Literature

Young Palestinian Poet Brings To Life The Troubles Of Jerusalem News Roundup
Charlotte Alfred, The Huffington Post

Young Palestinian Poet Brings To Life The Troubles Of Jerusalem

Mohammed al-Kurd was something of a child star. When he was 11 years old, Israeli settlers took over part of his family’s home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, sparking protests by Palestinian and Israeli activists. Al-Kurd was the main subject of an award-winning documentary about the episode called "My Neighborhood."

about 1 week ago
Amer Zahr: Comedian Palestinian-American Profiles
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Amer Zahr: Comedian

If you’re a Palestinian and you want to find reasons to be sad, it’s not difficult,” says Zahr. “I believe that no matter who we are, and no matter what sort of situation you’re in, there are at least 5 to 10 funny things that happen to you every day. Or if you’re a Palestinian, it’s more like 50 or 100 things. We live in a surreal universe, and we see a lot of weird stuff.”

about 2 weeks ago
Israel Bans Novel on Arab-Jewish Romance From Schools for ‘Threatening Jewish Identity’ News Roundup
Or Kashti, Haaretz

Israel Bans Novel on Arab-Jewish Romance From Schools for ‘Threatening Jewish Identity’

Israel’s Education Ministry has disqualified a novel that describes a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man from use by high schools around the country. The move comes even though the official responsible for literature instruction in secular state schools recommended the book for use in advanced literature classes, as did a professional committee of academics and educators, at the request of a number of teachers.

on December 31, 2015
Alice Walker on The Color Purple Revival, Palestine and Parental Peace News Roundup
Karu F. Daniels, NBC News

Alice Walker on The Color Purple Revival, Palestine and Parental Peace

As the revival of 'The Color Purple' the musical enters its second week of previews on Broadway this week, Alice Walker -- the lauded author who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel upon which it is based -- is excited about the latest incarnation of her most fabled work.

on November 18, 2015
Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction—‘My Enemy, My Brother’—in 1983? Op-Eds & Analysis
Gabriel Schivone, The Huffington Post

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction—‘My Enemy, My Brother’—in 1983?

A while back, while scanning over book titles at my favorite Goodwill thrift store in Tucson, AZ, my eyes tripped over a startling find. I'd never read My Enemy, My Brother--I hadn't even heard of James Forman's obscure 1969 teen novel before seeing it on a list of books banned by the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) here in 1983--yet there it was right in front of me.

on October 1, 2015
The Name That Enables: Remembering Edward Said Op-Eds & Analysis
Hamid Dabashi, Al Jazeera

The Name That Enables: Remembering Edward Said

Rami received Israeli citizenship two years ago. He is a student in his mid-20s, born and living in East Jerusalem. Repulsed by the stone throwing, he has undergone a conscious and self-chosen “Israelization” since high school.

on September 26, 2015
Listen: Israel’s Massacres Can’t be Erased, Says Poet Remi Kanazi News Roundup
Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada

Listen: Israel’s Massacres Can’t be Erased, Says Poet Remi Kanazi

In his new book, Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine, Remi Kanazi writes a poem titled “Sumoud” about a young boy named Ahmed. Ahmed’s father is being held by Israeli under administrative detention, a practice of indefinite incarceration without charge or trial. He is on hunger strike to demand his rights, like many current Palestinian prisoners.

on September 22, 2015
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