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Oh, Jerusalen / O Jerusalem (Spanish Language Edition) [Spanish] [Paperback]

Dominique Lapierre , Larry Collins , Juan Moreno
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  • Paperback: 721 pages
  • Publisher: Planeta; Tra edition (24 July 2006)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8408065769
  • ISBN-13: 978-8408065760
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 12.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting accounts 2 Aug 2013
This book documents the Jewish struggle to create the tiny state of Israel and the struggle of the Arabs and British to crush it, with particular focus on Jerusalem. It contains some interesting accounts and much interesting information, but it is not without its flaws.

Beginning with the decision at the United Nations at Flushing Meadow to accept the re-partition of the Land of Israel into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, and the violent Arab reaction, it leaves out the fact the Britain's Palestine Mandate of 1920, included what is now the State of Israel, the disputed territories (the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza) and Jordan.

In 1922 Transjordan (later Jordan) set up on three-fourths of Palestine, leaving one-fourth of Palestine for the Jewish national home. Therefore the partition plan accepted in 1947 left the Jews with only 13% of the original Palestine Mandate.

O Jerusalem partially covers the biography of Hitler's ally, and founder of the "Palestinian" Arab movement, Mufti Haj Amin El Husseini. Husseini stirred up the bloody Arab pogrom against the Jews, in the Old City of Jerusalem, in 1920. Two years later, at the instigation of the British Mandates political secretary, the rabidly anti-Jewish E.T Robinson, he was appointed "Mufti of Jerusalem", the equivalent of Bishop of a city, with Jewish and not Moslem routes, and a Jewish, not Moslem plurality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth of Israel 10 Sep 2006
This monumental work is the most gripping and informative account I've read about the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Of course the focus is on Jerusalem and the text does not cover the war in Galilee or the South in any detail. The work includes the roles of famous persons and the experiences of ordinary people in equal measure.

Part 1: A Time To Mourn And A Time To Dance covers the UN decision in favour of partition, the Arab reaction, some background history - ancient Israel as well as the British Mandate period - and the various missions by both sides to procure arms.

Part 2: A House Divided, deals with the beginning of hostilities and unrest in the city, the deteriorating situation on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road, various horrific bombings of certain landmark buildings, the intensifying struggle for the city and the different Arab forces involved in the war.

Part 3: A City Besieged, concentrates on the harrowing struggle to hang on to the Jewish quarter of the old city from March 20 to May 13 of 1948. It includes an account of the tragic events at the village of Deir Yassin, the veracity of which is still in dispute today.

Part 4: These Shall Stand describes the movements of the various Arab forces and the Jewish response. It provides details of the Arab Legion attack on the city, Jewish counterattacks, the battle of Latrun, the loss of the Jewish quarter in the old city, and the building of a new road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Finally Israel was established but it would only regain the old city in 1967.

The Epilogue looks at the aftermath of the war of independence and takes stock of the terrible losses.
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After 5 years of intensive research and with more than 2 thousand interviews Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins wrote this truly unique book about the foundation of Israel.

The account of the survivors are very fresh after the 1948 war and provide a superb picture of the political situation in Palestine ,particularly a sense of anti-Semitic hysteria in certain sectors of the Palestinian society.

On the other hand the few Jews who had survived the Holocaust and had nowhere to go felt an overwhelming sense of relief when the United Nations voted, albeit but the narrowest of margins, to create a Jewish state in Palestine .Little they knew that many thousands will die in the fields and sands of Israel to protect the newly created country.

The book is brilliant at conveying the vivid terror of the massacres of Deir Yassin and the Hassadah medical convoy as well as the hatred from the extremists who fought in the conflict.

The Palestinian exodus is also addressed in the book, but interestingly the majority of the Palestinians who leave their land do so to avoid the conflict rather than being expelled.

The desperate fight in Latrum and the overwhelming feeling of relief after the jeep carrying Isaac Rabin arrives in Jerusalem to bring supplies to a starved city are among the best parts of the book.

Because the book was written by two impartial international writers, "revisionist" historians have always found it hard to refute this magnificent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Balanced Chronicle of a Critical Historical Moment! 10 May 2006
By Maximiliano F Yofre - Published on Amazon.com
This is the Spanish translation of "O Jerusalem!", Booklet collection adds once more a valuable work to its list!

The subject of this book arise passions all around the world: the birth of the State of Israel in 1948. Since then controversy, war and a seemingly endless conflict between Jews and Arabs rage unquenched.

Any text approaching these events will be immediately scrutinized and criticized by confronting parties.

The authors are not rookies; they have a well earned reputation thru their previous book "Is Paris Burning?" (1965). They apply the technique of interviewing key witness, ranging from public figures to almost unknown particulars. All of them have their saying and express their viewpoints unrestricted.

Collins and Lapierre take this huge mass of information to produce a coherent, ordered, dynamic and griping story. At the same time they managed to keep the balance without avoiding sore spots.

This is an informative book commendable for anyone who is interested in Near East story. You may start from here and proceed afterwards with more partisan essays, giving them credit as it suits to your particular beliefs.

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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