MOR guest contributor Maha reviews Ibtisam’s autobiographical sequel, Balcony on the Moon. This book spans the author’s life from 7 years till she graduates high school and deals with her precarious existence under occupation, the traditions of her family, her generation & her society, the injustices inflicted upon Palestinians under occupation in particular, and upon women in general.
Maha reviews this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War. The author captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war, stitching together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef. A definite must read says Maha.
Edward Said was remembered as the most articulate and visible supporter of the Palestinian cause in the US, where it ignited antagonism.
Exploring the vibrant cuisine of their home city, with its melting pot of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities, two chefs with an eye for aesthetics share an intimate voyage through food that has me aching for more.