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  • Location: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem

The Attack

The Attack

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A strikingly powerful novel exploring the motivations of a suicide bomber in Israel, told through the eyes of her husband.

  • ISBN: 978-0099499275
  • Translator: John Cullen
  • Genre: Autobiography/memoirs

What you need to know before your trail

Tel Aviv. A suicide bomber has killed 19 in a packed city centre restaurant. Dr Amin Jaafie, an Israeli Arab, is a surgeon at a nearby hospital. Respected and admired by his colleagues, the doctor represents integration at its most successful. But this night of turmoil and death takes a horrifyingly personal turn as his beloved wife’s body is found among the dead… could she have caused the devestation?

Travel Guide

Tel Aviv

In a city where suicide bombing is something which happens frequently, a surgeon finds his wife blown up. This was no accident, and his wife has been living a very different type of life.

Mohammed Moulessehoul, the real name of the author,  is a veteran Algerian army officer. He didn’t write under his real name for obvious reasons.

The centre of the issue is of course in Tel Aviv – the mindset of a suicide bomber is a unique and shocking one.


The author goes to Bethlehem and stays in Jerusalem where he meets a fellow Doctor at the same hospital with whom he has been friends with since university. The two travel on to Jerusalem, but he has to do the final journey himself and he is not exactly  a welcome visitor.

There are many Israeli citizens of Arab origin. These are the descendants of the Arabs who stayed in the country rather than go into exile at the formation of Israel in 1948. These are the people who have suffered the most discrimination and like Amin Jaafari in the novel, there is a divide between a tormented Jewish state, Gaza and the West Bank

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Attack

Destination: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem  Author/Guide: Yasmina Khadra   Departure Time: 2000s

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