Join AFSC on January 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm EST for a facilitated conversation with Refaat Alareer, Yousef Aljamal, Rawan Yaghi, and Sarah Ali, contributors to the new book Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine, newly published by Just World Books. We will be speaking to them about their lives and experiences growing up under siege in Gaza.
Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel’s siege and blockade. Their experiences, especially during and following Israel’s 2008-2009 offensive known as “Operation Cast Lead”, have fundamentally impacted their lives. Their stories are acts of resistance and defiance, proclaiming the endurance of Palestinians and the continuing resilience and creativity of their culture in the face of ongoing obstacles and attempts to silence them. Whether tackling the tragedy that surrounds missile strikes and home raids, or the everyday indignities encountered by Palestinian refugees, through their writing these authors have brought to life the real issues that the people of Gaza face.
Join AFSC and Just World Books in a conversation with these young authors as they share their stories, offering through these stories a glimpse into what life in Gaza is like and speaking to the struggles for dignity, compassion, and meaning lived by Gazans who reside in one of the world’s most embattled communities.