We were very pleased to join with Jewish Voice for Peace - D.C. in organizing a Washington D.C. launch for Gaza Unsilenced this past Sunday. Several contributors to the volume live in the region, including co-editor Laila El-Haddad, and this event brought them all together! Some ninety-five people squeezed into the Cullen Room at Busboys & Poets (there were over 260 RSVPs on Facebook!), with latecomers standing in the back, and a few even sitting on the entrance steps. Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal moderated the discussion.
Zeina Azzam, the Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund, read her powerful poem "Ferguson and Gaza" to kickoff the evening.
The co-editor of Gaza Unsilenced, Laila El-Haddad, sat down with Eman Mohammed, whose photos appear in the book along with a first-hand account of her experiences as a photojournalist and parent in the midst of last summer's assault, and Rania Khalek, an independent journalist who contributed several stories on the 2014 attack. The three of them shared with Andy the reality of Israel's 2014 assault on Gaza and the ongoing struggles and joys of the people who survived.
It was a deeply moving and educational evening. If you missed it, you can order your copy of Gaza Unsilenced here.
On August 5, the same day Pres. Barack Obama gave his historic address at American University urging support for the multilateral agreement on nuclear matters with Iran, our author Gareth Porter came to our hometown, Charlottesville, to add his weight to efforts to persuade Virginia's congressional delegation also to support the deal.We were proud to [...]
On July 29, Gaza Unsilenced contributor Eman Mohammed joined Brad Parker of Defense for Children International--Palestine, Nadia Ben-Youssef of Adalah-NY, and Raed Jarrar of the American Friends Service Committee at a briefing on Washington DC's Capitol Hill to draw attention to the impunity surrounding Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza in 2014. Some 75 people packed a room [...]
Just World books is delighted to be a co-sponsor for a congressional briefing on Gaza that the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will hold July 29. The briefing will focus on the widely reported violations of international humanitarian law that Israel's military committed during last year's "Protective Edge" assault on Gaza. It will [...]
Our own Gareth Porter, author of the extremely timely book Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare,* has been reporting from Vienna on the P5+1 Iran nuclear deal talks for Middle East Eye. His book and his running commentaries throughout the talks provide invaluable insight into the tangled politics behind the deal. Porter's first column from Vienna [...]
On July 8th, marking one year to the day since the beginning of the latest Israeli assault on Gaza, we officially released Gaza Unsilenced. Edited by "Gaza Mom" Laila El-Haddad and Refaat Alareer in Gaza, the volume brings together an extraordinary roster of contributors. Reflecting an emphasis on the voices of Palestinians in Gaza, many of the [...]
Ever in demand as an inspiring public speaker, Miko Peled, author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, is in the middle of a busy speaking tour of Germany!He spoke in Munich on June 24th, Stuttgart the following evening, and Freiburg on June 26th. Next week, he'll be appearing in Berlin on [...]
Our wonderfully talented author-illustrator Leila Abdelrazaq, recently returned from her trip to Palestine, took a moment to share her reflections with us. Taking the book tour for her graphic memoir Baddawi international, Leila joined many other international artists to participate in the 2015 Palestinian Festival of Literature (PalFest). Her days were packed and hectic but she did manage [...]
On June 9th, we hosted our first ever conference call book launch(!) for Richard Falk's new title, Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring. The book has received wonderful advance praise and we are thrilled that is now available. ...offers a tour de force inside the Middle East region. It presents candid and lucid analyses of [...]
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