The Enduring Nakba

One of the most important things I learned during my time with the Palestinians was how the Nakba was less a historical event than the beginning of a process that is ongoing. Here is my take, in yesterday’s The Globe and Mail.

May 01

Pay No Heed in the UK

  I will be bringing Pay No Heed to the Rockets to the UK later this month on my first ever overseas tour – and my first ever visit to London. Saqi, my publishers, are keeping me busy. Here is a list of my events. I will be doing a “Meet the Author” event at […]

March 20

Mourid and Me

My favourite Palestinian book is Mourid Barghouti’s beautiful 1997 memoir I Saw Ramallah. The book opens with Barghouti crossing the Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River into Palestine after 30 years of exile. Barghouti describes stepping out of a Jordanian border post and glancing west across the bridge at the land of Palestine: Who would […]

March 09

Pay No Heed in Calgary

My first event for Pay No Heed to the Rockets Palestine in the Present Tense will take place on April 9th. The event, hosted by Omar Mouallem, will be part of a Wordfest mini-festival called “Sane Takes on an Insane World.” I am terribly excited about this. For information and tickets go here.

February 01

The UK cover

London-based Saqi Books will be publishing an abridged version of Pay No Heed to the Rockets this May. I love the cover they designed.

December 06

Feeding Gaza

The August issue of Geographical Magazine featured my story about the challenges of simply eating while under a military blockade. Here, finally, is a link to “Feeding Gaza.”  

November 24

All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

Not long after I wrote about Olympics bound wrestler Erica Wiebe, she went on to win gold in Rio. I was curious what life is like for a newly minted Olympic champion so I caught up with Wiebe about a year later. My story, “All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter,” follow her through the […]

September 26

Wall in the Family

My essay “Wall in the Family” about how fortified borders impact the lives of Palestinian families and their concept of home appears on OpenCanada. Go here.  

September 06

Palestinian Reading List #6: “Red Brocade”

In the shadow of growing Islamophobia, a worldwide refugee crisis and Trump’s cruel immigration policies, Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem of welcome feels, well, welcome.   Red Brocade The Arabs used to say, When a stranger appears at your door, feed him for three days before asking who he is, where he’s come from, where he’s […]

August 29

Head Bangers

I recently had the experience of researching and writing a story about concussions in high school football for Alberta Views. Not my regular beat, to be sure, but this is a fascinating and controversial topic. I was happy to contribute to the discussion in this small way. Also, this story gave me the chance to […]