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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 […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • February 13, 2016

    Egypt Opens Gaza Crossing for Two Days to Limited Traffic

    The Egyptian authorities have opened the Rafah border crossing linking the blockaded Gaza Strip and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for a two-day period in both directions, a Palestinian Authority source said Saturday. - The source, who works for Gaza's border authority, told Anadolu Agency that the crossing would be opened to limited numbers of Palestinian medical patients, university students and Gazans bearing foreign... More →
  • February 12, 2016

    Senior Hamas Leader: PLO Obligations to Israel and International Community Brought Siege to Gaza

    Senior Hamas leader Musa Abu Marzouk has said that the obligations of the PLO towards Israel and the international community have brought the siege to the Gaza Strip. He also called for an end to security coordination with Israel, Felesteen newspaper reported on Thursday. - “The Palestinian Authority (PA) is one of the obstacles in the case of the current Intifada, which extended to all the territories controlled by... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Press Freedom Group Raises Concerns about 'Rising Pressure' on Journalists in Israel

    The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed its concern about “rising pressure on journalists in Israel.” In a statement dated February 8, the CPJ said it is “concerned by reports indicating rising pressure from the Israeli government on the foreign press.” - The group cited a recent threat by the Israeli Government Press Office “to revoke the credentials of reporters for... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Over 40 Palestinian Homes, Structures Demolished in Jordan Valley

    Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed over 40 Palestinian homes and structures in the Tubas district of the occupied West Bank as ongoing Israeli policies in the Jordan Valley continue to drive Palestinians out of their homes. - A Palestinian official from the governor’s office in Tubas, Mutaz Bsharat, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and bulldozers stormed the Palestinian communities of al-Farisiya and Khallet... More →
  • February 11, 2016

    Netanyahu Says Palestinians Have 'Culture of Death'

    Members of the Knesset on Wednesday argued the possibility of a two-state solution at a special plenum debate, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Palestinian "terror" came from a "culture of death," according to a Knesset press release. - During the debate, the Israeli PM and Israel's Labor party opposition leader Isaac Herzog exchanged criticisms over the "most realistic" way to obtain a two-state... More →
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