A coastal civilisation open to the world. A flourishing port on a major international trading route. This was Gaza’s past. Can it be its future?
Today، Gaza is home to a uniquely imprisoned people، most unable to travel to the West Bank، let alone Israel، where tens of thousands once worked، and unable to flee in wartime. Trapped inside a crucible of conflict، the surprise is that so many of them remain courageous، outspoken and steadfast.
From refugee camps to factories struggling under economic stranglehold and bombardment، Donald Macintyre reveals Gaza’s human tragedy through the stories of the ordinary people who live and work there. He portrays the suffering through siege and war، the failings – including those of the international community – that have seen opportunities for peace pass by and the fragile، lingering hope that Gaza، with its creativity and resilience، can be part of a better future for the Middle East.
Donald Macintyre was the Independent’s Jerusalem bureau chief for eight years between 2004 and 2012. He won the Next Century Foundation’s Peace Through Media Prize in 2011 and has previously been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for journalism and for the Martha Gellhorn journalism award.
‘Donald Macintyre’s Gaza is a deeply informed and elegant portrait of this small but profoundly important and misunderstood part of the world. Not only are Gaza’s history and politics made compellingly accessible، so too are her sight، sound and smell. In this way Macintryre challenges any notion of Gaza’s irrelevance and perhaps more importantly does what few authors writing on Gaza have done: elevates the ordinary in a manner that will endure، helping the reader understand that no matter who we are and where we are from، in Gaza we can recognise ourselves. This book speaks to something greater than Gaza’s pain; it speaks to Gaza’s soul.’ (Sara Roy، Senior Research Scholar، Center for Middle Eastern Studies، Harvard University)
‘A perceptive first-hand analysis of Gaza’s hell-on-earth.’ (Martin Bell، author of War and the Death of News)
‘Donald Macintyre has written a remarkable political panorama about Gaza today. In cool prose he exposes the history of the conflict and the discussion that has surrounded it. Anyone interested in understanding the situation between Hamas، the Palestinian Authority and Israel should look at the conclusion of this book. Anyone who wants to feel a little bit how people live in this narrow strip of land on the Mediterranean coast must read the whole work.’ (Shlomo Sand، Professor of History، Tel Aviv University، and author of The Invention of the Jewish People)
‘Donald Macintyre skilfully picks his way through the tangle of accusations that surrounds Gaza’s tragedy. This is a lucid، essential guide. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.’ (Jeremy Bowen، BBC Middle East editor)
‘If not for the sensitive and perceptive reporting of a few individual journalists such as Amira Hass of the Israeli daily Haaretz and Donald Macintyre of the British Independent، the untold suffering of the Palestinian people would have gone completely unnoticed.’ (Ramzy Baroud، editor of Palestine Chronicle)