Source Official statistics from the Ministry of Information in Ramallah have revealed that 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israel’s occupation forces from the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000 up to April 2013. That’s the equivalent of one Palestinian child killed by Israel every 3 days for almost 13 years. The ministry […]
Jasmine Falling By: Shereen Malherbe This review was originally published on Muslimah Media Watch. Jasmine Falling by Muslimah Media Watch’s Shereen Malherbe recounts the story of Jasmine, a young English girl who, in order to receive her inheritance after her mother dies, searches for her father in his native Palestine and winds up discovering not only […]
No amount of yearning can ever bring you back. I watch you, running, skipping, I call at you “Ta3alee!,”Where are you dear child? I hear you from behind a tree, giggling, your sound warms my heart. Your dimples make me want to give you all that is within me, all that I can reach around me. Gift it to you. You keep running and I run after you. Don’t run far love, how would I be able to catch you?
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To celebrate Eid 2016 and a new chapter for me, Jasmine Falling is now on sale.
After a time of celebration, recuperation and feeling re-inspired, I am now writing the sequel.
Embarking on the second book in some ways is harder than the first. With the first novel, there are no expectations. You begin alone with an idea, a story and a pen. It develops, it grows a life of its own but it remains in the dark. A notebook with scribbles, dreams and scenes locked away in a drawer. After countless revisions, edits, rewrites, tears and the end nowhere in sight, you pick yourself up, pull out the notebook and continue through sleepless nights and endless doubts.
I continued to write because the stories inside refused to stay silent and untold, they were slowly being eroded from history and those that remained evolved to take on different meanings for a different generation. For the voices who have no platform to speak, those stories have now been captured and shared. In a small way they have a voice, another narrative being shared with the world. To give the marginalized a voice, to alter people’s perspectives of a world they have never had the opportunity to experience for themselves is the most I could have hoped for.
An unexpected surprise has been my readers. They have shared with me their emotions as they read the book and attached their own interpretations of heritage, culture and belonging. They have reminded me that humanity is universal, that reading can open up new worlds and expose hidden ones. If you haven’t already, add your story and join me.
In a climate of increasing fear and misunderstanding, my characters will undoubtedly have to overcome new challenges in my new novel. They will learn to grow in a world that doesn’t necessarily understand them. Yet, it is a necessity that another narrative is told. As a story teller, I want to share hope; hope in the unexpected and hope in our future. With trepidation and excitement I begin another chapter that I look forward to sharing with you as I go.
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Palestinian school children walk to school in the Ras Khamis neighbourhood of east Jerusalem. TAW
Jerusalem – The Israeli Ministry of Education is offering millions of dollars to underfunded East Jerusalem schools to abandon the Palestinian Authority’s approved curriculum and switch to an Israeli syllabus.
The ministry in January said it would give more than $5 million to schools that teach the Israeli curriculum instead of the Palestinian Authority (PA) teaching plan. The extra funding will not be extended to schools using the PA curriculum, although the money is from a general budget meant to serve all East Jerusalem students regardless of what they study.
The Palestinian Authority described the plan, first reported by the Israeli daily Haaretz, as an outrage. Palestinian parents said it was a violation of students’ human rights and an attempt to create a future Palestinian generation with a “Zionist mind”.
“Israel wants to teach our…
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Take a moment, close your eyes, and recall a story that truly engaged you as a reader – one whose world and characters became completely real for you. Got one?
Now, take off your reader hat and don your analytical writer hat to think about what makes that story so captivating. What writing techniques did the author use to bring the story to life? Was it the wrenching appeal to your emotions, the vivid and brutal action scenes, or the high stakes facing a character? Mastering these and other storytelling methods is the key to writing your own engaging tale.
Just as a lion is the product of all the zebras it has eaten, a writer is the product of all the books he or she has read. Reading the works of skilled writers is a fabulous way to hone your craft and learn how to effectively…
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