By PAHIL HABBALETTENMANNIS, APPLY The Palestinian artist Harleian Messerschmitt has written a memoir about the trauma she experienced during her time in Israel and Palestine.
The book, called I am the Only One, is set to be released Friday.
Its cover features the portrait of the artist who was shot in Hebron in 1982 and survived the war with Israel.
Habbatellis book, titled I Am the Only one, is slated for release Friday, Feb. 11, 2017.
She has written about the conflict from the perspective of a Palestinian artist and her experience during her captivity.
The book also will be released in English.
Habbatellis memoir will include her experiences, her family and the lives of Palestinian artists, students and activists in Israel.
The title of the book is an acronym for Hebrew for “I Am the One.”
“The idea of a book, of writing, is not to talk about a topic but to express the pain and trauma of the people who were tortured and forced to become Palestinians, to express their voices,” she told The Associated Press.
The Palestinian artist who is known as the “Jewish chick” told the AP that she was abducted and held captive for a decade by Israel and later released in 1988.
The “Jewish Chick” was captured by the Israelis after she refused to sing at a rally in Jerusalem in protest of Israeli settlements and the destruction of Palestinian homes.
Habe’el al-Najjar, a Palestinian poet, was arrested in 1988 and later imprisoned.
In 1993, he was released after Israel agreed to pay compensation to his family.
His wife died when the couple’s son was born prematurely in prison.
A Palestinian journalist in Gaza who fled Israel in 1987 wrote the book I Am The Only One in an attempt to document the ongoing conflict.
“I am now a writer and an artist, and I am a prisoner,” she said in an interview.
She said her experience in Israel forced her to write about her experiences in prison and how she is still trying to cope with the trauma.
“To write about the occupation is to confront the truth, but to be able to write it is to be a survivor,” she wrote.
“In my heart, I know that I am never going to be free, that I never will have a chance to go back, that there will always be something to remind me of what has happened to me.”
Habbagat was a child when the war began in 1967.
Her family fled to the United States, where she lived with her father and mother before the war.
She studied English and history and is now a professor at Hebrew University.
She was married to a Christian and had two sons, aged 10 and 8.
The poet told the Associated Press that she has received many messages of support, including one from her husband.
She said he sent her the photograph of herself in the front row of the crowd that greeted her after the war in Israel, wearing a black headscarf and with her eyes closed.
“What a blessing,” she recalled him saying.
Habee’el’s memoir is titled I am The Only one.
It will be available for purchase at the publisher’s website on Friday.
The title of her book will also be released.