(PRWEB) January 14, 2013
QUEBEC – (January 11, 2013) – The creation of the State of Israel in 1948 was to have been accompanied by the creation of an independent Arab Palestinian state. Instead, a war broke out, and at the end of the war, Arab Palestinians had left their homes and become refugees. That year saw the mass deportation of a million Palestinians from their cities and villages, massacres of civilians, and the razing to the ground of hundreds of Palestinian villages.In a rich chronicle of this tumultuous event and its aftermath on hopeless, helpless generation, author Abdelkarim Elhassani in his book tries to recapture the moral and tragedy in one of history’s harshest displacement conspiracies.
From Hamama to Montreal is a humble biography of Elhassani, an average man who reveals key untold stories and scenes from his life as a Palestinian who comes from the village of Hamama. He was a child when legions of belligerent strangers poured into his home village to seize the land, kill kins, and forced hundreds of thousands out forever. He experienced firsthand the displacement of a nation under dark clouds of atrocities that history rarely admits. And in a riveting account, he tells his own tale that took place over half a century ago. The intricate, intrinsic tragedies and paradoxes of his life under the skies of Palestine and above foreign lands where he traveled and lived make up a candid insider’s story of a man who rode in pain to achieve his freedom.
This book unfolds its stories through the different stages and diverse contexts that he has been through. It is neither a historical record nor an autobiography as it may appear at first sight, but rather an intricate account of the tragedies and calamities endured by tens of thousands of Palestinians. It is neither written as a political discourse, analysis, or a criticism, nor is it a description of battles and behaviors. It is a whoop of sadness and grief of a people whose homeland was usurped and is still living in them.
This book is also meant to be free of any derogation or belittlement of anybody. Elhassani did not communicate everything and was content with such allusions that maintain one’s dignity. Indeed, this book—by uncovering the misfortunes and atrocities Palestinian children, men, and women went through— is profoundly a message to the future generations of Arabs who did not see these scenes into reality.
From Hamama to Montreal is a flash of knowledge, a document for researchers, and a source of enlightenment for readers and students alike as it conveys to the public how Palestinians have lived through the reality and realms that has been imposed on them since 1948.
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From Hamama to Montreal * by Abdelkarim Elhassani
Publication Date: 11/9/2012
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