Author Archives: Susan Abulhawa

About Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa is the author of the international bestselling novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010) – – and founder of Playgrounds for Palestine –

Deconstructing Netanyahu’s tribute to Mandela

Susan Abulhawa says that Netanyahu embraces Mandela because “He forgave whites for hundreds of years of unspeakable and still untold crimes and, more importantly, didn’t punish them or make them pay back anything of what they had stolen.”

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The Almond Tree: When novels distort legacies of struggle

Edward Said showed us how fiction has sometimes been used to perpetuate oppression. This is particularly apparent when white privilege narrates marginalised lives without navigating ethical considerations inherent to the task of representing historic wounds and enduring struggles of another people. Some want to “expose injustice” through fiction. While such impulse is admirable, when coupled with racist assumptions or lack of emotional comprehension of a people’s culture, the result is often muting of already marginalised voices, theft of their narrative, stripping of their agency, and caricaturising of their humanity.

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For Samer Issawi: Tribute to a Jerusalem son

Video of a poem by Susan Abulhawa.

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First they stole our books, then they took our story

Susan Abulhawa watches The Great Book Robbery and questions director Benny Brunner over his criticism of Palestinians

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Nakba, Occupation | 75 Comments