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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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  • June 22, 2015

    UN Report: 'War Crimes' Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering. - The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups." - On Jan.... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President 'Black and Weak'

    The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is 'black and weak'. - TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. - After causing a stir in Israeli media, Mozes Shalom apologized to Obama. - 'President Obama I shouldn't have written the... More →
  • June 21, 2015

    More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

    Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. - Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of the total Palestinian population. That age group stands at 40.9 per cent among refugees compared to 39.2 per... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Report: Hamas Military Wing Claims Responsibility for Friday Shooting

    Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday's West Bank shooting that left an Israeli man dead and another lightly injured. - “One of the fighters ambushed a settler vehicle and shot at them from point-blank range after having observed the area continuously,” a statement released by the group said Friday, according to Hamas-affiliated news site the Palestinian... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Win for Academic Freedom: Steven Salaita Awarded Back-to-back Victories against University that Fired Him

    The first part of June has awarded back-to-back victories to a professor who last year was dismissed from his post at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly a year ago Steven Salaita was fired for posting some tweets that were considered by some to be beyond the pale of proper academic discourse; the context for many of these tweets was the ongoing, devastating attack on Gaza by Israel. What makes this... More →
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