5 Broken Cameras

August 3, 2013

Recent Palestinian Literature

June 5, 2013

Recent Palestinian Literary Activism

Poetry has a long history in the Middle East (as author Khaled Furani examines in one of the new books listed below), and Palestinians in the footsteps of Mahmoud Darwish and many other predecessors are turning to poetry and forms of new literacies to deal with the political turmoil of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian writer Susan Abulhawa recently published a poem for Samer Issawi, the Palestinian activist currently imprisoned in Israel. In February 2013, a movement began to increase awareness of the state of Issawi and a few other Palestinian prisoners who had all been on a hunger strike since August 2012. Also in February, Palestinian-American poet and human-rights activist Remi Kanazi performed poetry regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and injustices in general for student activist groups at Swarthmore College.

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Is Palestine Next?

July 8, 2011

Is Palestine Next?
By Adam Shatz

No one in the Arab world was watching the news more closely than the Palestinians during the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. The first emotion they experienced was disbelief; the second – particularly when they saw Palestinian flags being raised in Tahrir Square –was relief that they were no longer alone. Arab lethargy has been a virtual article of faith among Palestinians, who felt that their neighbours had betrayed them in 1948 and had done nothing to help them since.

The Palestinian national movement, which rose to prominence under Yasir Arafat’s leadership in the late 1960s, was defined in large part by its belief that Palestinians had to rely on themselves. Mahmoud Darwish was not the only one to note that during the siege of Beirut in 1982, when Israel invaded Lebanon in an attempt to crush the PLO, tens of thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv but the Arabs were too busy watching the World Cup Final to take to the streets.

The old Arab order was buried in Tahrir Square. Young revolutionaries rose up against a regime which for three decades had stood in the way of Palestinian aspirations. It seemed too good to be true and some pundits in Palestine wondered whether it wasn’t an American conspiracy. But it wasn’t, and Palestinians began to re-examine what had been one of their most disabling convictions: the belief that the US controls the Middle Eastern chessboard, and that the Arab world is powerless against America and Israel. ‘There has been a kind of epistemic break,’ a young Palestinian said to me.

The excitement among Palestinians sometimes seems to be mixed with unease, even envy: the spotlight has been stolen from them. As a Hamas councilwoman in Nablus put it, ‘For 60 years they were watching us. Now we are watching them.’ But Palestinians have prided themselves on being the vanguard of protest in the Arab world and they will not be content to remain spectators for long.

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July 5, 2011

Alice Walker Interview

June 29, 2011

Michael Archer: Q&A with Alice Walker
June 15, 2011


The Pulitzer Prize-winning author on her impending trip to Gaza, “SlutWalk,” and The Chicken Chronicles.

By Michael Archer

Next week, Alice Walker will be among the passengers aboard “The Audacity of Hope” when it sails from Athens to Gaza to challenge Israel’s naval blockade. (The boat will carry letters from Americans to Palestinians, not aid.) The 67-year-old, Pulitzer Prize winner took a moment to discuss her impending voyage, along with some thoughts on the “Slutwalk” protests (and her understanding of the word “slut”), and the incredibleness of chickens.

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June 29, 2011

To Exist Is to Resist

January 9, 2009

To Exist Is to Resist

In my mind
I’ve freed Palestine
Envisioned a dream
That just needs to be seen
Olive trees and fields of figs
Orange groves
That lead to our roads
No blocks filled with cops
No ten-year-olds shot
Is what I got

I understand my grandmother’s plan
To live on her bought and paid-for land
And though it isn’t in her hands
It remains in her heart
Every time another is killed
We go back to the start

1948: the date you make us remember
The star and scars of David
And we’re the ones who’ve hated?
We’ve been raped and berated
By bullets and forced “immigration”
Squatting and settling
Left wrestling with the best Zionism has to offer
While the US fills its coffers
We’re seen as monsters

Our people blow up in pain
Black-eyed and half-insane
Wouldn’t you be?
If an Israeli bullet penetrated your child’s brain?

I envision Palestine in my mind
With the “chosen” frozen in time
To realize their morality’s blind
To take back generations of crime
And put an end to Apartheid
How many kids sit and wish
They could be labeled other than a terrorist
To exist is to resist!
Reads the graffiti in their cities

Give them chalk instead of rocks
They’ll use the blackboards
If you let them go to school

Give them chalk instead of rocks
Instead you bulldoze the block
Destroy their homes
Palestine is what you call the “no building zone”

But you can’t bulldoze our minds
Every time we’ll rise through ashes
Like Cassius Clay
We’ll bob and weave for infinity
There is no divinity
In bombing our cities
Setting up committees to treat us differently
We’re from Falasteen
The land where dreams are made

So just remember one thing
One day the bells of freedom will ring
And you’ll see me smiling
Loving life in Palestine

– Remi Kanazi

Television video reveals the truth about Gaza

January 6, 2009

This news report was broadcast, of all places, in the U.S. corporate media. A rarity indeed.

It’s the truth uncensored about what is happening in Gaza.

Genocide in Gaza

January 6, 2009


Genocide is exactly the right word to describe what is taking place in Gaza.

The Israeli propaganda machine and their media allies in the West are doing their best to demonize Hamas, as they continue to promote the idea that it was Hamas that provoked Israel into attacking Gaza, therefore it is Hamas who are primarily responsible for the war crimes that the Israeli military is committing.

However, it was Israel that broke the truce with Hamas, back on November 5th, with an attack that killed six Palestinians. Until that point, the Palestinians had abided by the 5-month-old truce, only firing rockets after Israel attacked.

Now, eleven days into its savage invasion of Gaza, Israel is still claiming that they are zeroing in on “Hamas targets” but those targets continue to be hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure.

There are numerous human rights groups and news organizations that
are exposing the lies that the Israeli government is telling about the supposed targets of its attacks.

Because of Israel’s ground offensive the majority of the population in Gaza are without electricity, a large number are without water, food shortages are rampant and sewage flows in the streets.

Meanwhile, the toll of Palestinians killed and wounded continues to rise at a fast pace as Israel intensifies its air and ground assault on the largely defenseless and starved Gaza Strip.

And Israel is, as usual, preventing medical and humanitarian responses. All of this deepening an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

So, what is president-elect Obama’s view on what is happening in Gaza? Any public statements?

The silence is deafening.

The current U.S. administration is, of course, blocking any and all proposals calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza.

People in the U.S., whose government is the chief backer of Israel, and the masses all over the world must mobilize opposition to Zionist brutality and demonstrate complete solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza as they continue to fight for their survival.

Missing from last night’s debate

September 27, 2008