A Human Resistance
By Mira Treish
With her highly experimental form of prose, Treish invites you to a world of dreams, where horror, tragedy, and joy are a simultaneous experience. The loneliness of being left behind and the anger that ensues are felt in every paragraph.
By Mai Serhan
By Zamak Saadat
By Aicha Yassin
Collect the capers and press them with vinegar before they flower into purple somersaults coming out of white petals. Shake your shoes like a djinn dancing after a day at the shore, where you watched the fishermen ask the sea for the day’s feast. Contemplate the port just when the sun rays comb the waters, and the cranes of far ships look like turtles with long necks.
Letters to Shakira
By Mahmoud Shukair
Alwan, the head of the Shakirat family, who is my neighbor, paid me a visit at home. He told me he is reconsidering a decision made earlier in which the Shakirat family disowned their daughter Shakira after she visited the Israeli Occupying State and welcomed that cunning fox - the head of state then - Shimon Peres. Years ago, Alwan had sent a letter I had written on his behalf to the Jerusalemite daily newspaper, wanting it to appear as a paid advertisement. He reached into his pocket and pulled out what looked like a piece of the newspaper, which he had kept all these years, and handed me the paper to read the disowning of Shakira. It read:
Punishment is Here
I revved up my bike and filled the silent streets with the rumble of the engine as I took off. I was on a delivery, but the silence had me on edge. I flicked on the radio, but all I could pick up were patriotic songs and military marches. It was the telltale sign: punishment was due tonight. I gripped the handlebars, feeling the rush of adrenaline course through my veins as I leaned into the sharp turns of Gaza. The wind whipped through my hair, and my heart pounded in my chest, but I didn't slow down. With each passing moment, I pushed my bike further, relishing the thrill of danger that came with speed. The world blurred around me, but I remained focused, attuned to the hum of the wheels on the bumpy pavement and the roar of the engine. There was nothing quite like this rush, this sense of freedom and abandon.
Huda’s Salon and the Art of Witness: An Interview with Director Hany Abu-Assad
By Nicolas-Bilal Urick
Director Hany Abu-Assad spoke to Fikra Magazine in his first interview since the film’s controversial circulation. His words express an emotional understanding of this nascent criticism as he discusses his motivations as a Palestinian wrapped up in the cruel politics of exploitation, colonial subversion, and the imperial rape of native integrity. Abu-Assad earnestly insists that we confront the horrors inflicted on the Palestinian people by the “comatose Zionist regime,” irrespective of the taboos we must witness.
A Loud and Hungry Darkness
By Samar Batrawi
Remembering the second intifada through the personal lens of forgotten friendship and collective suffering. Batrawi brings us back to a dark history that is often only spoken about during late evenings behind closed doors. She asks us to keep remembering the past, so that we may imagine a new future.
Views From the Warsha
By Jeanine Yacoub
Jeanine Yacoub works as a synthetic chemist in Tampa, FL. She makes new drugs inspired by psychedelics to get tested for treating mental health disorders. She started doing photography in 2012 and expanded into film photography in January 2022. Her father is from Silwad; he is the reason she visited Palestine every summer to learn about the country firsthand. She wants to use photography as a way to highlight the beautiful and diverse landscape of Palestine.
Unveiling the Power of Bullets: Silencing Voices or Reigniting Resilience
By Ali Asfour
Ali Asfour, a Palestinian analog film photographer, fearlessly wields his camera to capture the unvarnished truths of the Israeli occupation. He reveals hidden narratives, capturing the very essence of Palestinian resilience and resistance, forcing us to challenge our preconceived notions and dive into introspection. Asfour illuminates the shadows of oppression, championing the resilience of his people and provoking us to act. With each click of the shutter, he captures not only the stark realities of occupation but also the flickering flames of hope that refuse to be extinguished
Postage Stamps from Gaza
By Fahed Shehab
Fahed Shehab is a visual artist from Gaza Palestine. His work intertwines artistic concepts with a desire and search for knowledge. In his work, he conveys his own experience and everyday life towards a path of learning through art.