Connections Episode 22
Narrations of Palestine
Mouin Rabbani Interviews Alison Glick and Nora Lester Murad
On Wednesday, 9 November Jadaliyya co-editor Mouin Rabbani spoke with Alison Glick and Nora Lester Murad about the challenges and rewards of narrating personal experience and political realities in Palestine. This episode of Connections examines the personal and political journeys they undertook, and the impact it has had on their writing and activism.
Connections offers timely and informative interviews on current events and broader policy questions, as well as themes relevant to knowledge production. It combines journalism, analysis, and scholarship.
Alison Glick is a writer and activist based in Philadelphia. She previously lived in an Israeli kibbutz and a town near Haifa for nine months, an experience that opened her eyes to the realities for Palestinians living under Israeli control. After studying Middle East History at Temple University, Alison lived in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Yarmouk Camp in Syria for six years, working as a teacher, human rights researcher, and freelance writer. Her first novel, The Other End of the Sea, was published this month by Interlink Books. Her writing has appeared in the Arab Studies Quarterly, Mondoweiss, and other publications.
Nora Lester Murad is a scholar/practitioner/activist who writes about international aid, community philanthropy, and life under military occupation at www.noralestermurad.com. She teaches a critical approach to international humanitarian action at Fordham University. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Aljazeera.net, Open Democracy, Mondoweiss, and various academic and professional publications. She co-authored Rest in My Shade: A Poem About Roots, and is the editor of I Found Myself in Palestine, both published by Interlink Books. Her tween novel set in Jerusalem is forthcoming in 2022.
Mouin Rabbani has published and commented widely on Palestinian affairs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the contemporary Middle East. He was previously Senior Analyst Middle East and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and head of political affairs with the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria. He is Co-Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine.