The Collaborator of Bethlehem: Obstacles for a Prosperous…

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The Collaborator of Bethlehem:  Obstacles for a Prosperous Palestinian Future
Matt Benyon Rees novel,  The Collaborator of Bethlehem,  creates a vivid portrait of Palestine today.  It is a portrait fraught with violence, mystery, death and danger around every corner.  Throughout his novel,  Rees hopes to teach the reader complex and personalized lessons about the Israel-Palestinian conflict through his mystery and characterizations, and also hopes to project his opinions based on his own experience in the Middle East. Matt Benyon Rees’ The Collaborator of Bethlehem explains that ongoing religious conflict and intolerance as well as a legacy of violence standing in the way of Palestinians achieving a prosperous, secure, well-governed and...
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..... violent way through the adventures and mysterious circumstances that run through Yossef’s village. 
In conclusion,  Rees uses setting, characterization and near-constant violence to illustrate what is happening in present (or near present) day Palestine.  He shows his characters as the conscience of the city,  wanting to behave ethically, humanely and according to their beliefs at any cost. Matt Benyon Rees’ The Collaborator of Bethlehem explains that there are two things standing in the way Palestinians achieving a prosperous, secure, well-governed and well-educated society: religious conflict and intolerance and a legacy of violence.  
References
Rees, Matt Benyon.  The Collaborator of Bethlehem. Boston:
  Haughton-Mifflin Company, 2008.