We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israeli Teenager--An Unlikely Friendship

We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israeli Teenager--An Unlikely Friendship Review

Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder are two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000.
But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future.
Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East.

Title:We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, an Israeli Teenager--An Unlikely Friendship
Edition Language:English

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  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    This book astonished me. Two teens, one Palestinian and one Israeli, exchanged letters in which they discussed their lives, their political views, their traditions and customs, and more. They often di...

  • Ann

    The premise for this book is amazing. The honesty, sometimes scarily haunting, between these two girls, tells the reader more than the news will ever be able to impart. I felt the book's weakness stem...

  • Aimee

    This book is full of great information and insight. As it is basically a conversation between teenagers living in very different worlds but within the same city, it is enlightening. I did find it diff...

  • Tiffany

    It's interesting but not exciting. I do think it's an important book to read when starting to learn about the Palestine-Isreal conflict. It felt weird to read it, like I wasn't suppose to read those c...

  • Liz

    I love the concept. But it could have used some editing to limit some of the repetition. ...

  • Maria Ferraro

    It is a really strong punch from the first beggining. Since the page one this book makes you open your eyes into a whole world that sometimes it is too far away to take it with the serious that it des...

  • Margaret

    The entire title (which isn't listed) is We Just Want to Live Here: A Palestinian Teenager, An Israeli Teenager - An Unlikely Friendshipfrom amazon.com:The two authors, now 18, met in Switzerland duri...

  • Wendy

    I was intrigued by the idea of an Israeli teenager and a Palestinian teenager sharing letters about their completely different lives in the same city (Jerusalem), but the book didn't thrill me. Neithe...

  • Elizabeth Dowden straley

    Great idea. Tried three times but couldn't get into it. ...

  • Andrea Gomes

    Muy interesante. Las distintas religiones y culturas... y las guerras por el poder. Recomendado. ...