It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street: An Englishwoman in Jerusalem

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Bloomsbury, 2007 - Al-Aqsa Intifada, 2000- - 454 pages
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A deeply affecting memoir and a unique contribution to our understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In August 2000 Emma Williams arrived with her three small children in Jerusalem to join her husband and to work as a doctor. A month later, the second Palestinian intifada erupted. For the next three years, she was to witness an astonishing series of events in which hundreds of thousands of lives, including her own, were turned upside down. Williams lived on the very border of East and West Jerusalem, working with Palestinians in Ramallah during the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv. Weaving personal stories and conversations with friends and colleagues into the long and fraught political background, Williams' powerful memoir brings to life the realities of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Understanding in her judgment, yet unsparing in her honesty, Williams exposes the humanity, as well as the hypocrisy at the heart of both sides' experiences. Anyone wanting to understand this intractable and complex dispute will find this unique account a refreshing and an illuminating read.

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Review: It's Easier To Reach Heaven Than The End Of The Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

User Review  - Marge Lang - Goodreads

The story, ie a journalistic type report of a family stay in war laden Israel. Complex, annotated, revealing and compelling. Written from a woman's view point. Read full review

Review: It's Easier To Reach Heaven Than The End Of The Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

User Review  - Karen - Goodreads

hard to imagine what has and is still happening, no matter which side you. want to be on. living in constant fear is not my idea of happiness. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Emma Williams read history at Oxford and medicine at London University. She has worked as a doctor in Britain, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New York, South Africa and Jerusalem. From 2000-3 she was the correspondent for the Spectator and wrote for several other newspapers about Palestinian-Israeli affairs and her own experiences.

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