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Nora Lester Murad. Cover, "I Found Myself in Palestine." (Images: courtesy of Interlink Publishing)

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.”

Palestinian workers spray disinfectant as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in Dair Al Balah in the center of Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

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.”

Aaron Neil's character in Tom Stoppard’s new play Leopoldstadt reads Theodor Herzl's Zionist manifesto Der Judenstaat. (Photo: leopoldstadtplay.com)

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.”