Tenth annual Palestinian festival of literature fights a ‘Cultural Siege’

The tenth annual Palestinian Festival of Literature (PalFest) took place this week, marking the 50th anniversary of the Occupation. The event featured well-known international and local Palestinian artists and writers, who presented in the programme titled, This is Not a Border. 
In a week long series of six events that took place in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nablus, and Haifa, the audience was treated with music from Hawa Dafi, readings from Ali Mawasi, discussion with Haifa Zangana and Jamal Daher just to name a few.
The programme is curated to include presentations, music, readings, and discussions – all of which provide a narrative on the history of Palestine, life under Occupation, and what it means to belong to the diaspora. Through holding events throughout Israel-Palestine territory, the festival seeks to challenge borders, checkpoints, and settlements that prevent its audiences from attending all locations due to the traveling restrictions reinstated by Israel.
The significance of PalFest in highlighting the lived realities under Occupation is best rendered in a line from the poem, Personal Effects, by one of the presenters, Solmaz Sharif: “According to most definitions, I have never been at war. According to mine, most of my life spent there.”
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