This panel focuses on the unique views of Jerusalemite Christian theologian and activist, Reverend Naim Ateek in conversation with author and commentator Max Blumenthal and director of Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), Tarek Abuata. Panel explores Ateek’s view that the religious faith of the people of Jerusalem – and anyone who reveres Jerusalem as a beacon of hope and peace – can overcome those who use religion to advance power agendas.
In commemoration of the Palestinian nakba, ongoing for the past 70 years, and in light of the wide-spread nakba that now defines the Middle East, Zeina Azzam, Zein El-Amine, Sharif Elmusa, and Kim Jensen read from their own works in combination with a variety of Palestinian resistance poets–Darwish, Zayyad, Al-Qasim–and more contemporary poets–Naomi Shihab Nye and Dareen Tatour.
By Mohamed Mohamed
This is my family’s story, but sadly, most Palestinians who were forced into exile in 1948 have gone through similar, if not worse, experiences. Fortunately, Palestinians have remained steadfast in the face of Israeli oppression and injustice. Seventy years of displacement and repression have been unable to break their will and resilience.
Israel has turned Gaza’s sea into a battlefield.Israel’s military routinely fires on boats, injuring, killing and arresting Palestinian crew members.“In the past, the sea used to be open. We would fish whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted,” Rashad al-Hissi, a 74-year-old Gaza fisher, told The Electronic Intifada. According to the 1993 Oslo accords, Gaza’s fishing zone was supposed to extend 20 nautical miles out from shore.
Years have passed and the prison bars still won’t let us live our lives. You stand here alone: fighting death with hope, watching everything grow older while you are still fighting for your own existence. You live your life facing one battle after another, trying to defend your name and save your dreams.
Dr. John Quigley discusses Israel’s history of diplomacy in his delivery of the 2018 Hisham Sharabi Memorial Lecture.
Artist Rajie Cook talks about his experiences as an Arab-American graphic designer, whose parents, Najeeb and Jaleela Cook, came as Palestinian immigrants to the United States in search of peace and opportunity for themselves and their family. These experiences are detailed in his book, which evolves into a narrative of how he made his mark on the international stage of graphic design.
Author Jana El-Hassan talks about her book, The Ninety-Ninth Floor that was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015. The story unfolds between the 1982 massacre at Sabra and Shatila in Lebanon and life in the city of New York in 2000. It follows the struggles and triumphs of Majed as he makes it in Manhattan at the turn of the century, after surviving the devastating 1982 massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp.