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Letters to Palestine

Letters to Palestine

Writers Respond to War and Occupation
Vijay Prashad
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Brief description

Impassioned and intimate writing to Palestinians from celebrated American writers

Full description

Operation Protective Edge, Israel's seven-week bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulted in half a million displaced Gazans, tens of thousands of destroyed homes, and more than 2,000 deaths-and, yet, it was only the latest in a long series of assaults endured by Palestinians isolated in Gaza. But, following the conflict, polls revealed a startling fact: for the first time, a majority of Americans under thirty found Israel's actions unjustified. Jon Stewart aired a blistering attack on Israeli violence, and a video of a UN spokesperson weeping as he was interviewed in Gaza went viral, appearing on Vanity Fair and Buzzfeed, among other sites.

This book traces this swelling American recognition of Palestinian suffering, struggle, and hope, in writing that is personal, lyrical, anguished, and inspiring. Some of the leading writers of our time, such as Junot Diaz and Teju Cole, poets and essayists, novelists and scholars, Palestinian American activists like Huwaida Arraf, Noura Erakat, and Remi Kanazi, give voice to feelings of empathy and solidarity-as well as anger at US support for Israeli policy-in intimate letters, beautiful essays, and furious poems. This is a landmark work of controversial, committed literary writing.


"The growing recognition of the plight of Palestinians, and support for their struggle for their rights, particularly among younger people, is a welcome and important phenomenon. The contributions here both reflect these developments and should help inspire them." - Noam Chomsky

"A pretty miraculous compilation of essays and poetry . There is some beautifully rendered rage in this book that's been sitting in my chest ever since I put it down." - Jezebel ("The Best Things We've Read, Heard and Seen in 2015 So Far")

Author biography

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian Studies and professor of International Relations at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He is the author of fifteen books, including The Darker Nations and The Poorer Nations. He is a columnist for the Hindu and Frontlines, and a regular contributor to many publications, including Counterpunch.