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Palestine Voices (WLT) – Gasteditor: Yousef Khanfar

Aus dem Vorwort:

In “Palestine Voices,” we present a continuum that reaches back to such legendary figures as Edward Said, Mahmoud Darwish, Ghassan Kanafani, and many more, with less attachment to the Nakba but more freedom for exploration and imagination. Some of the language used by Palestinians to describe the political situation they face, like occupation, apartheid, ethnic cleansing—especially in light of the violence in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem in May 2021—might seem inflammatory to some, but the daily reality matches the rhetoric they use. In Sahar Mustafah’s story “The Bodies,” the deceased Palestinian men lying in a morgue relate the manner of their deaths: shot through the chest or the back of the head, suffocated by soldiers in the back of an armored truck, run over by a bulldozer. Mustafah’s brilliant literary sketch humanizes the men, helping us as readers to empathize with their humanity despite the unspeakably dehumanized fate of their bodies. As Najwan Darwish writes in his poem “The Shelling Ended,” it is as if “Forgiveness has ended, / and mercy is bleeding outside of time.”

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