Yousef Sweid has worked as an actor, dancer, director, writer and puppeteer. To that list of talents one can add tightrope walking, a feat he accomplishes with considerable grace both in his life and in "The Bubble," a new film from Eytan Fox that opens in Los Angeles on Sept. 7.
"Shattered Dreams: The Failure of the Peace Process in the Middle East, 1995-2002," by Charles Enderlin (Other Press, 2003).
I once asked King Hussein of Jordan whether he considered Zionism legitimate. Did he accept that there was any historical basis to the Jews' claim to a portion of Palestine as their homeland? He looked at me as if I were from Mars and ducked the question. Later, he told a Jordanian colleague that only a Jew could have posed such a strange question. Perhaps by the time of his death in 1999 he had softened his view. But his reaction still exemplifies that of the vast majority of Arabs today.