Unless you live under a rock, everyone is aware of the Middle East conflict between Israel and Palestine. However, few of us are aware of the origin thereof. That, in conjunction with one-sided reporting and the demonising of Muslim in general – in response to the actions of a few fanatics, have painted Israel as the victim of this struggle, supported strongly by the US (and who can forget the 9/11 incident).
Although Mornings in Jenin features fictitious characters, the events portrayed in the book are real. The story is a moving one. The rollercoaster of emotions – hope, fear, love, hate; the sense of injustice one feels part of; the thought that a nation that was tortured, persecuted and executed can turn around and do the same thing to other people, is something I cannot understand. The crazy craving for power that not only displaces some people off their land, but continue to chase them from every small piece of land, refusing them the smallest place of their own, leaves me dumbfounded. Israel wanted a holy land. They refuse to allow Palestine a land of their own, holding them captive in tiny refugee camps that still come under attack, and for what?
How do they (and the US) succeed in suppressing any information relating to the other side of the story?
Even if you have no interest in politics, I urge you to read this book. It might change the way you view things; it might not – but at least you will have a more accurate idea of what is happening in the conflict.