Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing

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No one can forget the devastating aftermath of a suicide bomber detonating in a crowded bus. But what happens to the survivors of such indiscriminate and horrific attacks? Will the physical and emotional scars overwhelm them, or will they be able to transcend the traumatic experience and lead healthy and fulfilling lives? Many of those who survive are able to grow and thrive, as described in Living Beyond Terrorism.

This book shares compelling stories of hope and healing, as told by ordinary people who while riding in buses, dining in restaurants, shopping in markets, studying at colleges, visiting hotels, or walking along the street suddenly became the innocent victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel, primarily between 2000 and 2006. Forty-eight survivors and relatives of survivors and victims discuss their remarkable life journeys from terrorism to hope and optimism and from grief to meaning and healing; they speak not just of moving on with life as usual, but of moving forward with new purpose, contributing to society, and turning tragedy into action. They bear witness to their experiences in order to make sense of them as best as they can, and to help others. The powerful stories in Living Beyond Terrorism are testimony to their inner strength and determination and inspire each of us as we meet the challenges in our lives.

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Zieva Konvisser's diverse career has evolved from pharmaceutical chemist to automotive executive to earning a post- retirement PhD in human development. As a fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She has served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women and the boards of several community, philanthropic, and professional organizations and is currently on the international board of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma and the advisory board of Strength to Strength. Whether in the laboratory, the parts distribution center, the streets of Jerusalem, or the boardroom, she has always been driven by a commitment to make a positive difference in people's lives and the communities in which they live and work.

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By focusing on terrorism s human rather than political dimension, the book fills out the historical narrative in a critical way, said Don Cohen of West Bloomfield, a former Jewish professional and journalist who worked with Konvisser to refine the ideas, stories and style. The book s depth and humanity help us penetrate the life-changing impact on those who survived, and provide a necessary context for grappling with the personal and political possibilities and challenges ahead, Cohen said. --Ruthan Brodsky, Detroit Jewish News

Terrorism is more than statistics and casualty rates; it is also about the people who survived and the impact on extended families.... So many Israeli lives have been taken by terrorism and so many families shattered. This book tells a different story: the determination and will of Israelis to rebuild and, indeed, to triumph over the terrorists, a victory of the human spirit. --Daniel Kurtzer, Princeton University, Former United States Ambassador to Israel and Egypt

Again and again in her new book, Dr. Konvisser illustrates the gift of choice, not Why me? but instead Why not me? What do I do now with my freedom to go forward from this moment? In human profile after profile, the author poignantly shows her readers how some individuals allow their circumstances to shatter them while others are ennobled by their responses and endurance. Dr. Konvisser s gift to you is an intimate challenge to choose hope and healing in your own life. Viktor Frankl reminds us that man is that being who invented the gas chambers of Auschwitz; however, he is also that being who entered those gas chambers upright, with the Lord s Prayer or the Shema Yisrael on his lips. I join Zieva Konvisser in asking which one is your choice. --Robert C. Barnes, PhD, President, International Board of Directors, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy

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