A Constant Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian Woman by Halima Alaiyan

By Halima Alaiyan

a relentless Longing - Memoirs of a Palestinian girl / with a Foreword by means of Prof. Rita Süssmuth (Bundestagspräsidentin a.D.)

"My dream attracts at the destiny, and reaches throughout borders and generations... i glance to the subsequent generations who will develop up jointly; generations who can hold this gorgeous dream of justice to fruition. what sort of humans might we be if we didn't think in a dream of justice and peace for all?", Halima Alaiyan

Thomas BeVier, Foresight - Memoir, Foreword assessment Fall/Winter factor: "If a film have been made up of Halima Alaiyan’s dramatic lifetime of dislocation, sadness, and transformation, it should problem credulity.
In 1948, while she used to be slightly a yr previous, her village, Ibdis in Palestine, used to be destroyed via Israeli infantrymen. With that, she started a existence in exile. First she was once shuttled to Egypt, then to Saudi Arabia, and eventually to Germany, the place, after escaping her abusive husband and their prepared marriage, she grew to become an orthopaedic specialist.
Overcoming the harsher elements for ladies of Muslim customized, the boundaries of language, and kin strife will be tale adequate, yet much more outstanding has been Alaiyan’s skill to appreciate and put aside her prejudice of Jews and to realize foreign reputation for encouraging discussion among teenagers in Europe, Israel, and Palestine. She does this throughout the Talat Alaiyan beginning, named after a son who died.
After vacationing a German focus camp, she is aware “why the Jews have been so passionate about having their very own safe fatherland. … But,” she asks, “did they or the foreign neighborhood have the suitable to expel the folk who have been already dwelling there—and, to at the present time, deny them their homeland?”
While, by means of her criteria this day, the society she grew up in used to be regressive for ladies and ladies, it was once additionally loving and supportive. Her mom taught her to constantly “help your siblings and love your family.” She speaks fondly of family members reunions in Iraq and Gaza.
Perhaps, in the end else, it’s from that she attracts her strength."

Dr Halima Alaiyan now lives in Berlin and runs her personal perform as an orthopaedic professional. In 2003, she based the Talat Alaiyan origin, which fosters discussion and under¬standing among teenagers in Europe, Israel and Palestine. She used to be offered an Order of advantage of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009.

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