Searching for the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, historians for years focused on the British Mandate period (1920-1948). Amy Dockser Marcus, however, demonstrates that the bloody struggle for power actually started much earlier, when Jerusalem was still part of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism laid the groundwork for the battles that would continue to rage nearly a century later. Nineteen thirteen was the crucial year for these conflicts-the year that the Palestinians held the First Arab Congress and the first time that secret peace talks were held between Zionists and Palestinians. World War I, however, interrupted these peace efforts. Dockser Marcus traces these dramatic times through the lives of a handful of the city's leading citizens as they struggle to survive. A current events must read in our ongoing efforts to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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"The year 1913 marks the approximate time the conflict between the Jews and Palestinians began, as Zionists moved to their ancient Holy Land before WWI. The polemic subject and its history have become vital to understanding today's clashes in the Middle East. Joyce Bean takes the author's lead by making it a story about people, and her inflections make the principals seem human without giving them theatrical characters. Her motherly voice disarms a subject so controversial it has caused unending war. Because the author is a woman, one can feel Bean speaks for Marcus in a story she has worked hard to research, some from personal experience. Since much of the Jewish State's beginnings aren't current wisdom, listeners will feel better informed. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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