03 October 2019, The Tablet

Dialogue of the deaf


Dialogue of the deaf

Pro- and anti-abortion activists argue in Washington DC in January
Photo: PA/Abaca, Douliery Olivier

 

The Abolition of Woman: How Radical ­Feminism is Betraying Women
FIORELLA NASH
(IGNATIUS PRESS, 240 PP, £14.99)
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Some five miles south-west of Bethlehem, Daoud Nassar works the 100 acres of land which has been in his family’s ownership for over a century. He is fighting a legal battle to keep hold of his farm since it was classified as Israeli state land and claimed for confiscation and settlement in 1991. He and his family have endured intolerable hardship: unable to connect to mains water or electricity, forbidden to put up buildings, suffering the bulldozing of essential fruit trees and living in caves as the only legal means of survival. There is much here that could cause them to harbour righteous rage and justifiable bitterness, but they have made a commitment to peaceful resistance and building bridges. At the entrance to the farm, known as the Tent of Nations, lies a stone which bears the ­message, “We refuse to be enemies”.

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