Throughout Hazem Nusseibeh’s long and illustrious career as a senior politician and diplomat, the lure of Jerusalem, the city of his birth, remained strong.
In Jerusalemites, Dr Nusseibeh tells of growing up in British Mandate Palestine and recalls the pain inflicted on the Palestinians by the creation of Israel. He describes how he dedicated his professional life to the service of the Palestinian people and the goal of restoring their basic human rights. Dr Nusseibeh also provides unique inside accounts of some of the major events in contemporary Arab and international history.
Ambassador Nusseibeh narrates vividly without venom or provocation
Dr Hazem Nusseibeh, a graduate of AUB and Princeton University, and a long-standing foreign minister and diplomat, has written a most enchanting 450 pages of his autobiography, covering eight decades of a lifetime, beginning with a happy childhood in Jerusalem, through the vicissitudes of the Palestine–Israeli dilemma, and a long and challenging career as foreign minister of Jordan, Minister of the Royal Court, Minister of Reconstruction and Development in charge of the affairs and survival of millions of Palestinian refugees, chief of Jordan delegation to the Jordanian Israeli Mixed Armistice Commission, Ambassador to Egypt during the tumultuous Nasser and Sadat regimes, as well as to Turkey, Italy and peaking as chief of mission to the United Nations, where in 1981-1982, he sat on the Security Council as representative of Jordan and the wider Arab and Asian group. Wars, invasions massacres and stunning terrorist and resistance acts, were the kind of menu that he dealt with in this high calling, and which Ambassador Nusseibeh narrates vividly, and without venom or provocation.
The autobiography is replete with a wealth of information, anecdotes, reflections, humour, and analysis of multitudes of public and international affairs, at the decision-making level, including meetings with world leaders of the day. It recalls periods, events and people whose "who is who" is privy to the few. It is a 'must' reading for Jerusalemites of all denominations, as well as multitudes of people and opinion-makers around the world and, particularly at this crucial hour when decisive decisions are expected towards resolving the overshadowing crises of the Middle East.
Hazem Nusseibeh celebrated his 90th birthday on May 6, 2012. To celebrate the auspicious occasion, HRH Prince Hassan Bin Talal hosted a banquet in his honour.
The invitees included a number of Dr Nusseibeh's illustrious Jerusalemite friends, both Muslim and Christian, among...
MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL - Jerusalemites A Living Memory
August 01, 2011
Love for Jerusalem and devotion to the cause of justice and the human rights of the Palestinians are dominant features of this autobiography written by a distinguished man born in the Holy City in 1922 when it was the capital of Palestine. His family which descends from Nusaybah bint...
BARNARD-BOECKER CENTRE FOUNDATION - Jerusalemites
January 02, 2010
"...although the story is recounted from the viewpoint and perspective of an individual, it is in many ways the story of the unparalleled tragedy of the Palestinian people."
"The inhabitants of Jerusalem, a highly sophisticated versatile and...
THE JORDAN TIMES - A Life of Public Service - Jerusalemites
July 20, 2009
True to its title, Hazem Nusseibeh's book starts and ends with Jerusalem, the author's birthplace and enduring focus, but in between, "Jerusalemites: A Living Memory" is chiefly a political memoir. It is an interesting read by virtue of the crucial and tumultuous times during which Nusseibeh...
ADDUSTOUR - Jerusalemites: A Living Memory
May 20, 2009
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AL GHAD - Nusseibeh Signs His Book 'Jerusalemites'
May 20, 2009
The day before yesterday [18 May 2009], the veteran diplomat Hazim Nusseibeh held a book-signing ceremony at the Al-Bustan Bookshop for his new book "Jerusalemites: A Living Memory" published by Rimal Publications in Cyprus.
Nusseibeh said the book represents "an...
AL RAI Newspaper - Jerusalemites
May 17, 2009
This article was published on Sunday 17 May, 2009 in Al Rai newspaper in Arabic. Please click on image to download.
AL QUSD AL ARABI - Jerusalemites A Living Memory
May 11, 2009
This article was published in AL QUSD AL ARABI Volume 21 - Issue 6199 - May 11, 2009 - Page 10 in Arabic.
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GULF TODAY - PANORAMA- Reviews of Life at the Crossroads & Jerusalemites
March 20, 2009
Two books on Palestine published this month by Rimal Publications, based in Nicosia, , are on display at the Abu Dhabi book fair which opened on Tuesday March 17th and closes on Sunday 22nd. The first, an updated edition of "Life at the Crossroads: A History of Gaza" by Gerald Butt, is...