By the Rivers of Babylon Setting & Symbolism

Nelson Demille
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Babylon

An ancient city in Iraq, bordered by the Euphrates River.

Hamseen/Sharav

The Hamseen in Arabic, or Sharav in Hebrew is a constant desert wind. The word Hamseen means fifty, and it is said that there are fifty days a year when the wind blows. Only the first wind of the year is welcome, as it announces the arrival of springtime.

Ashbals

Ashbals, or Tiger Cubs are Palestinian orphans of the wars with Israel. Young men and women, they believe in and live for their hatred of Israel. Trained from their earliest memory in battle, they long for the day when they can complete a mission against Israel and its people.

Lod International Airport

Located in Israel, Lod is the point of take-off for the two Concordes carrying the delegates to the United Nations in New York.

Ramla Prison

Where Ahmed Rish had been detained and questioned...

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