BOOK: “Behind the Wall – Life, love and struggle in Palestine” by Rich Wiles Nov09 November 18, 2009


AVAILABLE: January 2010
Order from Potomac Books, Inc. here


Accompanied by intimate photographic portraits taken by the author, Behind the Wall is a collection of short factual stories, conversations, and articles written between 2006 and 2007 about daily life in and around Palestinian refugee camps in the area of Palestine currently referred to as the West Bank. Wiles recounts conversations with Palestinians of all ages, including survivors of al-Nakba, released child and female prisoners, parents trying to rear their children amid the violence of military occupation, and people struggling for the right of return to their original villages. These intimate portrayals offer clues to understanding the Palestinian psyche and the psychological effects of exile, colonization, and occupation.

Having spent much of his time in Palestine since 2003, both inside and outside the refugee camps, Wiles asserts that the camps often suffer from greater levels of Israeli Army incursions, violence, poverty, and desperation than the towns or villages. There are approximately seven million Palestinian refugees around the world, of which more than 650,000 are living in camps in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These stories provide a glimpse into the underreported situation inside the camps as seen through the eyes of those living there while the photographs illustrate the human face of a people who have often been denied this exposure by the world press.

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