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The Road to Martyrs' Square by Anne Marie Oliver
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Aug 01, 2011

it was ok

Scattered collection of anecdotes from an American couple not entirely sure of what they were doing in and around Palestine in the first place. This lack of focus gradually sharpens into a re/collection on propaganda materials from The West Bank and Gaza. From this study a picture of the crazed religious environment that drives the conflict develops, and in turn, we investigate a particular attempted terrorist attack and the perpetrators behind it who exist in this (what almost amounts to un)reality.

It takes some effort to stick out the narrative-less format, and it's most depressing to learn that such social environments exist and are perpetuated to maintain conflict by those in (governmental and religious) authority. It's undoubtedly better expressed and presented elsewhere, but if you've a hankering to find out what makes timebombs like Palestine tick (and keep on ticking), this book might help take you some of the way.

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