Arafat And The Dream Of Palestine: An Insider's Account by Bassam Abu SharifArafat And The Dream Of Palestine: An Insider's Account by Bassam Abu Sharif

Arafat And The Dream Of Palestine: An Insider's Account

byBassam Abu Sharif

Hardcover | May 12, 2009

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Abu Sharif was one of the world's most notorious and dangerous terrorists in the 60's and 70's, acting as "minister of propaganda" for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and as a recruiter for terrorists like Carlos the Jackal. In 1972, a bomb was placed in a book and sent to him, leaving him half-blind, deaf in one ear, and almost fingerless. Finally abandoning the use of violence as a means to achieve his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, eventually becoming one of his closest advisors.

In this book, Abu Sharif, often alongside Arafat, takes us behind the scenes of all the major events in the Middle East during the last 30 years, from the secret caves in the West Bank where Arafat hid on his way to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply personal account, informed by Abu Sharif's close relationship with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human history of Palestine.

Bassam Abu Sharif was a senior advisor to the late Yasser Arafat and currently serves as press officer of the PLO. He is the co-author, with former Israeli intelligence officer Uzi Mahnaimi, of The Best of Enemies about their roles in Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. A member of the National Council of Palestine, he divides his time ...
Title:Arafat And The Dream Of Palestine: An Insider's AccountFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230608019

ISBN - 13:9780230608016

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awsome insight! A few people live nowadays who can give testimony to the turbulent times lived in the Palestinian struggle since the Nakba (Calamity)..... The way that Mr. Abu Shareef captures the chronology of events and insights into the details of very important characters that shaped the future of the palestinian people should be tought as palestinian history for all political science and middle east history academics and intellects..... Thank you Mr. Abu Shareef for your account on what my fathers and uncles have done and given their lives for, to allow me to fight for my right to exist on the land of Falasteen (Palestine)!
Date published: 2013-05-18

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When the plane hit the ground, it broke into three sections—the tail, the middle and the cockpit, which was completely crushed. Both Captain Darwish and his co-pilot were instantly killed on impact. Arafat quickly ordered everyone to search for the wounded and then to evacuate in case of fire. As the men began leaving the twisted metal carcass of the plane, they were blinded by a violent desert storm awaiting them. Sand was churning all around them, twisting and turning, pushing them along into the howling darkness.I was working in my office in Tunis when I received a call from a radio operator.  He had picked up a distress message from Arafat’s plane somewhere over the Libyan desert. I called Colonel Muammar Qadafi’s aide, and asked him for news of the President’s plane. He told me they had lost contact. My worst nightmare was confirmed.I weighed the odds, knowing that every minute was crucial. My most important call was to the White House. I asked to speak to President Carter explaining that it was an urgent matter. I was transferred to the security office and once my identity was confirmed, I was put on hold.  A few moments later, Mrs. Carter answered the phone, informing me that the President was asleep. After I had explained what had happened, President Carter was soon on the line. The President informed me that he would do his best and would get back to me in fifteen minutes. Those fifteen minutes felt like a lifetime.   

Table of Contents

The Rise of Arafat
Events Leading up to Black September
Arafat's Escape
Reagan's broken Promise
War and Pieces of Palestine
Steadfastness and Confrontation
What Reagan Told Sharon
Walid Jumblatt's Message
A Close Call
Practical Solutions to Impractical Problems
The Soviet Invitation
The Storming of Beirut
Tension with Syria
A Dangerous Journey
Getting the Truth Out
'India Loves You'
A Terrorist in Buckingham Palace
The Handshake
Almost deported
Lost in Translation
Children of the Stones
A Political Bomb
The Abu Sharif Document
Give Peace a Visa
The Difference a Paragraph Can Make
The Ambassador's Lost Opportunity
The Power of an Embrace
Two Wagers
US Trap
Last Minute Modifications
Under Siege
The Final Farewell
Glossary & map

Editorial Reviews

"An interesting and useful work." -Counterpunch

"An interesting and useful work, especially in the West where Tel Aviv's version of events tends to have a greater grip on the popular imagination. A true journalist, Bassam Abu Sharif rarely embellishes the facts of his story, telling it in a straightforward yet compelling manner."