As a Palestinian woman who lives between four languages and several cultures, I write in different languages, each time according to the context. Sometimes my choice of language in social media is arbitrary, while at other times it depends on the content and context. As an activist in the fight against sexual violence in the… Read More What happened when I dared to write in Arabic
I am back at my writing desk, as finally the characters of “Taboos in Arabic” know how they want to progress with the narratives of their stories. I am sharing with you here a fragment of Bisan’s beginnings in Haifa. Autumn 2013 – Bisan Bisan stands in front of the large shop and glares with… Read More “Taboos in Arabic” excerpt from novel-in-progress
I’m happy to let you all know that the copyrights of my short story, “Conflict Zone Date” have cleared and reverted back to me. I am making the story available for purchase to individuals. Send me your email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to purchase it and I’ll send you a request for payment and a… Read More “Conflict Zone Date” short story available for purchase
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to an anthropology student about her research. Part of her research included talking to young Arab women who have been able to build an independent life for themselves, free – to some degree – of some of the patriarchal oppressions in our society. Somehow, not surprisingly, the conversation… Read More Privilege is relative.
want to – wrap my soul in blue. need to – rap the music in blues. the color of the skies the music of the seas. but the blue – wants me needs me in invisible colors. * blue is the color of the Israeli flag. (c) khulud khamis, 2016 If you enjoy my… Read More wrap my soul in blue
Here’s another fragment from “Conflict Zone Date,” a short story published in the Spring 2016 issue of Consequence Magazine: an international literary magazine focusing on the culture of war. The drive to the village takes him about 40 minutes. Entering the village, everything slows down. The contrast between city and village is so stark that it… Read More “Conflict Zone Date” – in Consequence Magazine (part 2)
“Hey, Arab! Get your dirty hands off our sister!” A fragment from my short story, “Conflict Zone Date,” published in the Spring 2016 issue of Consequence Magazine: an international literary magazine focusing on the culture of war. Saleh parks the car in one of the side streets in the Check Post area on the outskirts… Read More “Conflict Zone Date” – in Consequence Maganize
A few days ago, a post about racism popped up in my newsfeed. It was yet another Palestinian young man who couldn’t rent an apartment in Tel Aviv, because he is an Arab. He saw the apartment, and the landlord agreed to rent it to him. Then, when they met again to sign the contract,… Read More Palestinians on the Beach
This is not the article I planned to write. I’m writing an article about the dangers and potentials of Facebook activism, after being disillusioned by Facebook, deactivated my account, and then returned to Facebook with new insights. Coming back to Facebook after a while, it feels strange, as if I’m in a new dimension. I… Read More Not the article I planned to write
My fiction writing is based on reality, thus – fictionalized realities. The following fragment from “Taboos in Arabic,” the manuscript-in-progress, is based on actual incidents that happened during Israel’s military attack on Gaza in the Summer of 2014. The whole country is on fire. And not because of the Tammuz heat. Another military attack… Read More Who’s afraid of a woman in Hijab?