of the author's bold quest to bring peace to a region tragically gripped by obduracy and fanaticism. Readers will be astounded at the poignant and sometimes frightening opinions of the ordinary people Sultan meets and interviews. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
As a young woman Cathy Sultan dreamed of living in a foreign land. She realized that dream in 1969 when she move with her Lebanese husband and two infant children from the United States to Beirut- a city known for its welcoming residents, breathtaking landscape and cosmopolitan culture. Sultan quickly grew to adore Beirut despite its seedy side, and came to think of it as her dysfunctional lover. Even after the onset of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 her feelings were slow to change. Using cooking as a tranquilizer, Sultan worked tirelessly to provide a home environment that was comforting to her family and inviting to friends. Even as bullets pierced her own kitchen and bombs destroyed the ancient city and the lives of loved ones, she and her family refused to be driven from their home and their humanity. A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War is the riveting story of how a wife and mother struggled to maintain order and normality amid the unspeakable cruelty of civil war. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Water wars and land grabs : the Litani river and the Shebaa farms
New worries : the Palestinians and Fatah al-Islam
The media's coverage of the war : myth versus reality
Despair or hope?
Cathy Sultan combines compelling history and vivid personal interviews to relate the lives of the oft-ignored civilians of southern Lebanon and northern Israel during the July war of 2006. Throughout the book, these narratives of mothers, soldiers, activists and ambulance drivers on both sides are memorable for their detail, honesty, and the deep sense of tragedy they relate.