Nora Lester Murad: “‘I Found Myself in Palestine’ is intentionally not a book about Palestine. It’s not about the Israeli occupation or politics—at least not primarily. It’s not even about Palestinians. Rather, it is a collection of reflections by non-Palestinians whose stories are also a gift of this place.”
A primer from an acclaimed Israeli historian, a beautiful novel that takes place during the 1967 war, and first-hand accounts of Israeli society and the devastation it has wrought in Palestine. Here are 10 more books on Palestine/Israel to read while you’re staying in.
Haidar Eid writes, “In Gaza, staying at home leads to some existential questions and deep soul searching. With time to reflect, I am tempted to cross that invisible thin line separating fiction from reality. The real world of occupation, blockade, apartheid, settler-colonialism, and coronavirus on the one hand, and on the other, the imaginary world of my favorite authors.”
The Palestine Writes Literature Festival, set to take place the weekend of March 27-29, 2020 in New York City, has been postponed due to the global uncertainty and concern surrounding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Rarely have the greatest living voices in Palestinian literature been heard in North America. That is about to change. On March 27-29, Palestine Writes, the first-ever festival of Palestinian literature in the United States will feature a three day celebration of Palestinian writing in New York City.
Robert Cohen reviews Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt, which follows an extended Viennese family across three generations and half a century of deteriorating Jewish history. “Jewish 20th century history is so often presented as one long justification for the project of Jewish national renewal,” Cohen writes, “so it was curious to see such a major artistic telling of Jewish experience leaving Zionism offstage.”
In his new book “The Hundred-Years’ War on Palestine,” historian Rashid Khalidi takes off the academic gloves and breaks the spell of the Zionist nationalist dream by relating his own legendary family’s long resistance to colonialism in Palestine.