Bonnie said, "We Just Want to Live Here is by Amal Rifa'i and Odelia Ainbinder, both teenagers who live in Jerusalem, but one is Muslim and the other is Jewish. Reading their correspondence helped me understand how each side feels in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. My review of this book is HERE."
In We Just Want to Live Here: An Unlikely Teenage Friendship in the Two Jerusalems we meet Palestinian Amal Rifa'i and Israeli Odelia Ainbinder, two teenage girls who live in the same city, yet worlds apart. They met on a student exchange program to Switzerland. Weeks after they returned home, the latest, violent Intifada broke out in the fall of 2000. But two years later, Middle East correspondent Sylke Tempel encouraged Amal and Odelia to develop their friendship by facilitating an exchange of their deepest feelings through letters. In their letters, Amal and Odelia discuss the Intifada, their families, traditions, suicide bombers, and military service. They write frankly of their anger, frustrations, and fear, but also of their hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Together, Amal and Odelia give us a renewed sense of hope for peace in the Middle East.