By Joshua Hammer
A Season in Bethlehem is the tale of 1 West financial institution town's two-year disintegration, as witnessed through a reporter who was once there from the start. Woven jointly from Hammer's personal firsthand reportage plus hundreds and hundreds of interviews, it follows a dozen characters whose lives collided at the streets of this biblical urban. They contain a Bedouin tribesman who rose to turn into the commander of Bethlehem's so much feared and brutal gang of gunmen; the beleaguered governor, an opponent of the al-Aqsa intifada, who believed he had a mandate to prevent the violence, purely to find that Yasser Arafat used to be undermining him; a Christian businesman who watched helplessly as his group was once squeezed among Muslim militants and the Israeli military; an eighteen-year-old girl honors pupil grew to become suicide bomber; and an Israeli reservist, son of a pacesetter of the Peace Now move, who wrestled along with his left-wing convictions as he rode to wade through the predawn streets.
The narrative reaches a climax with a moment-by-moment sport of the epochal drama that drew a lot of those characters jointly: the thirty-nine-day siege of the Church of the Nativity. A clear-eyed chronicle of deepening chaos and violence, during which Hammer shall we the opposing aspects communicate for themselves, A Season in Bethlehem is either a well timed and undying examine how longstanding non secular and political tensions ultimately boiled over in a spot of profound resonance: the birthplace of Jesus.
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A Season in Bethlehem: Unholy War in a Sacred Place by Joshua Hammer