Part travelogue, part history, part sociological investigation, "Israeli and Palestinian Voices" begins with a fascinating account of Ms. Sultan's determined research trip to Jerusalem and Ramallah to interview many individuals on both sides of the conflict whose voices are seldom heard. With her artificial metal knees and indomitable spirit, this American housewife braved checkpoints, barbed wire, and Merkur tanks to visit her informants. These illuminating, detailed interviews are followed by an historical primer for readers on the conflict's growth to its present standoff. "Israeli and Palestinian Voices" is a work for the interested layperson, a book to open eyes to the human realities of life in Israel-Palestine and to clearly show the thinking on all sides.
Cathy Sultan, a native of Washington D.C., is also the author of A Beirut Heart: One Woman’s War (Scarletta Press, 2005) and Tragedy in South Lebanon: The Israeli-Hezbollah War of 2006 (Scarletta Press, 2008). She sits on the Executive Board of the National Peace Foundation, where she directs Middle East educational projects. She is also involved with “Women in Black,” a group that stands in silent vigil to protest war, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses. She and her husband currently live in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.