by David Harris-Gershon

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This memoir of one man's experience with Israeli-Palestinian terrorism confronts more than one singular experience. David Harris-Gershon includes in his narrative a rich and fair assessment of the conflict that continues to plague the Middle East. His own experience is Jewish, though his endeavor chronicles the personal costs of terrorism to both Israelis and Palestinians.

Harris-Gershon arrived with his wife in Jerusalem where they were both to study at Hebrew University. His wife met with a group of friends in the cafeteria, where she was seated next to a bomb detonated by a Hamas terrorist. This begins Harris-Gershon's process of grief over the loss of his friends, support for his wife's arduous recovery, and confrontation of his own post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).

During his confrontation of PTSD, Harris-Gershon decides to also confront the terrorist who tried to kill his wife. In preparation for gaining access to the terrorist, now arrested and imprisoned, Harris-Gershon sifts through Israeli government documents, exposing the inner workings of peace processes. He also demonstrates how his role in the peace process was supported by aid groups but stonewalled by the Israeli government. All this with a candid but even tone and enough humor to lighten this very heavy subject.

This memoir reads more like narrative non-fiction because of the writer's focus on details surrounding his own experience. Highly recommended for those curious about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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