Essays

EXCERPTS ON/FROM GAZA

By Samar Batrawi

Read about the unwavering connection between cousins; one currently located in Gaza, the other in London. With her eloquent and vulnerable prose, Batrawi tries to make sense of what's been happening in Gaza and with Palestinians around the world over the past weeks. Writing in times of war is incredibly difficult and painful, but Palestinian authors like Batrawi remain steadfast.

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Jul 27,2023

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.

Jul 27,2023

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.