This week, Joe Winkler in the Huffington Post published a book review, “Engaging Palestinian Literature: A Jewish Journey Into Empathy.” He speaks of his experience and difficulty reading the novel, “I Saw Ramallah” by Mourid Barghouti. It occurred to me that many of us know little to nothing about literature written by Palestinians be they citizens of Israel or living in other places across the globe. This summer when preparing for my Temple Shalom class focused on modern poetry of the State of Israel I spent time reading poetry written by Palestinian Israelis as well as Jewish Israelis. I even chose to include a few of the poems in class. The time spent in this learning exercise proved to me how ignorant I was about this important genre of Middle Eastern literature.
Reading Palestinian literature is emotionally difficult. As Winkler also questions in his article – should one try to maintain the perspective of an outsider when reading this type of work or should we view this literature from the lens of a Jews and perhaps Zionists?
Take a look at this article and let me know what you think: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joe-winkler/engaging-palestinian-lite_1_b_1086892.html?ref=religion
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