This is a very interesting article. I appreciate the author’s review of the film and some of her thoughts about who has the right to narrate her story. Nevertheless, there are real problems with some of her remarks, and I am surprised that (apparently) almost everyone who has commented here has not noticed them.
Ill pick the most obvious example: her defense of the refusal to allow Brunner to participate in the showing of his film in Ramallah. From what Ms. Abulhawa wrote, I cannot see how this this refusal can be justified. Imagine if a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship had made this film. I cannot imagine that the “anti-normalization” crowd would have objected to his participation in the showing, regardless of what his political views were, how much he had benefited from his place in Israeli society, etc.
The fact appears to be that Brunner was not allowed to participate because he is a Jewish Israeli rather than an Arab Israeli, and he has every right to take offense at this racially-based exclusion. That Ms. Abulhawa criticizes him for doing so puts her in a position of defending acts of racial prejudice.
Whatever Ms. Abulhawa thinks about who should or should not tell narratives, she should apparently be more aware of her own bitterness, no matter how much she and her people have suffered from racist actions. Otherwise, her bitterness may lead her even further down the road towards a racism of her own.