Tuesday, 19 March 2013

From Beirut to Jerusalem

One of my 2013 resolutions is to read more, 12 books at least. So far, I've been reading 2 books which are  A Thousand Splendid Suns & From Beirut to Jerusalem

I've started reading the second book more than a month ago but there's always something coming in my way, maka sampai sekarang pun belum habis. Tsk! Anyhow, this book deserves a standing ovation. It isn't just about some ordinary stories about Palestine & Israel as it's more honest in telling you of what really happened there

The author, Dr Swee Chai Ang, who was born in Penang & raised in Singapore before migrating to UK, is an orthopaedic surgeon who worked with civilians during the Lebanese Civil War. The book details her eye-witness account of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Dr. Ang, a graduate of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Britain, testified before the Kahan Commission which was responsible for investigating the nature of the Israeli involvement in the massacre of perhaps 800 to 1000 Palestinians. Dr. Ang established a British charity following her first hand account of the massacres known as the Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) which she discusses in her work. (source: Wikipedia)

Though she was a Christian, the calling for humanity made her determine to join the troop to help those in need in Palestine

This book was published in 1989, thus some stories might be quite outdated. Nonetheless, reading this has given me an eye opener that what has been shown & covered by the mass media was nothing on par with the trauma & hardship those people in Palestine had/have to bear

I rate this book 4.5/5. My eyes got teary at some pages, you know? T_T May Allah protect our brothers & sisters in Palestine, Syria, Burma & around the world

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