It was three months ago that the “Librarians and Archivists for Palestine” group traveled throughout Palestine and Israel in order to connect with colleagues, bear witness, share skills, and seek out possibilities for joint work. Now, coming on October 24, the group will report back on a wide range of findings:
The delegation bore witness to the destruction, theft and appropriation of books and historical documents, and was inspired by the many projects, institutions, and individuals engaged in daily resistance to settler-colonialism. Five delegates will discuss their experiences on the delegation, share some of the projects that were visited, and provide an overview of the next steps for the delegation’s ongoing solidarity work.
The October 24 event will be held from 7-9 p.m. at Bluestockings on 172 Allen St, between Stanton and Rivington.
Also this weekend, the Christian Science Monitor reported on “A quest to preserve Palestinian heritage in the digital stacks,” noting Sami Batrawi’s struggle to open an online Palestinian Library of Congress and the ongoing struggle to both preserve and make accessible Palestinian artistic and intellectual heritage.
According to the CS Monitor, “Batrawi is trying to get the PA to approve an online Palestinian national library, which would provide digitized access not only to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza but also to Palestinian refugees and expats spread out across the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and the US.”
The October 24 event will surely be an interesting one. The group, pictured above, included 16 librarians and archivists from the United States, Canada, Sweden and Palestine who work in a variety of institutions and settings, including public and academic libraries, community archives, non-profits, and as independent scholars.