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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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  • November 26, 2015

    Knesset Bill to Jail Minors on Terror Charges Passes 1st Vote

    The Israeli parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow Palestinian minors under 14 who are facing terrorism charges to be sentenced to time in prison, a Knesset press release said. - The bill was approved in a preliminary vote with 64 in favor of the bill and 22 against. - If the bill becomes law, children under 14 would reportedly be placed in a children's home until they turn 14, after which the child... More →
  • November 26, 2015

    Israel Meets with Google and YouTube to Discuss Censoring Palestinian Videos

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely has met with representatives of YouTube and Google to discuss ways to cooperate in what she calls the fight against “inciting violence and terrorism”. - Israel’s Maariv newspaper reported yesterday that Hotovely agreed to work with Google and YouTube in order to establish a joint working mechanism to monitor and prevent the publication of “inflammatory... More →
  • November 24, 2015

    Kerry Supports Israeli 'Self-defense' against 'Senseless Terrorism'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday expressed support for Israel's right to "defend" itself from "terrorism" and "senseless violence," in comments that will be viewed as deeply disappointing by Palestinians. - Speaking before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry said: "It is very clear to us that the terrorism, these acts of terrorism which have been taking place, deserve... More →
  • November 24, 2015

    Palestinian Shot, Injured after Alleged Car Attack Injures 4 Israelis

    A Palestinian man was shot and wounded after he allegedly rammed his car into a group of Israeli security personnel, injuring four, at Tappuah junction in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday morning, Israeli police said. - Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli police shot and wounded the Palestinian following what he described as a "terrorist attack." He said that the area had... More →
  • November 23, 2015

    Palestinian, 16, Shot Dead after Killing Israeli Near Ramallah

    A Palestinian man was shot dead after stabbing and killing an Israeli soldier on Route 443 west of Ramallah on Monday, Israel's army said. - An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a "Palestinian murdered an Israeli and wounded another in a stabbing attack" with the injured victim evacuated for treatment. - Israeli forces responded on site to the incident and shot dead the Palestinian attacker, the spokesperson... More →
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