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Palestinians speak a distinct dialect of Arabic, and have their own traditions, cuisine, and folklore. While most Palestinians feel strong connections to the Arab world, their primary political affiliation is with other Palestinians, with whom they share defining experiences of exile, military occupation, and other dimensions of the conflict with the Zionist movement and Israel.

Palestinian Novel Wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction
Natasha Onwuemezi, The Bookseller

Palestinian Novel Wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

A novel about Palestinian life in occupation and exile by Rabai al-Madhoun has won the ninth $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba, published by Maktabat Kul Shee (Haifa, Palestine), was named the winner by this year’s chair of Judges, Emirati poet and academic Amina Thiban, at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

about 4 days ago
Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present
Belal Khaled, Al Jazeera

Gaza Fashion Show Blends Past and Present

Nearly three decades ago, Aida Abu Sitta began to collect old dresses from Palestinian refugee camps, and redesigned them with a blend of contemporary and traditional elements. One of the models at Abu Sitta's latest fashion show told Al Jazeera that the goal was to preserve the Palestinian heritage that Israel has tried to destroy. The dresses are meant to represent the identity of the person wearing them, Abu Sitta said.

about 1 week ago
Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West Bank
Naomi Zeveloff, Forward

Literary Stars Learn ‘Occupation 101’ Firsthand in Tense Tour of West Bank

The American writer Ayelet Waldman was on a tour near the Hamra checkpoint, deep inside the Palestinian West Bank, when a silver car with Israeli plates pulled over. The driver, an Israeli Jew, got out and began taking photos of Waldman’s tour group, which included the Austrian author Eva Menasse and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks, as well as a bevy of photographers and anti-occupation activists.

about 2 weeks ago
PEN Should Not Accept Israeli Propaganda Money to Fund Festival
Susan Abulhawa, Middle East Eye

PEN Should Not Accept Israeli Propaganda Money to Fund Festival

PEN American Center, which describes itself as “the US branch of the world’s leading international literary and human rights organisation,” has chosen to align, once again, with the government of Israel, one of the world’s most persistent abusers of human rights. It has accepted funding for the annual World Voices Festival from the Israeli embassy as part of the Brand Israel programme...

about 3 weeks ago
Authors Criticize PEN American Center for Israel Gov’t Sponsorship
Shane Barnes , Flavorwire

Authors Criticize PEN American Center for Israel Gov’t Sponsorship

All is not well in the literary world. That could be true at any moment of any day, sure, but this week has been especially tumultuous. Maybe that’s not accurate, either, because the letter that’s causing headlines (like this one!) was actually sent in March, though it’s only just now been made available to the public.

about 3 weeks ago
Pulitzer Winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Alice Walker Join Over 100 Writers in Calling for PEN…
Mondoweiss/Adalah-NY

Pulitzer Winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Alice Walker Join Over 100 Writers in Calling for PEN…

In a letter made public today over 100 writers, including Pulitzer Prize winners Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, and Alice Walker, and award-winning author Louise Erdrich, have called on the PEN American Center “to reject support from the Embassy of Israel” for PEN’s annual World Voices Festival. The seven-day Festival takes place from April 25 to May 1 in New York City.

on April 5, 2016
Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon
Gill Bland, The Gaurdian

Running Through Conflict: The Palestine Marathon

“It was amazing!” Anyone who knows a marathon runner has heard those words, or something similar, from an adrenaline-fuelled finisher on their post-race high. But this runner’s passion and excitement was fuelled by a very different reason. For my friend Miriam, the Palestine Marathon was not about time or even about being able to say she had run a marathon.

on April 5, 2016
More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon
Jack Khoury, Haaretz

More Than 100 Gaza Athletes Barred From Running in Palestinian Marathon

Israel has effectively barred more than 100 Gaza runners from participating in a Palestinian marathon in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Friday, by failing to issue permits for the athletes to leave the coastal territory. The Palestinian Athletics Union in Gaza and the Palestinian Olympic Committee in Ramallah compiled a list pf potential participants and reported they had submitted it two weeks ago to the Palestinian civil committee in charge of coordinating the permits with Israel.

on April 1, 2016
Re-constructing Dasein: The Works of Steve Sabella
Charlotte Bank

Re-constructing Dasein: The Works of Steve Sabella

The Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish once said about the condition of exile, “Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.” Darwish, who for many people stands out mainly as the spokesman of Palestinian exile and of the Palestinian cause, has put into words more eloquently than most the insecurity of our late-postmodern condition.

on March 28, 2016