The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Story

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May 03, Mai rated it it was amazing. This was very informative novel as it tells the history of Palestine from the times of Othman Empire until it sadly becomes Israel. It shows all the players who caused this catastrophe starting from the Turks whose unfair rule of Palestine makes the Palestinians welcome the British after world war 1 based on their promise to make Palestine a free state, then the British who broke their promise and open Palestine to Zionists immigration who finally took over the country by the help of USA and Sov This was very informative novel as it tells the history of Palestine from the times of Othman Empire until it sadly becomes Israel.

It shows all the players who caused this catastrophe starting from the Turks whose unfair rule of Palestine makes the Palestinians welcome the British after world war 1 based on their promise to make Palestine a free state, then the British who broke their promise and open Palestine to Zionists immigration who finally took over the country by the help of USA and Soviet Union.

It even shows the effect of Hitler massacres to Jews on the Palestinian case as Palestine was the one to pay for his crimes. The part of the civil war between Zionist gangs and Palestinians was an eye opener to me and the terrorist attacks that Zionists used to get rid of both the British and Palestinians and control the country was very well illustrated in this book.

So for all those who think Palestinians sold their lands, you should read this book to know how the whole universe seems to conspire against Palestine, it was much bigger than some people voluntary selling their lands. For those who think terrorism is an Arabic invention, read this book and see how a whole country was built on terrorism that even exceeds what we see from ISIS today Apr 04, Theconsciousmuslim rated it it was amazing.

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Deborah Rohan undertook this unenviable task of writing a fictional autobiographical account about a Palestinian family. It then depicts their fight for freedom under Turkish and then British rule, which was consquently followed by the illegal Zionist occupation. The novel is based around the lives of Hamzi Mogh Deborah Rohan undertook this unenviable task of writing a fictional autobiographical account about a Palestinian family. The novel is based around the lives of Hamzi Moghrabi and his father Kamel Moghrabi, a secular and socially conscious man whose life seems to echo the tragic demolition of a nation.

The story begins in when Kamel joins the Ottoman Army as a young soldier, believing that he is joining others in a movement that will eventually lead to a united region for Armenians, Arabs, Jews and Turks. However, his romantic dream unravels before his eyes and he awakens to a whole new reality.

As the fighting gets closer and closer to their home and the Zionists are unapologetically grabbing more and more land, the Moghrabis make a heartbreakingly difficult decision—to flee.

Now residing in Lebanon, poor and broken, he questions his decision to leave his homeland; here the novel highlights the many moral, social and economic issues faced by numerous Palestinians at this pivotal moment in history. This is a deeply moving, family-orientated narrative, which portrays the emotions, life and culture of a Palestinian. It is written without rancour and laced with incredible warmth, depth and for good measure it has a love story too. It is highly recommended read for those wishing to learn more about the plight and struggles of the Palestinian people or for someone who would simply enjoy reading something heartfelt, expressive and at times, deeply emotional.

When I told a local high school teacher that I was about to launch an expedition on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with my middle school students, she immediately said, "If you're going to teach anything about the I-P conflict, you have to read Moghrabi's Olives first. This narrative offers a Palestinian perspective about one family's experience living in historical Palestine from the last years of the Ottoman Empire and its defeat i When I told a local high school teacher that I was about to launch an expedition on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with my middle school students, she immediately said, "If you're going to teach anything about the I-P conflict, you have to read Moghrabi's Olives first.

This narrative offers a Palestinian perspective about one family's experience living in historical Palestine from the last years of the Ottoman Empire and its defeat in World War I to the Nabka, or Catastrophe, the name given to the War of This was the first time I truly considered events from the Palestinian perspective.

It definitely raised questions and spurred dialogue, and I am grateful for the push. Jun 18, Mohammad Z rated it it was amazing. It's an awesome read, especially if you like historical non-fiction books. It gets emotional towards the end, due to the attacks from the Zionists and the unforeseen hardship the family faces during the final days of the British Mandate.

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Dramatic-Irony plays a very big part as well; the whole time they're talking about returning back to their home in Akka Acre , the reader knows- from history- its very unlikely. Sep 13, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: Family biography in fictional form History of Palestine as told through the eyes of the Arabic Moghrabi family in Galilee. Still so very relevant to today's troubles. This book will stay with me. Apr 07, Nahed rated it it was amazing. When you plant an olive tree or a whole olive grove, it will take fifteen to twenty years until the saplings will bear for the first time fruits that are ready to be harvested.

Whoever plants an olive grove makes a statement: Kamel is the son of a middle class family which lives since centuries in this town. Young Kamel is enlisted in the Ottoman Army when the story begins: A growing self-consciousness as a nation and the demands of self-governance and independence take root not only in the Balkans, but also in the vast regions of the crumbling Empire that are inhabited by Arabs.

Although Kamel is too young to play a big role in this movement, he wholeheartedly supports the ideas of self-governance and independence also for the Arab subjects of the Ottoman Empire.

The Olive Grove: A Palestinian Story by Deborah Rohan

The book follows Kamel's story which is rich in rather dramatic situations: In a very difficult situation at home, Kamel marries his childhood friend Haniya with which he builds a family and which is to become Kamel's big source of happiness. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"? These 9 locations in All: La Trobe University Library.

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The Moghrabis have lived in Palestine for centuries. Reunited with his family after being freed by British soldiers, he marries his childhood friend Haniya. But their happiness is short-lived as their homeland is ravaged by violence between the local Arab population and Jewish immigrants fleeing Europe.

Any hope of an independent Palestine is shattered and the Moghrabis are forced to flee their home with its cherished olive groves. Based on a true story, this family saga is a universal depiction of Palestinian life and culture with a warm and engaging love story at its heart. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Strange Case of the Chicken Assassin: Editorial Reviews Review 'Beautifully written Deborah Rohan writes periodicals and books that often focus on the Palestinian-Israeli situation and the importance of considering history and multiple perspectives when trying to forge a just solution to the conflict.

She is a frequent speaker on the topic, and teaches listening and dialogue skills to those impacted by the conflict in the Middle East and the US. Product details File Size: January 16, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention olive grove middle east must read true story tells the story palestinian family israel palestinians view conflict historical emotional events palestine perspective truth important interested israeli land.

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Most news accounts and histories do a good job of putting a pro-Israeli spin on things. Living in Israel and Egypt for a year as a UN peacekeeper exposed me to a much more balanced view of events. The truth fell somewhere in the middle when the spin was replaced by the facts. This was consistent in three specific newsworthy events where I had personal knowledge of what really happened.

The Olive Grove does a good job of telling the formation of Israel from a Palestinian viewpoint.