My Palestine

Mohammad Tarbush

‘As impressive a man as the Arab world has to show’
Edward Said on Mohammad Tarbush


Mohammad Tarbush was born in British Mandate Palestine. As an infant, he and his family are forced to evacuate their village together with its entire population, after the Zionist victory that led to the establishment of the State of Israel. As now landless refugees in the West Bank, the family sinks into poverty.

When the teenage Palestinian refugee announced to his parents that he wanted to take a bus to visit relatives in Jordan for a few days, little did they know he would actually set off on a one year hitchhiking journey to Europe, where he would eventually become a highly international banker and a key behind-the-scenes promotor of the Palestinian cause.

In My Palestine, Tarbush combines poignant personal memoir with incisive political and economic commentary on the tumultuous events that shaped the history of Israel, Palestine and the modern Middle East.

MOHAMMAD TARBUSH was born in Jerusalem. In 1988, he became Managing Director at Deutsche Bank then at UBS. He is the author of several books including Reflections of a Palestinian. His writings on Palestine has appeared in the Guardian, and the Financial Times, among others.

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