In this review, Type Media Center fellow Rozina Ali details the vivid image painted by author Nathan Thrall in his book A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy. Echoing the book’s use of personal elements paired with political statements, Ali relays how the recounting of a Jerusalem bus crash illustrates the impact of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Ali’s review demonstrates Type Media Center’s commitment to diversifying the discourse in journalism and informing social movements.


  • Humanizing Political Conflict: Ali details how Thrall’s “vignettes of individual guilt come up against stark political realities”, raising personal stories that serve to add a perspective rooted in humanizing conflicts so often depicted as purely political. This change of context mirrors Type’s endeavor to diversify the discourse in journalism.
  • Examining the Catalysts: The review delves into the question of whether “the tragic accident is a failure of bureaucracy or, instead, whether it is the bureaucracy”. Ali posits that individual choice is undermined by strict political systems, aligning with Type’s mission of addressing injustice and inequality.
  • Impact Analysis: Ali pulls the focus of her review to the indisputable fact conveyed by Thrall’s book, that “young Palestinians are intractably tangled up in an enduring conflict.” Emphasizing this point through the last section of the article resonates with Type’s objective to inform social movements and catalyze change.
  • Expanding the Context: In this review, Ali both notes and adds to Thrall’s use of broader context and varying points of view to illustrate the political landscape that led up to the crash, and informed the aftermath. This employment of a wider view reflects Type’s goal of sparking national and global conversations.

Type Media Center’s Note

This piece by our fellow Rozina Ali reflects Type Media Center’s dedication to nurturing independent journalism that not only informs but strives for societal change. Through her comprehensive and thought-provoking review of Nathan Thrall’s A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: Anatomy of a Jerusalem Tragedy, Ali exemplifies our broader mission of producing high-impact journalism that addresses injustice and sparks global conversations.