A trilogy of novels set in Palestine raises critical questions about the tension between identity and the desire to live. By Salsabeel Hamdan The Palace of Angels, Mohammed Massoud Morsi, Wild Dingo Press, 2019. In The Palace of Angels, his trilogy of novels set in Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora, Australian-Egyptian novelist Mohammed Massoud Morsi places his characters in a time of radical change in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With hope of a political solution fading, what happens to the people whose identities and life's trajectories have been so deeply informed by a struggle for national liberation? Morsi asks this question in stories about individual Palestinians,…Read More... | 3 Comments
We Are Not Numbers
Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing from Gaza continuously open since May, diverging from a years-long policy. But leaving the Strip is only the first of many challenges. By Pam Bailey and Fadi O. Al-Naji GAZA CITY — Um Ibrahim tried but failed to persuade her youngest son to reverse his decision to emigrate. The Gazan mother, who asked not to use her real name, has already “lost” two of her sons: one, a physician who managed to flee to Germany, and the other, also studying to be a doctor, to Portugal and then the United States. Now, her only…Read More... | 1 Comment
I asked a man who lives among the graves in Gaza how he could bear to live among the dead. He challenged me. 'How is living among the dead is worse than living among the living?' By Mohammed Arafat When I was a child, I used to pass by the Ma’madany ["Baptist"] graveyard in Gaza City with my dad whenever we went to the market. I always cried and held my father's hand tightly because I had heard that people lived among the tombs. A frightening thought. [tmwinpost] When I grew up, I was endlessly curious; I wanted to learn more…Read More...
Young Gazans are finally getting an opportunity to present themselves to the world in their own words. +972 speaks to some of the participants in the 'We Are Not Numbers' writing project about hope, love, war and, of course, writing. “…and then you would think that whole years would go by, and you would still come to look through the cracks in the fence and would see the same ramparts, the same sentries and the same little corner of sky, not the sky above the prison but another sky, distant and free.” - Fyordor Dostoyevsky ------------------------- Just over a year…Read More... | 4 Comments
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