Return to Jerusalem by Hassn Jamal Husseini
It is one thing to know such things happen; another to experience them at first hand. A Palestinian journalist, working for the Arab Press in Jerusalem, returns home late from work. In the small hours of the following morning, the security forces knock at his door. They remove him from his family, handcuff and blindfold him and take him away for interrogation.
Absorbed into the prison system, he is subjected to techniques of humiliation and deprivation in an overcrowded cell and the alternating brutality and subtle reasonableness of the interrogators. The long hours of inaction between times are lightened only by thoughts of the tenderness of his family life and the conversation of fellow prisoners.
These debates, reflecting many shades of experience and opinion, unfold against the background of his wife's unwavering support and the continuing history of Israel's occupation of the territories. An Israeli lawyer a man of integrity, takes up his case and introduces a ray of hope yet seems powerless to divert the authorities' intentions as these finally emerge.
Hassan Husseini has written in Return to Jerusalem a novel of haunting human interest at one level and at another a timely appeal for the recognition of the rights of Palestinians in their ancestral homeland on a foundation of moderation and natural justice.