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05 December 2008


Occupied with nonviolence - preview

Marisa Johnson reviews Jean Zaru’s book describing life in the Occupied Territories from the Palestinian point of view

Occupied with Nonviolence: A Palestinian Woman Speaks by Jean Zaru
  • Fortress Press
  • ISBN 978-8006-6317-9

  • I first met Jean Zaru, clerk of the local Monthly Meeting, when I attended Meeting for Worship in Ramallah in 2005, on a miserably cold and wet Sunday in December
  • I was in the West Bank as an ecumenical accompanier for three months
  • I had arrived with ideas of ‘principled impartiality’ and a determination to seek that of God in the oppressor as well as the oppressed
  • But the crashing weight of occupation and injustice stirred uncomfortable feelings of anger and powerlessness in me and I struggled to keep hopelessness at bay

  • Marisa Johnson

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