Gaza: Between the Fence & a Hard Place

Yesterday I was reading the forthcoming translation of Mahmoud Darwish‘s first — 1973 — collection of prose essays on Palestine. This is an extremely moving book, and I will come back to it when it is published in the late fall. In one of the pieces, called “Silence for the Sake of Gaza,” written nearly forty years ago, we read: “It would be unfair to turn Gaza into a … Read more Gaza: Between the Fence & a Hard Place

Two or Three French Takes

At Drouot’s in Paris (the French equivalent of Sothby’s or Christie’s) a big literary sale has just taken place: The manuscript of Jacques Prévert’s “Quai des brumes” (the 150-page scenario of the film directed by Marcel Carné in 1938) was bought by the “musée des lettres et manuscripts” on boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris for 557,640 euros. The manuscript of what may be Prévert most famous song lyrics, “Feuilles mortes” … Read more Two or Three French Takes

Alternate News re Israeli Acts of Piracy in International Water

The New York Times (the rag they call the “paper of record”) after 48 hours of holding its journalistic guns has come out blazing away… at the people attacked by Israeli commandos on the high seas in a blatant act of piracy, because, the NYT has “discovered” that the Turkish militants involved with the Free Gaza movement are supposedly not only horrible radical Islamic “fundamentalists” (as is of course … Read more Alternate News re Israeli Acts of Piracy in International Water

A MOVING PROCESSION TO PROTEST IDF GALA DINNER

JOIN US FOR A MOVING PROCESSION TO PROTEST THE 2010 ANNUAL NY GALA DINNER OF THE FRIENDS OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES (IDF) NO to the IDF’s brutality! NO to the Occupation and Siege of Gaza! YES to the Goldstone Report! YES to Justice for the Palestinian People! Tuesday, March 9, 5:00 PM Meet at 53rd St and Lexington Ave Please let us provide the signs in order to … Read more A MOVING PROCESSION TO PROTEST IDF GALA DINNER

SPECIAL GAZA EDITION of Woodstock International

From Tarak Kauff, who had been part of the US delegation of peace workers trying to reach Gaza, but where turned back in Egypt, news of the publication of  THE SPECIAL EDITION GAZA of Woodstock International. “This is 20 pages of some of the best articles and pictures of Gaza, Palestine, the Gaza Freedom March, Viva Palestina and the Free Gaza movement.  For those who want to spread the … Read more SPECIAL GAZA EDITION of Woodstock International

Gaza Freedom March Blocked in Cairo

This post by Max Ajl via adbusters; more info can be found here and here. Swiss Free Gaza Action on December 27 The Gaza Freedom March (GFM) was conceived as a massive nonviolent mobilization to end the suffocating siege of the Gaza strip. It was to have seen 1,400 internationals from over 40 countries, including France, the United States, England, Germany, Canada, South Africa, Venezuela, the Philippines and Japan, … Read more Gaza Freedom March Blocked in Cairo

Douglas Oliver on Kindness

On this very cold Saturday morning in Albany, as death continues to rain on / reign over Gaza, I am correcting the proofs of a book of essays, Justifying the Margins, to be published in April by SALT Publishing in Cambridge, UK. And in an homage piece for the English poet Douglas Oliver I come across the following reflections on “kindness,” ending on another, earlier war in the same … Read more Douglas Oliver on Kindness

Gaza: a blog & a historical comparison

Day nine of the Israeli onslaught — first, eight days of bombardments, & now on the ninth day, the invasion — on the Gaza Strip. Here are two takes: 1) a link to Sameh Akram Habeeb’s — a young Palestinian journalist’s — blog in Gaza. 2) an essay by David Lloyd: Gaza and the GhettoBy David Lloyd In September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland in what it termed initially … Read more Gaza: a blog & a historical comparison

RAWI Condemns Israel's Aggression in Gaza

From the Radius of Arab American Writers… RAWI, the Radius of Arab American Writers, condemns in the strongestpossible terms the ongoing Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in theoccupied Gaza Strip. Various news agencies around the world havereported the terrible impact of Israel’s military aggression in Gaza,which has resulted in nearly 400 Palestinian deaths, the majority ofthem children and civilians. A particularly gruesome illustration of Israel’s brutality can be foundin its … Read more RAWI Condemns Israel's Aggression in Gaza