LONGWOOD, FL�Israel is gearing up to mark the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem that took place during the 1967 Six Day War. The event will be marked on May 16 2007, the anniversary according to the Hebrew calendar.
The newly released Jerusalem Diaries II: What's Really Happening in Israel by award-winning Jerusalem-based journalist Judy Lash Balint takes readers to hot-spots in eastern and western parts of the city; to Jerusalem neighborhoods under fire; to the homes of victims of Arab terror and to cultural and religious events that go on despite the tensions.
Jerusalem Diaries II is a follow-up to the acclaimed Jerusalem Diaries: In Tense Times (Gefen 2002). Both first-person accounts follow life in Israel, where Balint has made her home for the past decade.
Balint also vividly describes events in Gaza, northern Israel during last summer's Lebanon war, Hebron, Bethlehem --places in the headlines over the past few years.
Says Balint, "Readers will be able to put the news they get from the Middle East into context after reading Jerusalem Diaries II. The places they've heard about in the news will spring to life when they read about the people who live there and continue to fight for their security."
Judy Lash Balint, whose work has appeared in the N.Y. Post, Christian Science Monitor, Jerusalem Post, and Seattle Times, received the 2003 Mosaic Award for Excellence in Feature Writing about Israeli peoplehood, culture, and society and took second place in the Jerusalem Foundation's Excellence in Jerusalem Reporting contest. She is a contributor to the Fodor's 2006 Israel guidebook. For updates from Jerusalem visit www.jerusalemdiaries.com.
Balint, who provides occasional commentary from Jerusalem for New Zealand Public Radio; the Dave Ross Show on Seattle's CBS affiliate, KIRO Radio, 710AM; KOMO NewsRadio, Seattle's ABC affiliate; the Lee Rodgers Show on KSFO/ABC Radio in San Francisco and ClareFM in Shannon, Ireland is available for interviews from Jerusalem. Tel: 011-972-2-566-2903.
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