Literature

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator News Roundup
NPR

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

on July 12, 2015
Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review Op-Eds & Analysis
Donald Macintyre, The Independent

Return: A Palestinian Memoir by Ghada Karmi - Book Review

Though she has lived since childhood in Britain, the doctor, academic and writer Ghada Karmi has long been active in the Palestinian cause – a "full-time Palestinian" as she ironically puts it. Forced to flee aged eight with her family in the 1948 war, during Israel's military conquest of West Jerusalem, she has formatively vivid recollections of the life she left behind and the trauma of abandoning it.

on July 7, 2015
A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry News Roundup
IMEU

A Conversation with Palestinian Author Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry is a Palestinian architect and writer, and the founder of RIWAQ: Center of Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, Palestine. Amiry found her talent for writing after spending 42 days under curfew with her mother-in-law in Ramallah in 2002. The result was her acclaimed memoir “Sharon and My Mother-in-Law,” which was released by Random House in 2006.

on June 30, 2015
US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza News Roundup
Yousef M. Aljamal, Mondoweiss

US Journal ‘Biography”s Special Issue on Occupied Palestine is Launched in Gaza

The Center for Political and Development Studies in Gaza, Palestine held a launch for Life in Occupied Palestine, a special issue of Biography, an Interdisciplinary Quarterly of biographical scholarship published by the University of Hawaii Press, a forum which explores the theoretical, generic, historical, and cultural dimensions of life-writing integrating literature, history, art, and the social sciences as they relate to biography.

on June 22, 2015
Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan Q&As
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan

In Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, journalist and author Sandy Tolan tells the story of Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian who grew up in Al Amari refugee camp in the 1980s and ’90s. Today, Aburedwan is a renowned viola and bouzouk player, and the founder of Al Kamandjati (Arabic for “the violinist”), an organization that aims to make music accessible to Palestinian children.

on May 7, 2015
Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi” News Roundup
Marguerite Dabaie

Palestinian refugee boy comes of age in graphic novel “Baddawi”

Baddawi, the debut graphic novel by Leila Abdelrazaq, is a coming-of-age story centered on a boy named Ahmad, whose parents are originally from the Palestinian village of Safsaf. The atrocities of the Nakba — the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine — force them to flee to Baddawi, a refugee camp in northern Lebanon, where Ahmad is born.

on April 6, 2015
A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

A Conversation with “Letters to Palestine” Editor Vijay Prashad

On April 14, 2015, Verso Books will release “Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation.” In this collection of essays and poems, American authors and Palestinian authors living in America offer their raw, unfiltered reactions to the relentless oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

on March 24, 2015
Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book News Roundup
IMEU

Author Daniel E. Zoughbie Releases New Book

"Indecision Points," a new book by author Daniel E. Zoughbie, "offers a comprehensive account of U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinians during the George W. Bush administration."

on March 23, 2015
Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms News Roundup
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Seattle Educator Creates Palestine Teaching Trunk for High School Classrooms

When Linda Bevis started her second career in teaching nineteen years ago, she noticed that the textbooks for high school world history dedicated about five paragraphs to Palestine and Israel. The Seattle resident, educator, and longtime activist knew how difficult it would be for any teacher to use that material productively. “While I actually don’t think the conflict is a complicated one, it cannot be explained in five paragraphs."

on March 5, 2015