The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine

Yousef Bashir (Author)

Product Details

$25.99  $23.91
Publish Date
May 07, 2019
5.8 X 0.9 X 8.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Yousef Bashir is a Palestinian-American from the Gaza Strip, the son of Khalil Bashir, a highly respected educator. Still suffering the effects of a near catastrophic injury at the hands of an anonymous IDF soldier, Yousef made his way to the United States where he earned a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University and an MA in Co-existence and Conflict from Brandeis University. Now living in Washington DC, Bashir has worked on Capitol Hill, and served as a member of the Palestinian Diplomatic Delegation to the United States. Yousef is an accomplished author, a vigorous advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace, and much sought-after public speaker.

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"The Words of my Father is a book about loss--the loss of land and dignity for Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, the increasing loss of humanity among many of the occupiers, and the loss of the author's beloved father who spent most of his life preaching peace, but tragically died in the midst of increasing polarization between Palestinians and Israelis. By making us feel the plight of the Palestinians from the inside, this poignant and beautifully written book should inspire us all to raise our voices for change."--Robert Greene, New York Times bestselling author of The Laws of Human Nature and The 48 Laws of Power
"An urgent, impassioned call for peace between Palestine and Israel. . . . Eloquent and affecting memoir... An inspiration to peace activists in all theaters of war and struggle and a book that deserves a wide audience."--Kirkus Reviews
β€œTo experience love and humanity on many levels, read this story. Beautifully told by a young man whose voice deserves to be heard -- even if the world is not yet ready to listen.”--Diana Darke, author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis
β€œIn a year that has seen a relentless focus on life and death in the Gaza Strip, Yousef Bashir's memoir is a moving reminder of the normality of Palestinian aspirations in what has been an abnormal situation for far too long. This book is a remarkable testimony to overcoming hatred and fear.”--Ian Black, author of Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017
β€œBashir's childhood in Gaza and his life under occupation meld in this retelling, and his charming earnestness shines through. This moving tribute to Bashir's remarkable father is also a compelling argument for peace.”--Library Journal
β€œAt one of the darkest times in the elusive effort to end the conflict in the Middle East.... [comes a] remarkable new memoir.... full of youthful exuberance, unlikely adventures, and raw discovery ... captivating.”--Robin Wright, The New Yorker
β€œA work of profound spiritual beauty, one of the great memoirs to emerge from this terrible conflict.... The Words of My Father offers all of us hope that this seemingly intractable conflict can find a solution that is just to both sides.”--Yossi Klein Halevi, author of the New York Times bestseller Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor