The Palestinian and Israeli conflict has opened many eyes to what is really happening on Palestinian land. Since the conflict heated up again in early October, support for Palestine has continued to come from all over the world.
Decades of conflict have occurred, tens of generations have witnessed Zionist atrocities against native Palestinians. And quite a few Palestinians have had to flee to various countries.
Palestinians who managed to survive are now fighting for their independence in various ways, one of which is becoming an academic, writer or poet. Various fiction and non-fiction books have been created from their hands.
Being exiled from their homeland has made several of these writers voice their experiences and stories through various books. What’s even more amazing, Beauties, is that the books they have written have successfully received a lot of attention and won various awards.
So, for those of you who want to look for recommendations for reading books, especially about the struggle of the Palestinian people to defend their homeland, here Beautynesia provides four reading books written by authors from Palestine.
I Saw Ramallah (1997) By Mourid Barghouti
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I Saw Ramallah is an autobiographical book from a writer born in Ramallah, Palestine named Mourid Barghouti. This book was written when he was not allowed to return to his homeland.
To be precise, in 1966, Mourid Barghouti left Palestine for Cairo, Egypt to study. A year later, when he wanted to return to Palestine, Mourid was prohibited from entering. Finally, he spent three decades or 30 years in someone else’s country.
He wrote about that experience in the book “I Saw Ramallah”. This book was first released in 1997. Then, in 2000 and 2005, the book was printed again and translated into English.
Mourid Barghouti won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal For Literature in 1997 through this book. Then, he returned to write a sequel to this book entitled, “I Was Born There, I Was Born Here” when he revisited the city of Ramallah with his son, Tamim Albarghouti.
On February 14 2021, Mourid Barghouti died in Amman, Jordan at the age of 76.
Salt Houses (2017) Oleh Hala Alyan
Cover book Salt Houses karya Hala Alyan/Foto: muslimgirl.com
For those of you who like fiction, it’s suitable to read the book Salt House by Hala Alyan. This book is written in language full of emotion. Tells the story of 4 generations of a Palestinian family who remember the struggles and imagination of their homeland.
The story of displacement, survival full of sadness and love, is written so well. The author presents a story that is ready to open readers’ eyes about the hopes of Palestinians for their rights to their homeland.
Hala Alyan, the writer is a woman of Palestinian descent. He completed his doctorate at Rutgers University in Clinical Psychology. He is also known as a clinical psychologist who often solves problems regarding trauma, addiction and cross-cultural behavior.
It is not surprising that his writings are able to touch the feelings and emotions of readers, one of which is the novel “Salt House”. Hala Alyan also won the Dayton Literacy Peace Prize in 2018, as a writer who is considered to be a voice for peace.
Against The Loveless World (2019) By Susan Abulhawa
Cover of the book Against The Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa/Photo: muslimgirl.com
This novel also speaks about the struggle of the Palestinian people, written directly by a woman born in Palestine. First published in 2019, this book won an award at the Palestine Book Awards 2020 Creative Award and was a finalist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize.
Against The Loveless presents the story of a woman named Nahr who lives as a refugee. Nahr is also said to have lived in an Israeli prison. Then, he continued living as a refugee and looking for a good life for his family.
A story full of love, enthusiasm for life spiced with politics, is presented well in this novel by Susan Abulhawa. Susan presents love in different forms based on the story of Nahr’s struggle. This novel will invite readers to support women like Nahr who are fighting for their lives.
Susan Albulhawa herself is a woman who was born as a war refugee in 1967. At that time, Israel had seized Palestinian land. Now, he lives in Pennsylvania, a state in the United States.
Even though she was far from her homeland, Susan Albulhawa succeeded in founding an organization called Playgrounds for Palestine. He dedicated it to Palestinian children who have the right to play.
He is known as an activist and author with the most widely read works. His first novel, “Morning in Jenin” was successfully translated into 30 languages and became one of the best-selling international books.
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialsm and Resistance, 1917-2017 (2020) Oleh Rashid Khalidi
Cover of the book The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine by Rashid Khalidi/Photo: muslimgirl.com
Events regarding the declaration of war on Palestine are packaged in six parts in this book. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine is a non-fiction book published in 2020. The author invites readers to understand more about the struggle in Palestine.
This book was written directly by a historian of Palestinian descent, Rashid Ismail Khalidi or more familiarly known as Rashid Khalidi. He wrote that the struggle in Palestine was the struggle of the native population against colonialists who were supported by various parties and forced them to hand over their homeland to the colonialists and their supporters.
Rashid Khalidi is also known as the Edward Said professor of Modern Arabic Studies at Columbia University. He worked as an editor at the Journal of Palestine Studies in the period 2002-2020. This book is one of his writings about Palestine.
For those of you who like history and want to explore the events that occurred in Palestine, this book by Rashid Khalidi is highly recommended.
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