The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) was established in 2008 with the aim of supporting life in Palestine, breaking the siege imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli military occupation and strengthening cultural links between Palestine and the rest of the world.
Since 2008 an annual literary festival has been the center of activities which have brought dozens of influential literary figures from the UK, US and Arab world to teach workshops and perform in free public events. Three main speakers came to Gaza to participate in the Palestine Festival of Literature: Ali abu-Neama, Susan abulhawa, and Lina Attalah.
Ali Abunimah is the co-founder of the award-winning online publication The Electronic Intifada, established in 2001. Abu- Nimah deplores the role of the Arab countries in lifting the blockade on Gaza. He expected the Gaza blockade to be lifted after Arab revolutions but to no avail.
Susan Abulahawa is an American-Palestinian writer who was born to a family of 1967 refugees. She is an author, the founder and president of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding The Rights of Palestinian children. Susan believes in the importance of literature, and through her writings, she tries to shed light on the Palestinian narrative of the conflict.
The new Gazan generation is starting to resist the Israeli occupation by taking control of the narrative through literature, blogging and activism to involve themselves in their lives and destiny and refuse others to speak for them.
Palestinians resist in all possible ways and this time they also chose literature to convey their message of resistance.