Gaza, home to two million people, continues to face suffocating conditions imposed by Israel. For sixteen years Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal blockade, isolated from the rest of historic Palestine and the world.
AFSCs new anthology, Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire, imagines the future of Gaza beyond the cruelties of occupation and Apartheid. It imagines what the future of Gaza could be, while reaffirming the critical role of Gaza in Palestinian identity, history, and liberation.
Light in Gaza is a wide-ranging anthology that includes new works by eleven Palestinian writers and poets. It constitutes a collective effort to organize and center Palestinian voices in the ongoing struggle for liberation and justice. It explores the central question: can a better future for Gaza be imagined as a part of a broader vision for ending the Nakba through return, restoration of rights, and achieving justice?
We hope that Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire will serve as a powerful intervention at an important political moment.
Light in Gaza is available for purchase from Haymarket Books.
Press release announcement of our new publication is here.
Table of Contents
Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire
- Foreword, Jehad Abusalim, Jennifer Bing, and Michael Merryman-Lotze
- Introduction, Jehad Abusalim
- Gaza Asks: When Shall This Pass?, Refaat Alareer
- On Why We Still Hold Onto Our Phones and Keep Recording, Asmaa Abu Mezied
- Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Permanent Temporality, Shahd Abusalama
- Don’t Step on My Feet Again, Basman Aldirawi
- Lost Identity: The Tale of Peasantry and Nature, Asmaa Abu Mezied
- Why Are You Still Here?, Basman Aldirawi
- Ethical Implications of Experimental Design on Affected Communities in the Gaza Strip Salem Al Qudwa
- People’s Light in Gaza’s Darkness, Suhail Taha
- Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Restoring Palestinian Rights and Improving the Quality of Life, Nour Naim
- Exporting Oranges and Short Stories: Cultural Struggle in the Gaza Strip, Mosab Abu Toha
- In the Haze of Fifty-One Days, Dorgham Abusalim
- Travel Restrictions as a Manifestation of Nakba: Gaza, the Path Backward Is the Path Forward, Yousef M. Aljamal
- Let Me Dream, Israa Mohammed Jamal
- Gaza 2050: Three Scenarios, Basman Aldirawi
- A Rose Shoulders Up, Mosab Abu Toha
Stories and Reviews
AFSC is organizing a speaking tour featuring some of the authors published in Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire in October, 2022.
AFSC will also be planning a series of online events with authors in 2022 and 2023.
For more information and ways to connect, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On October 6 at 1 PM ET, AFSC and Haymarket Books will launch Light in Gaza with a webinar event featuring contributors Refaat Alareer, Mosab Abu Toha, and Jehad Abusalim. The event will be livestreamed on Haymarket Books' YouTube Channel.
AFSC is excited to host a speaking tour featuring Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal, contributors to the Light in Gaza anthology in the following U.S. cities in October.
Monday, October 17: Chicago
Grace Place Sanctuary: 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605
6:30 p.m. CT
Program moderated by Leena Odeh, community weaver and founding member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective.
Featured guests: Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsoring groups: Haymarket Books, American Muslims for Palestine, Chicago Area Peace Action, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, US Palestinian Community Network
Wednesday, October 19: Washington, D.C.
Palestine Center: 2425 Virginia Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20037
1 p.m. ET
Featuring guest speakers: Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, and Yousef Aljamal
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook via Palestine Center.
Busboys and Poets: 450 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. ET
Featuring guest speakers: Dorgham Abusalim, Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, Yousef Aljamal
Moderated by Andrew Kadi, an organizer in support of Palestinian rights and working on civil society initiatives among Palestinians.
Friday, October 21: Philadephia, PA
Germantown Mennonite Church: 21 West Washington Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
7 p.m. — 9 p.m. ET (Doors open at 6:30)
Featuring guest speakers: Asmaa Abu Mezied and Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsors: Haymarket Books, Harriett's Books, Al-Bustan - Seeds of Culture, Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia, Christian Jewish Allies for a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine
Monday, October 24: New York, NY
Wednesday, October 26: Boston, MA
The Community Church of Boston: 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
7 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. ET
Featuring speakers: Jehad Abusalim, Asmaa Abu Mezied, Yousef Aljamal
Co-sponsors: American Friends Service Committee, The Water Justice Alliance Project, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith (books sold by Brookline Booksmith)
Thursday, October 27: Boston, MA
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University: Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138
12:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. ET
Co-sponsors: Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Middle East Forum and the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, Religion and Public Life, Harvard Divinity School
Tuesday, November 1: Decatur, GA
Claris Books & More and Claris Circle: 184 S. Candler St. Decatur, GA 30030
In-person and virtual event
7:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. ET
Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire – Yousef M. Aljamal in conversation with Dr. Ilise Benshushan Cohen
See bookstore website for covid protocols.
All attendees and employees will be masked.