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A Palestine Reading List

A Collection of Writing from Palestine and across the Diaspora

A bridge crossing the moat and participant figures, and parts of such, in a parade, some with colors,...
"Parade Entering the City, Jaffa," by Frederic Edwin Church. Used according to a Creative Commons license via the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Following the events of October 7, 2023, and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Words Without Borders brings you work by Palestinian writers we have published through the years, as well as writing about Palestine. This is but one step toward providing a broader and enduring platform for Palestinian writers. Beginning January 2024, Words Without Borders will embark on an ongoing series focused on work by Palestinian writers across the globe, working in many languages, in collaboration with poet, essayist, and translator Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.

A black-and-white portrait of Mosab Abu Toha
Curved asphalt road on a foggy day in Lebanon
Photo by Dorsa Masghati on Unsplash
Arabic script for Samt which translates as silence in English
A nitrate negative of Gaza
"Gaza. (Ghuzze). Section near the mosque" by American Colony in LOC.
Obaida alnakhala, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
A picture of several palm trees with coconuts on a windy day
Photo by Thomas Lefebvre on Unsplash
Image of a coiled brown boa constrictor
Photo by Jan Kopřiva on Unsplash
Woodcut image of a male prisoner behind bars on wove paper
"The Prisoner (Der Gefangene), 1918" by Christian Rohlfs (artist) German, 1849 - 1938 in the Gift of Jacob Kainen Collection in the National Gallery of Art
Sketch of refugee woman and child on wove paper
"Refugees, c. 1914/1919" by Jean-Louis Forain (artist) French, 1852 - 1931 in the Rosenwald Collection in the National Gallery of Art