Reflections from Palestine tells the story of life under Israeli occupation. The book opens at the outset of 1967 "Six-Day" war" and describes the relentless series of "temporary measures" that became the binding, suffocating reality of occupation leading up to and following the Oslo Accords.
Khoury explains the wide-ranging social and political problems facing Palestinians under occupation through the sweet and sorrowful experiences of family and community life.
Khoury has been an active community volunteer worker throughout most of her life. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University and Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre. She earned recognition from local NGOs and a citation of merit award from the alumni association of Southwestern University.
She was married to the late Yousef Khoury who passed away in 2004, and lives in East Jerusalem close to her two children Dina and Suhail, and her seven grandchildren.
Shortlisted - Palestine Book Awards 2014
Shortlisted by The Middle East Monitor for the MEMO Palestine Book Awards 2014.
'She makes her reader live with her the anxiety of a mother and grandmother, yet she never sounds bitter and never loses hope because she strongly believes in the justice of the cause of her people, the Palestinians.' - Rev. Naim Ateek
'Her personal integrity shines through these pages.' - Gregory Jenks, Academic Dean at St Francis Theological College
'Samia makes you feel motherhood, sisterhood, and accommodate you in her neighborhood. Her words as if reflecting the words of every Palestinian Woman.' - ARAB WOMAN MAG
'This book is a comprehensive diary of Palestinian life over the last 40 years.' - THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
'a most necessary history lesson' - EILEEN FLEMING
‘...sweet and sorrowful experiences of family and community life under occupation.' - SABEEL
'Samia Khoury successfully provides the reader with an engaging and at times emotional description of the misery experienced by Palestinians by exploring the wide-ranging social and political problems facing them under occupation through the sweet and sorrowful experiences of family and community life.' - MEMO Palestine Book Awards
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Highly engaging story about life under occupation
A New Reality Overnight A Brief "Honeymoon" Beginning of the Nightmare The Heart-Broken Child Closure of the Alley Euphoria of the Peace Process Not Another Oslo Never a Dull Moment Our Daily Life Onslaught on Jerusalem Futile Negotiations In Solidarity Simply Reflecting Music
As I am a person who happened to face war and lived the era of occupation and the Intifada: I always say and will keep saying: "Definitely every Palestinian woman has a story and each story is a special one". Samia our guest for this month favored to publish her story here while hundreds of other...
BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY - Reflections from Palestine
January 18, 2014
Reflections from Palestine tells the story of life under occupation. It is a story that Khoury¸ who celebrated her 80th birthday on the day of the book launch, has told for many years. The book opens at the outset of 1967 "Six-Day War" and describes the...
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE - Reflections from Palestine
January 10, 2014
Several books appear on the shelves every month about the Occupation of Palestine. Very few of them are actually written from within Palestine, and even fewer are written by Palestinians. Of course, you can never judge a book by its writer, but it's about time for Palestinian writers to start...
GREGORY JENKS - Reflections from Palestine
December 17, 2013
Samia Nasir Khoury celebrated her eightieth birthday on Sunday, 24 November 2013. This was also the final day of the Ninth International Sabeel Conference. Following a service at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension at Augusta Victoria on the Mount of Olives, the 200 delegates renewed our...
EILEEN FLEMING - Why is this Woman Smiling?
December 05, 2013
A Book Review of Reflections from Palestine: A Journey of Hope a memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury is also a most necessary history lesson.
My copy is the third Samia signed at the book launch in Jericho on her 80th birthday at the closing festivities for Sabeel's...
SABEEL - `Reflections from Palestine' launched at Sabeel Anniversary
November 28, 2013
JERUSALEM - The twenty-fifth anniversary of Palestinian liberation theology was the setting for the launch of Reflections from Palestine - A Journey of Hope, a memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury. The celebration in Jericho was part of the Sabeel International Conference.
Enjoyed reading the book. It sheds light on the difficulty of an Arab Christian living in occupied Palestine. How the people were and are still treated today.
Hope over desperation
Joe Elmore May 23, 2014
It is a wonderful book by a person who writes from years of grim experience. The theme of hope in spite of the hopelessness Palestinians have to live with day by day is a powerful one but it has always been a theme of Samia's life. I have gained much from knowing her and reading her writings. IN spite of the terrible things she recounts, most of which I have heard from her in person, she shows no desperation but hope, hope, hope. Her life inspires all who know her. It has been a privilege to know her and to learn from her example. Joe Elmore [Amazon Review]
March BHM- Samia Khoury
Ruby Justice April 08, 2014
Here we are, well into April, and I completely missed the opportunity to share the Broo's March "Beautiful Human of the Month," Samia Khoury. So here she is....Miss Palestine!
Samia Khoury is a very well-accomplished Palestinian woman, well-known in Jerusalem circles and around the world for her work and dedication to justice through academia and education. You can read an abbreviated biography of who this amazing Palestinian octogenarian is here, but I'm going to tell you why this woman is so special and inspiring to me.
I met Samia and her husband, Youssef, in person on my first trip to Palestine, soon after I got my U.S. citizenship in 2002. Prior to that, going to Palestine through Israel on a Lebanese passport was impossible and against all laws of all countries involved.
But the first time I was introduced to Samia was through an email penned by her which a relative had shared with me. This was in 2000, at the start of the Second Intifada and due to the surge of the Internet, the beginning of Israel's loosening grip on censoring the truth in the media. The email described the situation in Palestine with truths that no U.S. media outlet would face or admit. I immediately knew that what she was doing was incredibly important. With voices like hers, it was only a matter of time until the truth would be exposed. With voices like hers, Israel's days of manipulating world opinion were numbered because the Internet would surely free the truth. I contacted her and encouraged her to keep writing as I forwarded her emails to many people I knew, who were also interested in the Palestinian diaspora. Within a year, Samia was writing a monthly editorial entitled "Justice & Liberation" on the Globe of Witnesses website. This lasted until 2005, but she continued to author her own blog online.
Last month, at the age of 80, Samia published her FIRST book, Reflections from Palestine: A Journey of Hope, which collects many of those essays and writings in a memoir. It's available for purchase at the publisher's website and even on Amazon. The book has received excellent reviews from a variety of sources, too.
When I received my long-awaited copy last month, I was floored and honored to see my name mentioned in the preface as one of the people who encouraged her to take her writing to the next level. That aside, the book is an absolute gem. I read it in two days and I dare say it has the potential for being as important a book for the Palestinian genocidal diaspora as Anne Frank's Diary was to the Jewish Holocaust. I genuinely believe this, so if you think I'm making a strong statement, go ahead and read it yourself.
Even though Anne Frank was a child, this eighty-year-old Palestinian grandmother who has lived through the hell of occupation most of her life still retains the same innocence of any little girl. Through Samia's eyes, we see beauty, honesty, compassion, and a young person's heart beating for truth and justice; a heart that refuses to see with hatred and has no need for revenge to mend itself. Not once, through the hundreds of dehumanizing injustices and the losses she describes, does the reader feel any hint of aggression in Samia's intact attitude, though in one part she describes her maternal guilt for refusing a young Israeli soldier a glass of water!! That's how good this woman is, in the most true and Christian sense--and by Christian, I mean follower of Christ, not follower of the Bible and church sermons. In the face of all the atrocities, like Jesus, she still was -and is- able to see her oppressors as people with human needs and real feelings. In this book, Samia singlehandedly makes the faux "complexities" of the Israel-Palestine conflict clearly simple and understood by any reader from any culture. She rises above all the political bullshit and propaganda and speaks with a fundamental deep human compassion, asking for nothing more for her people. I was saddened to hear some of the details of the harshness and complications she encountered from Israel while her husband was going through cancer treatment. It was after the loss of her dear husband, that Samia decided to publish her memoir.
Through this memoir, Samia replaces the mere numbers of victims with real names and faces and stories of people she knows or is related to. She shows that the countless peace-prcesses never amounted to anything for the daily reality of the Palestinian people. If anything, with each "peace" process came more losses to the people, on both sides. Through her life story, she illustrates the perspective of a daughter, a wife, a mother, and grandmother --all in one rare biographical tale of the all but forgotten Christian Palestinian woman. And through these simple everyday truths, one will clearly see that the peace process is a political charade designed to conceal a slow genocide in Palestine at the hands of Israel, and that ultimately if there ever is a 'solution' to this conflict, it will inevitably be a one state solution with equality for all. At her harshest, you hear Samia's motherly voice scold and warn Israel, that if it continues on this dangerous and cruel path, it will bring about its own destruction through the destruction of its very soul by the voices of the more enlightened of its own Jewish people.
Samia Khoury is a rare human gem on this earth, and that's why she's the Broo's pick for March's BHM. Isn't she just rocking those eighties?I don't think this woman is going anywhere anytime soon. So,
A must reading to regain our balance of sanity and American Values
BDS Associates Consignment [Amazon] March 20, 2014
This book is a must reading for every American who seeks a clear understanding of the questions "why they hate us", and "why 9/11."
It is a factual record of the living hell under occupation by Israel who needs to "defend its loot" from, and continue with its ravaging and dispossession of the indigenous population under any and all pretenses, until the demise of the last person standing in their way. This is done with the support of our government, financially, media deception, and control of our foreign policy.
To wit the great wall on Arab lands, atomic arsenal, Israelis jails (Stys). "Targeted killings," Peace process, checkpoints, plundering, murders, snipers, tanks, F15s, drones, olive tree uprooting, house demolitions, the list is endless.
We Americans condone all in the name of "democracy for Jews only." Does anyone see a contradiction in terms here. Our interest in the Arab oil fields is also our top priority. The pain is on all sides. It is a delightful bio told with tranquility.
Two thumbs up.
Why is this woman smiling?
eileen fleming "Author, Reporter, Leader TNT" February 21, 2014
Among the many stories Samia tells us, the one that may explain why she still can smile after so much misery is the story of Josef Ben Eliezar who had been an Israeli soldier in 1948.
Samia tells us of the day Mr. Eliezar spoke to hundreds of international and local Christians attending Sabeel's 7th International Conference "NAKBA: MEMORY, REALITY AND BEYOND"
Mr. Eliezar spoke about 1948 and the part he played in the expulsion of the Palestinian population from Lydda and of robbing them of their money and personal possessions.
Samia writes, "Josef could not live with the reality of that day in July 1948. He realized that what he had done to the Palestinians was what the Nazis had done to his people and to his family before he emigrated from Germany to Palestine after the Holocaust. The inhumanity of that war, which as a Jew he had believed was a war of liberation and independence, haunted him until he eventually left the country and settled in Europe.
"I was so moved that I stood up and recognized his courage, thanking him for his testimony and assuring him that we do forgive him. I thought of the Bible passage as Peter asks, ‘Lord how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times'"
Maybe Samia smiles because she does just that- and she believes in her "dream that could still be realized if the Jewish people would ponder and act in accordance with the words of their great prophet Micah: 'What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.'"
An outstanding historical memoir
A.Turner December 21, 2013
"Reflections from Palestine: A Journey of Hope" is an outstanding historical memoir by Samia Nasir Khoury - and history lesson for the American People. Eileen Fleming has written a penetrating book review with clarity and perception - and Americans who are genuine patriots should read the facts about what the Palestinian People have endured from the genocide that has been funded by the treasonous AIPAC appointed Jewish Congress. For instance, it was weapons supplied to Israel by the Jewish controlled regime in DC that was used to murder and maim the crew members of the USS Liberty.
The terrible realities inflicted on the Palestinian People being suppressed by the Jewish mass media - if they were known by the general American public - there would be an outrage against anyone that engages in the espionage of rendering assistance to the terrorist Israeli regime that commands Israel and the USA.
A State of War exists by Israel against the USA - for 9/11 was an Israeli false flag attack - and therefore the failure of the ‘US' Congress to enact a ‘Declaration of War Against Israel' is treason and should be prosecuted under the ‘Espionage Act' by a Military Tribunal. America will regain its own freedom from the Jewish occupation - and the Palestinian People will also regain their freedom.
If we all work toward freeing the Palestinian People now - we can bring about the prosecution of Israel and their network of Sayan Jews that are accomplices to the Israel war crimes against humanity It is good people - like Samia Nasir Koury and Eileen Fleming that are beacons to the light of truth that will lead the way to a greater humanity - no one can be free until we are all free.
We all know who the war criminals are. They are the network of Sayan Jews and their criminal stooges that engage in espionage and treason as accomplices to ongoing genocide by the rogue state of Israel - which is at war against all of mankind.