Mornings in Jenin, Paperback Book
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Palestine, 1948. A mother clutches her six-month-old son as Israeli soldiers march through the village of Ein Hod.

In a split second, her son is snatched from her arms and the fate of the Abulheja family is changed forever.

Forced into a refugee camp in Jenin and exiled from the ancient village that is their lifeblood, the family struggles to rebuild their world.

Their stories unfold through the eyes of the youngest sibling, Amal, the daughter born in the camp who will eventually find herself alone in the United States; the eldest son who loses everything in the struggle for freedom; the stolen son who grows up as an Israeli, becoming an enemy soldier to his own brother.

Mornings in Jenin is a devastating novel of love and loss, war and oppression, and heartbreak and hope, spanning five countries and four generations of one of the most intractable conflicts of our lifetime.


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This book was always going to polarise opinion as I have just seen the proof of from reading the other reviews. If you know your history of the Arab-Israeli conflict there will be no surprises here really. Sometimes the reminiscences of characters can be a little too flowery perhaps, however the story kept turning over nicely and it was a great attempt at four generations in one 300 odd page book. It is difficult to sympathise with the cause of Zionist Israelis the more you learn about this conflict and no I don't think you have to be a HAMS or terrorist supporter to like this novel. If you can't admit that Israel has commited crimes against many Palestinia people then you don't really know much about the conflict probably. Sad to say but it is true. A subject that needs to be explored by bothe writer and reader in more detail.