Critics have called O Jerusalem! The year in which British rule ceased in Our present is the projection of the past and our future shall be determined by our actions of today. We all are disturbed by the conflicts of Israel and Philistine and wonder why they can't stop O Jerusalem. Larry Collins , Dominique Lapierre.
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Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dominique Lapierre. This book recounts, moment by moment, the process that gave birth to the state of Israel. O Jerusalem! It penetrates the battle from the inside, exploring each party's inter This book recounts, moment by moment, the process that gave birth to the state of Israel. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. This book documents the Jewish struggle to create the tiny state of Israel and the struggle of the Arabs and British to crush it, with particular focus on Jerusalem. It contains some interesting accounts and much interesting information, but it is not without its flaws. Beginning with the decision at the United Nations at Flushing Meadow to accept the re-partition of the Land of Israel into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, and the violent Arab reaction, it leaves out the fact the Britain's Pa This book documents the Jewish struggle to create the tiny state of Israel and the struggle of the Arabs and British to crush it, with particular focus on Jerusalem.
Beginning with the decision at the United Nations at Flushing Meadow to accept the re-partition of the Land of Israel into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, and the violent Arab reaction, it leaves out the fact the Britain's Palestine Mandate of , included what is now the State of Israel, the disputed territories the West Bank Judea and Samaria and Gaza and Jordan.
In Transjordan later Jordan set up on three-fourths of Palestine, leaving one-fourth of Palestine for the Jewish national home. Two years later, at the instigation of the British Mandates political secretary, the rabidly anti-Jewish E. T Robinson, he was appointed "Mufti of Jerusalem", the equivalent of Bishop of a city, with Jewish and not Moslem routes, and a Jewish, not Moslem plurality. Haj Amin El Husseini manipulated his way to becoming President of the Moslem Supreme Council, and in the following years, he set himself up as an unchallenged dictator of all the Moslems in the Holy Land, through a combination of patronage and terror, in which thousands of Arab opponents and potential or suspected opponents where murdered on the orders of the Mufti, in a bloody purge.
In , the Mufti orchestrated more violent of Jews in Palestine, covering the Land of Israel in the blood of Jewish men, women and children. When the British finally decided to arrest him, he fled to Beirut and later to Baghdad, where in , he aided in a Nazi-backed plot to overthrow the British government in Iraq. When the plot failed he fled to Iran and then to Nazi Germany where he formed a close friendship with Adolph Hitler and attended Nazi rallies as an honoured guest.
He did everything in his power to achieve an Axis victory. He recruited Arab agents to drop behind the British lines as saboteurs and raised two divisions of Bosnian Moslems for the SS.
He facilitated the German entry into Tunisia and Libya. He personally visited the Nazi death camps including Auschwitz and he urged the Nazis to speed up the Final Solution.
In Husseini personally influenced Reich Foreign Minister Ribbentrop to prevent four thousand Jewish children being sent to Israel, instead diverting them to Hitler's death camps where they perished. We also learn that Haj Amin was not the only Arab terrorist to be trained in Nazi Germany, as part of the Axis war effort.
Unfortunately the Revisionist freedom fighters -Irgun and Lehi -do not get fair treatment and are unjustly maligned in the book. The account given of the alleged massacre of Arabs during the Battle of Deir Yassin is based on the lies of the Arabs and their British allies. Unfortunately the Hagannah, the military wing of the Labour Zionists added to these lies to malign their political opponents in the Irgun and Lehi.
A heroic account is given of the struggle of the Jews of Jerusalem, to survive Arab attacks and starvation Jan 29, Jennifer Jacobs rated it it was amazing Shelves: challange , my-reviews. One of the most beautifully written book on Israel Palestine conflict ever! This book won my heart! It was so comprehensive and surprisingly very very neutral!
It is so detailed and meticulous: It can be a textbook for any class on this subject any given day! This book details the foundation of the great state of Israel and unlike many books written on the subject:Remains as objective and neutral as possible,the flow is very smooth,it feels like you're reading a thriller novel when you read it: I co One of the most beautifully written book on Israel Palestine conflict ever!
This book details the foundation of the great state of Israel and unlike many books written on the subject:Remains as objective and neutral as possible,the flow is very smooth,it feels like you're reading a thriller novel when you read it: I could not put it down once I started reading it,and to my surprise it was over in less than 2 days despite its massive size,many books on the issue of Israel vs Palestine are either too partisan,too biased,one sided or even if they are neutral,they tend to be boring when neutral in my experience!
And I have read over books on Israel and Palestine encompassing both point of views to this date! I highly recommend this book,reading this book made me really happy and informed on the issue.
Please read Just completed this long book!! The book's narrative begins apart from a Prologue with the successful passing of the UN Partition Plan, of the Palestinian region under the British Mandate at that time, to form two separate States, on November 29, The book ends with the region's history as on July 17, ; along with an Epilogue.
I so much loved the narrati Wow! I so much loved the narrative style in which the writers have made of describing history. Within the preface to the book's second edition, Dominique Lapierre says that when Golda Meir had read their other book Is Paris Burning? The book mainly deals with events that happen in Jerusalem. But other areas that are relevant or in connection with Jerusalem are also focussed upon whenever necessary. Personally I found the book to include a lot of violence, but at the same time I understand that it could not be helped, because that was the main content of the things that happened at the time.
With violence, are given high amount of details of arms and ammunition procurement, and smuggling them in; outlines of Jewish History and Zionism; information about the Hagganah, the Irgun, and the Stern Gang; the Arab's views of the Jews; life in Jerusalem, and also especially in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, etc. Although these things are enough mentioned, a lot of violence has been depicted and described within the book, and in wholesome detail.
And personally I do not favour reading on so much violence, continuously. As far as ratings go, I feel many a readers may choose giving this book a 5-star, based upon the emotions and sympathies generated by the reader upon reading certain sequences in the book. And believe me, my eyes were sodden with tears as well at certain times too. However I have refrained from giving this book a 5-star, because somewhere I felt the contents of the book did not "amaze" me, but the writing style did!
Violence does not amaze me by itself, but paradoxically it still does when I perceive it within the grander scheme of things happening through Earth's history or of the Universe in its entirety.
Still, I would certainly recommend this book, for its superb way of narrating history, a very engaging style; for knowing the history of the region that led to the proclamation of the State of Israel and its fight for the land; of the sufferings of the Arabs in the region; and for its authentic contents, and unbiased views of the writers.
View all 3 comments. Well, coming to the Middle East, I can safely say I knew nothing of the history of the Israeli State beyond the fact that it existed and mostly Jewish people ran it.
Staying here in Bethlehem for over a month meant we got a great deal of the Palestinian perspective on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, but as far as the events that led to the creation of the State of Israel and the circumstances under which the Israeli Army eventually occupied those territories, no one was able to Well, coming to the Middle East, I can safely say I knew nothing of the history of the Israeli State beyond the fact that it existed and mostly Jewish people ran it.
Staying here in Bethlehem for over a month meant we got a great deal of the Palestinian perspective on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, but as far as the events that led to the creation of the State of Israel and the circumstances under which the Israeli Army eventually occupied those territories, no one was able to fill me in. This book happened to be on the shelf in the retreat center, and so I sank my teeth into it--and it's a fun book to read, that's for sure.
Less a plodding chronicle than a look at what happened from the perspective of eyewitnesses on the ground and in positions of diplomatic and political responsibility, the authors manage to craft a narrative that is quite gripping.
It is most definitely written from the Jewish perspective, though a great deal of the research comes from Arab sources from within the city during the years and months leading up to the outbreak of armed warfare in and the creation of the State of Israel by a U. Mandate known among the Palestinians as "the catastrophe". There is no doubt that there were acts of tremendous bravery and outrageous barbarity on both sides, especially in the months leading up to the withdrawal of British forces.
The siege of Jerusalem put the 1, residents of the Jewish quarter of the Old City through starvation and the prospect of instant death at the hands of Arab artillery shelling the skyline for over a month. An estimated , Arabs fled their villages before the advancement of the Israeli army and were confined to refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt, many of which exist to this day.
Atrocities on both sides fed the righteous fury of disciplined soldiers and terrorists alike, and reading about the mutual slaughter carried out in a city revered by three world religions is one of the most frustrating and sickening accounts of armed conflict I've ever come across. Yet pinning the contradictions and insanity of these conflicts on religion alone would be inaccurate, as it would be more appropriate to assign them to religion taken captive by political ends. The book concludes with the armistice of and the assassination of 4 of the 5 Arab leaders involved in the conflict presumably by other Arabs indignant at their failure to follow through with their intention to resist any peace plan that included the UN Partition plan that allowed an Israeli State.
Much has intervened since then to create the state of affairs that now obtains in this region, but I'm a little better equipped to understand what drives the passionate struggle for independence and statehood on both sides of the wall. Jan 06, Krishnaja rated it it was amazing.
In the wake of the unrest in Syria and that part of the world and my growing interest in understanding the history behind this age old struggle, I picked up this book. This is an account of the war for the independence of Israel which focuses on the struggle between the British and the various Jewish and Moslem armies for Jerusalem.
It is a very engaging narrative with a fairly unbiased viewpoint. The war has been described in very graphic detail- brace yourself.
Collins and Lapierre penetrate the battle from the inside, exploring each party's interests, intentions, and concessions as the city of all of their dreams teeters on the brink of destruction. From the Jewish fighters and their heroic commanders to the charismatic Arab chieftain whose death in battle doomed his cause but inspired a generation of Palestinians, "O Jerusalem! Now with a new introduction by Dominique Lapierre, "O Jerusalem! The year in which British rule ceased in Our present is the projection of the past and our future shall be determined by our actions of today. We all are disturbed by the conflicts of Israel and Philistine and wonder why they can't stop He has been involved in rescue operations worldwide, including the Pentagon collapse during the September 11, attacks, and the Alfred P.
The bitter, bloody struggle for the City of Peace
By Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. New York: Simon and Schuster. If I forget thee, 0 Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth;. If I prefer not Jerusalem above my highest joys.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Now a major motion picture, this remarkable classic recounts, moment by moment, the spellbinding process that gave birth to the state of Israel. Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking valor as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem!