Posts tagged "Palestine"
Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Monday Interview: Sami Michael (Israel)

Sami Michael was born in 1926 in Iraq. He emigrated to Israel in 1949. Although he is a famous and worldwide acknowledged Israeli writer, Medarabnews was more interested in his opinions and views as a life-witness of the history of the Middle East. He is also the president of ACRI, the “Association for Civil Rights in...
Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, "Frida Kahlo's Mustache"

Poetry Please: Ashraf Fayadh, “Frida Kahlo’s Mustache”

Frida Kahlo’s Mustache Ashraf Fayadh I will ignore the smell of mud, and the need to reprimand the rain, and the burn that has long since settled in my chest. I am looking for fitting consolation for my situation, which doesn’t allow me to interpret your lips however I wish Or to brush away the drops...
One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

One Year in Prison Without Charges: Poet Ashraf Fayadh (Palestine/Saudi Arabia)

Once again, our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) are drawing attention to the plight of yet another writer held by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh was arrested by Saudi authorities on January 1, 2014 — charged with “insulting the Godly self and having long hair” — and has yet to face...
Arabic Young Adult Literature: Is It Possible to Intrigue Young Adults Without Upsetting Gatekeepers?

Arabic Young Adult Literature: Is It Possible to Intrigue Young Adults Without Upsetting Gatekeepers?

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have just posted this intriguing piece on the rise of the Young Adult fiction segment in Arabic Literature. Which should not come as much of a surprise, given that “Young adult” readers of Arabic literature, by demographic rights, should be the biggest and most voracious audience for new books. Some...
Help Rebuild the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Help Rebuild the IBBY Libraries in Gaza

Our Friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have published this appeal, and we are happy to re-publish it here and urge you to consider contributing to this project. The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has helped fund, supply, and train staff at two libraries in Gaza. One saw damage when it was occupied by...
The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

The Poet Cannot Stand Aside: Arabic Literature and Exile

Marcia Lynx Qualey, whose blog Arabic Literature (in English) we cannot but admire, has published this remarkable analysis in Words without Borders, as part of their September issue on Exile. We highly recommend both sites to everyone who is really interested in what goes on in world literatures. Fourteen hundred years ago and more, the poet-prince...
‘I Do Not Wish For You To See Gaza As Anything But a Rose’

‘I Do Not Wish For You To See Gaza As Anything But a Rose’

Our friends at Arabic Literature (in English) have just posted this moving piece. Gaza-based writer Hedaya Shamun writes — although her writing rituals have disappeared — about the world she sees around her in the first and second nights of “Operation Protective Edge.” Translation by Ghada Mourad and Tyson Patros:   By Hedaya Shamun All the writing...
Arabic Literature in Hebrew and Arabs in Hebrew Literature

Arabic Literature in Hebrew and Arabs in Hebrew Literature

Given the violence that has once again engulfed Israel and Gaza, it seems opportune to reflect upon the literary relations between Israel and the Arab World. Marcia Lynx Qualey of Arabic Literature (in English) reported on this issue just a few weeks ago, with an impassioned plea by Israeli writer Dror Mishani to tackle the...