Elliott, Liza. Finding Palestine: One American’s Trek from the Midwest to the Middle East

Elliott, Liza. Finding Palestine: One American’s Trek from the Midwest to the Middle East

Elliott, Liza. Finding Palestine: One American’s Trek from the Midwest to the Middle East. Pasadena, CA: Hope Publishing House, 2002. Paper $12.57.

Liza Elliott’s journey through life is a quest for a double discovery. The Palestinian struggle for independence and her encounters with Palestinians from all walks of life in the U.S. and the Arab world led her to the pursuit of justice for the Palestinian people. She entered the crucible of the Palestinian daily struggle for existence that defied Israeli bombardment. Her first discovery, Palestinian life and culture, led to a second discovery as she was liberated from stereotypes about Palestinian men. She was able to free herself from her oppressive husband who, ironically, led her to finding the “real” Palestine despite his reluctance to have her participate independently of him in delivering humanitarian aid to Palestinians. Elliott’s lucid and mesmerizing, account of her quest is very informative about Israeli barbarism and the injustices it perpetrates daily against ordinary Palestinians. More, it is very informative about the injustice of inserting an exclusivist “Jewish” entity in the lives and futures of Palestinians, their history, and culture. Elliott’s choice of utilizing the novel form and style allows her to convey an otherwise complicated story in a very simple (but not simplistic) manner. Her style is one that should be utilized more often in conveying the Palestinian story of dignity, resistance, and humanity to the western reader. Despite her moving double discovery, finding Palestine for all of those who love and work for justice, remains an unfinished business. Real emancipation for Palestinians and Jews in Palestine is to be sought in liberating Jews from Zionism and liberating Palestinians and their land from “sea to shining sea.”

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