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Letter to Ghassan Kanafani on the 66th Anniversary of the Nakba

Ghassan Kanafani. 'Even the dead grow old without a homeland.'

Dear Ghassan, On our birthday this year I turned 31 and you turned 78. Even the dead grow old without a homeland. Do you know that we live and die in diaspora now?  Do you know that Palestinian refugee camps are swollen with Iraqis and Syrians now? Too many Jihadi songs end with the refrain […]

Conversation Continued: Homeland

By Jehan Bseiso Cemeteries in Palestinian Camps Short on Space The cemeteries are full – In Lebanon, Jordan, Syria We will soon bury Palestinians above ground. Nowhere to live and now, No quiet place to die, with dignity. Raise high the beams – carpenters, death architects. Soon, your walls will reach the sky. *** Gaza 2009 For Abu Ali Mahdi, who After 20 […]

Tata’s Lovesong

By Jehan Bseiso I Maktoob:  It is written. Where? In a big book in the sky. II Tata, my grandmother, would only tell the story in staccato: “1948. Falasteen. Orange blossom fields. Salt. Blue Gaza waters. “ Tears in her long black lashes, “And when my father died, his horse wept in the funeral”.  III […]

Gaza Burning

By Jehan Bseiso No matter flag.No matter medicine.No matter civilian.No matter international community.No matter your international waters.No matter your sanctions, no matter your rhetoric and foreign policy.Only 62 years status quo, Everyday Nakba,Subsidized settlements,Even more walls-Matter.Children on the ICRC bus, visiting their Baba’s in your prisons- Matter.Food and medicine rotting at every border-MatterFrom the shadows, […]

Enough – A Poem

By Jehan Bseiso For Abu Ali Mahdi, whoAfter 20 years in Israeli prisonsDied of heartbreak in his own bed,In Beirut.For Du’aa, and Ala’a and Mohammed,Who spoke to the Al Jazeera reporters aboutMama dead and baba dead and no homeAnd no bread. Nobody to break the bread with.And nights so long you forget there ever was […]

Searching for Words – Poems

The Palestine Chronicle is pleased to feature the work of two poets, Samah Sabawai and Jehan Bseiso. Searching for Words By Samah Sabawi Gaza…I search desperatelyFor words… for definitionsTo tell the story of ammunitionsExploding in a child’s bodyI try to shout my indignationBut I am lost in vocabulary Drowned in phrases as old as meAnd […]

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  • July 28, 2015

    UNRWA to Delay Opening 700 Schools due to Cash Shortage

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held an extraordinary meeting for its consultative committee in Amman on Sunday to discuss its financial crisis, Jordan's Al-Sabeel newspaper has reported. - The agenda included the increasing dangers caused by the probable delay of the start of the school year due to a budget deficit estimated at $101 million. If this happens,... More →
  • July 28, 2015

    Abbas: Egyptian Military Coup was a 'Miracle'

    Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas praised the military coup in Egypt, describing 30 million people taking to the streets voluntarily to call for the coup a "miracle", Palestinian news agency Safa reported. - "If this real miracle did not take place, we, the Arab and Islamic nations, would have been staggering and trapped in the hands of darkness and dark powers," he said, "but, fortunately,... More →
  • July 28, 2015

    The Deep Roots of Turkey's War on ISIL

    By Ramzy Baroud - July 23 signalled a major shift in Turkey's policy towards Syria when its fighter jets began pounding Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets. - The change in Turkey's attitude towards the US-led war on ISIL is explained by many in the context of the devastating suicide bombing in the southern province of Suruc. The attack, which has been blamed on ISIL militants, killed 33 people. - But... More →
  • July 27, 2015

    Palestinian Detainees Set Fire to Rooms Following Israeli Jail Raids

    Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel's Nafta jail set fire to rooms inside the prison after they declared a campaign of non-compliance on Monday in response to cell raids by Israeli prison guards. - The Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Committee told Ma'an that detainees declared a campaign of disobedience after guards raided prisoners' rooms and assaulted several detainees. - Israeli guards reportedly raided... More →
  • July 27, 2015

    Obama Marching Israel to 'Door of the Oven', Says Presidential Hopeful Huckabee

    By endorsing an “idiotic” nuclear deal with Tehran, President Obama is essentially marching Israelis “to the door of the oven,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, bringing Holocaust references to the chorus of Iran critics among US politicians. - “It is so naive that [Obama] would trust the Iranians,” the Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee told... More →
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