PalFest Day 6: What is Cultural Boycott?

On Thursday, the author-participants of PalFest 2013 met with Omar Barghouti, one of the founding committee of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), to ask questions about the campaign.


PalFest Day 5: Translation of Translation of

More than 200 people were at PalFest’s biggest event yet on Wednesday night in Nablus:  The night began with an excerpt of Omar El-Khairy’s Sour Lips. A play, necessarily, is a collaborative translation by the director, actors, and others. Wednesday night’s rendering was also a translation into… Read More ›

PalFest Day 3: Steering, Ya3ni

On Monday evening, the PalFest of the South — in Gaza — held their closing-night event at the restored Dar al-Basha house. Meanwhile, the PalFest of the North held its second literary evening in the garden of the British Council in Jerusalem.

PalFest Day 2: Narrative and Conflict

Many of the spaces that the PalFest’s northern group traveled through on Sunday — from Ramallah to Birzeit to Jerusalem — were mute. Some were narrativized only by half-thoughts such as KEEP THE TERMINAL CLEAN and HAVE A SAFE AND PLEASANT STAY signs, which book-end Qalandiya’s cattle-prod checkpoint.

PalFest Previews: Omar al-Khairy on a Chance to Connect and Collaborate ‘Outernationally’

This will be playwright Omar El-Khairy’s first trip with the Palestine Festival of Literature. His most recent theater production, “Sour Lips,” was reviewed on ArabLit earlier this year; he’s also a filmmaker, at work on “Tunnels,” a “somewhat Beckettian film about a young boy from Gaza who meets an old man at a bus stop in this suspended world – somewhere between Gaza and London.” ArabLit & Omar El-Khairy had a brief email interview.