Inside Witness in Palestine


Introduction en Français

Sample Chapters
The Wall, Munira's House, & Other Families in the Seam
Israeli Activism, House Demolitions, & Jerusalem
The Twisted Easter-Egg Hunt
Held at Einab Junction: Inside Israel's NEW Terminals
Deir Yassin Continues

Sample Appendices

Back Cover:

In 2003, Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, visited the West Bank to discover for herself the realities of everyday life for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. What she found would change her outlook on the conflict forever. For eight months over the following four years, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across countless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves. Baltzer witnessed first-hand the environmental devastation brought on by expanding settlements and outposts, and the destruction wrought by Israel’s “Security Fence,” which separates many families from each other, their communities, their land, and basic human services. What emerges from her accounts is not a sensationalist tale of conspiracies and suicide bombers, but a compelling, trying, and inspiring description of daily life under the Occupation. Through an insider’s personal discoveries, extensive interviews, and comprehensive documentation, Witness in Palestine reveals details about checkpoints, settlements, land confiscation, the Wall, and the countless everyday acts of Palestinian nonviolent resistance that remain largely ignored by mainstream Western media. Baltzer’s probing and honest examination of the Occupation and the pervasive spirit of nonviolence offers a fresh look at Palestine today.

“Even those who are familiar with the grim reality of the occupied territories will quickly be drawn into a world they had barely imagined by these vivid, searingly honest, intensely acute portrayals.” —NOAM CHOMSKY

“Moving and vivid.” —TANYA REINHART, author of Israel/Palestine

“Captivating text and artistic photography … a deeply personal story that will inspire you not only to have hope but to actively seek and work for peace and justice.”
—MAZIN QUMSIYEH, author of Sharing the Land of Canaan