I just sent President Obama a signed copy of my book, Fast Times in Palestine. Accompanying it to the White House is this letter:

August 1, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

I’m writing to thank you for your haunting memoir, Dreams from My Father, which I enjoyed immensely. Please find enclosed a small thank-you gift: A signed copy of my recently published memoir, Fast Times in Palestine.

The aim of the book is to enlighten Americans about the reality of life under Israeli occupation in a way anyone can relate to and even enjoy. I modeled it after Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a book that didn’t try to pontificate about the evils of slavery but rather displayed these evils in a gripping story full of love, beauty, suspense, cruelty, and deeply human characters, and was therefore able to reach and move broad audiences.

I hope you enjoy this book, and I hope it will inspire you to support Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans who value dignity, equality, and genuine security for all peoples.

I understand why you feel constrained to support the same policies as your predecessors. But I think you know in your heart that this is a dead-end road that effectively supports Israel’s self-destructive occupation and needlessly endangers Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans. A more even-handed approach based on international law will no doubt be politically difficult. But your principled leadership on this issue would be warmly appreciated by millions — and I daresay by generations.

Yours in humanity,


Pamela J. Olson
Author of Fast Times in Palestine

Enclosed: One signed copy of Fast Times in Palestine

I signed his book:

To President Obama,

With hope for equal rights for all in the Holy Land in our lifetime.

Yours in hope,
Pamela Olson