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Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege

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In 1993, Amira Hass, a young Israeli reporter, drove to Gaza to cover a story-and stayed, the first journalist to live in the grim Palestinian enclave so feared and despised by most Israelis that, in the local idiom, "Go to Gaza" is another way to say "Go to hell." Now, in a work of calm power and painful clarity, Hass reflects on what she has seen in the Gaza Strips's gut ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Picador (first published 1999)
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Jul 29, 2008 Cat rated it it was amazing
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If you read just one book about the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, this is the one to read.

Amira Hass is a rarely sensitive and gutsy journalist who reports for Ha'aretz newspaper from Gaza. She is one of the very few Israeli journalists who knows Arabic and lives among Palestinians. This account is balanced, personalized and devastating.
Jun 23, 2009 Huyen rated it really liked it
If anyone has any doubt that Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank is anything short of colonialism, they should read this book. Amira Hass writes a scathing critique of Israel’s domination and cruel treatment of Palestinians in Gaza after the Oslo Accords and convincingly explains why they would never bring peace this way. Surely, Amira Hass would be very lovingly called by the Western press as an enemy of peace, but they need to know this story to understand that any peace negotiations ...more
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Sep 16, 2012 Alastair Rosie rated it it was amazing
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"The Middle East conflict has been raging off and on since 1948, that much we know but until now the news reports and books for the most part have been slanted in favour of US and Israeli policy and as we all know, if you go against popular opinion and the mainstream press, you risk censure and ridicule. If you dared criticise Israel you were accused of anti-Semitisim or maybe neo Nazi sympathies, these days you'd be accused of being a secret Al Qaeda supporter.
Enter Amira Hass, an Israeli journ
Jul 03, 2013 Josepha rated it it was amazing
By far the best book i have read so far on the israeli-palestine conflict. Hass' work is rare because as both an Israeli, communist and critic of Israeli policies she also dares to properly discuss the issues inside Palestinian society. She is brutally honest in her criticism of the occupation (the lockdowns, the checkpoint policies, the enforced poverty and unemployment on Gaza, the torture in prisons, the unjust imprisonments etc.) and that of the Palestinian leadership under Arafat (its corru ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Mike added it
This is a fascinating and depressing journey inside Gaza- don't listen to a thousand diplomats and officials who get whirlwind tours where they are shown only a fraction, when you can read the book of a foreigner who lived there, and saw its daily ins and outs. She does a very thorough job of focusing in on the things that go beneath the numbers to demonstrate the humanity that lies beneath them. One starts to understand how suffocating the closures of the Erez checkpoint really are for the Pale ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Marcella rated it it was amazing
It is a very good account of the author's experience. It gives a good insight in how people leave in Gaza and their prospective about the conflict.
May 12, 2013 Allie rated it really liked it
A journalist and a painfully honest woman, Amira Hass provides a detailed account of the deception and violence committed by both the Palestinian and Israeli leadership, in an effort to maintain power over their respective constituencies. In effect, both sides try to distance their followers from the everyday human rights violations and myopic strategies which endanger their futures. Using politics, religion and, in the case of Israel, hystsrical exaggeration, neither side acknowledges the decli ...more
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Nov 19, 2014 David Wen rated it really liked it
Started this book purely based off curiosity. Never read much about the Israeli Palestinian conflict but this book provided a great overview of the conflict. Although the coverage could be seen as biased, I'm not sure the events as described can really be seen any other way. The only reason it wasn't rated 5 stars was due to the names and events. Coming from someone unfamiliar with the situation and players involved it has hard to follow at times. In any case, great book.
Ayelet Waldman
This was the highlight of my reading months. I mean, it was an amazing book, and it made me weep. Over and over again. Every single American Jew should read this book. Read it, and then argue to me that the Occupied Territories should remain in Israel's hands.
Jan 07, 2011 Marty rated it it was amazing
Dated, but not really. A good look inside of Gaza and how the occupation affected lives.....and to some extent how the current blockade and controls by Israel affect lives. Highly one can see the other side of the story.
Aug 21, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
Honestly, I didn't actually finish this book. It was super interesting and I learned some new background information about the conflict, but I just can't seem to actually finish it and it's starting to hold me up. It's amazing how quickly so much of this information can be considered outdated.
Ross Ritchell
Feb 18, 2015 Ross Ritchell rated it it was amazing
An incredibly powerful and important eye-opener to possibly the most misunderstood conflict in the world. In-depth insights from economic policies and political ramifications that strangle the Palestinian population. Important for all to read.
Jun 08, 2007 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insights into Palestine/Israel, written by a Jewish Israeli journalist, one of a very few who has gone into Palestine extensively and lived there (as I recall.) Excellent writing.
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I found this a very interesting book, however had trouble getting stuck into it. I didn't end up finishing it, although I would like to one day.
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She is a prominent left-wing Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. She is particularly recognized for her reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years.

Amira is the daughter of two Holocaust survivors , she was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied the his
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