On Friday 23rd December the UN passed a resolution demanding a stop to Israeli settlement in the occupied territories as, in a shock move, the US refused to veto the resolution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exploded, calling it a 'declaration of war' (having recently been granted a $38 billion military aid package by the US), and Secretary of State John Kerry criticised Israel's approach to the peace process. But with Trump tweeting that Israel should 'stay strong' until his inauguration, progress still seems unlikely.
Verso presents a list of books from Israeli, Palestinian, and anti-imperialist authors, to explain the conflict and provide some perspectives on the future.
This November 2nd is the 98th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a document which resulted in the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, with a total and deliberate disregard for the rights and interests of the Arabs who then numbered 92 percent of the population.
Ghada Karmi will be visiting the United States in commemoration of this significant global event and to promote the publication of her latest memoir, Return: A Palestinian Memoir.
Washington, D.C. - October 30
Join Ghada Karmi in Washington, D.C. this Friday, October 30 at the Palestine Center from 1:00pm to 2:00pm for a discussion of her latest book.
See event details and RSVP here.
New York City - November 2
Join the New York University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine on November 2 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in New York City for a discussion with Ghada Karmi and Mondoweiss founder and editor, Phiiip Weiss on the anniverary of the Balfour Delcaration. The event will be held at NYU's Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, and co-sponsored by Verso Books, Haymarket Books, the Columbia University SJP, Arab Students United at NYU, Mondoweiss, Adalah-NY, Al-Awada NY The Palestine Right to Return Coalition.
Learn more and RSVP here.
This week, Noura Erakat and I have held a virtual vigil at the Verso Books blog to commemorate the 2014 Israeli bombing of Gaza and the ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands. We tried to highlight various aspects of the occupation and war – themes that have occupied us for many years, and that form the central axis of Letters to Palestine, which I edited and to which Noura contributed. Our vigil now ends.
You can read all of our posts here.
Ghada Karmi and Ellen Siegel, 1973
By Ghada Karmi in Return: A Palestinian Memoir
As I sat at my father’s bedside, listening to his irregular breathing and the sound of the pulse monitor attached to his finger, I thought how frightening it was to be brought up sharp against the awareness of one’s own mortality. I feared death equally as much as I knew my father did. He was a very old man, but age had not dimmed his ardour for life and I imagined I would be the same. Like most people, I did not like to contemplate my dying and avoided thinking about it, but it was always there, waiting in the background to be attended to. An elderly doctor I knew once told me, ‘I believe that people must prepare for death. Avoidance and denial are foolish. If we face up fair and square to the inevitability of death it will lose its terrors.’