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Against Silence: A Palestinian Writing Series

January 2024–

a couple of people walking down a dirt road amid buildings bombed out by the Israeli military
Photo by Emad El Byed on Unsplash

Nearly four months have passed since the Hamas attack on communities along Israeli’s southern fence with Gaza and Israel’s subsequent bombardment of Gaza, which continues to this day. The death toll is staggering: nearly 1,200 in Israel on October 7, and more than 25,000 in Gaza in the time since, this last figure without precedent among recent conflicts around the world. In the midst of so much destruction, we bring you a series of writing by Palestinians in Palestine and in diaspora. This series seeks to address the relative lack of Palestinian writing available in English translation, and just as crucially, the paucity of critical engagement with the literature that already exists. Consequently, the writing here will span genres—poetry, essay, fiction—but will also include interviews with Palestinian writers and reviews of the work currently available to readers of English.

Check back each month for new work, selected and introduced by poet, essayist, and translator Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.

Old man walks amid ruins of Gaza with cane in hand, impassive in the face of enormous destruction.
Palestinian News & Information Agency (Wafa) in contract with APAimages via Wikimedia Commons
Pedestrians walk on a dirt road in the city of Gaza
Photo by Emad El Byed on Unsplash
Image of dried mud
Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash
Black and white photograph of middle-aged man staring into the screen.
cover of palestinian poet tamim al-bargouthi's in jerusalem
Image of a coiled brown boa constrictor
Photo by Jan Kopřiva on Unsplash
Illustration of golden crescent moon and stars on a blue but cloudy night
See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons