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The City of Abraham: History, Myth and Memory: A Journey through Hebron

by Picador
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Edward Platt
Paperback, 384 pages


A journey through one of the world's most divided cities, Hebron, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank of Palestine


Exploring the influence of the history, religion and myth on the country's tumultuous present, this work begins with a hill called Tel Rumeida, the site of ancient Hebron, where the patriarch Abraham — father of the Jews and the Arabs — was supposed to have lived when he arrived in the Promised Land. In City of Abraham, Edward Platt meets the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida, and the messianic settlers who have made their homes in a block of flats that stands on stilts on an excavated corner of the site.


He meets the archaeologists who have attempted to reconstruct the history of the hill. He meets the soldiers who serve in Hebron, and the intermediaries who try to keep the peace in the divided city. Through a mixture of travel writing, reportage and interviews, Platt tells the history of the Tel Rumeida hill and the city in which it stands, and explores the mythic roots of the struggle to control the land — illuminating the lives of the people at the heart of the most intractable conflict in the world.