You Can’t Hide the Sun – John McCarthy
You Can’t Hide the Sun is the title of John McCarthy’s latest book, which details the conditions of Palestinian Israelis in their own country. Even as full ‘equal’ citizens Palestinians citizens often find themselves victims of discrimination both subtle and intrusive from a lack of services such as electricity and water to “unrecognized” villages in the southern Negev desert, the threat of homes being demolished due to evolving planning permission rules and lands being confiscated. McCarthy’s interest in the Palestinian plight was awakened as a result of his own incarceration as a hostage in the late 1980’s. For five and a half years he was the guest of the Hezbollah where, while being relatively well treated, he realized how naïve and uninformed he was of the particular circumstances leading to civil war.
Once released he was able to go home, a safe place with no threats of demolition or eviction – something his kidnappers did not have, and a concept that was out of reach for many Palestinians in their own country. This wake-up call and subsequent trips to the Middle East enabled him to dig deeper into the stories of the region, becoming a more informed commentator and advocate for an oppressed people.
An extraordinary session, McCarthy showed compassion and understanding for the complexities this region faces and the overwhelming challenges for the Palestinian cause in the face of the continuing demands of the Israeli government for security and a Jewish state.