Anti-occupation activist Badia Dwaik wrestles with conflicted feelings on seeing journalist’s photos of his son stopped by Israeli soldiers in Hebron. “I don’t want my child to be a cheap and easy target,” he writes. And what if Mahmoud had let the cigarette fall from his lips and the soldiers dared him to pick it up. They could have used such a pretext to shoot him.
A news story of Indian migrant workers who hid in a cement mixer to avoid a national lock down reminds Aarushi Punia of Ghassan Kanafani’s classic novella ‘Men in the Sun’
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.”