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eBook Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America ePub

by Jamal K. Kanj

  • ISBN: 1859642624
  • Category: Historical
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Jamal K. Kanj
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Garnet Publishing; 1st edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 208
  • ePub book: 1455 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1920 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Children of Catastrophe by Jamal Kanj should be required reading for all. Jamal was a descendant of Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes in 1948. In 1958, Jamal came into the world in the refugee camp Nahr el Bared in Northern Lebanon.

Children of Catastrophe by Jamal Kanj should be required reading for all. He was his parents' first born in a room and not a tent. The story tells of the crude structures that gradually replaced the tents. I hope one day his book will become a movie so that people can see what it was like to be a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon. As I read his book, I was just amazed at how people can be so cruel.

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This book tells the story of a Palestinian refugee growing u. .7 August at 21:16 ·. Destitution doesn’t take the fun from the hearts of children. 3 July ·. Sam Bahour.

Children of Catastrophe,’ a refugee’s story by Jamal Kanj. Time Out Beirut Magazine. This book reveals the story of my journey from childhood in Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming a PLO activist, eventual emigration, a new life as an engineer in the United States, and a 'return' trip to historic Palestine.

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This book tells the remarkable story of a Palestinian refugee, following his journey from childhood in the Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming a member of the PLO, through to eventual emigration, a new life as an engineer in the United States, and a return trip.

This book tells the remarkable story of a Palestinian refugee, following his journey from childhood in the Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming a member of the PLO, through to eventual emigration, a new life as an engineer in the United States, and a return trip to historic Palestine. A great deal has been written over the years addressing the. Palestine Israel conflict, and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem

Children of Catastrophe – Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. Jamal ends his introduction with notes concerning the life of ‘survivors’: the refugees have indefatigably remained part of a nation, without the state.

Children of Catastrophe – Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. This is perhaps the underlying theme to the work, that the Palestinians have remained part of an enduring nation in exile.

Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America Written by Jamal Kanj Paperback: 192 .

Restricted to camp life in a land where their mere existence constitutes a threat to a delicate sectarian balance, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon often reside in the most impoverished conditions when compared to those in other refugee camps. There is also the unique history of attacks on Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon which have been severe and bloody in nature, and have not been rivaled in any other refugee camps in the Arab states.

Children of Catastrophe - Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America. Jamal ends his introduction with notes concerning the life of "survivors': "the refugees have indefatigably remained part of a nation, without the state. This is perhaps the underlying theme to the work, that the Palestinians "have remained part of an enduring nation in exile.

This book tells the remarkable story of one such refugee, following his journey from childhood in the Nahr El.

This book tells the remarkable story of one such refugee, following his journey from childhood in the Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), through to eventual emigration, a new life as an engineer in the United States, and a ‘return’ trip to historic Palestine. Can you tell us what inspired you to write Children of Catastrophe? JAMAL K. KANJ: The Americans and the West in general are not well aware of the Palestinian experience.

This book tells the remarkable story of a Palestinian refugee, following his journey from childhood in the Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, becoming a member of the PLO, through to eventual emigration, a new life as an engineer in the United States, and a ‘return’ trip to historic Palestine. A great deal has been written over the years addressing the Palestine–Israel conflict, and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem. However, few works on the subject really present the personal aspect: What is it like to be a refugee? What propels a decent human being to take up arms, to become a freedom fighter or a “terrorist?” Running parallel to Kanj’s personal narrative, the book also documents the story of Nahr El Bared itself: the story of a refugee camp that grew from an initial clump of muddy UN tents to become a vibrant trading centre in north Lebanon, before its eventual destruction at the hands of the Lebanese army as they battled with militants from the Fatah Al Islam group in the summer of 2007. Throughout it all, the spirit of the remarkable people of the camp shines through, and the book provides a moving testament to how refugees in Lebanon have managed to persist in their struggle for their “right to return”, as well as survive socially, economically and politically despite more than sixty years of dispossession, war and repression.

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Children of Catastrophe by Jamal Kanj should be required reading for all. Jamal was a descendant of Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes in 1948. In 1958, Jamal came into the world in the refugee camp Nahr el Bared in Northern Lebanon. He was his parents' first born in a room and not a tent. The story tells of the crude structures that gradually replaced the tents. I hope one day his book will become a movie so that people can see what it was like to be a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon.

As I read his book, I was just amazed at how people can be so cruel. And how instead of celebrating differences and working together to advance humanity, we focus on differences and destroy it. At the end of the day, we all belong to the human race. We all want the same things for our children: a safe environment, a place to call home with a roof over our heads, education, freedom, love, happiness, a future, a world in which our children's worth isn't judged on their religion, race, color of skin or any other dividing factor and their basic needs are met.

As a Jewish American, I was taught that after the Holocaust, the Jews found a "land without a people for a people without a land" and made the desert bloom. When I first went to Israel, an Israeli told me that there were 21 Arab countries and the Palestinians needed to choose one as they didn't want them in Israel. I had no idea who he was talking about. I thought Palestinian was a synonym for Israeli and referred to the Jews who were in Israel before 1948. I thought it was like Persian and Iranian. How would I know otherwise when I was indoctrinated that we Jews found a land without a people? All we learned was how Israel was the safe-haven for Jews. We never understood what Zionism meant to the Palestinians. Our entitlement to the land was inculcated into our heads because of the Holocaust even though Palestinians weren't responsible for the Holocaust. We need to see what Zionism meant to Jamal and his people, the Palestinians. How one people's dream can be another people's nightmare. So often we only think of our own desires and not how what we want affects others. How would we feel if a non-Jewish religious group decides to claim a US state for themselves, banishing Jews from that state and telling us to choose from any of the other 50 US States for our new home?

Despite the overwhelming hardships, what I found so incredible was how his family could persevere as a unit under such conditions. Here in the US with the divorce rate is said to be around 50%, in a culture of instant satisfaction, people jump ship when things get difficult. I doubt many couples would remain together when faced with the hardships that Jamal's parents faced and yet, through thick and thin, his family lived for each other. They faced everything as a solid unit that could not be broken.

It also amazes me how resourceful children must become to survive. Although Jamal came into the world with the material bare minimum, a refugee in a country that did not want his kind, in anything but a stable political environment, throughout his life he had the love and encouragement of a unshakeable family that would do anything for each other. Where drinking and drugs are prevalent in our American society among our youth, Jamal and his friends were fighting to survive. I also noticed no sense of entitlement or laziness that we experience in the US among many of our youth. Instead I could see the deep desire to improve not only one's own life, but the lives of one's family members as well.

I stand in awe of the distance Jamal had to transverse as a refugee to make a new life in America becoming a registered professional engineer in California with graduate and post graduate degrees in civil engineering, management and executive leadership.

I also think it's important to read this story, not just as a Palestinian, but as a Muslim. With the prevalent Islamaphobia in America, I think it's important not to only focus on the extreme cases as we find those in every religion and culture. It is more important to see how other Muslims face injustice and overcome adversity. In the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el Bared, the brutal environment motivated parents to stress the power of education to excel and succeed in life.

We need to hear these stories because awareness leads to understanding and understanding leads to change. By reading his story, we become aware of ourselves as human beings and the horrors we create for others. We cannot afford to be ignorant to the truth, holding onto fallacies. In the words of Stephen Hawkins, "The greatest enemy of knowledge isn't ignorance, but the illusion of knowledge." Through awareness we can put an end to these great injustices committed against the Palestinians. No one lives in peace when we condemn others to misery.

Michelle Cohen Corasanti, author of The Almond Tree
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The parents of Jamal Kanj, the author, were alongside 800,000 other Palestinians, evacuated from their villages and towns by Israeli terrorist groups, an ethnic cleansing that was supported by the founding Israeli Government and overseen by the former British occupiers of Palestine. One of these terrorist groups, the Haganah, served as the foundation of the now official army of Israel, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF).

Jamal wasn't yet born when his family was pursued through the upper Galillee and into Southern Lebanon. He was born a refugee in the Nahr al Bared refugee camp in Lebanon where his family was placed with several thousand other Palestinians. The rights afforded to other Lebanese nationals: the rights for travel and education and self-determinacy were stripped from him and his family. Through no fault of their own, the Palestinians were now exiled from their homeland.

This book describes the life of Jamal. He lives his whole childhood in the square mile refugee camp. What starts off in 1949 as a shelter for Palestinian refugees set up with basic tent facilities, transforms over time to a vibrant town supporting its own community through trade and development. It is also a story of a victim that keeps getting punished. The camp is continuously targeted by Israeli forces in retaliation attacks for crimes committed elsewhere or through acts of aggression aimed at instilling fear in the population, trying to extinguishing any flailing hopes left of them one day returning to their homeland. Jamal leaves the camp at 16 or 17 to study in Baghdad and soon after is accepted to an american university.

Much of the book is interspersed with political events of the time and of historical background. This is the history that wasn't taught to students at school and wasn't taught to me at Jewish school, nor is it taught to Israeli teenagers before they are put into fighter jets and their thumbs hover over the trigger. It is an uncomfortable history. The praised leaders of Israel are quoted here expressing imperialistic sentiment, expressing indiscriminate hate and disregard for the natives of Palestine.

The Lebanese government, especially the Christian-Right ruling party, is also attacked for harassing and limiting the Palestinian refugees. The camp suffered almost total destruction in 2007, a sad situation for the Palestinians who for 2nd or even 3rd time have been forced to leave their home. Out of the ashes comes new hope though. Stated in the last chapter of the book is the slogan for the committees responsible for rebuilding the camp, "We will rebuild Nahr el Bared and we shall return to Palestine". Let us hope for the sake of humanity that they succeed.
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Maldarbaq Maldarbaq
I highly recommend this book. Most Americans know nothing about what happened to the Palestinians in 1948, thanks to a highly successful censorship and disinformation process here in the United States. This book shows one small piece of a massive human tragedy that has been completely ignored by Hollywood.
Broadcaster Broadcaster
Very detailed, give Gestalt of the impact of the eviction of Palestinians from their homeland and relentless persecution of them since 1948.
Nicearad Nicearad
The book "Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America" is a real-life testimony by someone who indeed was born in a refugee camp and who lived the catastrophe day by day. The author have the ability to describe the settings, events, camp, characters in a very clear and real way that it made the reader feels as she is part of the camp and the refugees where she lived their sufferings and felt their pain

"Children of Catastrophe: Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America", is a life experience saga that documents history in a profound, unique and engaging approach leaving the reader with wealth of knowledge about the never ending Palestinian cause since 1948. I recommend the book because its full of events and surprises, its easy to read and follow and it is an informative book with an engaging approach.
Jazu Jazu
Great insight into life in a refugee camp, paints an incredibly detailed picture. As an American, this book showed me a slice of life I never knew existed. Really shows the incredible spirit of the Palestinian people. While the subject matter overall is serious and sad, the book, while serious, is fascinating and entertaining.