The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker

The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker

Sami al Jundi Jen Marlowe / Jan 24, 2020

The Hour of Sunlight One Palestinian s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker As a teenager in Palestine Sami al Jundi had one ambition overthrowing Israeli occupation With two friends he began to build a bomb to use against the police But when it exploded prematurely killin

  • Title: The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker
  • Author: Sami al Jundi Jen Marlowe
  • ISBN: 9781568584485
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a teenager in Palestine, Sami al Jundi had one ambition overthrowing Israeli occupation With two friends, he began to build a bomb to use against the police But when it exploded prematurely, killing one of his friends, al Jundi was caught and sentenced to ten years in prison It was in an Israeli jail that his unlikely transformation began Al Jundi was welcomed intoAs a teenager in Palestine, Sami al Jundi had one ambition overthrowing Israeli occupation With two friends, he began to build a bomb to use against the police But when it exploded prematurely, killing one of his friends, al Jundi was caught and sentenced to ten years in prison It was in an Israeli jail that his unlikely transformation began Al Jundi was welcomed into a highly organized, democratic community of political prisoners who required that members of their cell read, engage in political discourse on topics ranging from global revolutions to the precepts of nonviolent protest and revolution.Al Jundi left prison still determined to fight for his people s rights but with a very different notion of how to undertake that struggle He cofounded the Middle East program of Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence, which brings together Palestinian and Israeli youth.Marked by honesty and compassion for Palestinians and Israelis alike, The Hour of Sunlight illuminates the Palestinian experience through the story of one man s struggle for peace.

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      • Sami al Jundi Jen Marlowe

        Jen Marlowe is an award winning documentary filmmaker, author, playwright, and human rights advocate Her writing can be found online at The Nation, TomDispatch, and WorldFocus


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    1. A chronicle of the life of Sami al Jundi, a Palestinian from East Jersusalem. The book is cowritten with Jen Marlowe, who recently coauthored a book with a sister of Troy Davis, the late death penalty icon. Some years ago Marlowe also collaborated on a documentary that highlighted the voices of Darfuris under attack from the Khartoum regime. In other words, Marlowe has solid activist credentials and has been unobtrusively working for justice in diverse areas for many years. It is always inspirat [...]


    2. Is your reading taste restricted to cheery and carefree stories? If so, forget about The Hour of Sunlight. Take a look at the title and read between the lines. Many hours of darkness make a person grateful for just one hour of light. The darkness in this compelling memoir has overshadowed Palestinians for my entire life. I’ve taken an interest in it since I first connected with my pen-pal, who lived near Bethlehem, 55 years ago. A few years ago, I pored over this situation in earnest while res [...]


    3. MckenzieThe Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to PeacemakerThis book is powerful and worth reading. The book starts with Sami's view of the world growing up, and his experiences as a child of two blind parents. Even the early part of the book he’s growing up with the clash between Israel and the Palestinians. As he gets older he and his friends become increasingly involved in the struggle against the occupation. Eventually he joins two of his teenaged friends, and the [...]


    4. The author's sincerity throughout his political, family, and intellectual struggles makes this a very appealing book. His story fits with what I've read elsewhere about the Arab experience in Israel and Palestine: the persecution, expulsions, punishments in jail, disagreements and corruption among Palestinian factions, etc. My impression of the fiasco he reports in Seeds of Peace lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between the benign and the nasty. The benign assumption is that organiza [...]


    5. "The Hour of Sunlight" was amazing. Autobiographies aren't what I usually read, but Sami's story is incredible. I can sympathize with his original methods for liberating Palestine, it's very clear how his childhood and his parents' history led him to those tactics.The book is really well-written, the dialogue is engaging, the people in Sami's life are interesting. Still, near the end I wanted it to be over because it was so depressing, the bureaucracy, the manipulation, the betrayals, the disapp [...]


    6. Did more to depress me that most books. Basically reiterated that both sides are doomed. As long as Al Jundi considers those who throw stones martyrs, as long as he sees all of the country as occupied, we're not seeing much chance of peace. Left wing Zionist Peter Beinart himself acknowledges "Virtually every Palestinian I’ve ever met considers Zionism to be colonialist, imperialist, and racist. When liberal American Jews think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they think about Isaac and [...]


    7. Excellent read-compelling, surprising, moving. Sami, a Palestinian living in East Jerusalem, takes you through the arc of his life (and that of his family), which includes forcible relocation, years in an Israeli prison, a remarkable intellectual awakening, and ultimately a deeply held commitment to non-violence and passionate dedication to building peace. That conviction is constantly tested by the brutalities of the occupation and the conflict with its incessant violence, hatred, and tragedy. [...]


    8. Jen Marlowe is an immensely talented writer and journalist; when I saw that she co-authored this book, I knew I would enjoy it. This is a great book for anyone with interest in culture, people, and the Middle East in general. More books like this need to be written, and more than anything, more stories like this need to be told. Great book.


    9. the first two thirds of this book were better than the last third learning about the life sami made for himself in prison and that society was insightful. his life with seads of peace was interesting, but he got too bogged down in office politics for it to be readable. worth reading the first and skimming the last.


    10. An amazing book to introduce the Israeli- Palestinian conflict in human terms. As a memoir, the story was not bogged down by politics, but rather, it pulls the reader through years of suffering and impresses the reader with the hopelessness of the situation, unless the conflict is addressed individually, one person at a time, as Seeds of Peace originally functioned.


    11. Because of my interest in peace building between Palestine and Israel I was drawn to this book. It is a powerful story ( non fiction) of a Palestinian's struggle to create some form of peace for himself and for this friends, family and for IsraelisWell written and bitter sweet


    12. On the plus side and most importantly, this book helped me understand more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As it is a true story, you can't judge the plot much, but there were just too many names and it rambled too much for me to rate it higher.


    13. One chapter in and I was hooked. Interesting to hear a point of view from a different side of the Arab/Israeli conflict.



    14. A well-written and personal story of the depressing realities involved in being a Palestinian in East Jerusalem.


    15. Excellent compelling story on life inside the occupied territories and one man's journey and struggle towards making peace there a reality.


    16. What an awesome story and it surely continues. There is only lacking a certain aspect of conclusion and the ending thread of hope was but a bit too short.



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