The 2012 Palestine Literature Festival (PalFest) has kicked off in the besieged Gaza strip, expressing a Palestinian call for the cultural boycott of Israel, Press TV reports.
Authors, bloggers, scholars, journalists and Egyptian revolutionaries attended the event after days of delay caused by the Egyptian authorities.
The participants of the PalFest also visited several universities in the Gaza Strip and held panel discussion with the students.
Public readings and meetings with civil society representatives as well as student workshops have also been scheduled to be held during the festival.
Established in 2008, PalFest has been moving to Palestinian audiences who are constrained and divided by Israeli occupation.
This year’s event is held in an attempt to establish new links between the oppressed Palestinians and the rest of the world by putting the power of culture against the culture of power.
The 2012 PalFest is focused on bringing great literary works to Gaza and expanding ties between Egyptian and Palestinian authors.
The Palestine Literature Festival (PalFest) kicked off on May 5 and will run until May 9, 2012.
Gaza has been under an Israeli siege since 2007.