Literature

Conversation with Palestinian-American Poet Remi Kanazi News Roundup
Jehan Alfarra, MEMO

Conversation with Palestinian-American Poet Remi Kanazi

My parents and grandparents are refugees from 1948. My mother’s side is from Jaffa; my father’s side is from Haifa, Nazareth. My grandmother was pregnant with my mom when they were ethnically cleansed from Palestine, so I grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts and I moved to...

on January 31, 2017
Book Release: The Parachute Paradox Literature
Neda Simaika, IMEU

Book Release: The Parachute Paradox

The Parachute Paradox, a new book from Palestinian author Steve Sabella, provides a unique insight into the individual pursuit of global citizenship through the author’s life story. Sabella begins in Jerusalem’s Old City, where he was born, and he quickly learns that only his unfettered imagination and bold spirit will enable him to see beyond his identity...

on December 21, 2016
Book Release: Balcony on the Moon Literature
Neda Simaika, IMEU

Book Release: Balcony on the Moon

Writing Balcony on the Moon allowed Barakat “to heal some of the hardships imposed” on her by her Palestinian identity while offering a poignant message on the importance of education for young women. “Freedom of education for all children, and opportunities for lifelong learning for all people are fundamental human needs not only for individuals, but also for humanity as a collective,” she says. “Educational empowerment for girls and women especially promise massive possibilities of positive change.”

on December 14, 2016
When I Published My Book About Palestine This Year, I Learned How Death Threats and… Op-Eds & Analysis
Ben Ehrenreich, AlterNet

When I Published My Book About Palestine This Year, I Learned How Death Threats and…

Earlier this August, Donald Trump dragged American political discourse to what most pundits agreed was a new low by suggesting that “Second Amendment people” would know what to do if Hillary Clinton were to impose rigorous controls on gun ownership...

on August 17, 2016
The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance Op-Eds & Analysis
Erika Lee, Los Angeles Magazine

The Way to the Spring Examines the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Through Stories of Resistance

When Ben Ehrenreich started spending time in the West Bank in 2011—the award-winning writer even lived there between 2013 and 2014—he went, in part, on assignment for the New York Times Magazine and Harper’s. What he returned home with is The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine (June 14), a collection of revelatory anecdotes offering a pragmatic, somber look…

on July 20, 2016
Dave Eggers, Alice Walker Among Literary Figures Calling for Israel to Free Palestinian Poet Op-Eds & Analysis
JTA, Haaretz

Dave Eggers, Alice Walker Among Literary Figures Calling for Israel to Free Palestinian Poet

More than 150 literary figures, including nine Pulitzer Prize winners, are calling for Israel to free an Israeli-Arab poet charged with inciting violence through social media. The open letter announced Tuesday in support of Dareen Tatour, who has been under house arrest since October, was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and Adalah-NY (The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel)…

on July 13, 2016
Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas News Roundup
Munir Atalla, VICE

Daily Life in the West Bank Is More Than Just Protests and Tear Gas

Identical twins who swap identities to keep their double out of jail; an Israeli settler caught in his own razor wire, too proud to allow himself to be helped down by a Palestinian; a little blond girl who defiantly raises her fist at soldiers twice her size—Ben Ehrenreich brings a novelist's touch to anecdotes that are often stranger than fiction in his new book.

on July 6, 2016
Backing BDS: Another Pulitzer winner comes out for Palestinian rights News Roundup
David Palumbo-Liu, Salon

Backing BDS: Another Pulitzer winner comes out for Palestinian rights

Last week Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professional associate of mine, became the fourth winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS), joining Alice Walker, Richard Ford, and Junot Diaz. Besides the Pulitzer, his novel, “The Sympathizer,” won several other prestigious awards and made it to over 30 book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

on June 22, 2016
Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem News Roundup
Nigel Wilson, Al Jazeera

Israel Prosecutes a Palestinian Poet over Youtube Poem

With a flick of her wrist, Dareen Tatour turned a page in her notebook, smoothed the paper and began reading aloud in a slow, steady cadence. "The charges are like pieces of clothing. They brought me these clothes and forced me to wear them, from my toes to my head," she said, before bursting into excited laughter at the novelty of her work being translated into English.

on June 20, 2016