Felicia Langer, An Age of Stone (Quartet Books, 1988) Trans. Isaac Cohen
It is my simple belief that whatever happens to [the Palestinians], their future and their fate in the last decades of the twentieth century must be the concern of everyone.
A Gazan: Inside or out, this whole place is a prison. We have nothing left to lose.
‘The ones who did not know, did not want to know.’
I register the event. I record the facts.
An Age of Stone is an account of attorney Felicia Langer’s work from 1979 to 1988. Published almost thirty years ago, the book reveals what commitment entails in the day to day life of the author: accompanying the Palestinians, defending them in an absurd and unjust court system, not averting her gaze from the daily horror these people endured, weeping with the families, raging as a spiritual practice, and resolving never to give up.
There are pictures that stay in the memory as if carved with a fine chisel.
Of the thousands of demolished homes I remember one house in Silwad.
Of the hundreds of torture victims I see the burnt eyes and the crouched back of Sulaiman.
Of the countless smiles in the darkness there is the smile of Sami.
Of the hundreds of hunger-strikers I see the tiny Mehdi.
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