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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Beck C. H. (Sep 2008)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3406573843
  • ISBN-13: 978-3406573842
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Donna Rosenthal is the author of the 2008 updated THE ISRAELIS: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land.

She was inspired to write THE ISRAELIS when a CNN International producer asked her: "Our viewers are confused. We have footage of Jews who look like Arabs, Arabs who look like Jews. We have black Jews, bearded 16th century Jews and sexy girls in tight jeans. Who are these people?" Despite the avalanche of news from Israel, few people know much about modern Israelis.

She can be reached at: www.DonnaRosenthal.com or www.TheIsraelis.net

THE ISRAELIS has more than 100 excellent international reviews across the religious and political spectrums. The Israelis is also published in German, Japanese, and Chinese.

Donna Rosenthal was a news producer at Israel TV, reporter for Israel Radio and The Jerusalem Post, and a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and The Atlantic and many other publications.

Donna Rosenthal was the first journalist to travel to remote Ethiopian mountain villages and introduce Israeli radio audiences to black Jews praying in mud hut synagogues -- to go to the Promised Land.

A winner of three Lowell Thomas Journalism awards: Best Investigative Reporting, Best Foreign Travel (The New York Times) and Best Adventure Travel Writing, she's reported from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

She frequently is interviewed on tv and radio about modern Israel. In a Publishers Weekly national survey, Ms. Rosenthal placed in the TOP TEN most popular speakers -- and only female non-fiction author.

Ms. Rosenthal has taught journalism at three universities.

She holds a BA from University of California Berkeley (Political Science) and a Master of Science (International Relations/Middle East) from The London School of Economics.

THE ISRAELIS is dedicated to the cornea donor who died on a day when Passover, Easter, and Id al-Fatir coincided and gave Donna Rosenthal the gift of sight. A portion of the profits are donated to the Israel Organ Donor Society. Through it, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Israelis and Palestinians save each other's lives.

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Robert Alter professor of Hebrew and comparative literature, UC Berkeley, and author of "The Art of Biblical Narrative" "The Israelis" is thoroughly absorbing, and also deeply instructive, even for readers who may be familiar with the country. It provides a vivid mosaic of anecdotal portraits that span all the variegated sectors of Israel's population and all the problems with which contemporary Israelis struggle, from terrorism to drugs, prostitution, and the sundry rifts between religious and secular, Jews and Arabs, Europeans and Jews of Middle Eastern origin. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Petar Dordevic on 20 Aug 2014
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Excellent book giving great insight into Israeli society and more. It is giving another view to the conflict and situation in the Middle East.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Geoffrey Paul on 27 Nov 2006
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For any one who has never been to Israel, indeed even for those who have, this is a first-rate introduction to probably one of the most vivid and challenging nations in our contemporary world. one too often represented by stereotypical black-hatted religious Jews or grim-faced, young soldiers on their way to or from battle. True, Israel does have these. But she has a whole panoply of people with dreams, fears and hopes - some of them quite ordinary - who live their lives at the sharp end of conflict in a land never out of the news. Donna Rosenthal lets them talk for themselves and the result is an engaging book which will put tomorrow's headlines into an entirely different perspective.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Simon Myerson on 28 Nov 2006
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Focussing on the lives of real people with their hopes and dreams, fears and prejudices, and loves and hates makes a genuine contribution to understanding. Too many people view Israelis as "Zionists" or "Jews" instaed of as people. This is a huge step forward towards balance. And it is beautifully written and consequently, easy to read.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Lennon on 4 April 2008
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I understand that Donna has written update to coincide with Israel's 6oth anniversary. As I loved the original 2005 version, I can't wait to see the new book available on Amazon
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Nov 2008
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This vibrant & colorful work on the diverse society of Israel incorporates interviews with a large number of individuals, insightful observations, facts of history and the constantly changing figures & statistics of the dynamic little country. This second updated edition covers the start of the new millennium, bringing the story up to date. Rosenthal deftly integrates the personal opinions of hundreds of individuals with the latest developments in a rapidly evolving society for a most intriguing portrait of the miracle nation at the centre of the earth, a country of more than 7 million people of different geographical, cultural & religious backgrounds. She avoids politics as much as possible which is a definite advantage.

Israel is a tiny sliver of decency where the rule of law applies, in a vast neighborhood of oppression stretching from the Atlas Mountains to the Arabian Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Its free media, its buoyant - sometimes even tumultuous - democratic process and its freedom of religion set it apart from the rest of the Middle East, from North Africa as well as Russia and the states of Central Asia. It manages to maintain this respect for life despite continuous belligerence from its Middle Eastern neighbors, threats of divestment, opprobrium from organizations like the
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