PalFest: The Power of Cultural Belonging


By Leila Diab

The quintessential power of thoughts, commingled with common and artistic words whether in dramatic or friendly environmental settings, “This Is Not IS A Border” publication is sealed with the realty of historical truth, yet without the impossible-ness of freedom, hope and the dream of belonging.
Also known as Pal-Fest, it will be celebrating the tenth annual Palestine Festival of Literature with its publication of this book of essays, which goes on sale beginning July 18, 2017. It is edited by co-founders Adhaf Soueif and Omar Robert Hamilton and written by the world’s most distinguished literary artists, who came to gather to share their literary, artistic and theatrical talents with readers and writers in a harmonious realm of literature.
It is their powerful yet tense journey through time and space, in Occupied Palestine and witnessing confrontations with the unabated Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Albeit, PalFest endures with diverse writers from all over the world who are dedicated to building and promoting global joint relationships, solidarity and hope via the transparent power of literature.
The culture of literature and one’s cultural identify are the true enlightening forces of the conjoined human spirit. Truly shared by all these writers in “This is Not a Border.”
For example, Raja Shehadeh, a Palestinian writer and lawyer, shares his thoughts and concerns about Palestinian life and the desires of the Palestinian people. Sadly, he writes, “What is a world where you cannot go for a walk, cannot assemble to read and discuss literature in public, cannot be certain of visiting your grandmother in the neighboring city?”... Read Jun. 16, 2017's Issue Here.


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