Dr Ghada Karmi’s book in Sydney: Return: A Palestinian Memoir




By Marcelle Mansour
British-Palestinian Ghada Karmi, doctor and the author of the book )Return: A Palestinian Memoir( who was forced to flee her homeland following the 1948 Nakba, Arab-Israeli war, is in a visit to Australia to various cities in different states. The event was organised by the Activist Coordinator Jennifer Killen through the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine – Sydney.
It was a good opportunity on Tuesday night the 1st of September 2015 to attend Karmi’s first series of speeches at the La Cocina de la Abuela Mexican restaurant. Dr Karmi discussed the contents of her recent book (Return: A Palestininan Memoir) which is an account of exile and the impossibility of finding home. It captures the realistic stories which she witnessed during her trips to Plaestine and various places. Dr Karmi depicts the real life of modern Plaestine where Palestinian people are still suffering and struggling under the occupation and oppression. The book of Return: A Palestinian Memoir contains memories of individual journey that is full of bitterness and grief which describes the real Israeli Palestinian conflict. Dr Karmi says in her book: “I remember looking down in a night time Tel Aviv from the windows of  a plane taking me back to London and thinking hopelessly, ‘Flotsam and jetsam’, that is what we become , scattered and divided. There is no room for us or our memories here and it won’t ever be reversed.” 
Dr Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem in 1939, her family moved to England after Israel state was created in1948. She was educated and trained as a Doctor of Medicine at Bristol University and practised in migrant and refugee health. She established the first British-Palestinian medical charity in 1972 and was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs she has held research positions on Middle Eastern politics and culture at a number of universities, including the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.
Her previous books include In Search of Fatima, A Palestininan Story (2002), Married to Another Man. Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine (2007) and co-editor of the Palestinian Exodus 1948-1989(1999).The book of Return: A Palestinian Memoir contains memories of individual journey full of bitterness and grief that explains the real Israeli Palestinian conflict.

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