A very short summary:
“Mornings in Jenin is an amazing read and an insight to the lives of the Abulheja family who are an ordinary Palestinian family living just before, during and since the creation of the state of Israel.”
Now a more lengthy summary:
“Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.”
This book affected me on many emotional levels. The book was intense yet I could still say it was enjoyable, which seems strange. I knew a little about the ongoing troubles in Palestine but I found that while reading the book I would refer to the internet to find out more about the background to a particular part of the story. I learned about Palestine, its people and their hardships, the wars and the intense hatred. I was sad, confused and upset after this read and yet there was a glimmer of hope for reconciliation and peace. What an incredible read.
Isn’t it wonderful when a book inspires readers to think about or research further for information in order to better understand the conflicts of the world?