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Pamela J. Olson

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in Tulsa, OK, The United States



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I grew up in small-town Oklahoma and studied physics and political science at Stanford University, class of 2002.

I lived in Ramallah for two years, during which I served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign.

In January of 2006, I moved to Washington, DC and worked at a Defense Department think tank to try to bring what I had learned to the halls of power. I eventually became disillusioned with the prospect of changing Washington from the inside, and in 2007, I left DC and wrote a book called Fast Times in Palestine. It was published in 2013.

I'm currently working on a novel.

Dear friends, Apologies for not being in touch for a while. I’ve been focusing on finishing a novel and dealing with a personal issue that’s taken up a lot of bandwidth. (I’ll share more about that in a later email.) The novel is called Sinai Moon (formerly The Bracelet) and takes place in New York […] Read more of this blog post »
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"I loved this book, very well written. Having lived in the GCC for seven years I wanted a book that would be readable, but also give great insight into the situation in Palestine. I would highly recommend this book! "
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“But a foreign army would actually have to occupy my country, build a Wall through my land, destroy my father’s livelihood, jeopardize my education, imprison my cousins, build a checkpoint between my pregnant sister and the hospital, bulldoze my neighbor’s house, and kill thousands of my countrymen in order for me to be able to really stand in their shoes.”
Pamela J. Olson, Fast Times in Palestine

“we can hear our own thoughts and feel our own pain, while we can’t hear other people’s thoughts or feel their pain. Thus we see the wrongs others do but not the reasons, while we see the reasons for our own bad behavior but we don’t feel the consequences.”
Pamela J. Olson, Fast Times in Palestine

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