Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide

Prisoners A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide During the first Palestinian uprising in Jeffrey Goldberg an American Jew served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel One of his prisoners was Rafiq a rising leader in the PLO Overco

  • Title: Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide
  • Author: Jeffrey Goldberg
  • ISBN: 9780375412349
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg an American Jew served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel One of his prisoners was Rafiq, a rising leader in the PLO Overcoming their fears and prejudices, the two men began a dialogue that, over than a decade, grew into a remarkable friendship Now an award winning journalist, GoldbergDuring the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, Jeffrey Goldberg an American Jew served as a guard at the largest prison camp in Israel One of his prisoners was Rafiq, a rising leader in the PLO Overcoming their fears and prejudices, the two men began a dialogue that, over than a decade, grew into a remarkable friendship Now an award winning journalist, Goldberg describes their relationship and their confrontations over religious, cultural, and political differences through these discussions, he attempts to make sense of the conflicts in this embattled region, revealing the truths that lie buried within the animosities of the Middle East.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. The second book I've read this week by a white male writer who is an eloquent prose stylist, but whose basic outlook I disagreed with so completely it was almost uncomfortable reading. -- I don't think we're supposed to feel sympathy with poor Rafiq in this book as his FORMER CAPTOR constantly pursues and interrogates and harangues him, going like me like me be my friend love me forgive me, but that was the impression I sure got. (Elena Rappin also apparently felt this, to some extent.)I also fo [...]


    2. This is an impressive book. Far better, more passionate and more mature than From Beirut to Jerusalem. At times it reads like a thriller, that’s how engaging a writer Goldberg is. You can tell something is at stake here for him. It’s not just a dispassionate discussion about Jews and Muslims, analyzed at a remove. But I enjoyed his analyses, too. As a guard in a prison for Palestinians, he becomes familiar with Fatah indoctrination. “Much Fatah talk was a stale echo of Third World liberati [...]


    3. Easily one of the best books I've ever read. Truth be told, this book will probably teach you more essential truths about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than most undergraduate courses on the subject. Plus, it reads like a novel, and the writing is spellbindingly stellar. Freelance journalist Jeffrey Goldberg tells his life story -- an American Jew who emigrates to Israel, lives on a kibbutz, joins the Israeli Army and serves as an MP in one of Israel's most notorious prisons during the First [...]


    4. GREAT unfiltered perspective on how the Israel-Palestine conflict is experienced and viewed by those involved. Very intense. If you're looking to find some hope about this conflict, this is not the book. But it is a great read and was a wonderful new view point, diverging from the academic reading I've done about this conflict in the past.



    5. A great book about an idealist journalist, Goldberg, who is in search of his Jewish roots and what happens to him in finding it in Israel. The quest on peace in Israel really rests on individual relationships of understanding between Jews and Palestinians a la Jeff and Rafiq. Perhaps having similar temperaments of individuals such as Jeff and Rafiq can bridge a such a huge chasm between Israeli and Palestinians.Goldberg rightly sees the irony of celebrating Jewish Passover in a Israeli prison th [...]


    6. First off, the title is a bit misleading. It should be renamed Jeff Goldberg and Jeff Goldberg across the Middle East Divide because it is far more autobiographical than about a conversation or friendship of Muslim and Jew. The title implies more history and insights from the Muslim than we get, which is next to nothing comparatively. He tells how he was hated by Christians growing up who called Jews Christ killers. He tells of being obsessed with reading about the Holocaust and listening to old [...]


    7. Goldberg's examination of his own captivity becomes the frame for questions about the nature of incarceration, power, and freedom. He details the fear that made him dismantle a gift in a hotel room at 3 a.m doubts about whether he should carry gifts to Palestine, and soaring hopes about the transformation of killers into civilians with no desire for violence. But he also records the details that inflame a desire for vengeance, on any side. I wish I had read this book before I read Englander's "D [...]



    8. Jeffrey Goldberg, an acclaimed journalist, writes a stirring memoir describing how he, an unaffiliated Jew, came to embrace Zionist ideals as an adolescent and make Aliyah as a young adult, work on a kibbutz, and then serve a stint in the Israeli army as an increasingly conflicted and disillusioned prison guard overseeing Palestinian prisoners. Jeff writes eloquently and incisively about people he meets and how they flesh out his three-dimensional views of Israel and its problems:“Gadi, in his [...]


    9. Jeffrey Goldberg has written a hugely important book that both investigates the centuries-old crisis in the Middle East and also addresses the wider dilemma of the war on terror in today’s world. Goldberg recounts his experiences with heartwarming and incisive insight. As a journalist, Goldberg has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and interviewed figures as central to the discord as Arafat and Sharon. He has also sat down with militants of Hamas and Hezbollah. Growing up a secular Je [...]


    10. Self-categorized on the book jacket as "Current Affairs," this book had me expecting an analysis of Israeli-Palestinian relations, the word "prisoners" in the title no more than a metaphor. In fact, a large part of the book takes place in an actual prison, and while it has much to say about Israeli-Palestinian relations, it is more correctly a memoir of an American Jewish journalist attempting to understand the nature of the conflict that has prevailed in that part of the Middle East since 1948. [...]


    11. "Prisoners" is a memoir that's journalistic in style and larded with emotion. I did not find it to be a dispassionate account of the Israel/Palestine confrontations. Rather, it is an example of how we are all blindered by our preconceptions. I think this is dangerous when a story is told superficially so well.Mr. Goldberg is obviously a sensitive person on a personal level, but he is caught up - as are the Palestinians - in his own personal emotions. In his case, the emotions come out of his lif [...]


    12. Well-written and debatably educational, Prisoners follows Jeffrey Goldberg's many years in the Middle East - working on an kibbutz after he proudly and "finally" abandons the tri-state Diaspora, boot camp in the Israeli army, working as a military policeman in the Israeli military prison Ketziot (opened after the first Palestinian uprising/Intifada), then in his many travels as a journalist - posing as a neutral American, sincerely befriending Palestinians in a quest to track down former "friend [...]


    13. Read this, if you want to better understand Israel/Palestine situation.Is this a bildungsroman? Liberal American Jew goes to Israel ("makes aliyah") and encounters moral dilemmas. This work is particularly appropriate for anyone who has lived in Israel. Although its moral adventure is traversable by any literate reader, the many linguistic and geographic references to place require a good knowledge of Palestine. The author is brutally honest with his own shortcomings, and honest about his unreal [...]


    14. This book exceeded my expectations tremendously. The writer is a Jewish American, in search of his identity during his youth and takes us thru his travels in the Soviet, kibbutz life, and his service as a prison guard. It is while in prison during the Intifada he comes to meet many prisoners who belong to the Hamas and Fatah. He has many soul-searching conversations with Rafiq Hijazi about religion and politics and despite thier differences they both mantain an uncanny repect for each other.Amaz [...]


    15. Really interesting book, a blend of a (factual) memoir and an analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict, focusing on 1987-2003. The author served as an Israeli prison guard (technically a "counselor") during the first Intifada, so he interacted with many Israeli soldiers and Palestinian prisoners. He discusses his experience and (sometimes arrogantly) criticizes practices and ways of thinking on both sides of the conflict. After finishing his service, the author stayed in the Middle East as a re [...]


    16. I wouldn't say I greatly enjoyed this book, but I was glad that I read it. Most of it was way over my head, however, and I was more apt to take from it the broader lesson that is to be learned. I also know the author personally, so it was interesting to hear about a range of experiences in his life that I previously was unaware of, told so eloquently. If you are at all interested in the Middle-East crisis, you would definitely have a lot to take from this true to life story.


    17. Eventually, this book became very illuminating. It took awhile for me to catch on to some of the references he mentions (well, a lot of them, I started taking notes and looking things up later). It did end up being a good source to learn about the conflict in the Middle East & how people feel about it (both sides), and so on. So much more to learn!


    18. It took me a while to get through the book, but it was interesting. I don't know if I really liked Goldberg. I think that he was kind of stupid or naive, but then again, maybe it's because he was honest about his thoughts throughout the book. I learned some about the Palestinian side of things, but not a lot of new information. I learned more about Goldberg's idealism and how it was deflated.


    19. This was one of the best books I've read with regard to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and it has left me more personally conflicted than ever before. Good historical references and certainly a fair assessment of the mistakes made by the Israelis, as well as those of the Palestinians. I'm praying harder than ever before for peace.


    20. "Prisoners" is a memoir written so well that it could pass for fiction. It is Goldberg's story of dealing with his Jewish identity, his relationship to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the people on both sides of the conflict. It is an honest and interesting search for hope in a brutal conflict.


    21. Well-written, reasonable, unbiased description of a politically unlikely friendship. So maddening that it has been 20 years since Goldberg met Rafiq and 7 since he wrote the book and absolutely nothing has changed in the Middle East. Or rather, it feels like things have changed and mostly gotten worse.


    22. A perverted form of accepting the other, whilst projecting your own high standards upon them instead of living by them yourself. Full of selective information, mostly to the benefit of the state of Israel and a completely off-topic detour into Pakistan to discuss radical islam and pretend as if that is the root cause of the conflict.


    23. This is a compelling true life tale of an American Jewish journalist's (and former Isreali Military Police Officer) pilgrimage to the front lines of Zionist activism in Isreal. His viewpoints and insights are refreshingly balanced, and the philosophical exchanges with his Palestinian counterparts are extremely lucid.


    24. It took me about 3 days to read this book. Goldberg writes with precision and well-placed (but not over-done) wit. Great book on the utter hopelessness of the enduring conflict in the Middle East.


    25. I thought a book about an American Jew who emigrates to Israel and does military service in the biggest prison for Palestinians, and (guessing from the title) makes friends with a Palestinian, would be good, but I couldn't get into it.


    26. An amazing insight to the conflict in Palestine The author truly give you a good grasp of the history and how far back this fighting has gone on. A great book for a person who really wants to understand the conflict in the "holy land"


    27. If there were more interactions such as these maybe there would be a little more peace in the world. Truthfully though, this only came about b/c one was imprisoned by the other. The struggle was noble and worth the effort.


    28. So far this book is amazing. I have to keep a computer around to look up some Jewish religious rituals and terms, but other than that (which isn't a negative) this is a very interesting book about an international conflict told from a personal perspective.


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