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O Jerusalem! is a history book by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins that seeks to capture the events and struggles surrounding the creation of the state of . Start by marking “Ô Jérusalem” as Want to Read: Collins & Lapierre weave a tapestry of shattered hopes, valor & fierce pride as the Arabs, Jews & British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. Books on the Israel Palestine Conflict. O Jerusalem! and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook .. This item:O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins Paperback $
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This book not only offers a detailed and understandable account of Israel & Jerusalem's history from 70 AD to the electrifying events of , it also. O Jerusalem! meticulously re-creates this historic struggle. Collins and Lapierre penetrate the battle from the inside, exploring each party's interests, intentions. Now with a new introduction by Dominique Lapierre, O Jerusalem! remains, as ever, a towering testament to the fiery dawn of Israel and an.
What I particularly liked about it is the objective view of the conflict from all sides. Having just returned from Jerusalem, where I stayed right inside Jaffa's Gate, the descriptions of the fighting were very real to me.
Mar 09, Aditi Sharma rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can also find this review on- https: I cannot even begin to tell you the gem this book, O Jerusalem! With more than three years of it You can also find this review on- https: With more than three years of it lying in my to-read section of the closet, it is now, in , that I picked it up, only to finish it with a sigh, a sigh not of relief or soreness, but of admiration, of wonderment.
Not many of us realize the struggle, the sacrifice, the rigor that goes behind building up a nation. Why is that? Israel is a country that came into its being in But it was at the expense of thousands of lives, months of struggle and loads and loads of passion.
What a daunting task it is to own even a small part of land; imagine the struggle that must have gone into owning the land for a full-fledged country.
A valid question. If Israel was the girl-child, who was intended to be killed by everybody right in the womb of her mother, Jerusalem was its heart; a body cannot survive without its heart, right? Jerusalem, due to many religious reasons, is considered one of the holiest cities not only by Jews, but by Moslems and Christians too.
And therefore, it still is an ongoing debate and, perhaps, an unending struggle to decide who owns Jerusalem, that who has deeper roots in the city, that who can finally claim Jerusalem as their own city — Jewish, Muslims or Christians.
This proposal was considered the only wise resolution to the thirty years of struggle between Jews and Arabs for the control of Palestine. And thus started the preparations for an inevitable war between Arabs and Jews. Jews rejoicing the promise of their nation in the streets of Palestine, Britishers joining them, even some Arabs who have been living with their neighboring Jews for years joined the celebration.
It was an illusion for some eyes, to witness all the existing communities in Palestine dancing, enjoying and rejoicing at the same place, at the same time and for the same news.
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It undoubtedly was a rare sight but, certainly, not an illusion. But, since centuries, Jewish are the people who have been the victims of oppression and cruelty. And now was the time, Gurion knew, to own what they deserve. Everything was against Jews, expect one — their passion and desire to own a country. And today, there, amongst Arabic and Islamic nations, stands Israel, strong and fierce.
Possessor of enough people, enough ammunition, enough funds and enough support from Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon and Egypt , Arabs had everything that could possibly be needed to win a war, except one thing — the passion and desire that Jews had. As soon as could have been possible, both — Jews and Arabs, got engaged in arranging what they would be needing the most in upcoming days, ammunitions and trained people.
Jewish army had, more or less, as many girls and women as it had boys and men. A man as old as fifty and a girl as young as twelve, played significant roles during the war. It was those funds that got the Jewish soldiers their jackets to survive the cold months of Palestine. But the greatest fear looming over Jews during was even graver, that was of food and water. There neither were enough sources nor enough funds to get food for the entire Jewish community, including their soldiers, and be stored in warehouses.
And those gravest of fears did come true. There was a phase when soldiers were surviving the whole day on a cup of tea and loaves of bread. Civilians were in poorer condition. Why is it that wherever English rule ended, it left the bloodshed and massacre behind? It was in India in , then in Palestine in The war, without any British intervention, started and so did the death toll.
Both the communities used the tactics of threatening the other community of fleeing from their villages and evacuating them, which otherwise would be massacred; many of these produced the desired and required results too. What made evacuation tougher for Jewish civilians was the absence of any other place they could go to. Lives of civilians became hell living underground and in basements.
Constant shelling by Arabs made it impossible for Jews to even move out on streets. Electricity of the Jewish villages was gone for entire nights, as any light would give Arabs the hint of their location, making it easier for them to shell the place.
Water, which before was at least enough to sustain, had soon become meager and insufficient to meet even the least of the requirement levels. Children kept on crying of hunger and thirst. The wave of starvation was looming over Jews. Insufficient meals weakened the Jewish army too. Many, deprived of food as well as sleep, fainted in the battles, which led to Jewish surrenders in many areas. But they fought; they fought, with their blood, sweat and lives, despite every possible hurdle and obstacle.
In fact, there was the mention of a fight in the book which took me by complete surprise.
Refugees, who had just gotten away from a concentration camp, were shipped to Palestine. They were the people who had just escaped the tormenting camps in the hope of getting to their Promised Land, Jerusalem. But, to their dismay, they were to become the part of a Jewish force, which was to battle the Arabs. None of those refugees knew Hebrew, the only language the Jewish leader over there knew.
Yet, a resolution was reached upon. Those refugees, now the soldiers, were taught few Hebrew words that would help them to understand the orders of their leader during the battle. And this was another element that Arabs lacked — unity. Their civilians suffered too.
There soldiers died too. In spite of having the best of everything they lacked the drive, passion and unity, which eventually led to the loss of their people.
If they had not underestimated the Jews, there was no chance that Jews could win and Israel could arise. The moment the proposal was accepted by both the communities, Jews knew they could finally realize their centuries-old dream, and Arabs some of the Arab leaders who were against accepting the ceasefire knew they had given their enemy the opportunity of defeating them.
Ammunitions reached Israel, untrained soldiers were trained, Israeli fighter-planes took their first flight, warehouses were filled with food that would last for a long one year.
As deprived and weak Israel was before the pause, as stronger it turned into once the ceasefire ended. And absence of plan B made Jerusalem slip out of Jewish hands during the July of And even though only for some time, but the raging fire the undivided and then divided Palestine was burning in ceased. It took me a month to finish it but, in the end, it was worth it.
But such minor issues can be overlooked as the knowledge the book provides and the extreme extensive research that must have gone behind writing it surpasses, at least, my uptake.
Another element that I loved about the book was the heading of every chapter. Even though, in some cases, it gave out the crux of the subject matter of that particular chapter, the names of all the chapters were so precise and apt in context of the subsequent content, that they made me realize the significance of headings.
A highly recommended book. A heroic account is given of the struggle of the Jews of Jerusalem, to survive Arab attacks and starvation. View all 8 comments. Sep 18, Shaleen rated it really liked it Shelves: Golda Meir says it right.
This is how history should be written. My inspiration to pick this book up was primarily to read the history of which I have no intellectual or emotional connection. Everything I read in this book was new, and boy, by the end of it, I understand the modern world politics surrounding Israel much better. Ben-Gurion, Glub Pasha, Abdullah Tell, Shaltiel, Avriel and Golda have been perpetually added to the long list of historical figures who, in some way or the other, might i Golda Meir says it right.
Ben-Gurion, Glub Pasha, Abdullah Tell, Shaltiel, Avriel and Golda have been perpetually added to the long list of historical figures who, in some way or the other, might influence me in time to come. As with Freedom at Midnight, the books reads like rapidly changing scenes off the streets of Jerusalem, the library of Tel Aviv, the palace of Amman, the fields of intense battle, and underneath the slits of the armoured cars, and despite its mammoth size, it barely ceases to be unputdownable.
This is the second book from the same authors that I have read the first being Freedom at Midnight, which happens to be my all time favourite book , and one can safely assume that these guys are bloody good at chronicling the rise of impossible nation states, India and Israel being the prime examples. As much as the authors claim it to be unbiased, though, I have a distinct feeling that it was slightly biased towards the Israelis than the Arabs.
Next up, Paris Burning it is! View 2 comments. I was impressed by the effort made by the authors to be balanced, not painting any side as being totally good or bad.
A older friend of mine, Andre, was involved in the events following this war, becoming himself an officer in the Israeli army during the war of independence.
Polish and a communist, he fought in the southern army, ac 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. Polish and a communist, he fought in the southern army, accepting the surrender of another middling officer, Gamal Abdel Nasser, with whom he became friends, later serving, until the disgracefully engineered Lavon Affair, as one of the covert military attaches to the Egyptian government.
For him, the goal was a multiethnic state, the common enemy European imperialism. This, too, was the perspective of many who fought for Israeli independence, of the Mapam party and of many in neighboring Muslim states.
Sadly, all were betrayed, the wars continue and no end is in sight so long as the United States plays favorites. Students of Mid-East and war history. What a tremendous read at this 60th anniversary of the state of Israel. A terrorist bomb of 55 gal drum filled with rusty nails, bolts and explosive set off amid shoppers and workers catching the bus back home Protecting the defeated fighters of an outpost from the crazed crowds This book tells What a tremendous read at this 60th anniversary of the state of Israel.
This book tells the good and bad on both sides pretty evenly. Personal stories of heroism and sacrifice on both sides work to put you in their place, and to have sympathy and understanding with both sides, as well as anger and disgust. Ethnic cleansing works as a strategy for both antagonists and yet, there are many examples where Arabs and Jews live together and want to remain friends.
Still, in the end, the courage of the Israelis against a vastly better equipped foe brings the results hoped for. Jan 28, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Freedom at Midnight is definitely the better of the two. O Jerusalem feels much more clunky and following the plot and historical events was, at times, confusing for me.
Also, the authors present themselves as unbiased, but are clearly biased in favor of Israel, which affects their presentation of facts. However, the Jewish intelligence learned that, although the mandate was set to expire on May 15, the British were planning to leave on May Prepared for the early departure, the Haganah mobilized quickly and managed to capture many British buildings before the Arabs even realized that the British had left.
Not privy to this intelligence, the Arab armies activated on May After the expiration of the mandate, war befell the region. The Arab armies underestimated the Haganah's strength and were not prepared for a strong foe.
Both the Arab and Jewish armies suffered major shortcomings in ammunition and manpower. The situation in Jerusalem worsened, leaving Jewish Jerusalemites near starving. On June 11, , a UN sanctioned cease-fire began.
Jerusalem's starving were saved by a temporary end to the siege. Jerusalem's storerooms and stomachs were filled again. By cease-fire agreement, neither army was allowed to re-arm itself, but the Haganah was able to buy arms through the black market. The Arab armies, however, were not.
After four weeks, the fighting began again, followed by another cease-fire beginning on July 19 July 17 in Jerusalem , O Jerusalem! The authors spent three years interviewing, researching, and reading public documents in order to create an interesting, readable account of the birth of Israel and the lives and deaths of the countless, often nameless, people involved.
This precise perspective gives justice to some of the most compelling factors of the conflict. There are some omissions in their narrative such as the shooting of Thomas C. Wasson which occurred in Jerusalem on 20 May From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the book by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins. For other uses, see O Jerusalem disambiguation.
This article has multiple issues. 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.To their credit, however, the authors exhibit little discernible bias toward Jew or Arab.
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