I wrote ‘What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?,’ a memoir just published about my reconciliation with the Palestinian family of the man who injured my wife. Some people like it. Some hate me for it. AMA!
My story of reconciliation is told in my memoir published yesterday by Oneworld Publications – What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?
This review does an excellent job of giving an overview.
Very briefly, here’s a quick sketch of my story:
In the summer of 2002, during historic cease-fire negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a bomb ripped through a Hebrew University cafeteria in Jerusalem. My wife was hurled across the room, her body burned and pierced by shrapnel, the friends with whom she was sitting killed instantly.
The bombing sent me on a psychological journey which, years later, led me to East Jerusalem and the family of the Hamas terrorist who set everything in motion.
Not out of revenge. Out of desperation.
This is the story of my attempt to heal by understanding my ‘enemy’ – an enemy who unprecedentedly expressed remorse upon being captured by Israeli police. It’s the story of reconciliation between an American Jew and the Palestinian family of the perpetrator. And it’s the story of digging, of unearthing shadowy decisions made by Israel which undermined a historic cease-fire attempt by Palestinians just days before the Hebrew University attack.
Part literary memoir, part journalistic investigation, this book confronts not just what it takes for someone like myself to overcome a personal trauma, but how reconciliation has the power to help Palestinians and Israelis overcome a conflict which must end.
Please ask me about anything. Really.
tl;dr: I wrote a book. Wanna ask me a question or call me a name? Go for it.