Arab and Jew (Magill's Literary Annual 1987)
David Shipler, who is neither an Arab nor a Jew, served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times from 1979 to 1984; in 1982, he covered the war in Lebanon. This fascinating and powerful book is the result of five years of intensive study of the mutual images and stereotypes that have developed between Arabs and Jews in present-day Israel. The areas he studied include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the annexed portions of Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights. His often contradictory conclusions are the result of wide-ranging interviews and an intensive study of the history, literature, films, school textbooks, and newspapers of the region. This is a portrait of two peoples living alongside one another whose history has been shaped by the conflicts of war, terrorism, religion, and nationalism. They occupy a tiny, but vital piece of land that is a cradle of civilization and of vital concern to the peace of mankind. His subjects include Jews, Muslims, and Christians, moderates and extremists on both sides, religious and secular people, and those who wish to further understanding.
As the subtitle indicates, the book is a study of hurt feelings and bodies and of the reasons for these wounds. Some of the mutual perceptions are the result of hard realities, others of misunderstanding and ignorance, still others of a failure of communication. Shipler explores these mutual perceptions and misperceptions in three dimensions. First he surveys those...
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