2018 marks 70 years since the Nakba and Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinian people and violation of their rights. Yet, an end to their oppression and displacement remains out of reach. Indeed the discourse about what constitutes Palestine and the Palestinian people has been steadily circumscribed during this period, and the focus on the ephemeral two-state solution has excluded the majority of Palestinians from the quest for a just peace. Nadia Hijab, Executive Director of Al-Shabaka, with Zena Agha and Yara Hawari, Policy Fellows of Al Shabaka, will discuss how reframing the narrative on Palestine could help further the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2015, The Ninety-Ninth Floor 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.