Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life

by Nusseibeh, Sari

Sari Nusseibeh’s family is inextricably interwoven with the city of Jerusalem and the Palestinian people, and his own life with their nationalist struggle. Born in 1949 into a privileged, modern, educated family, Sari grew up a freethinker by nature, always aware of the competing holy places a stone s throw from his house in Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem. His father had been an active participant in the 1948 war against Israel and later became Jordanian minister of defence.