From the Publisher: Jul 23 1990

How do you portray a people? For this week's cover story, senior writer Lance Morrow and Jerusalem bureau reporter Jamil Hamad avoided the politicians who regularly define the Palestinian cause. "Rhetoric in the Middle East has an elaborate life of its own," explains Morrow. "It tends to obscure the truth." Instead of gathering familiar slogans, the two constructed their group portrait from the personal tales of a wide array of ordinary Palestinians. Says Hamad: "We decided to let readers judge for themselves the fears and dreams that filled our notebooks."

For Hamad, a Palestinian, the project had special import. Born in...

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