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Inheriting the Holy Land : an American's search for hope in the Middle East

Author: Jennifer Miller
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Jennifer Miller has created a synthesis of history, reportage, and coming-of-age memoir in Inheriting the Holy Land. Her perspective on the Middle Eastern conflict is presented through interviews with young Israelis and Palestinians and conversations with some of the most influential officials involved in the dispute, including Shimon Peres, Yasir Arafat, James Baker, Benjamin Netanyahu, Colin Powell, Ehud Barak,
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miller, Jennifer, 1980-
Inheriting the Holy Land.
New York : Ballantine Books, ©2005
(OCoLC)607753124
Named Person: Jennifer Miller; Jennifer Miller
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Miller
ISBN: 0345469240 9780345469243
OCLC Number: 57641383
Notes: APPE gift.
Description: xxxiii, 261 pages : map ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Jennifer Miller.
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"Jennifer Miller has created a synthesis of history, reportage, and coming-of-age memoir in Inheriting the Holy Land. Her perspective on the Middle Eastern conflict is presented through interviews with young Israelis and Palestinians and conversations with some of the most influential officials involved in the dispute, including Shimon Peres, Yasir Arafat, James Baker, Benjamin Netanyahu, Colin Powell, Ehud Barak, and Mahmoud Abbas."

"Miller grew up in an affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., surrounded by the chaotic politics of the Middle East. Her father was a U.S. State Department negotiator at the Oslo and Camp David peace summits, and dinnertime conversation in the Miller household often included discussions of the Middle Eastern conflict. When Miller joined Seeds of Peace, a program that brings Middle Eastern kids to Maine for intensive sessions of conflict resolution, her real experience with the Middle East began. As she befriended young Palestinians, Israelis, Egyptians, and Jordanians, Miller came to realize that their views were missing from the ongoing debate over the Holy Land.

By helping these young voices be heard, she knew she could reveal something vitally new and deeply challenging about the future of this torn region."

"Miller, however, learned fast that it was one thing to hang out at the idyllic Seeds of Peace camp in Maine and quite another to confront young people on their own turf - in the alleys of East Jerusalem, behind the armed gates of West Bank settlements, in the teeming refugee camps of Gaza. Friendships that had blossomed in the United States withered in the aftermath of yet another suicide bombing. Big-hearted teens on both sides of the conflict shocked Miller with the ferocity of their illusions and the twisted logic of their misconceptions.

But she also found rays of hope in places where others had reported only despair - surprising open-mindedness among the ultra-religious, common ground shared by those who had lost loved ones to the violence, a yearning for peace amid the rubble of refugee camps and the shards of bombed cities."--Jacket.

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