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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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  • October 4, 2015

    27 Wounded: Israeli Forces Raid Jenin Refugee Camp

    At least 27 Palestinians were injured and three were arrested after Israeli forces stormed Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank at dawn on Sunday, according to local eyewitnesses. - Military vehicles entered the camp and surrounded several Palestinian homes said one witness, Ahmad Abu Al-Haja, speaking to Anadolu Agency. He added that an Israeli missile also hit the home of a local man described as a member of the armed... More →
  • October 4, 2015

    Israeli Mob Rejoices as Palestinian Teen Executed (VIDEO)

    Amid increasing violence in occupied Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, Israeli forces executed a Palestinian youth in cold blood early on Sunday morning. Israeli authorities claimed that 19-year-old Fadi Samir Alloun was killed while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. But videos posted online show that the youth was executed in cold blood as he was chased by a mob of Israeli Jews baying for his blood. -... More →
  • October 4, 2015

    PA Cracks Down on Protests against Israeli Assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque

    Palestinian Authority (PA) security services cracked down on Palestinians who took to the streets of the West Bank city of Tulkarem on Friday in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque, Felesteen newspaper has reported. - Eyewitnesses said that undercover security officers attacked the protestors, who set off from Othman Bin Affan Mosque after the Friday prayer. The officials, it is claimed, tried to confiscate the flags and... More →
  • October 1, 2015

    Netanyahu's 44 Seconds of Silence at UN Are Being Widely Mocked: 'Pathetic', 'Creepy' (VIDEO)

    Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s signature moment at the United Nations today was his 44 seconds of silence to indicate the world’s silence in the face of alleged Iranian threats to Israel. Here’s video of it, posted by the Prime Minister himself on Facebook: - - The silence is already being heralded by the cable stations as vintage Netanyahu theatrics, to go along with... More →
  • October 1, 2015

    Israel Amputates Leg of Palestinian Teen after Shooting Him

    A 13-year-old Palestinian boy has had his right leg amputated after Israeli soldiers shot him, the victim’s lawyer said. - Detainees and Ex-Detainees Committee lawyer Tareq Barghouthi said Eissa Al-Muti was detained on 19 September after he was critically wounded at the entrance of Bethlehem. - Al-Muti is being held at the Israeli Hadassah Medical Centre and is chained to his bed in the medical centre, Barghouti... More →
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