Literary Nonfiction. Middle Eastern Studies. This work of literary nonfiction takes place on the West Bank in the fall of 2003, when members of the non-violent direct action group, the International Solidarity Movement or ISM (of which the author was a member), decide to take up residence in the Muqata'a in the city of Ramallah, the site of the Palestinian Authority National Headquarters. Their concern is that the Israeli military may be on the verge of invasion, a repeat of the siege of the city of Ramallah and near total destruction of the Muqata'a that took place the previous year in 2002. A very tense couple of days is spent waiting for the Israeli tanks and bulldozers, which may, or may not, show up. Members of ISM also journey to the small West Bank Village of Jayyous through floating checkpoints and the Separation Wall, to help with and bear witness to the attempts of the Jayyous Palestinian villagers to harvest their olives while dealing with challenges of the new Separation Barrier and the constant presence of the Israeli Military and the encroaching settlements. The author looks back from the perspective of ten years, in 2013, after news of the possible Polonium 210 poisoning and murder of Yasser Arafat in 2004, and the results of conflicting forensic tests on his exhumed body, make international headlines.
author sitePaul Larudee @ Northern California International Solidarity Movement
F. S. Rosa was co-publisher of Ithuriel's Spear Press. Her latest book is LUNCHTIME AT THE MUQATA'A. She also authored the collection of short stories Post War and Other Stories, and the novel THE DIVINE COMEDY OF CARLO TRESCA. She left an incomplete novel Post Traumatic Dress Disorder. Francesca was a rank and file union member and long time student of labor and left history. She lived, loved and worked in San Francisco. Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA